Is Your Home Stressing You Out?
3 Quick Tips to Restore Sanity
First of all, the first step in diagnosing our pressure point is addressing the indecision. Do you have a junk room or bedroom that has become a catch-all space? We need to decide what the space is going to be! By naming the space, we give it a purpose and decide what should and should not go in it.
My client Kelly had a formal dining room that had no purpose, so it quickly became overgrown with chaos. Once she decided to use it for a craft room/ office for her bakery business, we were able to move forward with clarity.
Next, once we have decided what our room is going to be, we can move forward to declutter. I know, this can be the hardest part! Grandma’s old Wal-mart receipt seems sentimental and special, but really, it is just stressing you out to find a place for it. It is okay— Grandma wants you to move on! She is not going to return that blender anyway. You have my permission to get rid of things that do not matter, or things that matter that you don’t love. It is okay- trust me! Didn’t your mom teach you to listen to your Doctor?
This can be the most difficult part for many people, and if that is the case for you, know your limitations.
“Do not be shy to call a friend or relative that will tell you the truth and make you work out the decluttering muscle.”
There is actually an article and book that suggests that most kids do not want to inherit most of their parent’s stuff, so do them a favor and purge it now— while you are alive! (Is this getting morbid yet?).
I have a fantastic list that can help you know what to toss and what to keep! (Text the word “HAPPYHOME” to me at 24-587 so I can shoot you a copy!)
Finally, we get to the exciting part where your room is now taking shape! What style do you like? What type of decor are you drawn to? Scour Pinterest, Houzz, and HGTV to find the inspiration that rings your bell.
Are you unskilled in creating beautiful spaces? That is okay too! Copy what you see in a photo, call a talented friend, or reach out to someone whose style you admire for help. If you have never considered using a designer before, you might be surprised how many options there are, ranging from an hour to a full project. Don’t give up now- you are almost across the finish line to a beautiful room! This step is the most rewarding of all.
For so many people, it is difficult to put a priority on a lovely space because it feels selfish or extravagant. However, I frequently see when people make up their mind to clarify and beautify their space, it positively affects areas of their lives they never dreamed! For instance, my client, who is the single mother of a busy teenage daughter, recently wrote after we finished her project.
“My daughter said, ‘Mom, it finally feels like home’. We actually had dinner together at the table at home for the first time in 18 months. We absolutely love it. It feels so good— I feel like I can relax now. Thank you.”
I would have never guessed that decorating her home would lead to her cooking dinner for her daughter instead of going out, would you? Yet, with some simple, easy steps, the stress has been replaced by family bonding, relaxation, and some good old home cooking. What a dream!
How will beautifying your space effect your stress level and family life? What is the next step you need to take?
Let’s take a chance and find out! Join me on my Facebook page, Courtney Warren Home and share which step you are working on!