Traveling is always fun, but there is nothing quite like your home. Regardless of where you call home, it is a space that is distinctly yours. This home is the place where you should feel the freedom to be and express yourself the most.
Research shows that people spend between 50 and 60% of their waking hours at home.
Therefore, it is important to create the environment in your home with which you are most comfortable. In other words, your home should be your sanctuary.
Here are some of the best tips to make your home your sanctuary.
Do You Need a Degree to Build the Home of Your Dreams?
If you are starting your life anew, redefining your space with a change of location, it is best if you can start from the ground up. If you know what you want, it is extremely beneficial to build the home of your dreams. If you know early enough to choose your college major, even better.
Now, this doesn’t mean you need a certain degree to remodel an existing home or build a new one. While it would certainly be helpful to get a degree in architecture or construction management — or even minor in one of those subjects while you’re in college — and make subtle, personalized changes to the home during its construction, you can also rely on those with the necessary credentials when you are adding to the heart and soul of the house.
Lighting is Everything
Lighting is exceptionally important for the health and serenity of your household. Keeping a home well-lit, especially by taking advantage of natural light, offers a clean, healthy, and productive living space. The more light you have helps ward off depression and health hazards, keeping you alert and productive throughout the day.
So, if you are decorating or remodeling rooms in your house, make sure you arrange the room to make the most out of the natural light.
Fortunately, even if abundant natural light is not possible, you can install light fixtures and decorate with lamps to ensure you are benefiting from light as much as possible.
Dedicate Each Portion of Your Home to Specific Activities
Many of the rooms in a house have a true purpose. The kitchen gets used largely for culinary endeavors, the bathrooms also take care of daily needs, and there is usually a living room where guests and families conjugate.
Although, most homes also have other rooms that are a little more ambiguous. These rooms leave plenty of room for imagination. Yet, to make your home a sanctuary, dedicate each room to an activity.
If you make this dedication, you will have an easier time organizing your home, and you will also create a purpose for each room, with its feel and spirit. Such creation will help put you in the mood for working or relaxing, depending on the room’s purpose.
Keep Your Home Clean and Organized
Clutter is distracting. Living in a dirty or even unorganized environment is unproductive on many levels.
First, it is distracting. The more stuff surrounds you, the more of a chance you will get distracted from your purpose of spending time in that area of the home.
Second, it can cause anxiety and possibly claustrophobia, which is the exact opposite of the purpose of a sanctuary.
So, make a plan and keep your home as clean and organized as possible.
Get Rid of Anything That No Longer Serves You
People change. Life is evolving. You are not the same person you were yesterday, last week, or a year ago. So, it makes sense that as you evolve, so too do your belongings.
It can be difficult to get rid of things, even if they no longer serve you. However, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, it should go.
There is often an emotional attachment to things that make them hard to part with, but you always need to remember that you still have the memory.
If you feel like you need to keep something, consider taking a picture of it instead. That way, you will always have a reminder of it, but it will remain in your heart instead of taking up space in your home.
Get Creative Outdoors
Your home is a reflection of you inside and out. Thus, it is important to beautify your outside living space as well as inside.
Whether painting your fence or planting an herb garden, taking your creativity outdoors gives you something to do and helps you showcase your personality and passions.
Ultimately, whether you want to make your home seasonally cozy or a year-round oasis, these tips will help you create the perfect personalized sanctuary where your soul can feel content and complete.