It shouldn’t really come as much of a shock that most people probably want to feel comfortable in their homes. After all, you’re going to spend the vast majority of your time there and feeling tense and uncomfortable is going to make your life much more difficult than it needs to. Your home should be the place where you can escape all of the stress and tension that, like it or not, tends to be a big part of everyday life. If you don’t have somewhere to decompress and relax at the end of the day, you’re going to end up feeling tense all of the time which can have some pretty horrible consequences for your life overall. But what can you do? As much as many people would like it, your home isn’t always going to be as comfortable and pleasant to be in as you might like. With that in mind, here are just a few things that you can do to feel as comfortable as possible at home.

Keep an eye on the light

A lot of people tend not to realize just how much of an impact light can have on the quality of their home. The way that your home feels can often be significantly altered by the presence or absence of a decent amount of light. Have you ever walked into a room and it just felt kind of cramped and small, even when you had plenty of space to move around? If you have experienced this, then there’s a pretty good chance that it was because of the lighting in it. A poorly lit room is always going to feel smaller than one with plenty of illumination. Of course, not every room is going to need the same kind of lighting. Natural light is the only thing that you should be trying your best to get into every single room. Keep your curtains open during the day and try to get as much sunlight in as possible. However, think about the way you want to feel in each room. The energy of your kitchen is going to be pretty different from the energy in your bedroom, so you’re not going to want the same type of light in both.

Get a good night’s sleep

Speaking of your bedroom, there are few places where you want to feel more comfortable and relaxed than in your own bed. In fact, the quality of your sleep can have a huge impact on how you feel on a day-to-day basis. A lack of sleep can leave you tense and irritable, making life much harder than it needs to be. If you’re struggling to sleep, then it could be because of a number of factors, but you shouldn’t ignore one particularly large possible factor: your bed. Even incredibly simple things like being able to keep your pillows fluffy and comfortable can make a big difference. Make sure to fluff them every day. Make it a part of your regular routine to give your pillows a good fluff every time you make your bed. Not only that but putting them through the tumble dryer on low heat from time to time can help keep them firm without losing the softness that you need to get a good night’s sleep. You should also make sure that you’re changing your sheets regularly. Nothing makes for a bad night’s sleep more than musty, unwashed sheets.

Keep the house at a decent temperature.

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No one wants to wake up every morning to a house that is essentially one large ice cube. Of course, you also don’t want to spend your evenings unable to sleep because you’re sweating buckets into your sheets. Whether you’re using your aircon, central heating, or just opening a window, try to keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature as much as you can. Sure, for a lot of people this might not be the cheapest option, but there are plenty of ways that you can keep your home comfortable without having to waste huge amounts of energy. A set of replacement windows that provide greater insulation in cold weather is going to make it much easier to regulate the temperature of your home without having to rely on your heating all of the time. You can also do simple things like setting your heating up on a timer so that your home can get nice a warm just as you get home from work or wake up in the morning. The same applies to your aircon. That way you can always feel comfortable, but you don’t have to worry about having them running all day long.

Tidy up

We all know the old cliche “tidy house, tidy mind.” However, as annoying as it might be, it actually does have a pretty significant amount of truth to it. Being surrounded by mess is just going to make you feel tense. Nothing sets you up for a bad day more than coming downstairs and finding that there are still piles of dishes all over the kitchen from the night before. Even if you just want to dive into bed after dinner, take the time to do the washing up so that you can wake up to a clean kitchen. This same idea applies to every room of the house. You’ll feel much happier getting into a well-made bed at the end of the day, and nothing will make you feel more stressed than spending your time running an obstacle course of toys, clothes, books, and anything else that are littering the floor. Taking the time to do a little bit of tidying here and there can make a world of difference to the way that your home feels.

Make it personal

Have you ever been to someone’s home and felt like you may as well have just walked into a showroom? As though there’s absolutely no personality in the house at all? It’s a bizarre feeling, isn’t it? This usually happens because whoever lives in that house hasn’t taken the time to make it personal to themselves and their lives. Fill your home up with memories, and you’ll find it becomes a much more comfortable place for you and your family. It doesn’t take much, a few family photos here, a couple of mementoes there, and you’ll find that your home feels more like an extension of yourself, rather than just four walls and a ceiling. Little touches like this can turn your home into the kind of place that you would be more than happy to come back to every single day and escape the stress of your day-to-day life.

The truth is that it’s not always easy to turn your home into the kind of comfortable space that you really love. However, putting in that effort is always worth it. After all, your home is the place where you will likely end up spending the vast majority of your time and you want to be sure that you’re making the most of it. A lot of people make the mistake of deciding to just move on to somewhere new when they start to have frustrations with their home but doing this is often just a matter of kicking the can down the road. It’s often far better to make the most of the home that you have rather than going through the same process of falling in and out of love with a new home every few years over and over again.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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