When we start a new year we make resolutions that typically relate to our health and well being. Things like diets and fitness take precedence over other factors that can contribute to a happier us. Things like our home!
Most of us spend a heck of a lot of time in our homes, so why not focus on making it the type of space that makes you feel peaceful, satisfied, happy and comfortable. Below are a few tips on how to make your house feel like a home without breaking the bank and without making you feel overwhelmed.
- Only display the items you absolutely love. Think about storing those practical items that aren’t so pretty to look at in cupboards, closets or purchase a few storage boxes or baskets to stash them in. Put the pretty stuff on display. ALL the pretty stuff! Add those special dishes you never use on open shelving or in a display cabinet. That artwork you covet but didn’t get around to hanging – hang it already! Drape your favourite blanket over the sofa. Use pretty untouched glassware in unusual ways like on your desk to put pens and pencils. The point is, if you love it find ways to show it off!
- Clean out your cupboards and closets. I keep my home clean and tidy, but open up my closet and it’s a whole other story. I keep stuffing more and more into my closets yet I never go through the items I’ve already stored away. I plan on cleaning out those closets this month and I know it’s going to feel so damn good!
- Fix anything that needs fixin’! We all have that “I’ll get around to it someday” list and it always is in the back of our heads that certain things around the house need to get fixed. That sofa leg that broke 3 years ago (thanks babe for fixing it for me!), that chair that needs to be reupholstered, that tile that cracked… get to it! Why not write that list out and tackle one project a month? Think of how satisfying that would be.
- Each month purchase one small item that will make you feel good about your home. A new pillow for the couch, new linens for the bed, a pretty vase to display weekly blooms, a new door mat – these are all things that could bring a little (or if you’re like me – A LOT of) satisfaction when you get home from a long day.
- Buy a plant! Not only do plants provide cleaner air and have tons of health benefits like boosting your mood and lowering risk to illnesses, but they brighten up a space and are the perfect spot for that little empty corner by the window.