In theory, your home is meant to be the place in the world where you feel the most comfortable and where everything is most well organised and arranged to make you feel your best.
In practice, what often ends up happening is that our homes become stuffy, messy and chaotic and end up losing a lot of the “magic spark” they one seemed to possess.
Well, the New Year is upon us, and there’s no better time to set about breathing new life into a jaded home. Here are a few tips on how to do that.
Go for a deep clean of all carpets and upholstery, and consider investing in air purifiers
Over time, every house ends up becoming dusty and dirty to the degree that a simple round of vacuuming can’t completely fix things.
When that time arrives when your carpet and upholstery are saturated with dust and odours that don’t seem to want to go away, it can be very easy to just shrug and carry on as usual. In fact, what you should be doing is contacting an expert carpet cleaning company, breaking out the steam cleaners, and going for a heavy duty home care routine.
One of the main issues that develops as your home gets older, in particular, is that dust, mould, pet fur, and other allergens are much more likely to be free-floating in the air. This can cause chronic inflammation and all sorts of health problems to impact you and your family. In fact, you might even end up suffering from “Sick Building Syndrome.”
To “breathe new life” into your home, consider investing in air purifiers and air-purifying house plants, too.
Give your home the Marie Kondo treatment
Japanese cleaning sensation Marie Kondo hit the world stage in a big way with her Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”
There was a “love her or hate her” reaction among many people – but even if you don’t want to go quite as all-out as Kondo herself, giving your home a de-clutter in line with her basic principles might be a good idea.
Go through your belongings and get rid of things that don’t have an immediate and significant functional purpose, or that don’t cause you to feel a “spark of joy.”
Emptying your home of accumulated clutter is one great way to make it feel more lively again.
Change some of your own habits to encourage greater mindfulness, and adjust your home layout to support that
Often, our homes don’t really support us and uplift us, but rather just act as the half-ignored backdrop for our web-surfing and TV-watching sessions.
Try changing up some of your own habits to encourage greater mindfulness in general. How about reading more books and watching less TV? Then, adjust your home layout accordingly.
Maybe a new bookcase would support you in your reading habit well, or maybe getting a bigger table for the living room would mean more family meals together.
Your home shouldn’t just be a casual backdrop, it should be a place that supports the most important connections and features of your life.