Six Ways to Up Your Home's Happiness Quotient
Do you want your home to be your personal sanctuary, where you feel completely supported and comfortable? You should be able to walk into your home and feel like you’ve returned to your nirvana, your place of peace. Pay attention to how you feel when you walk into each room in your home. Do you feel relaxed, inspired, and tranquil, or do you feel defeated, uptight or uncomfortable? If it’s one of the latter sensations, then keep reading to learn what might be dragging you down. Take a closer look at your decor in your home. Experts say that these can have a negative effect on your emotions on a daily basis.
1. Kids Stuff
It’s not the few toys on the floor, it’s the constant clutter of Legos, artwork, board games, Minecraft, Transformers, Barbies, art supplies… the list could go on and on, and it does! Between the endless toys, clothes and accessories, it’s a chaotic feeling, and makes most parents feel out of control and depressed. Parents often feel that the house is never clean, that they’re spending too much money on all this ‘stuff.”
2. Books That No Longer Bring You Joy
We tend to keep books that brought us joy or were meaningful during a period of our lives, even though the book of poetry that your 14 year old love of your life wrote and gave you isn’t wonderful, Little Women isn’t going to be read again by you, and your Windows 7 instruction book hasn’t been read since 2009. Donating some can give your bookshelves a new and beautiful look!
3. Childhood Toys You No Longer Love
The art paper, paints, colored pencils and such haven’t been touched in years, yet you have this romantic belief that someday you’ll pick up the paintbrush and paint like Picasso. The doll collection, complete with furniture, clothes and blankets aren’t getting used, yet it was a wonderful Christmas that you received these magical pieces that brought you joy. Change occurred, yet it begs the question, “What brings me joy today?”
4. Collections That Take Up Space
You loved those shells when you collected them at the beach on vacation. But now, they just collect dust and don’t spark a sense of sadness when you see them. We often collect things because of the emotional sparkle they give. When they no longer spark that feeling, it might be time to donate them to someone who will experience what you felt when you plucked them off the beach.
5. Paper Clutter
The scary thing about this sort of clutter is that you know these piles can have everything from an article you saved about healthcare in 2013, to an old computer program, to a filed tax return from 2015. The list, again, could go on and on! If you tackle it, there could be no end to the time it will take to put everything back where it belongs, find places for those items that don’t have a home, and toss a few items in the garbage. You may need to have a friend/significant other help you with this one.
6. The Wrong Color
We all know that warm hues like yellow, red and orange spark our energy, that cool colors like blue, green and some purples are calming, and that neutrals are beige, tan and grey. If you’ve selected a color to decorate your room, and now find you hate going in there, then reconsider that choice. Let us help you make a better selection for your own well being, whether it’s a full remodel, changing the paint color, or just adding a splash of color through a few new accessories, artwork and throw pillows.
The furniture, family heirlooms and accessories in your home sometimes can be amazingly difficult to give to charity, but you need to see your home as space that needs to bring you joy. Value you and your space, rather than the things in your home. You need space to be able to participate in the activities that bring you a sense of well-being and satisfaction.
Generally speaking, starting small and taking one shelf, one drawer, or one box of “stuff” on one day is an excellent beginning. Often, this process gets easier the more you do it. If you need help to organize your “stuff,” then consider hiring an organizer who can help you to get things back in order. If you are having trouble getting rid of anything, then you may want to see a professional about a possible OCD condition (obsessive compulsive disorder) that’s preventing you from a full and happy life.
You want your home to be your personal sanctuary, where you feel completely supported and comfortable. You also want a place for entertaining your friends and family, yet you don’t know where to start. Let us help you create a warm and welcoming place to gather, share stories, and create new memories. Contact us today by going back to the cover page of this website.
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