You’ve likely found that you’re spending a lot more time than normal at home. Maybe it’s because you’re working there now. Or, perhaps you’re having to homeschool the kids. Either way, you’ll want to make it somewhere that brings you and your family complete happiness. But how do you do that? First you need to have in your mind exactly what you want. It’s easier said than done. That’s why the tips below can help shift your perspective to one which knows how to hit your home goals. A happy home will look different to each person because each person will need their home to work in different ways. Some will be working there, others will have kids, some may house share, etc. Getting the home into the right place may sound a little choresome, but in reality, you can have a lot of fun with it. Check the tips below to get you started.
The Finishing Touches May Be All You Need
Just a little bit of decorative bliss to finish off your home. It might be that your home is pretty much done. Almost there, needing the one or two finishing touches to seal the deal. THese can range from decorative glass to a new doorbell. The finishing touches are what makes your home really unique because ornamentation is so changeable and different. There are some really great pieces out there from contemporary art for your walls to creepy little shelf fillers that can shine a light on your personality. Budget matters, but there’s usually something for all budgets out there.
A Place For The Kids
Giving the kids their own area to play and have fun is a great way to enable you to carve out your own space in your home. Think about a spare bedroom or room downstairs. Somewhere for them to keep their toys and play with them. You can fix up a TV for their shows too. Get them to help you with the design of the walls and the furniture. They’ll love to feel involved and be even happier when they’re playing there. It’s good for them to have a place like this other than their bedrooms too because it makes it easier for them to switch off meaning it's easier for them to get off to sleep. Win-win!
The Right Kind Of Home Office
It’s really important that if you’re working from home, you’ve got a good set up. Otherwise your productivity might fall a bit and you’ll end up putting undue pressure on yourself. You need to ensure that where you work isn’t where you sleep, so no working from bed. Don’t work from your favourite chair in your living room either. This can mean getting into work will be harder because it’s where you relax. Also, it’s harder to switch off after a long day because you’re trying to relax where you work. Instead, find a spare room and create a study. If you don’t have a spare room, maybe you can fit a desk into the corner of your bedroom or the guest bedroom. You can work from the dining table at a pinch but make an area of it yours. Don’t work at the same chair you sit on to eat. No matter how you work from home, don’t fall into that trap. This differentiation can make a huge difference. Of course, you need to ensure you aren’t bothered too. Set clear boundaries with your family if they’re at home with you so that you can work uninterrupted.
Make It A Smart Home
Each year more and more smart products are released for the home. Amazon Alexa is an extremely popular iteration of a smart home hub. You can also grab the Google Nest. These connect to other items in your home such as smart plugs, smart light, or even your whole central heating system. They simply make life a bit easier. If you turn your home into a smart one, playing music, changing the temperature, and light brightness can all be done with your voice. Not to mention all of the other great stuff these smart speakers can bring to the home. It's more of an investment than outright expenditure too.
Safety Is Important
You want to make sure your home is secure so that you and your family are safe no matter what time of day it is. This might mean investing in a security light. A great little deterrent that can stop thieves. A home alarm might also be a worthwhile purchase. First though just make sure your home is secure by doing a little audit on the window locks. Sometimes people unlock then and forget about it. Find the keys and make sure you know where they’re stored. Do you have all the keys for your front door? If not where are they? These little checks from time to time can be quite important and stop any problems coming up later on. It gives you that peace of mind too.
A Family Games Room
If you’ve got the space, turning a room into a games room can be super fun. It gives you and the family the ultimate place to unwind. It’s especially useful in these times with people having to spend a lot of time at home. A lot of people will convert a garage for a family games room. While others will look to a spare sitting room or even convert the loft. Speak to your family about what you want. Mave a small, home cinema. Or a nice TV attached to a speaker system so that gaming becomes super immersive. You can go for a theme, too. Some people like Hawaiian styling, others Indian. A gaming table is always a good shout. You can usually find great ones on Amazon which can be multipurpose. Just be careful about the space. Make sure you won’t need the room for anything else in a couple of years otherwise you’ll end up regretting your choices and more importantly, regretting the amount of money you’ve spent.