With the start of a new year (and being home for three weeks after my surgery), I found myself looking for ways to improve how my home works for my busy family. Ways to accentuate living well in my home.
And while my to-do list grew quite long (turning my old office into a lounge space for me is near the top), I thought I would share a few easy ways to improve a home and hopefully your quality of life.
2. Bring the outdoors in – With all of this cold weather we’ve had lately, cut a few branches from your yard to add some greenery and life into your home.
Winding branches make such a dramatic yet effortless statement that don’t need to be maintained like orchids or other flowers. The texture and scale that branches contribute to a space will add a beautiful layer to your existing design, AND it doesn’t cost a dime. It may not be summer, yet, but we can pretend it is almost here.
3. Closet consistency – How often do you stand in your closet thinking you have nothing to wear? The problem may lie in the fact that you can’t see half of what you own.
I recently tossed every single hanger in the house and switched to clear plastic hangers for me and color coordinated ones for my girls (and when they go back to school, the specific hanger goes with them). They come in several colors and the key is to buy each person their own color. Not only do these slim hangers take up less space in your closet, but they look nice and clean.
I pulled out a few things to give away, but the consistency in the hangers and hanging clothes by color and type made all the difference in the world. I’ve found myself spending less time figuring out what to wear because of this simple, esthetically-pleasing change.
4. Make a list of projects you want to accomplish – January is a great time to make a punch list of things you’ve been wanting to do around your home. I try to group alike tasks together and make a goal to complete a few each month.
For example, a client just contacted me about designing her Screened-In Porch so it would be completely ready for entertaining in the summer. We’ve done almost all of the other rooms in the house and this room was always put on the back burner.
On a smaller scale, maybe you have been wanting to switch out some of your light fixtures that are beginning to look dated or replace a Living Room sofa that has seen better days – add these to your master punch list and begin putting effort in getting them accomplished.
What will it take for you to live well, or should I say, live better, in your own home? Take a few minutes and think about it. I bet the answer is not far away.
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