For a lot of us out there, our relationships with our homes can probably best be described as “complicated.”
We want our homes to be our own personal palaces – the kind of places where we can retreat from the world, relax in the kind of luxury that ancient royalty could hardly have dreamt of, and just recharge our batteries.
Of course, all that implies that your home is in pretty good condition, and is relatively organised. If, on the other hand, your home is a complete cluttered mess, and every room looks like a bomb has gone off in it, it’s pretty unlikely that you’re going to feel as cosy and positive as you’d like.
Here are a few tips for how you can improve your relationship with your home.
Treat it as if it had a soul
Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo enjoyed a round of popularity a few years ago with the release of her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and is now in the public eye once more for her hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
With all that attention, it was inevitable that people would start writing curious articles about her, and investigating some of her ideas.
It turns out that one of her regular practices – greeting your home every time you return from an outing – is not actually a common Japanese custom at all.
All the same, there may be something to the practice. When you treat your home as if it “had a soul” you’re more likely to treat it with respect, deal with the tidying up on a regular basis, and be more mindful of how you interact with your immediate environment.
Treat it as an ongoing personal project
If you look at some of the examples of apartment architecture that you’ll find in home and design magazines, you’ll be pretty blown away by what people have managed to turn their living spaces into.
Often, we end up falling into a “rut” so to speak, in relation to our homes, because we settle in and then think of the home as “complete”, or “done.”
Instead of being so quick to consider your home a completed project, however, why not treat it as an ongoing project?
By viewing your home as an ongoing project, you put yourself in the mindset to always look for ways to improve it, and also keep yourself excited and motivated by it.
Get into a regular habit of organising, decluttering, and appreciating your most valued possessions
No matter how great your home could otherwise be, if it’s chronically cluttered, dirty, and generally chaotic, you’re not going to be able to appreciate it in the way you should.
The only solution is to get into a regular habit of organising, and decluttering, and to stay on top of the organisational tasks.
This, then, will help you to appreciate your most valued possessions properly, not to mention your home itself.