Tips to help you clear your mind by bettering your home environment.
Everyone has a special relationship with their home – they see it as a sanctuary, a little piece of heaven, and they want it to be perfect. Sometimes you don’t get the things you hope for; While dreaming about a big house you end up staying in a small apartment, or you look around and notice that your home has become a storage unit filled with unnecessary trinkets. Living in a place that doesn’t make you feel comfortable can have a negative effect on you, so here are a few tips to change that by decluttering your home, and subsequently, your mind.
Make a list
First, in order to completely transform and declutter your home, you should know exactly what you have. Take a good look at every room and divide everything into three piles: the pile you want to keep, the pile you no longer want or need and the “not sure” pile. Anything that’s broken, damaged or that you haven’t used in a long time should leave your home. As for the “not sure” pile – you should get together with your friends or family and ask for their help on deciding what to do. Sometimes you need other people’s help to see things more clearly and to be more efficient.
Donate or make a yard sale
When it comes to things that are in good condition and useful but you just no longer need them, it would be a good idea to donate. You can easily get in touch with your local charity or your local church to see if they know anyone who might need something you have to give. On the other hand, you can also try organizing a yard sale or putting some of the items up for sale on eBay. This way, you will still get rid of things you no longer want or need in your home, but you’ll also be able to make some money.
After you declutter, it’s time to rearrange the things you kept in order to make the space look bigger and more inviting. The easiest way to achieve this is by moving the storage furniture such as shoe cabinets, drawers, and even closets into hallways.
Always chose wall-mounted TVs, try painting rooms in bright colors and don’t be afraid to hang a lot of mirrors as it makes the space appear bigger. If you need a bit more privacy for certain parts of your home without having to spend a fortune, you can use curtain room dividers. Not only are these convenient, but they won’t make you feel claustrophobic, and you can always open them up to let natural light flow through your home.
Invest in modular furniture
Sometimes even if we keep the bare minimum of things in a room, it can still feel cramped. The solution is to use multi-functional, modular furniture. Coffee tables with hidden drawers, multi-functional couches that turn into beds or have adjustable headrests, or simple ottomans with hidden storage space within them are all great pieces to have when you don’t have too much space in your living room. This way you will be able to make a room more comfortable and cozy without actually sacrificing that much-needed space.
Embrace good habits
It’s very easy to find motivation to change the way you live, but keeping that motivation and turning it into good habits that will stick might be a bit more challenging. Try to put in more effort into keeping your home clean and organized by making it a rule to have a big seasonal cleaning of your home.
Use the change of seasons as a sign that the time has come for you to go through your home once again and get rid of things you no longer need or want. These seasonal cleanings are great for your health too, as they keep you active, lower your stress levels and make you more productive at work.
Remember that cluttered rooms are usually a sign of troubled and disorganized mind, and by trying to keep your home neat and tidy you are helping yourself get rid of some of the emotional baggage you weren’t even aware you had. The most important thing is that the size of your place doesn’t really matter as long as you can call it your home and feel safe and at ease there.