Owning a home is a symbol of hard work and the American Dream. Over the years your home will provide comfort, happiness and security for you and your family. Whether you fell in love with your home the moment you stepped inside or are still in the midst of making changes to make it your own retreat, here are a few more ways to love and appreciate your home this year.
- Make a connection. It’s rare that your first home will be your “forever home”. The need to downsize, upsize, relocate to a new city, etc. is sometimes inevitable. Make connections to milestones that happen while you are living there, i.e. bringing a baby home, hosting holiday parties, accomplishing your first DIY project, etc.
- Contrast what makes your house home. What makes you look forward to walking in your front door at the end of the day? Reflect on the reasons your home is a retreat from the rest of the world.
- Make it your own. Whether your home is new, custom-built, 100 years old, 3,000 square feet or a cozy studio apartment, honoring your decorative taste will help you see a reflection of yourself every time you walk in the door.
- Create an escape. Designate an area of your home that you can go to “check out”. Creating a calm place involves a serene color palette, natural light, minimal clutter and comfortable furniture.
- Define each room’s function. Determine what you really use each part of your home for and make sure everything you need for that function is in that room. This will cut down on clutter, increase your sense of organization and intensify the sense of flow in your home.
Loving your home doesn’t have to be about making big changes. Learn to appreciate the little things that make your household happier, healthier, more peaceful and more energizing to live in. Happy Valentine’s Day from Compass Mortgage!
“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” – Winston Churchill