"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Perspective Shift: Home Improvement for Health and Wellness

There is something magical about a home improvement project in the way it makes your home feel fresh and new to you. Many people who have felt like moving have instead renovated their homes and realized that they do not want to move. Sometimes, the problem is a restlessness of spirit due to changes in your lifestyle or the world around you.

The best way to handle such things that are out of your control is to change something that is very much within your control. Something practical, like buying new appliances for the kitchen or adding durable and secure fencing around your property, can make a significant difference in the way you feel about your home.

Whether you choose to renovate, repaint, or replace, your focus should be on helping your home become the place that your mind can be at ease once again.

Change Your Lighting System

Mood lighting is not just for restaurants and theaters. There is a chance that your home is lit too harshly, and this could be straining your eyes, giving you mental fatigue, and taking away from the restful atmosphere. Change out the system of lighting you have for more recessed and gentle lighting patterns. Use LED bulbs to ensure long-life and efficient power usage. Install clappers and dimmers so that you can be in control of how much light to have in any room at any one time.

Focus on Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and therefore you need to make it an enjoyable and functional room. A good way to do this is to get a bigger sink. This may seem strange, but anyone who regularly does the dishes knows that there is never enough space. Get as large a sink as you can, and it will make it much easier to soak and wash those dishes. A larger sink also means that someone can help you with the dishes without getting in the way.

Install Soft-Closing Hinges on All Your Cupboards

This is a great idea if you have children in the house. A slammed cabinet door can be quite startling and has been known to lead to breakage of glass and thin ceramic items. Get out ahead of both annoyance and breakage by installing soft-closing hinges on every cabinet and cupboard door. These are easy to get at any hardware store and usually can be installed by yourself.

Embrace Living a Green Life

garden indoorsThe initial cost of making your home into a more environmentally conscious and energy-efficient home will be more than canceled by how much you save afterward. Green homes use less power, reduce energy wastage, and produce less garbage. If you are apprehensive about the investment, then start small with something like a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads have a flow rate that can be as low as half the flow rate of regular showerheads. These make a significant improvement in your water usage and will reduce your utility bills.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Not only can a smart thermostat save you money, as much as 5% to 15% every year, it also allows you to record power usage, monitor individual rooms, and automatically adjust to preferred settings. The thermostat setting can be a cause for contention, and a smart thermostat makes it easier to monitor, adjust, and, thus, reduce conflicts. The smart thermostat can be adjusted via a smartphone, which means that you can lower it when no one is at home and have it at the right temperature by the time you get home. This feature will help your home feel inviting and welcoming to you and your family.

Bring Nature Inside the Home

Get a few potted plants and place them around the home. Plants will clean the air inside your home and give you and your family fresher living space. Tending to the plants is also a welcome break from your hectic day and can be very calming. Grow flowering plants such as lavender that are natural bug repellents and have a delightful and soothing aroma. Allow your children to grow herbs in their plant pots and use what they grow in your cooking. This will teach them responsibility and give them something to look forward to at home.

Find the renovation or remodeling task that best suits your ability and financial situation and get started. Seeing something changes due to your efforts and knowing that it is an improvement that you have made will already be a huge boost to your spirits. Your well-being is in your hands, trust your instincts, and upgrade your home.

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