It’s not easy, figuring out the missing ingredients that will make our home extra enjoyable to be in. But perhaps even thinking in this way is incorrect. Instead of trying to suss out how to make our home better, we should instead look at the things that we know compromise our enjoyment of our property. If we make sure that our home doesn’t suffer from any of these things, then we’ll be walking along the right path. From there, it’ll be all about tweaking things here and there. But what are the main culprits, when it comes to holding our home back? We take a look at a few things below.
When you walk through your doorway, do you think “Ah, home sweet home”, or is there an internal sigh taking place in your mind? If it’s the latter, then you need to change things up. If you’re getting bad vibes from the second that you walk through the door, then you’re going to have to work extra hard to bring the good vibes back elsewhere in your home! Start as you mean to go on, as they say. Look at making entering your home like entering an oasis. Make it bright, make it spacious, make it smell and look good.
Too Much Clutter
We might like the overall design of our home, but if we’re surrounded by too much clutter, then we won’t be able to see it. And this isn’t the only thing that having too many items clogging up the space can do, either — it also clogs up our mind. You’ll find it much more difficult to relax if you’re surrounded by goods that you know, on one level or another, you don’t want or need. So get rid of them, and reclaim some of your space! Get a cheap bin hire for your home, and fill it with the belongings that you haven’t touched in the past six months. You clearly won’t miss them, and in the process of clearing space, you’ll be giving your home a breath of fresh air that makes it more enjoyable to be in. Nice!
There are certain areas of the home that are more important than others, especially when it comes to cleanliness. You can live if the space where you do your laundry is less than pristine; it’s not the end of the world. But there are rooms when a lack of cleanliness does make a difference, such as your bathroom and kitchen. If these are beginning to feel a little grimy and deep-dirty, look at changing things up. You’ll find that your entire home feels much nicer if you’re able to take a shower and not leave the bathroom feeling dirtier than when you went in.
Forget traditional comfort boosters like pillows and cushions and so on; the biggest difference when it comes to unwinding is the lighting. If yours isn’t quite right, then you’ll find it difficult to sink into the deep pleasures that your home can and should provide. Sometimes, it’s not obvious that the lighting IS the problem…until it’s pointed out. The problem stems from two sources: a lack of natural lighting, and poor artificial lighting. If your home suffers from these issues, then take a look at letting in more natural light to your home (there are plenty of ways!) and changing out your lighting to something more cozy and atmospheric — it’s much better to have multiple side lamps than one large overhead light, for example.
Lack of Privacy
How nice it is to have an outdoor space in which to unwind. However, if your yard doesn’t seem overly private, then you’ll find it difficult to truly relax. How can you, when, at the back of your mind, your semi-conscious that one of your neighbors could be peeking into your yard? The best way to get around this feeling is to make your yard more private, which you can do by adding a fence or hedge, adding covered spots, and all-around “building up” your outdoor space (the more there is to look at in your yard, the less “on display” you’ll feel).
And talking of neighbors, nothing will disturb the peace and serenity of your home like noisy folks who insist on making a racket all day and night. You could love everything about your property, only you can’t enjoy it, because of people who don’t even live there! Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for it. There are two things you can do. First, talk with your neighbors — if they’re kindly folk, they probably didn’t even realize that they were disturbing you, and will take steps to stay quieter. If that doesn’t work, or the noise is coming from multiple sources, then soundproof your home. This is actually easier than it sounds, and can be very effective.
The High Cost
You can have the most beautiful home in the world, and still not enjoy it. You know why? Because the home is too expensive. If you’ve overspent on your property, then eventually you’ll come to regret your decision, and you’ll resent your home. Even if the costs aren’t crippling, high bills will always have a detrimental effect if you can’t comfortably afford them. There are always ways to lower costs, however. You could start by renegotiating your mortgage, for example. From there, look at reducing your monthly expenses — it’s not always possible to reduce household bills by doing things like cutting cable, downgrading your internet package, and being more careful about your energy usage.
Some people go all out to make a beautiful home, and then, when it’s finished, look back and realize they’re missing a crucial factor — comfort. A home should look presentable, but there’s more to a house than the aesthetics. If this is the case, look at giving your home a comfort-boost by upgrading the fabrics, improving the ambiance, and paying more attention to what feels good, rather than what looks good.