When you think of “home” you probably think something like “warm, relaxing place” or” the place where I can walk around without wearing pants.”

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Ideally, our homes are supposed to be something like comfortable retreats, where we can get away from the stresses and irritations of everyday life, and really let our hair down, recover, and feel our best.

Our homes are also the environments where we typically interact with some of the people nearest and dearest to us in our lives. This includes our relatives and our partners.

But what if your home is nothing like that comfortable retreat that you want it to be? What if, instead, your home is a frustrating pigsty, and even being there annoys you?

Well, time to make a change. Here are some tips on how to turn your home into a comfortable retreat after all.

Get rid of all the things that make it uncomfortable, and unpleasant If you feel like your home is an uncomfortable and unpleasant environment for you, there will undoubtedly be more than a few particular features that make it that way.

The first step to making your home into the paradise you want to be, is to get rid of all the things that make it uncomfortable and unpleasant. This may include certain items of furniture that really irritate you, but that you haven’t got around to disposing of, or it may even mean the shade of paint on your living room walls.

Treat these features as an assault on your well-being, and take steps to get rid of them – or at least begin the process.

Be willing to invest a bit of money in carefully selected creature comforts If you want your home to be comfortable and uplifting, you’ll need to invest a bit of money in some carefully selected creature comforts.

So, for example, you could buy a luxurious carpet from Carpet One, and make a point of enjoying the feel of the soft material underneath your bare feet, as you relax in the evening after a long day at work.

Or, you could invest in a cozy reclining chair, where you could read a good book on the weekends.

Either way, treat yourself. Within reason, anyway.

Come up with some relaxing, high-quality ways of spending time in your home (beyond the usual distractions) If you associate your home largely with negative, rather than positive emotions, it’s pretty likely that the problem isn’t only the stuff you have in your home, but also the stuff you do in your home.

Sit down for a while and brainstorm relaxing, high-quality ways of spending time in your home. Focus on things that go beyond the usual distractions of web surfing, and TV watching.

For example, how about starting a new DIY project, or trying your hand at painting? Maybe even just reading more books in the evening with a mug of hot tea would help to do the trick?

Mitch Carvalho

YOUR DIGITAL MOM NEXT DOOR
A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.