The old saying, “Home is where the heart is,” continues to hold true today. No matter who you are, nor how much you love to travel, nothing beats the simple joy of walking into a space that is wholly your own.
Our homes are one of the few places where we can truly be ourselves. We don’t have to dress fancy or wear anything at all if we choose. We don’t have to worry about being on our best behavior all the time. We can customize it to just the way we like. For all these reasons and more, our homes truly are our sanctuaries.
But life happens, and we often lose sight of what it is that our home truly means to us. In the rush to work, keep up our social life, and take a much-needed vacation, it’s all too easy to let our living space fall by the wayside. When you can’t walk into the number one place that is supposed to put you at ease and feel better instantly, that’s a real problem.
I challenge you to give your home the attention it deserves, and use these three easy tips to change your home back into the amazing space it’s supposed to be.
For bringing down the atmosphere, there’s nothing like clutter. Piles of magazines, unwashed dishes, and old boxes only serve to leave you stressed and depressed. You can’t relax that way.
If your house is full of clutter, get rid of it. Dump it in the trash or recycle it all now. This isn’t about creating a clean room – it’s about freeing up space in your home you forgot you had.
Humans love open space. It helps us feel unbound and like we have the freedom to do anything we choose. It also helps us unwind because we have plenty of room to move or stretch out. Taking the time to declutter will open up that space and help you relax.
I’m not saying you have to clean your house once a week or on any other set schedule. I am saying that when you start to dread walking through your door because you know a mess awaits you, you need to do something about it.
Restyle Your Home
If your house isn’t feeling like a home to you, it may be because it doesn’t feel like a part of you. Homes are meant to be more than living spaces – they’re meant to be an extension of the people who live in them. When you walk through your door, your home should feel like a natural part of who you are, not just a room with four walls you live in.
Decorating your home is the best way to achieve this, but often, people don’t bother. Many people completely dread the prospect of redecorating a home. Big projects take time, money, and effort that you may not be eager to give. It’s okay if don’t want to do a complete makeover – there are simple ways you can style your home that won’t eat up your weekend or drain your budget.
If you love to paint, frame one of your pieces and hang it on your wall. If you have children, use the arts and crafts they make in school as decor pieces for your living room. You don’t have to completely repaint your entire house- use pillows, a throw, or even a nice living room rug to inject your personality into your living space.
Whatever you do, the most important thing is that your home mirrors your personality. You already know what you love most, so use those same attributes to create a home that feels like to belongs to you.
Do Some Basic Repairs
Is there anything more annoying than a clogged sink? Or an ice maker that stopped making ice? How about waking up to find that your outlet is dead and your phone didn’t charge? When the appliances in our homes stop working, it doesn’t just make us angry – it can completely wreck our entire day.
So why not do something about it? Not every repair job requires calling a technician or spending a lot of money. There are some simple home maintenance jobs we can all do, that don’t require a lot of time.
If you sink is clogged, use some clog remover. If that doesn’t work, turn off the water main, unscrew the pipes, and dig out the clog.
If your ice maker isn’t working, check the feeder tray and make sure that water hasn’t frozen over in the dispenser hose.
Use a multimeter to check your electrical outlets, then turn off your breaker, unscrew the cover, and make sure that your wiring isn’t frayed or snapped.
None of these are complicated tasks, and they take a half hour at most. While one or two jobs left undone may not bother you, the more things break, the more frustrated you’ll be. Take the small amount of time it takes to fix some of these basic issues. It will ease your frustrations, and leave you will a home that works as efficiently as you do.