What does your home say about you?
Each month we are focusing on a topic. This month is all about a Functioning Home. We have already talked about how slim down your home and is your Master Bedroom working for you as a couple. This week I really want to share with you a lesson I learned about my home and how I approach most peoples when I start working on a new project.
I read somewhere once that each room in your home can represent where you are in your life. After reading this a few years ago I really started to look around at each room, and it really motivated me to work on those rooms I had been neglecting. Style is a wonderful way to look at what your home says about you and makes a statement about who you are… But if you don’t focus on the functional first you will never really be able to get the home you love.
Here is my theory, I thought I would share –
Family Areas – If they aren’t really comfortable and well designed it says that you are not really able to find a place to spend time as a family. Instead, create an area where everyone can be together and enjoy it.
Tip for layout: Really look at the layout of your furniture and ask the members of your family why they don’t like the space. I found out from my kids they didn’t like the chairs we had in the Gameroom they had outgrown them. My two kids wanted a sectional so each one had their side. You should really look at what is not working to get answers to what you need and could work for your family. How many seats so everyone can sit comfortably? Are you a put your feet up kind of family? Is there a place to put drinks where you sit? Questions like these really allow for better planning your space.
Home Offices that are disorganized sometimes a sign of troubled finances. If your office is at home for business it can suffer if there is no organization. Remember it should be a place you want to enjoy to spend time in.
Tip for paper filing: I try to at least monthly really do a clean up with this one. Make it the first or last Saturday/Sunday of the month where you file papers away. Having filing systems that are simple is best here. When you make things too tedious and complicated is when clutter happens. If you don’t have enough space it is to time purge and possibly re-configure the layout of your office. Sometimes the layout could be the problem.
Kitchen – Open up your pantry and take a look… Is it a mess and junk food everywhere? Are you needing to focus on healthy eating for yourself and your family? I shared my pantry redo a while back on how this was the biggest problem with our family and how I conquer it so I could focus on my own health.
Tips for counter clutter: Only put out small appliances that are used daily. If they are not used at least weekly they should be stored away. With papers have a designated tray or stacking tray for school papers and important ones and go through the mail as soon as you get it, so you are throwing away junk mail as soon as possible.
Master Bathrooms and Bedrooms can be saying you don’t spend enough time on yourself and with your significant other when dysfunctional. When these spaces are creating a relaxing calming environment for you, it can really make a great statement about who you are!
Tip for a more relaxing Bath – Are you a tub or shower person? Surround your self with only what you need and what really relaxes you. Repaint the bathroom too if the color isn’t relaxing and you are not going to be remodeling it. Keep counter clutter to a minimum only what you use daily should be out.
Tip to refresh your Bedroom – Getting new bedding a great way to start adding a pop of color and something comfortable is a great way to update it. Make your bed every morning too so you come home to a more functioning space. Lighting needs to be dimmable for how you want it to function for you.
Very helpful for me when I was redoing my home I really focused on function and really getting rid of what didn’t work for us as a family. It is hard to let go of some of the things that can be considered sentimental. Don’t let those items stop you from having a Happy Home!
Happy Everything! Karen
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