A happy home is more important than you might think. Forget about a job that you love and a thriving social life, start with your home and the rest should follow. Our homes are places we live and spend our free time. We might live with friends, a family, or perhaps alone. They are where we start and end most days, so it makes sense to get it right. A happy home is a creative, productive, loving, and social one. It’s one that motivates us each day to go to work and strive to be the best we can be. Equally, we can’t wait to get back to it after a hard day’s work. So how can we look after our homes and create the ultimate haven of happiness?
Functional and Fun
A happy home needs to be relaxing and aesthetically pleasing, but it also needs to be practical and functional. This can be one of the hardest things to get right in any home, nailing the multi-purpose agenda. When we’re in a hurry we need our homes to be the right layout and have all the right accessories to make our lives easier. When we’re entertaining or relaxing, we’re more concerned with the right look and ambiance. It’s possible to do both.
A drinks tray is a functional piece of homeware which also doubles as a beautiful room accessory. It saves you from having to go back and forth to the kitchen to make drinks. When it’s not in use, it still looks great. Bottles and glasses are a lot like books, they look good on display with little effort. It’s also a good way to minimize clutter. Clutter is another obstacle to a happy home. A messy and unclean house can make us feel deflated and down. Keeping things organized, tidy, and clean will improve our mood and how we feel in our homes.
Safe and Secure
Having a happy home is also about feeling safe and secure in your home. It doesn’t matter what kind of neighbourhood you live in, security is important. It’s important in a literal sense, in that we don’t want our things stolen, or to have an accident at home. But feeling secure is also important because it gives us peace of mind and allows us to relax at home. There are some small things you can do to keep your house safe. A secure lock is one. Leaving your keys away from the letterbox is another. Getting your boiler checked regularly also minimizes the risk of health issues, and the need for a new boiler. Locking your windows and doors at night is a good idea too. Getting to know our neighbours also helps us to feel more secure.
Creativity and Calming
Lastly, have things in your home that make you feel happy. It could be a photograph which evokes a strong memory, or perhaps a painting you bought with a friend. Whatever it is, it will help you to relax at home and feel happy. Surrounding yourself with things that make you feel good is a great motivational tool. Posters and other creative items work well too.