New Year’s Resolutions For The Home
Now that the partying is over and business is as usual, it’s time to start working on those New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I know. Every New Year’s eve you make one and every January 1st you promptly forget it.
But this year is going to be different. Yes, this year you’re going to get things done because this year you’re not going to vow to lose ten pounds or quit smoking. No, this year you’re going decide to work on your home instead.
It’s been proven time and time again that a person’s surroundings can positively, or negatively affect them. So this year, I challenge you to forget about what you want to change about yourself and instead make a few changes around your home.
Let’s start with clutter, which is not only ugly and unorganized but can also stress you out. An untidy home is nearly impossible to relax in.
After you’ve spent all day stressed from work, the kids and your finances, who wants to come home to a messy house that slowly sucks your energy? An orderly home creates a tranquil space with a soothing effect.
Taking simple steps to clear the clutter and organize the items in your home makes a huge difference and is also one of the principle elements to Feng Shui, (the Chinese system that improves life by receiving positive Qi, or energy).
Function also affects how you feel in the home, too. If furniture always feels like its in the way or the seating in your family room is awkwardly placed, it can interrupt the flow of your home and keep you from relaxing without even knowing it.
Enlist the help of everyone in your home to keep the place tidy and when you come home from a long day, you’ll feel a lot better being able to relax.
Once your home is in a state of clean peace, then start to consider how your home is decorated.
The color of a room and how it’s decorated can dramatically change the atmosphere and feel of your home. Reds and yellows create energetic feelings like happiness but also hunger (a good one to avoid if you would like to lose those ten pounds this year). Greens and blues are calming and relaxing, while purple and blacks can be powerful and elegant. Dark wood furniture elicits warm feelings, while stainless steel and metals can feel cool. Consider these things as you look around and figure out what kind of vibe your home is sending out.
Colors can also trigger memories so try picking colors that make you feel the most comfortable and happy. If a whole redecoration of your home is out of the question, then focus on accessories to brighten things up and create the feeling you want.
It can be as simple as new bedding for your bedroom or some accent pillows and colorful frames for the living room.
Taking a few steps to make your home feel better can have a dramatic effect on you and your family. With a little reorganizing and redecorating, you will create a space that’s calming and uplifting, which will have a ripple effect on you.
When you’re happy with your surroundings, you’re happy with yourself and that’s a great way to get yourself finally committed to those other long, procrastinated New Year’s Resolutions.
Here’s a few other quick tips to making your home, and yourself feel a whole lot better:
- Let there be light. It’s a scientific fact that humans need sunlight and not just for the vitamins it gives our bodies but because it actually makes us happier. Make sure to always have lots of natural sunlight in the most used rooms of your home to brighten your day, literally.
- Be Environmentally Friendly. It may sound cliché but it’s true that helping others makes you feel better about yourself and doing your part to protect the environment can have the same effect. So turn your home into a recycling, reusing and reducing machine!
- Donate Old Items & Clothes. Let go of any old furniture or clothes clogging up your home and donate them to those in need. Not only will it make you feel good, but it also will rejuvenate your home by getting rid of excess junk.
- Start A Home Project. Fix up that old chest in the basement or spruce up your bedroom with a wall mural. Doing something that’s fun and interesting rather than a household chore that you HAVE to do is an awesome way to inspire yourself. And once you’ve had a taste of success, it may motivate you to tackle something a little harder, like joining the gym (and actually going).