Do you feel less than happy when you’re at home? Some people don’t realize that their home can be a huge source of their unhappiness. If you feel like your home could be making you miserable, take a look at the advice below. You’ll find plenty of things that could perk up your home and make you happier – so read on to learn more:
1 – Get Serious About Taking Care of Your Clutter
Being surrounded by clutter is not a fun way to live. If we want to be happy at home, everything needs a place, and we need space to luxuriate and relax. Getting serious about taking care of your clutter is key. Here are some pointers that could help you:
- See if you can go paperless with your bills and other documents.
- Sort letters out and decide what to do with them as soon as you get them. Putting them to one side only encourages you to leave them and deal with them at a later date.
- See if you can get rid of one thing, no matter how small, each week, or even day.
- Don’t hoard. If you haven’t used something in 6 months or more (unless seasonal), you are unlikely to use it again.
- Keep your surfaces clean and pretty, perhaps place flowers on them. This will encourage you to keep them free from clutter and avoid using every available surface as a dumping ground.
2 – Get Rid of Toxic Products
If there are toxic products in your home, you could potentially be making yourself ill without realizing it. Certain cleaning products and even candles contain toxic ingredients! See if you can use more natural ingredients, perhaps even homemade. Soy candles tend to be healthier than traditional candles. Look into healthier alternatives to anything you already use.
Keep an eye on toxic mold that can grow in certain rooms in the home, too, especially damp rooms such as the bathroom.
3 – Keep It Clean and Hygienic
Keep your home clean and hygienic. If you need to hire somebody to come in once a week and do it, it’s worth it if you don’t have time to do it yourself. Dust, allergens, and other issues in the home can end up making you ill, irritating your sinuses, and causing other problems. Don’t let this happen to you! Many people don’t have time to keep their space perfectly clean, and this is nothing to feel guilty about. If you have a full time job, it’s hard to balance everything. Take a weight off your mind by hiring somebody else!
4 – Try A New Color Scheme
Colors have moods associated with them. Try a new color scheme in your home and you might just find that you feel happier day to day. Orange and yellow are particularly happy colors, but you might make your mind up based on the rooms to be painted and how you want to feel in them. You can mix up colors too, but you should use a color wheel to ensure that your choices either match or clash perfectly.
5 – Surround Yourself With Things You Love
If you want your home to make you happy, you should surround yourself with things you love. If you don’t love something already in your home, get rid of it! Be more picky about the things you bring into your home, too. Avoid impulse purchases and instead think about items for a considerable amount of time before parting with your hard earned cash.
6 – Let In More Natural Light
Natural light is one of the most important things we need as humans. It helps to improve our mood due to the increase in happy hormones and vitamin D. Many of us don’t get enough time outside and vitamin D as it is, so letting in as much natural light as you can is key! You can do this by swapping out your window dressings for something that allows you full control of the light, or by getting rid of window dressings completely – just keep your privacy in mind. You’ll also want to consider whether you need to change your doors or windows to allow for more natural light. You can get an idea of what is available on this homepage. If you want to let more light into your home with new doors and windows, try choosing a door that has a little window for extra light!
7 – Purify and Beautify
Purify and beautify your space with lots of plants. Plants can be another great mood booster, and they also purify the air! The more you add, the more beautiful your space will look, and you’ll boost your health to boot. Just make sure you choose plants that you know you can care for. Snake plants, for example, are a wonderful way to purify the air in your home without having to spend too much time keeping them alive. Remember that each plant needs different light levels and amounts of water.
8 – Use Mirrors To Reflect Light And Space
Mirrors can help you to enhance smaller rooms, and even light up dark corners when strategically placed. They are great for reflecting light and space, and even adding some character to your home if you pick an unusual style or shape.
9 – Show Off Your Tastes
Your home should be a reflection of you, so make sure it shows off your tastes. Show off any collections and souvenirs that you’re proud of, and put up artwork that makes you happy. Generic artwork can sometimes look tacky, but artwork that has been commissioned or even found in an antique store can look incredible! You could even create something yourself if you’re arty and want to show off your skills.
10 – Make Your Bed Every Morning
Perhaps your unmade bed is making your grumpy when it’s time to climb back into it at night. Some experts believe that an unmade bed could actually be healthier, as it airs it out in between uses. However, making your bed first thing in the morning can help you to get into a good frame of mind and feel accomplished first thing. You’ll also feel much better when it’s time to climb into it at night!
11 – Give Away Unused Hobby Supplies
Do you have unused hobby supplies laying around your home, reminding you of the things that you thought would be your next favorite thing, but didn’t stick with you long enough? Do yourself a favor, and give them away or sell them. Be honest with yourself. Are you likely to use them again? If not, make some extra money with them and free up your space. Don’t let them make you feel bad any longer!
12 – Make Sure It’s Safe
Making sure your home is safe will give you peace of mind and ensure you don’t feel scared when home alone at night. Install CCTV, but up signs, make sure your locks are sturdy, and don’t advertise when you’re away on social media. There are plenty of other things you can do too, such as installing the correct alarms and making sure it’s lit properly. Don’t procrastinate on this, or you’ll wish you had done something about it sooner.
13 – Think About What To Do With Childhood Keepsakes
Childhood keepsakes can be great, but if you have nowhere to store them, it could be time to let them go. Rather than make us reminisce over our childhood, they can actually make us miserable because of the mess they make.
What are you going to do to perk up your home and your mood?