You don't need much money or much time to improve your rental space. Use the suggestions below to engage with your space to jump-start your imagination and choose your next home improvement project.
Don't put yourself in a waiting mode when it comes to home improvements, whether it's thinking about a day when you'll have a larger space or a better space or a new space, or more money. One way to engage with your space is to deliberately reduce the time you spend thinking about your space of the future, and working on where you live now.
Isolate why you're interested in tackling a home improvement in terms of what it will bring to your lifestyle. Identify whether you're trying to improve the efficiency, decor or comfort of your current space.
Expand your cleaning routine to a less-used space that you currently don't clean as frequently as other spaces in your apartment whether it's a corner where you pile your mail or your clothing, or a spare bedroom that's become a storage unit. Every space in your home is part of its square footage.
Don't buy a lot of containers as part of your home improvement project because like renting a storage unit, these are simply ways of putting off making a decision about items that you likely no longer need.
Instead of purchasing containers, choose something that you've accumulated a lot of whether it's clothing, books, media, or even dishware and determine whether you can reduce the quantity of stuff you have in your apartment.
Whether you decide to dispose of some of your stuff, or not, resist the temptation to purchase containers, and reduce your need for additional containers by touching every item you own. If you are keeping the item, make sure it's stored neatly.
Always consider why you are keeping something as you clean. Try to consciously say to yourself, "I like this" as you're going through your cleaning routine. You'll notice that there are many items that you may not like, but you've just kept.
Train yourself to get inspired as you go through your space by making mental or even written notes of what you'd like to do with a particular spot or room in your home.
For instance, if you find old souvenir T-shirts are filling your drawers and your goal is decor, perhaps you'll frame certain favorite T-shirts for wall art or make pillow covers from the old shirts that will save drawer space and address your home improvement decor goal.
Think about the ways one home improvement, such as making pillow covers from favorite souvenir T-shirts can help you with another home improvement goals such as sprucing up the look of an aging sofa.
Remember that you don't have to commit to keeping a specific home improvement forever so that if you don't like what you've done, think of something different to do.
Living in a rental space does not mean you shouldn't tackle home improvements. Use the suggestions above for jump-starting your imagination and choosing your next rental property home improvement project.