here’s not too much to celebrate in January. The weather can be grim and the world isn’t the happiest place at the moment. The likelihood is that you’ll be spending a lot of time in your home. Coronavirus is still around and reaping a deadly toll worldwide
. With vaccines being rolled out there’s light at the end of the tunnel but still…seems like a lot of people won’t be going out and about anytime soon. If you’re going to be stuck at home, it might as well be somewhere you want to be. This means that with the New Year now in full swing, you might want to make your home a better place for you and your family. Of course, each home is unique. Not just because of the home’s layout itself, but because people like their homes set out in different ways. Try something different, you might like it. That being said, try to narrow the advice down so that you can apply it in your own way to your own home. Good luck!
Turn Up The Relax Factor
Being able to relax in your home is incredibly important. If you don’t feel at ease at home, where will you? Getting it to feel relaxing can be quite easy but it depends on you and what you need to give you that relaxation. It might be that you need to improve your bathroom. Check out your showers and bath, it might be that you can pull relaxation from new fixtures and fittings in your bathroom. Have you got a place to relax in your home? Somewhere away from the hustle and bustle, where you don’t work? A particular chair you can curl up on and read or listen to music? If you don’t it might be putting some effort into finding one of these places for yourself. If you can properly unwind and relax in your home you’ll always have somewhere to recoup from the rigors of the day. It doesn’t matter what kind of home you’re living in, there’s always scope to find somewhere to properly unwind.
Simply giving each room a splash of color can completely change the way you look at your home. Even if you like the colors, simply repainting each room can make a big difference. It isn’t too hard to do. If you’ve got a bigger home it’s more of a time suck but you can do it at a slow pace all the while knowing you’re making a key improvement. You can hire painters to do this for you too, if you wanted to save your time or if you’re not super into DIY. Make sure you buy a tester or two first though before going all in as it’ll dry darker than how it looks in the first instance. This is a surefire way to get the home feeling a little different and give you that new feel.
A lot of homes absolutely shed warmth. Don’t worry because there are ways to combat this. For a start, see if there is a draft coming from somewhere in your home. The air coming from there will make your home a lot colder and cost you some money. Once you’ve eliminated the draft, check the windows. If they’re old the seal might be broken in places and you can usually fill these in using caulk. It’s pretty cheap and you can do it yourself. You might choose to have the windows replaced completely, upgrading to triple glazing. Insulation is important too. Loft or cavity wall insulation can keep the home warm. Other than that, it might just be that you need a new boiler to better manage the energy flow around your home. Leakage costs you money after all.
Change The Furniture Up
This is simple and costs you nothing. Simply change the way your home is oriented. Move the TV to another wall and the sofa to the opposite side and it’ll feel like a different room. If you combine this with painting the room it’ll really feel different. You can do this in your bedrooms too of course. Changing the beds and wardrobes around can freshen things up. Add new bedding into the mix and you’re onto a winner. Small additions and changes can really make a difference and imagine doing this in a few places around the home? It can really feel like somewhere new.
If you don’t feel safe then how are you going to enjoy your home? Once you’re safe your home will certainly take on a new feel. Start off with security. Can you properly lock your doors and windows? If you can’t, address it right away. A home alarm can give you that peace of mind too if you’re feeling a little vulnerable. Then check your smoke alarms. These are available on Amazon just make sure they’re safe and not restricted brands. Place it on the landing and one in the hall. Check your carbon monoxide alarm too. Make sure this is in every room where you have a fossil fuel burning device, such as a boiler. This will ensure that you’ll be made aware as soon as there’s any leakage.
Find Your Working Zone
A lot of people are working from home at the moment, and are likely to for the foreseeable future. If you’re in this boat it’s worth putting some time into getting your working arrangements in order. This means finding a place to work at home. It might be that you have a spare bedroom you can turn into a study. A desk in the corner is all you need. Try not to work from the bedroom, because you associate that with sleep and it can be hard to switch off at the end of the day. The same can be said in your living room. Working from a dining table can work at a pinch, but try to secure a desk. The chair is important too. Using the wrong one can be bad for your back and your general wellbeing. Find what works for you and stick with it.