The Fall Home Spirit
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THE FALL HOME SPIRIT

Joyful ways to get into the fall spirit

Autumn symbolizes new beginnings. The falling of leaves symbolizes the removing old things to make way for new life in the spring. Likewise, our homes are full of worn out or old items and décor that can be given to others, or changed into something new and exciting, with just a little effort.  

Donate Items

With fall comes holiday traditions that are shared across cultural and religious lines; the act of gift giving. Research shows that a true sense of happiness is much more heightened when we give rather than receive. Unfortunately, some families are unable to give but are in great need to receive, therefore this fall may be a great time to give your home a thorough once-over and give away items you no longer need like furniture, bedding, etc.

A local church, or a woman’s center are just a few of the many great choices you have. There are any number of people whose lives can be refreshed and touched by your generosity. 

Repurpose & Redesign

Repurposing furniture is a wonderfully creative way to update something you no longer need, to fit into another category. For example, turning an old cedar chest into a trendy coffee table is a great idea to repurpose a furniture item. Or instead of throwing out that old exterior door, how about transforming it into a headboard?

Techniques to take worn items and make them beautiful again by painting, staining, stenciling, etc., is only limited by your imagination. 

Do you have arm chair you love but it’s seen better days? Don’t give up on it. You could enroll in an upholstering class. You may learn how to make that chair just like new, and increase your social circle by meeting new friends.

Repurposing and refinishing are great ways to turn the old into the new and enliven your long forgotten artistic side.

There are any number of people whose lives can be made new by your generosity.

Your trash can be another families treasure and the feeling you’ll get from giving will renew you, as well!

Nearly Free

More times than not when we think of purchasing items for home decorating we opt for the convenience of purchasing online. Or of course it’s easy to click onto the Pottery Barn, or Restoration Hardware website, but doing that won’t get you in touch with the splendor that is Fall.  Colorful fall leaves, cheery people, dressing in layers (which means wearing all your cools hats and gloves that have been lying dormant all summer). It’s beautiful out there!

Why not actually step outside to go shopping? Better yet, take that shopping excursion to a completely different location (i.e. a quaint coastal town, or wine country). There are any number of thrift shops, antique stores and boutiques with rare and unique items to find if you look. In addition to finding unexpected treasures you’ll be creating brand new memories.

Resources

http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/814405/guide-to-repurposing-furniture-1

Images

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http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/814405/guide-to-repurposing-furniture-1

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