Every home has a particular atmosphere or tone you can feel as you walk in the door. Maybe you’d like to make your home a happier place, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Fortunately, it doesn’t take too much effort to make this happen and we’d like to share these nine simple ideas to help you feel happier at home.
Put Up Family Photos in Every Room
All types of photos featuring your family members and/or pets can add an instant dose of joy to every room as well as show off your personality in your new home. Photos of holiday celebrations, vacations, and school events, are all great ideas if you want to contribute a sense of warmth to the rooms in your home.
Make your family photos even more appealing by putting them in different frames. Frames of different shapes made of wood, metal, glass, or clay add interest to the décor. Be sure to add in a kid’s homemade frame to make your collection of photos all the more personal.
Play Background Music
Soothing music played in the background can add another element of happiness to your household. Whether it’s jazz, classical music, or soft rock, having a playlist playing on low volume can set a relaxing tone. You may want to get a speaker set up with continuous play, so you don’t have to restart your music throughout the day.
Add Comfortable Touches to the Décor
Happiness and comfort go hand in hand. So, adding comfortable touches to your rooms can boost the happy atmosphere in your home and this is something to think about before you decorate your new home [ link to
Things to Think About Before You Decorate Your New Home ]. One suggestion is to get a luxurious, warm blanket to lay over the back of the sofa in your great room for family members to use.
Other suggestions for comfortable touches in your décor include:
- Colorful throw pillows
- Candles with a soothing scent
- Flourishing houseplants of all sizes and types
- An attractive, well-lit aquarium with lively fish
Write in a Daily Journal
Writing in a journal daily can help to make you happier in your surroundings. Try making a list of ten things you are grateful for each day. This is helpful because you can go back and review them whenever you need to lift your spirits.
Another way to use a daily journal is to write about what you’ve accomplished in your life. These sorts of journal entries can help you remember what you’re capable of. In addition, write about other things you’d like to achieve in the future.
Enhance the Natural Light
Consider your lighting choices for every room in your home. Improving the natural lighting in your home can make it a happier place to spend time in. One way to do that is to put up white or light-coloured curtains to reflect the sunlight pouring in through your windows. Also, putting mirrors near your windows can reflect the light and send it around the room.
Painting your walls white, beige, or yellow will reflect any light coming through your windows. As a side benefit, light-coloured walls give the impression a room is larger than its actual dimensions. A big room with an airy atmosphere is a happy place to relax in.
Plan a Weekly Family Night
Spending time with family contributes to the happiness of many homes. You may want to designate one night as game night. Get out an old-school board game, serve some fun snacks and enjoy some laughs with your family members.
If you prefer, you could put aside a whole day for family activities. Fill a Saturday with family activities you can all enjoy. Make scrapbooks of family photos, make your own pizza for dinner, then settle in for a movie in a blanket fort you built!
Maintain an Organized Closet
Opening the door to a messy closet in your home can be an unpleasant, frustrating experience. But, having an organized and customized closet where you can find anything you need in a matter of moments can add joy to your daily life. Whether it’s a coat closet in the front hallway or a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, a sense of organization makes any home more inviting.
Make Your Bed Each Day
Making your bed each day may seem like a little thing that couldn’t possibly affect the atmosphere in a household. But, making your bed immediately establishes a sense of organization in a room making it a more pleasant place to be. Also, it makes your bed look more inviting at the end of a day.
If you want to take it a step further, get an attractive comforter or quilt for your bed. Choose one with a soothing pattern or colour that makes you smile every time you enter the room. For some variety, get a comforter for every season!
Make Your Yard More Friendly
The happiness inside your home can be improved by natural elements outside your home. Setting up a bird feeder, adding colourful flowers to your garden, or even planting a tree together as a family is a great way to bond. Plus, you’re positively contributing to the environment and you’ll have the opportunity to observe the beautiful nature as it grows and changes outside your window.
Another way to create the perfect backyard setting is to include some seating areas, and maybe even a firepit if you can, for yet another space to gather, play games, and swap stories with your loved ones.
Taking advantage of one, two, or all of these ideas can increase the happiness of your home. Your home should be a relaxing, welcoming place for all members of your family, so these little mood-boosting touches are certainly worth trying!