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Do you feel that you are safe and secure in your own home? Sometimes it’s not totally feasible, sometimes we live in an area that’s a bit too widespread in terms of crime, or you rent your own property and are struggling to get onto the property ladder. But, in terms of feeling a sense of comfort and security in where you live, it’s not a feeling that should evade you. There is a Danish term, hygge, which basically means a feeling of warmth or coziness. This is a feeling we should all aspire to, but how can we do this?
Find Somewhere To Relax
If you look around your home and see nowhere that is for you to relax, this is something that you have to address right away. We all have our own ideas of what is relaxing. Some of us consider our living room to be a sanctuary, with all of our favorite items there, from the couch, to the super duper surround sound HD television. But if you have to share this space with other people, are you really taking opportunity to relax in these spaces? Without going all Feng Shui, it’s a great idea to set up the space, if possible, for the purposes of relaxing. If you can’t find a room for this purpose, that’s fine, but at least make the effort to set up a corner, or even set up a garden space that is conducive to relaxing. That means putting in colors that aren’t harsh, and decorate it in a manner that will distract you from the stresses of the everyday world. Lots of people are pushing meditation and mindfulness onto everyone now, and regardless of your opinions of how hippie-like it is in nature, it is a good starting point in which to relax your mind and body. If you come home from work into a stressful home environment, you’re never going to feel relaxed.
Increase Your Privacy
We all have a nosey neighbor who, from time to time, can’t help but have a lengthy linger into your front window. And as annoying as this can be for you, you can take some proper steps to increase your sense of privacy. You don’t have to have the curtains drawn all the time, but there are some little things you can do to the windows. You could tint the color, so it’s a bit darker, or you can get creative with some custom vinyl window graphics to give your windows a bit more artistic flair. That way, people will be looking at the window, rather than through it into your home. And, of course, if you want to increase that feeling of privacy, look at moving your living room away from prying eyes. Of course, if you’ve got the biggest room in the house at the front of the property, you may not want to move everything into another room, but it’s food for thought.
Secure Your Home
Increasing that feeling of safety and security in your home can be solved by setting up a few more protective measures. By having a solid and secure front door and back door, this is going to give you a little bit more peace of mind. Remember, approximately 33% of burglars enter via the front door, so, if you have strong door frames, as well as protected hinges, and sturdy wood, this is going to be the first essential step to barricading yourself against potential thieves. In addition to these, having a deadbolt, peepholes, and a security system, especially if you’re in a rough area, will add that extra layer of protection. But it’s not just the doors, consider the efficacy of the windows. If you’ve got flimsy single pane glass with poor quality latches, they could very easily be opened from the outside. Replace these latches with key operated levers, or better locks, to make for a stronger window. It’s not just the ground floor you need to look after, but the first floor windows, and even the basement windows require securing. And for extra piece of mind, have a back-up plan should the worst case scenario happen. It’s all well if you’ve got the most sophisticated security system, but if somebody manages to break through every single line of security, what are you going to do? It’s always best to plan for the worst case scenario, so you have peace of mind in the fact you have security upon security.
Declutter Your Space
Regardless of your opinion on Feng Shui, a cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind. If you have piles of mess, old toys, and general junk everywhere, this isn’t going to contribute to a feeling of serenity and security in your home. Although some people like the idea of piles of books, because it gives the home some “character”, if you’re constantly tripping over some annoying item, this is going to stress you out. As the Spring is officially upon us, have you taken the opportunity to do a Spring clean? If not, now is the best time. Look at everything in your home, do you use these items you see? From your clothes, to old DVDs and CDs, consider what really needs throwing out. Especially when it comes to clothes, use the rule of if you haven’t worn it in the last 12 months, are you actually going to wear it in the next 12 months? And to begin with, declutter your bedroom. If you have problems sleeping, it could very well be due to all this mess surrounding your bed. Declutter your house room by room, until the whole thing is done, and you will feel a weight lifted.
This feeling of coziness and security in your home is something you are entitled to feel, regardless of the environment you live in. Whether you need to feel more private, or you need a space to make you relax properly, your home environment has to nurture this. So if you don’t want that you have that feeling of insecurity wherever you go. This is only going to cause stress in your life. So, take the Danish approach, and embrace the art of hygge!