Life is incredibly busy and can be stressful at times, and home is where we can relax and recharge before getting back out there, ready to face the world. But is your home somewhere you truly enjoy being? Does the space feel personal to you, do the items in it spark joy? If not, it really is worth making changes- here are just a few ways you can make your home a more pleasant place to be.
Declutter and organize
Before doing anything else, it’s worth going through your home and decluttering each and every room. It’s so easy for junk to accumulate so this really does need to be an ongoing process. If it has been a while since you last had a sort out then be prepared to spend a few days on this task. Throw away what you no longer use, donate items to charity or give them to friends. Whatever you choose to keep can then be properly organized into bins, baskets and drawer dividers. Your home will feel less cluttered and chaotic, and it makes tidying up easier too since everything has its place. If you’re sick of running around like a headless chicken looking for misplaced items, rummaging through drawers and fighting through clutter then it’s time to make a change.
Consider the decor
Peeling wallpaper, yellowing paint and outdated decor will all bring down the look of a home. If it has been a while since you last decorated then consider freshening everything up. Remove wallpaper and sand down walls, making sure cracks and holes are filled in. A simple coat of a neutral-colored paint won’t cost much but could completely transform your home. It gives you a nice blank canvas that will work with whatever else you put in the rooms. Even old furniture can be given a new lease of life with some chalk paint and new handles. It is a cheap and fun way to change the look of your home. Purchase some inexpensive accessories like frames, lamps, and cushions to update the look and add some personality.
Add plants and flowers
Plants are a fantastic way to decorate, but they’re also good for our mental and physical health. Research shows that plants boost our mood as well as our productivity. They look good and they do good. Invest in a few interesting looking plants, as well as a pretty pot. Every few weeks, treat yourself to a nice bunch of flowers- you can find inexpensive bouquets in supermarkets or even pick your own wildflower posies. It’s a nice way to add color and interest to any room.
Giving each area of your home a defined use is a great way to make the most of the space. For example, you might have a combined living room and dining room, but something as simple as putting area rugs under each section can help to divide up the room. You could put a dining table light over the table, and arrange your living room furniture around a coffee table again helping to create defined areas. You could create a little reading nook in the corner of a living room or bedroom, or set up a little working desk area in your hallway. Think about how you use the spaces at home, and how you can make the most of the room you have. A simple armchair, lamp, and an end table in an empty corner of a room for example instantly transforms it into a usable space where people want to spend time.
Make it cozy
Home is all about the comfort factor and feeling relaxed and cozy. So it’s important to make it as cozy as possible. Plush furnishings, soft blankets and pillows, rugs and homey touches like soft lighting all come into play here. You could even look into replacing your windows, this helps to keep the home at the right temperature all year round. You’ll be warm in winter, cool in summer and able to spend time in your home without feeling uncomfortable. Hygge and mental health is a big thing at the moment, and the choices you make in the home can really help you to give this a boost. You want it to look nice, but also feel nice as well.
Consider home fragrance
Smells are closely linked to memory, which is why certain smells just evoke the feeling of ‘home.’ Decide what home smells like to you, and go about creating this with candles, plug-in air fresheners, reed diffusers and other home fragrance products. Essential oil diffusers and the cooking of my chef-in-training is our aroma of choice. Each time you walk in the door you’ll be greeted with that familiar scent, meaning you know you’re home. That big sigh of relief you let out after getting home after a long day is always the best. You just know it’s time to put on your pajamas, put on the kettle, and just relax in your little safe space.
Home is the most important place in the world, so make sure yours is a space where you genuinely enjoy spending time.