3 Ways to Make Your Home a More Uplifting Place to Be*

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The sensation of coming home after a long day of work and sinking into the sofa is probably one of the most universally appreciated and uplifting everyday experiences on offer, right?

Not so fast. Sure, you probably enjoy clocking off from work every day, but if your house is chaotic, messy, dust-covered and allergenic, and just generally unappealing in a wide variety of ways, your initial appreciation for being off the clock will probably be dampened pretty quickly by the feeling of dread and apathy that sinks into your bones shortly after opening the front door.

At the end of the day, your home can and should be a place which can serve as your refuge from the annoyances and grievances of the outside world, but it can also be a stressful environment that brings you down rather than lifting you up.

Here are some ways to avoid falling into that trap — or to get out of it if you’re already there. Here are some tips for making your home a more uplifting place to be.

Increase your lighting as much as possible

It’s truly incredible how much of an impact lighting can have on the way your home makes you feel. If you live in an area with a good degree of sunshine, at decent elevation, without any obstacles in the way, and have generous skylights and windows, along with white painted walls, you can expect to more or less feel vital and positive every day when lounging around your home.

If, on the other hand, you live in the equivalent of a dungeon, where sickly grey twilight and dull yellow bulbs are the best you can do, expect things to be much grimmer.

To improve the vibe of your home, one of the first things you should do is to see about improving the lighting features in your home, both in the sense of art deco lighting features and the like, and also in terms of enhancing natural light exposure.

Focus on quality over quantity when it comes to your furnishings. Limit clutter

Some people are compulsive shoppers and collectors of stray curios. One or two quirky ornaments here and there probably won’t do any harm, but stuffing your house to the rafters with kitsch trinkets will, sooner or later, cheapen and clutter the whole mood of the place.

Focus on quality over quantity when it comes to your furnishings. Go for those items that serve a good purpose, are pleasing to your aesthetic sensibilities, and feel substantial.

Try not to over-fill your space.

Create easy “social spaces” within the home

The exact details of this will differ from home to home, but, particularly if you have a family home, it’s always worthwhile trying to create easy “social spaces” in the way you organise the layout of your property.

For example, a small kitchen, tucked away in one corner of the home, and a small living room on the other side, isn’t a good recipe.

Having a joined kitchenette and living room space, however, will bring more fellowship to the home. Kids or guests will watch TV in the same space as the adults who are cooking, and everything will simply be more uplifting as a result.

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