Purchasing your first home is an exciting time. There are a ton of possibilities for how you can decorate your first home and make it your own. But, it can also be a little nerve-racking deciding where you should start.

Here are 4 tips for decorating your first home:

1. Clean house at the old place 

This is the perfect time to start over. Before you make an offer on a new place, you should clean house at the old place. Get rid of approximately 25 percent to 50 percent of your old stuff such as faulty appliances, wobbly furniture, and questions accessories. This will make your current digs easier to pack up and put you ahead during move-in to your first home. 

2. Start with the bedroom

The bedroom is where you’ll spend most of your time when you’re at home. You should start with the bedroom especially if you’re on a tight budget. Purchase a new bedding and paint the bedroom walls to complement your bedding. If you’re ready to splurge, add coordinating window treatments and buy that bed you’ve always dreamed about.

3. Don’t buy everything all at once

Make sure you don’t buy everything all at once. Live and enjoy your first home for at least a couple of months before you make any significant purchases. You need to think about how you’re going to use your house and how you actually live in the house. For example, maybe spending money on renovating the bathroom isn’t as important as beefing up the kitchen and dining area. 

4. Fight the urge to match

“Everything has to match.” Retail stores would love for you to buy everything in sets, but you need to fight the urge to match. Don’t turn your home into a lifeless, generic look of a furniture showroom. In addition, don’t be boring, so make sure your own personal style shows through. Your top priority should be proportion, scale, and balance of your furniture and accessories within each room.