We each have a unique idea of what “home sweet home” looks like for us, from an aesthetic point of view and what it feels like on an emotional level. There’s a huge difference between walking into a “home” that feels like home, rather than a “house” that feels like your space… a lot of this comes down to the finer details such as having freshly cut flowers, cosy soft furnishings and warm lighting. However, behind the scenes, there’s an equal amount of things to be taken care of to ensure a consistent feeling of “home sweet home” – as niggly things that at first detract a little from this feeling of settledness can quickly cascade into a snowball of stress.
This article looks at how to ensure a consistent feeling of “home sweet home” by taking care of some of the less glamorous ‘behind the scenes’ tasks.
STAY ON TOP OF THE BILLS
Keeping up with household bills can be stressful if money is tight; particularly in winter when the cold weather hits. With this increased energy consumption (i.e. need for heat) comes a significant increase in your energy bill. You may wish to consider paying in equal monthly instalments that cover the average energy consumption, throughout the year, rather than a big hike in winter. You want your home to be your castle – a sanctuary free from stress – not a situation where each time you go the mailbox, you dread seeing a bill.
If you come home each day to an overgrown garden, paint peeling off the fences, and rubble in the yard – it creates a feeling of chaos and things being out of control. Agreed, you don’t need a white picket fence with begonias growing in the garden, but a garden that feels “well kept” will help you feel calm and like your life is in order.
There’s nothing worse than having to face the horrors of a cold shower, particularly if it is winter, as a result of the boiler breaking down. Having a reliable tankless water heater is essential to the consistent feeling of “home sweet home”. It’s worth checking out both demand type and tankless water heater reviews before investing, as a water heater is likely to be a substantial investment which requires careful consideration.
CLEAN & TIDY
Keeping your home clean and tidy sounds simple enough, but often, this can snowball out of control when left for a few days, becoming such a chaotic mess, that you don’t know where to begin. The trick here, is to either employ a cleaner that undertakes a moderately deep clean, each week, or for you to do it yourself, little and often.
No matter how hard you try, not everyone is getting to get on with you, and some people are just plain difficult. However, if you can get on with your neighbours to the point there’s a sense of warmth and community between you, this will pay dividends on facilitating the feeling of “home” you crave.