STYLE YOUR HOME

Your home is your castle, right? It should be an oasis of calm, a reflection of you – a place to relax. Even if you have family and children around, it should still be a place to enjoy in all respects. But sometimes it is easy to neglect our homes, and we get house blind.

If you feel like you have let it slide because you have been to busy with other more important tasks, or you just haven´t been to bothered, perhaps you should take a fresh look at it. Why? Because the surroundings you live in will influence your mental health and attitude. Chaos outside you, chaos inside you.

A FRESH START
Do you rather feel you live in a dump, because your flat (or house) is too small, unpractical, old fashioned – or down right rather ugly or boring?

So what? If you have four walls and a roof over your head that you can afford, consider yourself lucky. Wake up, pull your complaining self together and open your eyes for possibilities – not just sorry limitations.

AMAZING DIY MAKE OVER
What do you see? Ugly wallpaper or downright sad, depressing colours? Small rooms? No wardrobes… Old fashioned kitchen with dated appliances? Etc., etc.…

Do you want to give up and feel sorry for yourself? Yeah, a real looser attitude that will not get you nowhere (but the depression dump).

BE A WINNER – BE A DOER
Want a kick in the butt to get out of the loser´s circle? Here are 12 kicks that might make you speed up and go for it. If you have a family, it is a team effort – if you are single it is and investment in your new fabulous new lifestyle.

1.Create chaos!! Empty everything out of cupboards, wardrobes, drawers, shelves, secret places, and heap it all together in one space.
2.Take one (two or tree) big, black plastic bags and fill them with all the stuff that nobody uses – and nobody wants.
3.Take another bag (or two or three) and fill them up with stuff that you haven´t used for ages (and never will). These bags can go to charity as one persons garbage is another persons gold.
4. When your belongings are drastically reduced, you sort out what belongs in different rooms. Good idea is to continue with the black plastic bags for all soft things but put different tags on them…
5. Use cardboard boxes for pots, pans, china, glasses etc. (Just the way you would do it if you were moving. Now you are moving too – in a new and better direction, right?) Remember: One box for charity…
6.Everything empty and stacked in one place? Hurrah!! It is time for the famous Bucket Ballet Scrubbing Corps! And you are the prima ballerina, with your mops, brushes, scrubs and remedies. Put on fantastic music (actually Swan Lake, Coppelia etc. are great at kicking your ass into speeding up).
7. Takes much longer than you planned? So, what – tomorrow is another day. Take the time you need to get it in order once and for all. This is a huge investment in life quality and wellness.
8. Next step. Paint can work wonders in drab flats!! Why not go for it now when it is all empty? Decide on a colour palette that goes with your furniture.
9.If your sofa and chairs look tired and worn, you can get really nice stretch covers in lots of colours. They can transform a boring brown sofa to a bright yellow, a clear navy blue, a clean white etc. Several good online shops have great selection to low prices.
10.Another alternative is to change your curtains and get new and decorative cushions for your sofa. Perhaps a few big and bold prints on the wall – some green plants, lots of candles and other decorations to make it fresh and new.
11.Make your bedroom beautiful and relaxing with matching colours, lots of pillows, plants and add some aromatic, relaxing candles.
10.Don´t leave clothes and shoes lying in heaps. You are not a sloppy teenager! Your mother is not there to pick up after you, so hang it up properly and keep meticulous order in your wardrobe (and feel good).

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Eva Sundene
Eva Sundene
I am Eva Sundene, Norwegian writer, and I have worked my whole life with lifestyle information for women who want to look and feel their best. When I retired, I moved to beautiful Fuerteventura in the Canaries, Spain.

Now I focus on writing blogs and books about everything that can keep us young and vibrant. I hope you will follow me.

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