Man. This does not sound like my home… Readers Digest has put together a list of 13 things that happy people have in their homes. Does it sound like your place?
THEY HAVE MINIMAL CLUTTER
You need to figure out what is important. What you need and what you can get rid of or do without.
THEY DISPLAY MEANINGFUL OBJECTS
Trophies, important pictures, a souvenir from a trip. Keep them where you will see them and conjure positive memories.
THEY SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY
You don’t need to follow the latest design trends, if they don’t reflect your personality. Don’t worry what’s in a magazine, make your home fit you.
THEY CREATE A CALMING SPACE
Whether it’s a small reading nook or a little patio table to have your morning coffee, create a space where you can enjoy a little peace and quiet.
THEY BRING NATURE INSIDE
Green plants are naturally calming. If you just can’t manage to keep a plant alive though, dry or flake flowers or even nature pictures on a wall will do the trick.
THEY MAKE THEIR SPACE MORE SOCIAL
Design with friends in mind. Not every seat has to face the TV. Think about an area where you can gather and communicate.
THEY USE LIGHT WELL
Warm and natural light are great for relaxing and socializing.
THEY KEEP IT CLEAN
Well aren’t ‘they’ special… a clean house is a reflection of a clean mind.
THEY MAKE THE BEDROOM A RETREAT
If you can’t clean the rest of your house, at least focus on where you sleep. If you can see the bills or papers from your bed, it’s the last thing you see to end a day and the first thing in the morning. And lose the screens.
THEY FIND STORAGE SOLUTIONS THAT WORK
This goes back to clutter. Even if you manage to cram everything into a closet, you’ll be angry every time you open it. Store things in a way you can access them. If you haven’t used it in 2 years, get rid of it.
THEY CHOOSE MOOD-BOOSTING COLORS
Bright colours energize – kitchen or office space. Muted colours relax – bedrooms, family room.
THEY USE THE POWER OF SCENT
Oils and candles, but nothing over-powering, can calm or excite.
THEY FILL YOUR HOME WITH GOOD MEMORIES
Your home should be filled with family photos, something from a vacation, things that make you smile. Ditch the table you got from your in-laws as a hand-me-down that you’ve always hated. Or you can have the one that’s currently occupying too much space in my basement.