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I view the website Houzz with mixed feelings:

On one hand it’s an endlessly wonderful resource of fantastically inspiring spaces.

On the other it’s an endlessly overwhelming resource of fantastically immaculate spaces I feel I can never achieve in my own home.

So when I received this week’s email from them, instead of bubbling with barely restrained envy at the enormous American kitchens and walk-in closets we in the UK can only dream of, I clicked straight to some research they have done about
What Really Makes us Happy at Home.

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74% of people who had redecorated or remodelled
(do we use that phrase here?.. had the builders in?)
in the past two years said they were now happier as a result.

Yes, even with all the headache and stress that can involve!

Those who described their home as
“being in need of work”…
not so good… only 51% reported feeling happy at home.

So what does that mean? Do you need a major overhaul, spend a fortune on new fittings and furniture? Unsurprisingly for men it meant good technology and big sound on the TV.
For 72% it simply meant rooms that are clean and organized. That’s it.

Hooray! Why? because that means 6000 people agree with me (I like it when people agree with me!) and have backed up what I have already discovered for myself:

Your home impacts your overall happiness

87% of them said that. But we all know it to be true. The love and effort you put into your home rewards you. Even if your other half doesn’t notice. Even if small children turn it into Groundhog day. If you can create a home that suits your needs, allows you to live the way you want, reflects your interests and your personality. Then you have done a GOOD THING for yourself.

The cost of a can of paint or an hour sorting the cable drawer?
£not much or even free.
The cumulative result? Priceless.

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2 thoughts on “How to be Happy at Home

  1. Completely agree that I’m happier when the house is clean and organized. Sometimes it feels like a never-ending task to get it there though. You have spurred me on to do some more decluttering though – and sorting more photographs to be digitised.

  2. Thanks Lauren, just recognising that it makes you feel better can be useful as it gives all those tasks some long lasting purpose. It can feel never-ending but once you have a habit underway it becomes easier and takes less of your energies to keep it that way and then you really start to feel the benefit.

    With the photographs, just do a small chunk at a time and you will soon start to make an impact.

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