Refresh Your Home, Refresh Yourself!

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Do you ever get that feeling where things in your life just seem kind of tired? As though, no matter what you do it’s hard to shake that feeling that things have gotten just a little bit stale? Of course, for some, this could be the sign of something pretty serious, but for the vast majority of people, it’s a sign that you need to mix things up a little bit. That being said, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to mixing things up in your life. After all, it’s not that you want your entire life to change, it’s just that things don’t have the same spark that they once did. Of course, if that’s the case then there’s one place that you should definitely start with: your home! For a lot of people, the root of these kinds of feelings can be traced back to their home. When you’ve lived somewhere for a long time, it can often be pretty difficult to remember the way that it initially made you feel. The excitement that you felt when you first moved in and made the place your own. The solution that a lot of people decide on is to move somewhere new. Sure, this will solve that problem for a while but what happens when you start to feel the same way again? Are you just going to bounce from place to place, never really feeling satisfied? There is, of course, another option. Refresh your home! Make it feel new and exciting like it did when you first moved in. Not only will this make your home a more pleasant place to be, but it will do wonders for refreshing your mood as well! With that in mind, here are just a few things that you can do in order to refresh your home and make things feel a little brighter and more exciting again.

Tidy house, tidy mind

This is one of those clichés that you’ve probably heard over and over since you were young. For the longest time, it probably felt like something your parents said just to get you to tidy your room. However, as you get older, you start to realize that they may have had a point all along. It’s actually incredibly difficult to concentrate on what you’re doing if you’re constantly surrounded by mess and clutter. By making sure that your home is always as neat as possible, it actually becomes much easier for you to feel comfortable and refreshed. One of the most difficult things is that there’s often mess in your home that you don’t even notice since you spend so much time around it. Look at the counters and shelves in your home. There’s a good chance that there’s far more junk on them than you really need and the impact that this kind of thing can have on the way your home feels is pretty significant. You might not notice the mess when it’s there, but you’ll really be able to feel its absence once you’ve tidied the place up.

Color matters

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There’s a rather odd trend among a lot of people to decorate their home in the blandest, least interesting way possible. This often seems to come from a fear of decorating their home in a way that will end up looking ugly or tacky. While this is a solid idea in theory, what ends up happening is that your home has no discernable personality of its own. White or cream walls with furniture to match only really works if you’re willing to contrast it with bursts of color. If that’s how you want your home to be decorated, then make sure that you have plenty of colorful prints, paintings, ornaments, and whatever else you like all over the house. Otherwise, you might want to consider bringing color into your rooms in a more significant way. To start with, why not pick a specific wall in your living room and make it a feature wall? You can either choose a bold pattern or a vibrant color and paint the entire wall with it. Not only will this create a huge amount of visual interest for anyone the moment they step into the room, but only doing it with one wall will prevent it from dominating everything else too aggressively.

A fresh start

We all know that wonderful feeling when you first get into bed the day that you’ve changed your sheets. There really is nothing quite like it, and you often end up getting a much better night’s sleep because of it. So why not take this idea and extend it to other aspects of your home. Your sofa may end up looking rather drab and dull, so why not take off the cushions and covers and give them a wash as well. Or if you really fancy a change, and you have the budget for it, why not replace it altogether. The same goes for your bedding. You can get plenty of high-quality bed sheets online and if you’re really in the mood for a change, why not replace your mattress. If your mattress is relatively new, then you might at least want to try flipping it over. Just doing something simple like that is often enough to make it feel as though you’re sleeping in a completely different bed!

A change is as good as a rest

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If you’re starting to feel bored of your house and you’re tempted by the idea of starting over somewhere new, why not try this instead. Rather than going to a new home, make your old home new. Look at the rooms in your home and ask yourself, “why are they laid out this way?” This might seem like a simple question, but it’s not one that many homeowners actually end up using a lot of the time. Most of the time we simply end up laying out a room in the most obvious way possible. Of course, sometimes that way is obvious because it’s the most functional, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the most interesting. Why not experiment and try different things. Instead of having every seat in the living room pointed at the TV, why not point them at each other. That way you and your family can sit and enjoy each other’s company rather than just staring at a screen every night. The best thing about doing this kind of this is that, if it turns out that you don’t like it, you can just change it back to the way it was. It’s cheaper, easier, and much less permanent than trying to start over somewhere completely new.

Get to the jobs you’ve been putting off

You know what I’m talking about! We’ve all got those jobs that we spend ages putting off because we just can’t be bothered or because they’re such a pain to deal with. Jobs like clearing out the attic or organizing the garage. Just having these kinds of jobs hanging over your head can be enough to make you feel stressed out and tense when you’re at home. The ridiculous thing is, you’ll probably find that these annoying jobs aren’t nearly as bad as you’ve built them up to be and will take a lot less time than you expected. Not only that but, once the jobs are finished, you can finally stop stressing out over them and get back to doing the things that you actually want to do with your time!

Let there be light!

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Light is one of those rather odd things that is much more heavily based on how it makes a room feel rather than how it looks. Sure, you’re going to be able to tell the difference between a room with all of the lights on and a room that’s in complete darkness, but in between those two extremes, things can get a little bit more difficult. Have you ever stepped into a room and it just felt kind of cramped, even though you could clearly see that you had plenty of room to move around? The chances are that you felt that way because the room simply didn’t have enough light in it. Bringing more light into a room can make even the smallest space feel positively cavernous. If you feel like you’re a little bit squashed in your home and you can’t quite figure out why, look at the light sources in the room and ask yourself if they’re really doing enough. Of course, the best source of light possible is the sun, and you should always make sure that you’re letting in as much natural light into any room as possible. However, where you can’t get as much natural light into a room as you would like or, of course, it’s night time, then you need to think about different light sources. Make sure that there are no areas in a room that are overly dark and if that is the case then it takes very little effort to set up a lamp in that area and bring the light of the room up a notch. Of course, the style of light you use will depend on the room. Bedrooms favor warmer, more relaxing light, while bathrooms and kitchens are better suited to a colder, brighter kind of light.

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