While I know that I am more of a homebody than most, I think that we can all agree that on our list of things we don't want, a home that induces stress is quite high on the list. While no home or life is perfect, and every home is bound to have some issues from time to time, there is an expectation that home should be a sanctuary - or at the very least, a happy place to be.
As Americans, we spend a lot of time at work. Like loads of time, especially when compared to other nations of comparable wealth. We work a lot. While I am not going to get on soap box about that, I do think it's a given that work is not a sanctuary. No matter how much you like your job, I don't think it would be an accurate way to describe any work situation. I think this makes it all the more important for all of us to have homes that we simply love to come home to after a long hectic day at the office.
There's a quote from Jane Austen that I think is particularly perfect for this topic: "There is nothing like staying at home for true comfort." Preach, Jane, preach! While I feel this way about my apartment now, that wasn't always the case. Here are a few suggestions for making your home your refuge.
1. Make It Yours: I don't know about you guys, but when I was younger, I remember decking out all of my school supplies with stickers. It allowed me to put my own stamp on these belongings and that made them a bit more special to me. Even if you rent, it's possible to put your own stamp on wherever you may be living. I think it's important to go with styles you love even if it's not the most trendy or of-the-moment. You don't even have to spend any money with this one - get creative and make your own decor.
2. Make It Comfy: Comfy furniture, plush pillows, good bedding, and ample throw pillows. While these items all vary in price, I think it's worth it to but comfort on the same level as aesthetics. A slim profiled desk chair may look beautiful, especially when paired with your desk, but if you're not able to comfortably sit in it at your desk, it's hardly worth it.
3. Live In It: I think this is one that comes naturally to us, but it's worth listing as a reminder of what really makes your home a more happy place - family, friends, pets, and, maybe if you're like me, plants!
Have a great Monday, you guys!