Monday: Garages & Socks
Creating a home you love requires taking the time to design a personal oasis where you feel relaxed and calm as soon as you walk through the door. So for the last day of “Home Week 2021” let’s take a “tour” of some other rooms in your home.
This exercise is done one room at a time.
Label two pages for each room in your home. First, walk through each space, listing what you like and don’t like from a purely personal perspective. Note what’s peaceful and comfortable and what’s chaotic and overwhelming. It could be as simple as “I love this room’s color” or “the sofa is awful,” to something more profound like, “I always go here to unwind” or “there’s nothing in here that I like.”
The next day, do another walk-through, viewing each room as if you were a potential buyer. Write those comments on the second page. These might include, “what a lovely view into the back yard,” “wow, this person must really like roosters,” or “this space needs airing out.” Try to be objective. By analyzing each room this way, you’re creating a handbook to use to facilitate change. There may be some rooms where there isn’t anything you like, but there are likely rooms with no or minimal changes that you could accomplish easily!
Questions By Room:
- Is it comfortable?
- Is the lighting adequate for reading or entertaining?
- Is there a place to put your feet up and relax?
- If you watch TV in that room, can you do that without being uncomfortable?
- Has it become a landing zone for things that don’t belong there?
- Are there breakfronts or sideboards filled with items you never use?
- Do you use your table for dining?
- If not, how can you remedy that or repurpose the room? (Sitting down at a table for meals (alone or with others) is an essential respite from your day, so make this space as beautiful as possible.)
- Are the necessary supplies in close reach?
- Is it organized and efficient? For example, orderly and current files (as opposed to sifting through a cabinet or pile of obsolete paperwork) help eliminate chaos.
- Can you use this space to open mail, update your calendar, or send notes to friends? (Notepaper, cards, and stamps, beautifully organized, make writing an actual hand-written note to someone so much easier.
- Is there adequate and, ideally dimmable, lighting?
- Do you have privacy?
- Is the room serene?
- You probably spend a fair amount of time beginning and ending your day in this space, so organization and calm are critical. Use plush towels (you don’t need an entire closet of them!) and scented products you like (peppermint, lavender, and lemon have soothing qualities). Place a plant where you can see it. And, if the bathroom is the only place you ever have any time alone, it’s even more critical to pay attention to the details!
Fostering peacefulness into your life by paying attention to all your rooms creates a home that feeds your spirit. And, when you raise your experience of living, you open doors that make other areas of your life more meaningful. Allow your creative energy to soar by living in a space that reflects who you are. It doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money, but it does require the awareness that you’re worth that.
Have a great weekend,
p.s.if you have any questions, reach out to me!
This has great content. Having just looked at many homes, I laughed at your rooster comment because truly, that’s the way some homes are. Being in limbo land and in a rental, I have plenty of opportunity to envision what my new home will be like and the consciousness of what I’ll put in my new living space. I have a clean slate which doesn’t often happen. Thanks for this article, I really enjoyed reading it.
Thank you, Betsy! Your new home is going to be amazing!❤︎