We’re all striving for that picture-perfect home. After years of living in the same place, the original spark that made your house feel so warm and welcoming might have faded. Perhaps you’ve merely come to take your home for granted but there’s always a chance the problems run deeper than that. Things might have started to fall apart or the interior design might have started to look a little dated. It might be time for a makeover. However, a full renovation project requires a lot of money and a lot of spare time if it’s to be completed properly. If you don’t have either of those resources then you’re probably not even entertaining the idea of giving your house a makeover, right?
Well, perhaps it’s time to reconsider the possibility of redesigning your home. This isn’t just about improving your household in an aesthetic sense but in terms of practicality. A complete home is one that feels comfortable as well as one that looks comfortable. If you’re still unsure as to what improvements you could make to your household without spending a lot of money or endless months working on it then here’s the definitive guide to a happy home.
Put Safety First
A safe home is a happy home. When you’re responsible for an entire family, it becomes absolutely crucial to create a safe environment in which your children can grow without being put in danger. You should put protectors on the corners of sharp tables to stop your little ones from injuring themselves with bumps to the head, first of all. Slippery surfaces are also something you need to think about; that’s why carpets are often a better option than hard flooring. And as for staircases, you should put up barriers as a form of protection to stop your kids from falling and hurting themselves. Essentially, child-proofing your house needs to be a priority as a parent.
You should also consider security in terms of home intrusion. It’s not something you want to think about but burglaries can be avoided if you put security measures in place. A CCTV camera and hedges in front of ground-floor windows are both things that can deter criminals from breaking into your home. You could even get your property checked by a police officer if you have reservations about the level of security in your household. Many law officers will be more than happy to help give you advice as to things you can do to help reduce the threat of home intrusion. It might help to put your mind at ease to get a second opinion and rest easy that your house is as protected as humanly possible. It’s also smart to make friends with the neighbors so that you have a line of defense in place when you go on vacation or simply spend a night out. Sparking that community spirit means everyone on your block can look out for one another when you’re not at home.
Keep the Place Clean and Tidy
In a sense, this continues on from the previous point. Cleanliness in a household is a matter of safety in many respects. The level of hygiene in your home affects the health of you and your children (and little ones have weaker immune systems so protecting their health is of particular importance). It’s important to take cleaning your house seriously. Leaving out dirty plates or crumbs on the floor can attract critters who pose a health hazard to you and your family. You might want to look into professionals such as Natura Pest Control to get rid of any insects or rodents that are threatening to take over in your house. And make sure you keep your humble abode as clean as possible to keep them away in the future.
Of course, cleanliness extends beyond hygiene. On an aesthetic level, you want your home to actually look nice. It’s not pleasant to walk into a room and feel suffocated by the amount of clutter and mess strewn across the place. You can’t feel happy or comfortable in your own room if it isn’t tidy. You should declutter your household to make it more spacious and finally get that contemporary minimalistic vibe everybody talks about. You’ll be surprised by the amount of space available in your home once you get rid of all the junk you’ve been holding onto for years. You might find that you don’t need an extension after all; you just need to do more with the existing space in your home. And get a little more creative when storing your remaining possessions. Rearrange your furnishings. You could put up shelving units on the walls or add a cabinet under the stairs to create additional storage space, to name a few examples.
Fix Up Your Garden
An aspect of the home that many people neglect is the garden. You might really care about your home’s interior design and that’s important too, of course, but your property’s exterior also has the potential to really add something special to your home. If you and the family barely spend any time relaxing in this outdoor space then it’s time you changed that. Put a little more time and thought into the aesthetic of your garden and you’ll feel the urge to get out there more often. Mowing the lawn is a good start but you should get a little creative with its design. Some flowerbeds could really make the place more vibrant and colorful. You could even create a pebble mosaic walkway to turn a practical part of your garden into something artistic and beautiful.
Man-made additions can also add something special to your garden. You need to feel cozy and homely in this outdoor space if you want to spend more time relaxing there. You should aim for creature comforts such as a patio area with comfortable loungers and perhaps even a dining table for evening meals in summer. The goal is to create an outdoor home, in a sense. You’ll feel as if your house has doubled in size.
Be sweet to one another,