Ways To Make Your Home More Livable
Let’s face it, if we aren’t comfortable in our homes, then we aren’t going to be happy spending time there. The next thing you know, you are hanging out at other folks homes or at the coffee shop avoiding going back to your place because you can’t stand being there.
It doesn’t have to be this way you know. You too can make your home into a space that you love to spend time in, reading a book, watching the latest series on Netflix, or just hanging with your pets. We want you to be happy, so we put together these tips on how to make your home a cozier place to be in.
Get Some Plants
Plants truly help you get the place feeling like a real home. Just like pets give us company, plants add another dimension of life to our abodes. Not only do they look pretty, they improve the air quality as well. Some plants that are great at recycling your musty carbon dioxide filled air include aloe vera, eucalyptus, dracaena, peace lily, and the Boston fern.
Of course, before you go out and buy some plants you need to take a few things into consideration. First off, do you have pets? If so, then some of the plants we just mentioned could be toxic to animals so be sure to check for that before you put one in your home.
Next, think about how well you are at taking care of plants. Then check the care requirements for the varieties you are interested in. If you are new to taking care of plants then start out small.
The best part of all this is the greenery in your home will give you a sense of comfort only other living things give to one another.
Create A Special Place
Some call it a nook, others call it a cranny. You can call it whatever you want but we call it a place that you can call special. If you live alone you might want to designate it for reading. Or, if you like to watch television, then put your comfortable chair in front of it.
The idea here is to create a space in your house where you relax the second your behind hits the cushion. To make it more cozy, you can throw a few soft blankets on the chair, find something to put your feet up, and place a table within your reach so you can keep your tea, your tablet, or your novel on hand when you need them.
Light It Down
Overhead lights are great, but they are intended to put a shine onto your activities. When we are ready for relaxation bright lights seem to cut into all of that. This is why you should create a lighting theme.
Lamps should be available around your home, especially next to the places you enjoy sitting the most, to offer a softer alternative to illuminating overhead lights. Also make sure any table or floor lamps you put into your new cozy home come with a dimmer because you never know exactly how bright you want a light to be.
Get Rid Of Clutter
This is possibly the most important thing you can do to make your home feel more like a place you love than one you want to avoid. If you have boxes of things hanging over you, or stacks of books lying around that have no home you need to do some serious purging and organizing.
Purging sounds frightening but if you think about it seriously, there has to be something in your house you can get rid of. Maybe a few pairs of shoes you don’t wear anymore. How about the dresses, or dress shirt, that you love but doesn’t fit you the right way so it stays in your closet.
The rule of thumb for clothing is one year. If you haven’t worn it in that time then it’s time to get rid of it. The same can go for shoes and accessories, although you never know when you might need that brown belt or that cute antique red bag.
If you are dead against getting rid of something that’s fine. Find a place for it and keep it there when you aren’t using it. If you don’t use it in a year then try to get rid of it then. You can sell things online or donate them to a local charity or goodwill.
Once there is organization to your home, you will feel more at ease and less anxious. Clutter tends to breed anxiety and can create a difficult environment for relaxation.
Make It Smell Good
Even if it’s just cleaning, make sure your place always smells great. You can do this with candles, deodorizers, incense, and oils. There are great scents available like lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, and chamomile, which are all soothing and relaxing.
The most important thing you can do for yourself is to make sure the place you live is welcoming and inviting to you. Why? Because you spend more time there than anyone else. So start being selfish and turn your home into the comfy relaxation spot you’ve always wanted.