It seems like the world’s tempo is accelerating in a way that makes us unable to control our lives. We are either too busy, too stressed out, or too confused about our emotions and the result is a negative feeling that we have at the end of the day.
There are things making us unhappy that are out of our control: a horrible boss, losing a job, an illness of someone close to us. But there are ways to improve our general situation and to feel better, even if we can’t solve those big, burning problems at the moment.
The first step to creating a better life is to find peace in your home.
Things that make us unhappy in our home
There are some things that really bother us in our house, but either because we’re busy with other things, or because we don’t know how to recognize our needs, we are blind to them.
Those issues can be:
- A messy house
- A partner who isn’t much involved in house matters
- Furniture and room decorations that you don’t really like
- Not enough windows and light
- Not enough guests
These are only a few things that can really bring you down without you even realizing what’s bugging you. Sure, you can see that your bathroom needs cleaning, but until you really clean it, you won’t know how much it’s been going on your nerves.
Redecorate your home
Take a look at your house, all its rooms, and think about what you could change. If your apartment is too dark, you need to open it up somehow. Don’t use curtains or shades, remove furniture that stands in the way of windows or make another window if you have to – but you really need a lot of light coming in.
Try painting your walls a more cheerful color, spray-painting your wood furniture to make it look vintage, buying or making new stuff to warm up the room. Use interesting and original ideas to redecorate. These remodeling activities can be very cheap if you and your partner agree to have a fun DIY adventure. They can also be very therapeutic, especially if you work listening to some great music.
Talk to your partner
If your partner is the main problem things aren’t better organized and more fun at your home, you need to talk to him/her about it. Don’t make the conversation sound like an accusation, but rather as a constructive idea how you can improve your lives. You can discuss it over a romantic dinner with candles, nice music and wine that won’t look like a bribe but as a demonstration of how you should enjoy your home and your time together in full.
This article was written by Allison Moody, a writer, avid reader, amateur dancer, food lover and many other things. She is currently working on promoting her new FREE online app Labeley that lets users design their own beverage labels.