6 Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Home More

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When was the last time you spent a lovely evening at home? If you feel like you’re conjuring up a dim and distant memory – or worse, you simply can’t remember the last time – then you may benefit from changing things up a bit. But if you’re already strapped for time, then you may be reluctant to adopt new habits which will take up too much of the little time you do have.

That’s why we rounded up these simple ideas to help you to improve the time you spend at home. These tips are simple to achieve, but can create a real and lasting impact. Sometimes all you need to do is change one thing, and your day feels infinitely better. So, show your humble abode a little love today.

After all, there’s no place like home.

 

1. Arrange a cleaning routine

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Being organised will mean you can enjoy your home at its best, while also using your time effectively so that you can get the chores done efficiently, leaving you with more time to spend doing the things you love. Your home will be clean and comfortable, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy it that little bit more.

The trick is to tackle certain jobs regularly so that the cleaning doesn’t turn into a mammoth task. As Mrs Thrifty advises in her post about organising a daily cleaning routine, “Keeping your house clean and tidy may seem boring and a tad dull but living in a pig sty can really drag you down. Establishing a quick and easy cleaning schedule is the only way to do it.

“And honestly? Most people (apart from those over-cleaning types) don’t clean their house frequently enough, meaning they have to spend their precious weekends doing 7x the amount of work.”

 

2. Purchase a few good quality candles

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Candles can provide your home with a delightful scent, while also offering a beautiful, soft glow. Artificial lighting can be useful for working by, but when you’re winding down for bed a more natural light can help you to sleep more easily.

Apart from the benefits to your sleeping pattern, candles can help to make your home feel incredibly cosy and inviting. With that in mind, take a look at how your lighting is working in other areas of your home. For instance, the study and other workspaces like the kitchen should have bright lighting, whereas a table lamp with a softer light may work best in your bedroom.

Whenever using candles, though, remain safety conscious – never leave burning candles unattended, and only place them on appropriate surfaces.

 

3. Invest in a decent sofa

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To truly enjoy the time you spend in your home, you need to ensure that you are comfortable. And when you’re stuck with a sofa that feels like cardboard, it’s difficult – even impossible – to relax properly.

The sofa is a key piece in any sitting room, making as much of an impact on how the room looks as how comfortable you are in it. It’s worth spending as much as you can afford on a good quality sofa – it really will make a difference, and will be worth every penny. Go for a classic style that will work in your room for many years to come.

 

4. Take time away from the TV

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For many of us, getting home from work means putting our pyjamas on and switching on the TV. And while it can be easy (and fun!) to while away most of your home-spent hours in the living room, don’t forget to make the most of the rest of your home too.

Add a couple of plants to your garden, spend an evening enjoying a long soak in the bath, or tuck yourself away in a reading nook with a good book. Varying what you do in your home will help you to truly appreciate it – and as they say, variety is the spice of life!

 

5. Declutter, declutter, declutter

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A tidy house is a tidy mind, as they say. If you, like many of us, have been guilty of having a whole room dedicated to ‘stuff’, then your mind may well feel a tad less tidy than you’d like it to be. Taking a little time to clear out the things you no longer need will mean you’ll have more space to breathe – and in practical terms, you’ll have much-needed storage space.

Natasha at Candy Pop offers some great tips on decluttering effectively in this post. “Starting any task is tough especially when there are so many fun ways to procrastinate - yes I'm looking at you Pinterest - so I decided to set myself small goals like addressing a cupboard or drawer. Once I started to see the immediate results and feel the benefits I was motivated enough to continue.”

 

6. Make time to spend at home

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Of course, without being able to actually spend quality time at home, you won’t be able to enjoy it at all. Look at what takes up your time away from home; do you spend a long time commuting to work? Perhaps you could look for a job closer to where you live. Or maybe you could swap your weekly meal out with friends for the occasional dinner party at your place?

Finding ways to spend more time in your home will mean that you can properly appreciate it. And if you’re there more often, you may be more open to creative new ideas on how to decorate your home, or fun activities you can enjoy there with friends and loved ones.

 

Conclusion

If you have a home that you love, you’ll naturally want to spend more time in it. But if you find that you’re reluctant to spend time at home, then it’s likely there are some problems that need to be resolved. Take some time to figure out what these might be – it will be well worth it in the long run.

Your home should be more than simply a place where you rest your head. Invest some effort and time into creating a home that allows you to feel relaxed and secure, but also enables you to have some fun. After all, you know what they say about all work and no play!

Posted in Homemaking, Lifestyle on 29th May 2015

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