Your home is the place where you should be safe from all of the stresses and trouble’s of the outside world and where you should feel the most comfortable and relaxed. However, it’s surprisingly common to start to become a little bored of your home, especially after a few years. It turns out that the old saying is true, familiarity really does breed contempt. When you’re in one place for some years, then nothing about it is going to surprise you. This can often lead people to treat their home as little more than a background blur, something that they don’t even think about anymore.

That feeling of boredom with your surroundings can make you want to pack up and move on, and there are a lot of benefits to doing this, but it can also be incredibly stressful, not to mention the fact that you’re not necessarily going to to get the kind results that you’d really like it. In fact, the best thing that you can do before going to the stress and expense of moving is to make some changes to your current home. That way, you have all of the benefits of a place that you’re familiar with while making it just new enough that you’re able to appreciate it all over again. With that in mind, here are a few simple ways to give your home a much-needed upgrade.

Bring in a splash of colour

Colour is one of those things that is often sorely neglected in some people’s homes. It can be tricky to get it right when you are using new or bold coloours so many people instead elect to play it safe, sticking with white or magnolia walls. The conventional wisdom says that these kinds of bland colours work because they offer a blank slate for your you to decorate with splashes of colour. However, if you’re not doing that, then your home is just going to end up looking drab and dreary. If you really want to make your home feel a bit more exciting then why not embrace something a little bolder. Either you can decorate your walls with colourful pictures and decorations, or you can turn the walls into features themselves by painting them a bright and vibrant colour. Sure, you don’t want to go overboard with this, but a few simple places in your home where the colours really pop can make a huge difference.

Go smart

It can sometimes feel like, because of all of the tech at our disposal, that we’re living in a sci-fi future right now. Few things create that feeling more than a smart home. After all, what could feel more like an episode of Star Trek than being able to walk into your home and tell a computer to turn on the heating and switch on the lights in individual rooms?

Thanks to innovations like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and various apps that allow them to connect directly with the utilities in your home, bringing smart technology into your private world has never been easier. You can even use your phone to set up things like your lights and heat so that your home is as comfortable as possible, right at the moment that you arrive home.

Pay attention to neglected areas

In any home, there are almost always going to be some spaces that you just don’t pay as much attention to as others. It could be that you use them less often, or it could be that the things that you need to do to improve them are more significant than you want to deal with right now. Whatever, your reasons are, it’s time to get on with it and deal with those neglected areas of your home.

The garage is one of the most common places like this in any home. There’s a chance that you’re using it as a glorified storage space when it could be something much more useful. Things like creating a space for doing simple DIY tasks or installing garage door openers so that you can access it more easily aren’t going to radically change the environment, but they will make you more likely to want to spend time in it. The same goes for places like your office, which can end up being a place to dump documents and boxes that you’re not using. By making these kinds of spaces as usable as possible, they are going to feel like part of your home again.

Think about space

Most of us would probably like to have just a little bit more space in our homes, and yet we also tend to ignore the fact that we could all perhaps be using the areas that we do have more efficiently. Think about how you arrange the rooms in your home. Are you using the space you have in the best way possible? The chances are that you’re not. Whether it’s having too much junk and clutter in a room so that you struggle even to move around, or because you arrange your furniture in such a way that a room feels way smaller than it is, there are often lots of little things that we all do to make our homes feel more cramped than they need to.

Look at the rooms in your home from an unbiased perspective and ask yourself if there isn’t some way that you could use the space that you have more efficiently. Sometimes you’ll need to get a little creative to be able to do this, but it’s worth trying new things out just to see what you might find.

The great thing about these kinds of changes is that for the most part, they’re pretty inexpensive and straightforward to do. Sure, there are going to be some things that will cost more than others, after all a lick of paint is far cheaper than remodeling an entire room, but even simple and small changes can be surprisingly significant to how new and fresh your home feels. So before you decide to pack your bags and make a fresh start, think about a few ways that you can get just a little bit more out of the home that you already have.