Our homes and home life play a major role in our overall outlook on life. One study even found that 73% of people who are happy with their homes are also happy with their lives. This same study also revealed that our homes account for 15% of our total happiness, which is much more than our jobs (only 3%).
This helps to explain why over 70% of Americans are planning to redecorate their spaces this year. So, if you’ve been planning on shaking up your home design, but haven’t gotten around to it yet, the time is now. By making your space feel more like your own, you’ll be able to connect back to yourself and feel a whole lot happier in the long run. So, here are 10 ways to make your space your own.
10 Ways To Make Your Space Your Own
1. Get Rid Of Clutter
Are you someone who gets overwhelmed with clutter and doesn’t know what to do about it? Well, it turns out you’re not alone. Over 50% of Americans are overwhelmed by the amount of clutter that they have and more than 3 out of 4 people have no idea what to do with clutter or find it too complicated to deal with so they let it build. Rather than allowing clutter to take over your home and office spaces, commit to truly making your space feel like your own, and finally rid yourself of all that clutter once and for all.
Since we know that the struggle is real when it comes to decluttering, it’s important to have a plan in place. Instead of thinking that you need to declutter your house or space all at once, start small. Pick a room in your home or apartment and focus on decluttering that one specific area. If that’s still too overwhelming for you, set a timer for ten minutes and then see how much clutter you can get rid of during that amount of time. And if that doesn’t do the trick, ask your friends or family to help you get organized. Or, if you have room in your budget, consider hiring someone to help you declutter and clean your space.
In addition to experiencing the joy of having a clean space to work and live, research has also found that cleaning and decluttering your space can help you gain a sense of control over your environment, improve your mood, and increase your focus since the chaos of a cluttered space can impact your ability to focus and limit your brain’s ability to process information. So, if you’re eager to reconnect with yourself and your space, commit to decluttering your home.
2. Use All Available Storage Spaces In Your Home (Or Get A Storage Unit)
Chances are that there are going to be items that you cherish and simply don’t want to part with while you’re decluttering. However, those items may also take up a lot of space. So, rather than getting rid of those things, pack them away and take advantage of any storage spaces that you have. You can use bedroom and hallway closets, kitchen cabinets and drawers, or even under-stairway space if that’s available to you.
However, if you’ve already maxed out the storage under your bed, in your linen closet, or on your balcony, ask your building if they have storage space that you can use in the basement. If you’ve checked everywhere and just don’t have any free storage options available, consider paying for an off-site storage unit. Then you can pack up and store any out-of-season clothes, shoes, and furniture at your storage unit. This will give you more room for your own personal use, and also the ability to get to your things should you need them.
3. Choose Soothing Colors For Your Space
Colors have power. In fact, research has shown that colors can either boost our mood and make us feel calm or trigger aggressive or depressed responses. So, if you just feel off whenever you go into a specific room in your home, take a look at the paint color on the walls and the color of your furniture in that room.
To give you an example, there are certain colors that you should avoid painting your bedroom walls. Red may activate your mind too much during bedtime, dark brown can make your bedroom look gloomy and confined, and the color orange bursts with brightness, which is exactly what you don’t want when you’re trying to sleep. That’s why you should try to select a more calming color for your bedroom instead of one that will energize you. Then there are colors like yellow, which can be problematic since many people dislike the color, while others see yellow as a warm, joyful color that can generate positive, optimistic emotions.
As a rule of thumb, tranquil blues, greys, and greens can create a quiet, more relaxing atmosphere. Just keep in mind that it’s not only the color that you choose, but also the shade that can impact your emotions. A less saturated, bright green color can make you feel more relaxed and calmer, while a darker, more saturated green can invigorate your senses. The color green has also been linked to more creative thinking, making greens an ideal choice for home offices and art studios.
Since your home’s color scheme has a lot riding on it, it’s important to really test out the paint colors that you’re considering, especially at different times of the day, to see how they’ll look in a particular room. Also, don’t get too stressed out about picking colors. You can always paint over a color in your home if it’s just not right. And remember, whites and beiges are great options, as well.
4. Decorate Your Walls With Removable Wallpaper
Are you someone who rents and isn’t allowed to change your wall color? Luckily, we’ve got a solution for that very problem: removable wallpaper. That’s right, you can add color or a cool design to your wall in only a few minutes by using removable wallpaper.
Removable wallpaper is an excellent option for people who are renting since your landlord will never even know that you put wallpaper up in the first place after you remove it thanks to no residue being left behind. Therefore, removable wallpaper also makes it easy to change up your style every few months. So, even if you own a home, if you’re someone who gets bored looking at the same thing over and over, removable wallpaper may be the perfect solution for you, as well.
5. Divide The Room
Depending upon where you live and who you live with, your free space may be extremely limited. So, to make the most of the space that you have available, consider dividing the room.
Before you start to worry about how you’ll be able to pull this DIY project off, we promise it’s a lot easier than it sounds. Curtains and book shelves can provide personal space without taking up a lot of it, and tall plants and mirrors can also create the illusion of separation. So, play around with these options and figure out what works best for you and your roommate.
6. Add A Rug
If you want to make your home feel comfy and cozy, put a rug down. Choosing the right-size rug for a particular room will help make your space a more inviting one to spend time in. Soft area rugs will also ground your room and the furniture in it, while giving structure to your space.
7. Enhance Your Lighting Scheme
Natural light offers a number of health benefits, including boosting your vitamin D levels, warding off seasonal depression, and improving your sleep. So, don’t block your room’s natural sunlight. Instead, keep your shades pulled up and your curtains pulled off to the sides.
Another easy way to get more natural light in your space is to hang a mirror on the wall to help light bounce around your room. However, if you don’t get a lot of natural light in your room throughout the day, consider adding both a table lamp and a floor lamp. This way there will be light coming from different heights around your room. You can also use candles for mood lighting, as well as to add an air of calm and relaxation.
8. Make Your Bedroom (And Bed) As Cozy As Possible
We probably spend around a third of each day in our bedroom, assuming that we’re all getting the recommended seven or more hours of sleep per night. Therefore, we might as well make our bedroom and bed as cozy and comfy as possible.
Some ways that we can add extra coziness to our bedroom are to use well-made blackout curtains (in order to make our bedroom truly dark at night for sleeping), place a wool area rug down next to our bed (so we can start each day off on the right foot), and select calming, peaceful artwork to decorate our bedroom with. And since the goal is to create a cozy bedroom, try to avoid bringing in too many elements, or else you run the risk of making your bedroom feel busy and cluttered.
When it comes to creating a comfy and cozy bed, it’s important to invest in a good mattress and mattress cover. A quality mattress will help you sleep better, while a good mattress protector will help your mattress last longer. You can also make your bed cozy by choosing nice white (or neutral) sheets, selecting a good duvet or comforter that will keep you warm, but also let you breathe, and adding several comfy pillows. To complete the comfy and cozy look, place a wool or cotton throw blanket at the end of your bed.
9. Surround Yourself With Photos Of Your Loved Ones (And Your Favorite Memories)
There’s a sense of comfort that comes from being surrounded by the people you love most. So, to make your space feel homier, display framed photos of your loved ones, as well as your favorite photographed memories. Then if you ever need a quick pick-me-up, just look over your shoulder and you’ll feel loved and supported.
10. Create A Private Space In Your Home Just For You
Reconnecting to ourselves doesn’t always require grand gestures. Sometimes it’s as simple as carving out time and space for ourselves in a place where no one else can find us and we can sit in silence with our own thoughts, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
So, find a private space in your home where you can practice guided meditation, dance when you feel like it, or create art. The key to this special place is that it’s somewhere you can go to do what makes you feel good without any interruptions. And if you don’t have a lot of private space, then pick a time when you know everyone will be out of the house and you can do anything and everything that you want then!
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