We showed you how to redecorate if you’re moving in together, but what happens if things go really south and you break up? Suddenly your love-nest feels like a battle zone, and every item in your apartment — his old socks, sappy photobooth pictures, that light fixture he installed — is a painful reminder of the past.
“I had one friend who went through a really traumatic breakup, and after her ex moved out, she slept on a friend’s couch for a month,” says interior designer, Danielle Arps. “They traveled a lot together, and their apartment was decorated with tons of art and souvenirs they had collected abroad. She could barely open the door without having a meltdown.”
We’ve all been there before. Of course, rule number one of any bad breakup? Stay busy. Now's the perfect time to rethink your space — whether it's tackling that forgotten DIY project or adding fresh paint. Refocusing your energy on a constructive project will keep your mind busy and allow you to focus on what makes you happy. Click through for 10 simple steps to decorate your place after a breakup.