Quite often our homes can be a place of mass chaos, clutter and filled with stuff. It ends up being a place that’s not so haven-like and causes more stress than calm.
I typically like my space clean. But when I get home late during the week and have a weekend that’s packed with dull errands, my neatly cleaned space slowly starts becoming cluttered with things I “rested” on my counter until I got time to put it away. Then as the clutter grows, I find myself slowly starting to stress out about finding time to clean the clutter.
Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that define our daily lives. We just need a few tweaks to our daily habits.
So, if you’re like me here are some ways you can make your home a little happier.
CLEAR YOUR SPACE
Unsightly clutter can be stressful. It makes it difficult to find things, it creates obstacles and is just a visual distraction. Take three minutes to clear any clutter, by making sure nothing is left lying around or out of place.
Bring your space back to “Instagram ready” before you head out for the day. Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Project, explains that the three-minute task of making your bed is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness. The order creates a haven from stress.
I typically take 2 minutes to make my bed and fluff my mushy pillows. This way when I get home from a long tiring day, my bed is so much more inviting. I honestly just dive into it. It’s the best feeling in the world.
CREATE A GALLERY OF MEMORIES
Make your home a lovely gallery of positive memories. Display the amazing trips and experiences you’ve been on in your life. This is like humblebragging for your own space.
When your home is filled with these happy memories you can literally be in your happy place all the time because you’re surrounded by priceless experiences.
Don’t be afraid to add your favourite quotes to your gallery of memories too!
I’ve created a gallery wall in my bedroom. I selected a wall with no furniture on it so that as my memories grow, I have unlimited space to add to. I hang photos of the highlights of the places I’ve traveled to and fun family group photos.
This is a popular statement these days. Everyone is talking about acquiring gratitude and how to live a life a gratitude. But its so necessary though. You should aim to cultivate gratitude like it’s a beauty haul.
There was a time when I was not in the most positive place in my thinking, so I bought a pretty little gratitude journal. The journal required me to write one line a day of something good that happened to me.
As I wrote in the book over the months, it was nice to look back on all the good that has happened to me over time.
When you’re in a grateful state of mind, your perspective shifts from the negative to the positive instantly. You can easily start counting your blessings.
Take a moment to pause and reflect on a positive event from your day. Jot it down memory and notice your mood instantly lifted.
GET INTO THE HARD CHORES
It’s easy to get bogged down by all the irritating chores we have to do around the house. It can seem never-ending and quiet the burden.
We can’t avoid house chores unless we hire a cleaner. But if chores are left up to you, put a positive spin on them by putting on your favourite playlist and get into the grove while you clean. You’ll for sure feel better.
PRAY BEFORE YOU START YOUR DAY
Praying for the day ahead is like asking your BFF for help. Effortlessly ask God to help you with a challenge you know you’ll have to deal with in your day. It helps you be intentional about your choices and your attitude.
I love this, I do this and it makes a world of a difference in my day. My space becomes my safe haven. I can get geared up for the day ahead from my room. Doing this makes my home feel like an escape from the world.
You can pray about needing help being productive or dealing with a difficult or negative person.
Create EXPERIENCES AT HOME
Purchase items for your home that will get you excited about having people over. Entertaining brings an element of joy into any home. Especially if games are involved!
Buy a chic new dish set so you can show off your cooking skills to your girls. Or, buy a new board game, so you can host a super chill (or competitive) games night.
Or maybe, purchase a fondue maker so you can have a chocolate filled girl’s night in (a little chocolate won’t hurt).
One time I hosted an event at my house and bought cute decorations from the party store. I couldn’t wait to get home to put them up. I literally decorated 24 hours before the event.
Once the decorations where up and the table was set, it made me so happy to see my space look so festive. I was so happy with it that I kept the decorations up for a week. Every time I got home from work, it was a warm reminder of all the good memories of the event.
CREATE A SACRED SPACE
Find a place where you can be still, contemplate, quietly read a book, or be away from the movement of life. Think of this as your meditation space, it’s calm and grounded.
This can be your den, your balcony, a reading corner in your room, your porch or a park bench in your neighbourhood.
For me, my bedroom is my go to sacred space. I think many girls can say same. It’s my personal space. I have everything I need in there and it’s comfy. I can lock the door and have a quiet moment.
After reading these tips, what will you tweak or add to your home to make it a happier place for you?
What will you tweak or add to your home to make it a happier place for you? Don’t leave me hanging, share your plans with me in the comments below.