How soon is too soon to get a new look for your home? Maybe you’ve been holding out for fear a refresh is not warranted yet. Or perhaps you’ve waited SO long your furniture and decor is out of date.
If you’re not sure if now is the right time to revamp your space, here are some telltale signs that might give you the nudge you need.
1. Your armchair has a visible body indent
There’s a fine line between your chair moulding to your body shape, and it actually resembling your body shape!
If you’ve been sitting in your chair for years and you’re starting to see an indent, a droop, or a lean, it’s time to replace.
Bidding a fond farewell to your fave chair can be tough, but believe there’s more than one soulmate out there for you and you’ll find one that’ll hug you in ways you never knew existed.
Read more: How to upgrade your furniture on a budget
2. You’re seeing similar pieces in horror films
There’s one thing more alarming that watching a creepy horror film – seeing an old home in said creepy horror film that bears resemblance to yours.
If your living room furniture is so old that it’s likely to give children nightmares, perhaps it’s time to update your interior.
Sidenote: If you have creepy horror film dolls on shelves with beady eyes that might come to life while you sleep, throw those away, too. #nojudgement
3. Even your pets are snobbing the sofa
Pets have a sixth sense for good furniture. They only scratch at, gnaw on, and pee near quality pieces.
If your precious pooch or feisty feline has lost their desire to ruin your old sofa or armchair, it’s a telltale sign that it’s gone to the dogs (see what I did there?).
I have two cats of my own, and when they scratch at the sofa I’m equal parts enraged and complimented.
4. The last time you had a good sleep, Phua Chu Kang was on TV
Mattresses, like hairstyles, need to be replaced every 10 years. If you’ve gone decades without replacing yours, you’re likely to be having a rough night of it in the sleep department.
Old mattresses tend to get body indents where you usually sleep. So if hopping into bed is like falling into that well from The Ring, send for help and then replace your mattress with a cushy new version.
5. If the table is a-rockin’, you need to go knockin’
Do you ever fear your rickety table will collapse on top of you, only to have you found months later by concerned neighbours who have to pry the cat away from your face? You’re not alone!
6. Your shelves contain kids’ books, but your kids are over 25
Look, I get nostalgic over Grover’s The Monster at the End of this Book as much as the next Sesame Street fan.
However, if you’re holding onto your kids’ books and they’re all grown up, moved out of home, and almost have kids of their own, it’s time to declutter your shelves.
The best part about ditching the ancient titles from your shelves is that you’ll have so much more room to style vignettes. Because what is minimalism? Horrible!