As a home design and DIY blog it’s easy to assume that everything is just how we want it at our house. Nothing could be further from the truth! There are so many things we would like to change, fix or upgrade in our home. It does bring happiness when we accomplish a project, but we know renovation and home decor is not what makes our home a happy place. We have to remind ourselves often that although there is much work to be done, it all can wait. Our happiness doesn’t hinge on what our house looks like. Our home is a happy one because of how we treat those within it’s walls.
6 Home Design Ideas for More Happiness at Home
1. No home is perfect.
The fact that no home is perfect, along with the idea that home should always be changing and growing, drives my thinking on what I want our home to be. A homes imperfections can actually make people feel more comfortable in it because just like no home is perfect, no person is perfect either. Make peace with the mess. We live and thus we mess things up. It’s a never ending process of picking up and cleaning up. It doesn’t mean failure, you’re simply using the gift of your home.
2. See and Feel Your Home Through Other’s Eyes
What do others see or more importantly feel when they’re in your home? I want my family and the people that come into our home to feel accepted and nurtured. It’s important for us to ask how we can do this for others. This could mean having a cold drink ready on a hot day or offering a cozy throw blanket on a cold day. Whatever you choose do so with the thought of what would make those under your roof feel wanted.
3. More is Not Better
More stuff does not equal better. Make sure what you purchase for your home is a good buy. What’s a good buy? Something at a price you don’t mind paying and really, truly love because it causes you to feel delight. That is a good buy. If we’re honest not many things can do this and that’s why having too much stuff is not a good design choice.
Owning fewer pieces that are highly curated by you will bring a longer money to happiness ratio.
4. Focus on what’s completed.
Like the Italians make living an art and focus on the beauty in your home right before your eyes. It could be that freshly painted wall, or maybe your arranged the fruit beautifully in your favorite bowl. Whatever it is acknowledge the blessing of it’s presence in your life. Be thankful for what is.
5. Let go of some of your creative ideas.
At least for now. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Home projects take loads of time and energy. If you are bursting with ideas write them down so you don’t forget them and they’re not floating around in your head. You may or may not get to them and that’s ok.
6. Do not ever compare yourself to other homes.
This might be the hardest advise so far, but I promise you it’s a life saver. Avoid comparison like you would the plague. It can lead to jealousy which leads to depression and stifles the creative spirit in all of us. Free yourself by understanding that there is only one you and because of our homes are an extension of us your home is unique. The process of building home will need your attention. Don’t take away from it by focusing on how your home stacks up to other homes. That’s pintless and takes away from all your hard work.
Hopefully you’ve been able to take away ideas that will help you feel happier in and with your home. Be encouraged that you can put together a space where you feel safe while surrounded by the things and people you love the most.