Your home should be your happy place where you’re able to come home and decompress after a long day.
If you find yourself surrounded by clutter, dark colors, and dysfunctional rooms, you may not be able to enjoy yourself as much as you’d like.
Finding ways to make your home a happy and healthy space is essential to your wellbeing and will reflect your mood daily.
Here are a few ways you can refresh your home:
Declutter Your Belongings
Do you buy items you already have because you don’t have enough storage, or you cant easily find them when you need them?
Or maybe you worry that you “might” need something one day, so you save all your belongings “just in case.”
Perhaps you’re busy with every other aspect of life that you don’t even know where to begin, so you live with chaos instead.
Clutter is not uncommon in any household. But if you want to establish a healthier and happier home, it’s essential to identify how you accumulate clutter so you can prevent it in the future.
A cluttered home can lead to a cluttered mind leaving you frustrated and unable to focus.
While your home is supposed to be a relaxing space, it can be hard to feel happy when your surroundings are all out of place.
Identify pieces that can go into the trash and others that you can donate.
Giving your belongings, you decide to keep a designated place will allow you to stay organized and find them each time you need them.
If you struggle finding a method to declutter that works for you, there are plenty of ways for you to get and stay organized.
Add Some Colour
It may not be something we actively notice or focus on, but color can indeed affect how you feel.
Through color, you can convey your personality and set the mood in any room you choose.
Research has revealed the effects of particular colors and the places they work best in:
- Red is an intense color that can raise a room’s energy level. It works best in areas for entertaining such as the living room or dining room because it can stimulate conversation.
- Yellow communicates happiness and can feel welcoming. This color works well in kitchens (as it can stimulate your appetite), dining rooms, and bathrooms. Be cautious of how much yellow you use throughout your home as it can also cause feelings of frustration and anger.
- Blue is considered calming, relaxing, and serene. Blue works best in bedrooms and bathrooms, which are places associated most with relaxation. Interestingly enough, shades of blue can evoke different feelings. Warmer blues work best in social areas, but dark blues can create feelings of sadness.
- Green has natural and therapeutic qualities and is suitable for almost any room in your home. In the living room, green can give off warmer effects that promote warmth and connection.
- Neutrals such as black, white, gray, and brown are the most versatile colors. Black can create depth to a room, and white can brighten a room.
Revamp Your Bedroom
We all know that there are benefits to a good night’s sleep, but do you know how to rest up?
Use color psychology to determine which color you find to be the most relaxing and use it throughout your room.
As mentioned before, blue hues are considering calming and relaxing and can promote sleep.
If you don’t want to use blue in your bedroom, grays, silvers, and neutrals will remind your brain of the moon and night sky, signaling to your brain its time for bed.
While natural light provides plenty of benefits, it can have adverse effects in the bedroom. Light connects us to the weather, time of day and year, regulates our internal clock, which helps to balance our sleep cycles.
Try rearranging your furniture so that natural light is abundant during the day, but you have optimal darkness at night.
Too much light at night—whether it be from outside, a nightlight, the television, or your cellphone—tricks your body into thinking that it’s not the time for bed.
Blackout curtains are a great option to keep any light from the outside from flooding in through your windows when you’re trying to catch some z’s.
Redecorate Your Home
Adding in sentimental pieces around the house can make your space feel warm and cozy.
A gallery wall full of photos is a great way to spruce up an empty wall. Pictures of family and loved ones will remind you of fond memories evoking feelings of love and happiness each time you view them.
Plants are also a great addition to any room, and there are many benefits to doing so. They can help purify the air, help you de-stress, and allow you to focus. Also, if you bring in colorful flowers, natural pops of color can set the tone of your space.
Install larger windows, create an inviting outdoor space, or place decorative lights to ensure your area feels bright and inviting instead of dark.
Renovate Your Kitchen
Kitchens are the gathering place of the home and therefore can become cluttered and messy.
Pantries and kitchen cabinets are considered one of the most cluttered areas of a home.
Think about it: all of the Tupperware with missing lids, extra pots and pans, and the all too famous junk drawer.
If you feel as though you don’t have the extra space for all of your kitchen essentials, plan out a renovation.
You don’t have to gut your entire kitchen to make it into a functional space for you and your family.
On average, homeowners spend $2,000 to $8,000 for kitchen cabinet installation based on the size of the remodel. The addition of more, or larger cabinets, could make or break the storage in your kitchen.
If storage isn’t the issue for your kitchen, a great way to boost happiness is the addition of an island. Islands are a great way to have a central gathering point for friends and family to enjoy each other’s company.
These are just a few ways to make your home a happier and healthier space for you and your loved ones.
Be sure to have fun with your home projects as it will be a direct reflection of who you are and an essential aspect of having a happy home.