Working from home several days I week I find that I struggle with actually relaxing at home. Especially as a DIY blogger who has projects in various stages in need of attention. The secret is to give each space a function and purpose.
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Your home is supposed to be a place of tranquility and calm.
It is supposed to be the place you can relax after a long day, where you can forget about everything that has happened outside of those four walls. However, household stress is a very legitimate thing. While you might have loved your home in the beginning, you now find problems everywhere, and this is enough to make you wish you were anywhere else.
The answer is to make your home more functional, but how can you do this? Here are four tips to get you started.
Revolutionize Your Space
We took our dated screen porch to a fully functional and relaxing all weather sunroom this year.
If you’re in the mood for a rewarding DIY project, knowing how to revolutionize your space is a fantastic place to begin.
Most people simply consider rearranging the layout, but there’s so much more you can do with this. The secret is to make the most of what you have, without making your home look over-packed, or even under-decorated. This could start with a barn door hidden TV cabinet that draws attention away from a common household item, and instead focuses on the unique decor.
You can also think about multifunctional furniture with storage capabilities that will reduce how much you need in a single room.
Keep Out The Pests
One thing that can make your home feel dirty and gross is the presence of pests, especially during the summer, although winter also brings them inside, making it feel like you’re sharing a home with a bunch of squatters.
Keeping the pests out through screens, professional help, and mosquito control will help you maintain a clean and hygienic home. This gives you one fewer issue to worry about when you’re trying to maintain your house, and it ensures you can plug any gaps around windows or the roof to prevent the issue from reoccurring.
Do Not Ignore the Chance to Declutter
This statement just makes me smile!
As time goes by, you accumulate more and more items. Even if you moved into your home wondering how you’d ever fill the space, these items might be overflowing, and you are running out of places to keep them.
I have 16 closet spaces in my home and when we bought the house I never imagined filling them up. Now 14 years later I need to purge about half of them.
Decluttering is good for the home, but also the mind. You need to be ruthless, of course. There are some items you and your family won’t want to get rid of, but if you can’t even remember where you got it from, it’s time to say goodbye.
Know Where Everything Is
After decluttering, you can easily find a space for everything to ensure you know where everything is. If you’re someone who puts things in place for the time being, it’s time to stop this immediately. You can find quality storage solutions almost anywhere, while labels and reorganization can also help your home feel more functional.
Whatever you need, you can find it easily, and you don’t need to think about where it could be, either.
A functional home is a happy home. You have made the most of your space, and you no longer trip over toys, books, and coats while walking through with a hot cup of coffee.
I no longer have kids in my home but with four dogs, their fur and chew toys are a constant source of stress for me around our house.
This is only the beginning, though. You (and everyone else) need to maintain this functionality to help your home make it to the next level. It is never a once and done type of project.
But if you constantly try to maintain and work on your existing spaces, especially those you want to be able to relax in, you will win the battle for your home.