There’s nothing like the feeling of happiness and security of loving where you live. Perhaps you love some things about your home and neighborhood, but other areas need some work. Try these affordable ideas to help bring out the best in your home, community and self.
Building a Sense of Community
Everyone loves to feel like they belong somewhere. Make that place your neighborhood by fostering a stronger sense of community. Here are some ways you can build connections with your neighbors:
- Organize a street party. Choose a cul-de-sac or yard and throw a potluck party. Want to make it even simpler? Just do desserts one spring or summer evening. You can use this handy online tool, Signup Genius, to easily organize the gathering.
- Create an online network. It may sound a bit antisocial to be connecting with those who live the closest to you online, but it’s a great place to start. Use your website or Facebook group to learn about your neighbors, start special interest groups or organize play groups for the kiddos.
- Host a plant swap. Make a simple flyer and invite neighbors over to swap plant cuttings or seeds. You’ll save money, be able to share tips and make great personal connections.
- Start a lending library. Cute, mailbox-sized lending libraries are popping up all over. Check out these examples to help you start your own. You can advertise it in your online network!
- Help elders. If you have elderly neighbors, offer help with yard work or shoveling walks after a snowstorm. Ask other neighbors to help make a rotation to check in on them, as well. Nothing brings people together like the spirit of helping.
Beautify Your Outdoor Space
When it comes to improving your outdoor spaces, there are projects for every budget. If you’ve been looking to start small, try these ideas:
- Start with seeds. The most affordable way to have beds that overflow with flowers and veggies is to start them from seeds. You’ll invest more time and effort but keep more in your wallet.
- Remember that plant swap? That plant swap we mentioned above could be a great place to gather new plants for your yard.
- Check out plant sales. Many local Cooperative Extensions host plant swaps and free educational seminars. Be inspired by checking out your local listings.
- Rearrange patio furniture. You can change the whole feel of your outdoor space by moving the furniture. Create quiet shady spots for reading and sipping tea, or design a circular seating space for conversation and parties.
We can’t forget the indoors. Try a few of these ideas to give your home an affordable facelift:
- Shop garage sales and thrift stores. That unique piece of furniture you’re looking for may be waiting at a discount sale. Look beyond what is and imagine what you could turn an old, used piece into!
- Swap talents with friends. If you have a friend who knits beautiful throws or has a knack for interior decorating, try swapping your gardening or organizing talents to freshen up both of your homes.
- Start small. Focus your attention on creating one area at a time — maybe a cozy reading nook, or a whimsical area for painting and creation.
Loving life and loving where you live are what I wish for all of my clients. When the time comes to make a move, give me a call. I’d be happy to help you settle into your new happy life, as well!