We spend most of our time at home, especially now that we are forced to stay indoors because of the pandemic. Our homes are where we bond with our loved ones, raise children, build memories and identities. Simply put, our homes serve as the place to build our foundations, so we must allow enough time to make our house even better.
Here are the things you can do to make your haven even better:
Clear the clutter
Remove the things you don’t need. If your clutters are still functional and in good condition but you just outgrew them, take it as an opportunity to earn money or help others by donating them. If it’s not functional and unsightly, come on, bid your farewell to it already!
As Marie Kondo pointed out in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, when you start to declutter and start holding on to things, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If not, it will just be there lying around occupying the place you could have for other things or to simply be that—space.
Light it up
There are two things you can do:
- Take advantage of natural lighting
- Use artificial aesthetic lighting
I recommend the first one since natural light has many health benefits, and you can feel the ambiance of your home be much lighter.
If your house does not have many big windows, you can also light it up while styling it up with chandeliers aside from other artificial light sources your house has. It will also stand as a statement.
Studies show that being surrounded by plants boosts productivity, improves concentration, and reduces stress levels. There are great varieties of plants, so just choose based on your preferences and desired plant location. Opt for plants that can also optimize a night’s sleep and will continue to release oxygen at night. Plants can instantly bring life to a boring room, especially when contained in nice pots. Some plants may not like it hot, so don’t place them in a room with plenty of sunlight. Others can perfectly live with zero sunlight. Just like with your significant other, get to know the needs of your plants so you can rest assured that you are doing your part in helping them grow.
Yes! It gives your plain walls character since it can easily be the focal point of a room and be a conversation piece, so better choose the artworks you’re going to hang carefully. It can be an art bought from a local artist or a drawing or painting done by your youngster. The art you hang will have a big impact on the room, so choose meticulously.
Put effort into the interior
Even the simplest furniture and decorations can turn out to be amazing, especially when placed and arranged right. You can do this on your own, but if you don’t have an eye for design, you can also hire the services of an interior designer who can help you with space and layout planning, furniture and accessory placement, fabric and material selection, and color coordination.
This may be counterintuitive since you would like to have a clean, organized, and tidy home. Some pets can indeed be uncontrollable, but that’s why you’re there. You can train them. Aside from other people living in the house, pets can certainly bring a whole new world of love and fun to your house.
Fill it with love
It may sound cheesy, but a house can only be genuinely beautiful if the people that live in it will fill it with love and peace. You can have all the money, and things money can buy in this world, fill your house with expensive things and still live an unhappy life. Having a close relationship with the people you live with is the key to unlocking the joys of what truly matters. There will never be a perfect family since we are all imperfect humans living in this flawed but beautiful world, so try to love those people given to you as much as you can. Fill the house with laughter, joy, and love.
There are a lot of ways to make your house look better. First, clear the clutter. Then light it up, adopt plants, hang art, put effort into the interior, adopt pets. Lastly but most importantly, a house without love will be like an expensive perfume bottle without perfume—pretty, yet empty. Fill a house with love, and you’ll live in a home.