Whether your home is new or old, chances are there have been times when you’ve looked around your house and thought to yourself, “Boy, this place could use a makeover.” Of course, hiring an interior decorator is pretty expensive and unless you’re in the right place, HGTV won’t be able to help you. So what’s a homeowner to do? The answer is easy: do it yourself!

The idea of revamping your home yourself may sound overwhelming at first but if you do your homework, set realistic goals, and plan accordingly, you should have no problem with giving your house a much-needed facelift. The first step is to decide what part of your home you want to redecorate or revamp and what look you are going for. There are various ways to spruce up either the interior or the exterior of your home and using lifestyle and home and garden magazines are one of the quickest ways you can find inspiration.

You’ll want to plan how extensive the changes are that you want to make and what purpose you are redoing the room for? For example, you may have an extra bedroom that you want to convert into a really comfy and stylish guest room. Do you want to put new paint on the walls? Change out the furniture? Once you know your goals for revamping the room, then you can make a checklist of what needs to be done. Again, you can turn to magazines or shows on HGTV to get inspiration. Be sure to write down colors you like, types of furniture you think would go best in that room, and what stores you would purchase your materials from.

These days, homeowners are taking it upon themselves to revamp their houses, which can save a lot of time and money. Speaking of money, if you currently don’t have the best budget to revamp a room in your home, have a garage or yard sale. You can even take out the old furniture that needs to be replaced and put it up for sale.

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Try to estimate how much the new furniture, paint, and/or accessories will cost and then make that your sales goal for your garage sale. This is also a great time to chuck all your old clothes, accessories, children’s toys, books, and other items in your house that you know you won’t be using anymore. With a successful garage sale, you’ll not only get extra cash in your pocket, you’ll have effectively cleared up room in your home, including the room(s) to be revamped.

With a little knowledge and practice, you can expertly paint your own rooms and with some extra muscle from family and/or friends you can also move your furniture in and arrange it as you desire. To add some style to your newly revamped room, shop at antique stores to find accessories (such as lamps, curtains, or little knick knacks) that you won’t see anywhere else. If you want a cheat sheet of sorts, you can choose a page right out of a home design magazine and simply replicate what’s on the page.

As a parent, you may have been dreading or eagerly planning for the day when your children leave your home. Empty nest syndrome is one that many parents experience every day. However, your experience with having an empty nest doesn’t have to be a negative one. More and more parents are finding ways to make the most of this new stage in their lives and there’s nothing wrong with celebrating.

One of the first steps towards dealing with an empty nest is to let Nature take its course. Allow yourself to emote freely, whether the feelings are good or bad. You are human after all and there is nothing wrong with taking some time to yourself to reflect and let the idea sink in that you’ve now got an empty house. However, you’ll want to do your best to not let your emotions rule you. You may be feeling a bit sad or depressed after the first week but if you’re still feeling this way after the first few weeks or a month, then you’ve got to make some serious changes to bring you out of your funk.

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Once the initial shock has worn off, start making plans. Get together with your significant other and figure out what you both want to do that you weren’t able to do before when the kids were home. Maybe you’ll finally be able to renovate and redecorate now that you have rooms that aren’t being used. This is a great project for you and your significant other to work on together. Remodeling your home can also signal the start of a new stage in your lives. Now that you don’t have extra mouths to feed, you can save up some money and take a vacation. Getting away for a week or two is a wonderful way for you to do something you enjoy – not to mention that you’ll no longer have to deal with finding a babysitter.

Find a new hobby to pursue. Or if you have a ton of hobbies that you put on the backburner, bring them out and tackle them with renewed vigor. You’ve now got all the time in the world to do things that you want to do and you’ll be on nobody else’s schedule but your own. Think of it as a rightfully deserved reward for the years of time and effort you put into parenting and raising your kids. Another way to enjoy your empty nest is to invite over other parents that are in the same boat as you. Host a brunch put together a fancy dinner or plan an outing with another couple. It’s always helpful to have the company of people that can relate to your situation. The possibilities for enjoying your newly empty nest are endless so make the most of it while you can.

In the end, if you’re still having trouble grasping the idea that your children won’t be returning home, remind yourself that you did a great job raising them. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Replace those feelings of sadness and loss with pride and joy and you’ll look forward to creating new memories in your home for many more years to come.