Making your home more comfortable and enjoyable is always a good goal. It’s also a very achievable one. When you live with a space, though, it can be hard to see how to move forward. Check out these simple tricks from Lisa Walker for giving your home environment a refresher.
Clutter Breeds Chaos
Many people don’t realize the psychological and emotional effects that a messy living environment can have on them. Subconsciously, many respond to disorganization and clutter by feeling stress, negativity, and confusion. After the year we all just endured, the last thing any of us wants is to be in anything but a positive and healing atmosphere. Take the time now to make your home a healthy place by organizing and eliminating any unnecessary stuff.
A Fresh Upgrade
It’s important to love every part of your home. Every piece of furniture should be comfortable and appealing to you. If you like the aesthetic of your furniture pieces and they are comfy and structurally sound, then you should hold onto them. But consider giving them a refresh to match your current style by reupholstering. In many circumstances, this is quite cheaper than buying brand new furniture. In the case of wood furniture, you can upgrade easily by restaining or painting.
Walls-wise, paint is a good choice there, too. It’s cost-effective and packs a punch. If you hate painting or just want something a little snazzier, self-adhesive vinyl wallpaper is a bright idea. You can even design your own! What a great way to express yourself. If you aren’t sure how much you want to do, try an accent wall. You’ll find a whole room is livened up with just one wall of pattern.
Chances are spending an entire weekend (or more) cleaning your home isn’t on your wish list. Take time to deep clean a little every couple of days. In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed, keep the sections you clean limited to one or two areas. In no time, your home will be cleaner than it’s ever been, and that will make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your living environment.
Getting What You Need
Cleaning isn’t the only thing that can put a damper on your days off. Trips to the grocery and hardware store often get in the way of other events and projects you’d rather be doing, too. Yet you don’t want to find yourself in a situation without the necessities. Therefore, you and your family will best be served to stock up on the essentials. Have canned or frozen food stashed away in case you don’t make it to the store, and get the following items:
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- A thermometer
- Fever reducers
- Hydrating liquids
- Disinfectant wipes
Along with the practical benefits that come with being prepared, it will help you rest more easily at night knowing that you have the basic items you need to stay safe and healthy.
Creating a Special Place
They say that it’s good to build a life you don’t need a vacation from. Part of that should include creating a getaway place right at home. Invest in one space—it doesn’t have to be large—that you will find relaxing, energizing, and encouraging. If you’re a reader, create a reading nook. If you have a hobby, carve out a hobby corner stocked with all of your supplies. If you need a place to unwind, design a zen space. Whatever activities you consider relaxing, make a place where you can retreat and do them in peace.
Giving your home environment a refresher is a great way to make your home more comfortable, and it doesn’t need to require a lot of time or money. Do some decluttering, spruce up your furniture and/or walls, deep clean, and then make your own getaway space. Your home sweet home will be that much sweeter as a result!
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