Your home should be your haven.

A complete expression of your personality – from wall color to the thread count of your sheets. But whether we realize it or not, most of us run our homes on autopilot. We get so busy focused on work, responsibilities, and relationships that our homes often end up neglected. 

Think about the TV show Hoarders – most of the people featured on the show have troubled lives. The state of their home is just the manifestation of what is happening to them personally.


Your turn. Take a moment to consider the current state of your home.

What does it say about you?

  • Is it outdated with furniture and accessories that don’t quite match up with who you are right now – or who you’re becoming?
  • Is it cluttered or lacking good flow?
  • Do you feel heavy when you come home or warm and cozy?

It may be time to give your little sanctuary a little attention. Small steps to sprucing up your space can go a long way. After all, it’s up to you to create a space that functions well for all aspects of your life.


Purge

Of course, your home should feel lived in. No one wants their home to feel like a museum. But there’s a defined line between a lived-in space full of warmth and decor that reflects who you are, and a cluttered home.

Having rooms piled high with belongings is not just aesthetically unappealing, it also can have a detrimental effect on you, in more ways than one. You can experience feelings of stress and overwhelm, it may affect your concentration, and you probably won’t enjoy your home as much as you should. Make sure you regularly clear away the extra… aim to create a minimalist living space. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you.


Detox

Your home should be your sanctuary from the world. But let’s be honest, that’s not always the case. It takes a focused effort to make our homes a relaxing space for us to unwind.

You may not be able to overhaul your entire house right now but start with one space. Decide on a room in your home that will be designated your zen zone. Add pillows, artwork, books, and candles to set the tone of the atmosphere. You’ll understand quickly how much peace and serenity you can achieve at home just by giving each room a little attention.

Tip: Bad Vibes? Take stock of items in your home that you avoid or don’t like to look at. It may be an old piece of furniture or a chair your ex bought you that has outlived it’s welcome. Don’t hesitate to get rid of it. Throw it out or list it for sale and use the proceeds to upgrade the accessories in that space.


You

The most important thing to remember about this process is that it is all about you! There are no rules. Your space should be an eclectic curation of things you love. From the furniture to the type of soap in your bathrooms, the aim is not to please others – it’s to create your own authentic space! Each room should ooze your personality and be in sync with who you are and what you love.  

Tip: Don’t know where to start? Hop on Pinterest and create a board full of all the home interiors that speak to your style. That way you’ll know what direction you want to take your space in and not end up with a hodgepodge of thrown together stuff.

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Home Office

If you’re like me and you have a home-based business or even a home office, you know the importance of having space that is conducive to your productivity and a joy to work in. But sometimes you can become so focused on your company, that your home office may get a little neglected. 

Make sure that you have a designated workspace in your home. Your office shouldn’t double as the storage room or a closet (unless absolutely necessary). It should stay clear of clutter, be outfitted with furniture that is comfortable and functional, and have good lighting. 


Technology

Your home is capable of doing much more for you than you think. From Bluetooth speaker integration and playing music in every room to my programmable Keurig, I love integrating technology into my home. I’m still amazed at how much more (consistently) comfortable the house is with the Nest Thermostat. Installing it has been life-changing. If you’ve been on the fence about adding technology to your home, stop! You’re definitely missing out.

According to this article (on johnquinnteam.com), installing home automation features can also slash the cost of your energy bills. Having a home that responds to your needs and puts money back your back pocket? That’s a win-win!


What have you done to make your home your sanctuary? Post your tips in the comments!