Revamp and reinvent your home – and make it yours again

Revamp and reinvent your home – and make it yours again

For years, it’s been the family home, full of craziness, chaos and kids’ clutter. Now you’ve got it back to yourself, and it’s time to give it a fresh new feel. Here’s where to focus your efforts for maximum impact…

For years your house has been full of craziness, chaos and kids’ clutter. Now you’ve got it back to yourself, and it’s time to give it a fresh new feel. Here’s where to focus your efforts for maximum impact…

Without kids’ toys or teenagers’ smelly socks to contend with, it’s time to rejuvenate your home and turn it into the sanctuary you always wanted it to be.

And you can do it with just a few small and inexpensive tweaks…

A fresh welcome

After years of living in it, the smell of a home can escape its occupants. A mix of odours from pets, cooking and general living can easily take over in a well-lived-in house without you realising – the problem is, it’s the first thing a guest notices.

Try the Ambi Pur 3volution Diffuser, which switches fragrance every 45 minutes, so not only will guests notice the gorgeous smell of your home – you will too.

Insert your history into the artwork

If your hall and living room need a new lease of life, framing your favourite vinyl sleeves or retro film posters is a great way to express your personality. Plus it gives a nod to the past while adding a contemporary feel (retro décor is in!) to your home.

Still have all your old gig, concert, theatre or festival tickets? Make a scrapbook-style collage and frame it, then give it pride of place in your smallest room or bathroom.

Refresh each room

You don’t need to replace the furniture to breathe new life into your home. As few as two or three new touches, from a bright rug and new cushion covers to a bold new lamp and some statement prints can give an entire room a lift.

For inspiration on where to shop for unique pieces that will add a new focal point to your home, check out our article Seek the unique: where to find stunning pieces for your home.

Finish it all off with a quick blast of Febreze Air Effects for the ultimate room refresh.

Make the hard jobs easier for yourself

Tackling arduous tasks like cleaning the oven, microwave or walls might be the last things you want to do, but once done, you really will look around the house with a renewed sense of excitement.

Luckily, you don’t have to put in loads of elbow grease to tackle any of them. For a really deep clean in the microwave, pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of water into a microwave-safe bowl and place in the microwave. Heat the bowl for five to 10 minutes – the steam will loosen any old, stuck-on gunk – then all you have to do is spray Flash Lemon All Purpose and wipe away to leave nothing behind but a fresh scent.

A few swipes of Flash Magic Eraser on walls and splashbacks around the hob and sink will remove all of that stuck-on, tacky grime that’s been bugging you.

And finally, cover features in the bathroom like showerheads with a bag containing Viakal Liquid and leave overnight – scrubbing off any limescale will be a breeze come morning.

Get guest-ready

Now your children have spread their wings, you can box up their trinkets and transform their room into a guest bedroom, ready for visitors.

Air the room thoroughly and turn the mattress, placing a fresh mattress protector on top. Give the curtains and any rugs a light, fresh scent with a spray of Febreze Fabric Refresher , and plug in an Ambi Pur diffuser in Sleep Serenity Quiet Jasmine to blast any stale odours and greet guests with a calming, comforting space.

Do you have any tips to make light work of cleaning? We'd love to hear them. Please comment below.

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