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Your home is one of your biggest assets and it gives you shelter, comfort and always lets you be who you are. In return you should love it, cherish it and respect it. Treat your home like a boutique and you and your home will thank you for it.
And here’s how you can do it.
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Is your home like a boutique? Or like a bazaar?
Think of your favorite boutique.
All of the items are pretty or even gorgeous. The boutique highlights the newest arrivals and the space makes you feel calm and your eyes rest with the beauty. The items excite you and you love them all.
And then think of a bazaar.
The crowded space. There’s things after things after things, maybe even dust. You don’t know where to look. Mix-match colors, hundreds of gizmos and gadgets. It’s fun to look around. It’s exotic.
But which one you like better?
And most importantly, would you like to treat your home like a boutique or a bazaar?
If you answer boutique, please proceed.
If you answer bazaar, I would advise to answer again.
Bazaar is always a fun experiense but to live in one, well, not so much.
Why to treat your home like a boutique not a bazaar
Your home doesn’t have to be that kind of boutique where there’s only 3 things on display, but think one of your favorite boutique and create that feeling in your home.
Maybe your favorite boutique is cosy and comfortable, maybe it’s all white and stylish, maybe it has a lot of things. But if your favorite boutique is not found in a bazaar, don’t make your home look like one.
According to the internet dictionary a boutique is
- a small store selling fashionable clothes or accessories.
- a business that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele.
Well, you are sophisticated and special, so think of your home like a boutique that serves you and your family members with its fashionable clothes and accessories.
And how can you do that?
Here are 5 ways to treat your home like a boutique.
5 ways to treat your home like a boutique
The 5 ways to treat your home like a boutique (not a bazaar) are:
- Limit the amount of things you have
- Have designated areas for all the things
- Highlight your favorite items
- Enjoy the empty spaces
- Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
1. Limit the amount of things you have
The reason boutiques look beautiful is that they follow the less is more ideology. They choose carefully all the items according to the owner’s passions and/or the perfect clientele’s desires. Boutiques know inventory is expensive and they only have a limited space to show all of their products.
Same applies to your home. You have limited space. If you keep a lot of things you need to find a place for everything and maintain and clean more. Your most favorite items don’t get to stand out and they blend in with the other things that you don’t care so much about.
So the first step to treat your home like a boutique is to limit the amount of things you own.
You can do this by decluttering and then organizing the things you choose to keep.
Check out the article: How to declutter the easiest and simplest way possible
And after you decluttered it’s important to continue limiting the amount of things you have, so learn balanced shopping habits and buy only things that you truly love and need.
Check out the article: 5 questions to ask to buy the perfect thing every single time.
2. Have designated areas for all the things
Organizing and having a designated areas for all the things you have is so much easier after you’ve decluttered.
In the boutiques they have all the items categorized and displayed certain way so that they look appealing and the customers can find what they’re looking for.
You can think of yourself and your family members like the customers of your home. Where would the best place be for each item? Where do “the customers” use each thing and where would they most likely would try to look for them? Does the display look appealing?
And when you buy new things, think already in advance would you have a designated area in your home for the item you’re buying.
3. Highlight your favorite items
In the boutiques they display the newest arrivals or their most valuable items in the best spot. They don’t try to hide the things or bury them under some older cheaper stuff. They highlight and showcase them.
You can do the same in your home.
Think about what are your most beautiful and valuable things, somethings that makes you happy or somethings that represents you. Highlight those items. Give them the spotlight. Let your eyes rest on your favorite things and take away the “not so favorite” ones and stuff them in the lowest shelves or in the cupboards.
4. Enjoy the empty spaces
If you’re going to be treating your home like a boutique and not like a bazaar then empty spaces are needed so that some items can be highlighted.
If you have your favorite painting on the wall to highlight it you need to have some empty space around it. Same applies to all things.
If every shelf, counter top, wall, cupboard, drawer etc. is full of stuff how do you know which thing is more important than another. The empty space gives you and your things breathing room.
But if your home has too much empty space then that’s not good either. Sometimes less is just less.
Think about a boutique that has only one or two things in it. It might intimidate you or give you a museum kind of feel. Or the boutique might be going out of business. If your home has too much empty space in it consider finding ways to highlight more of your favorite things.
5. Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
Maintaining might not be the most fun part, but it’s the most crucial one when you want to start treating your home like a boutique.
You are responsible of all the things you bring into your life and home. The moment you acquire something that’s the moment you need to start maintaining it.
If you love maintaining ( aka. cleaning, dusting, ironing etc.) then this one’s a piece of cake for your.
But if you’re not a big fan of maintaining then there are a few thing s to ease your maintaining pain.
- The easiest way to avoid maintaining is to have less things. Less things = less maintaining.
- The other way to maintain less is to buy more quality products that are easy to maintain. Check the item’s maintaining needs before you bring it to your life.
- Third way is to buy more expensive things. It’s more of a psychological thing, but when we spend a bit more money on something we tend to take better care of them.
Your home gives you shelter and it always lets you be who you are. It doesn’t judge you and you can fully relax and feel comfortable when at home. So how can you give back to your home for all it gives you? One way is to treat your home like a boutique not a bazaar.
What do you think? Are you going to give it a try? Let me know in the comments.
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