3 Home Hacks to Help You on Your Way to Happiness
Christmas gatherings, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day … there is lots to look forward to during the winter months but the short days, cold weather and dark nights can impact well-being. If you aren’t feeling at your best, see below for a few of Storage Giant top tips on how you can stave off the winter blues by making your surroundings a positive environment:
Organise to Maximise Well Being
Did you know that where we live could actually impact our mood and state of well-being? According to a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, women who described their homes as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more depressed, fatigued, and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than women who felt their homes were “restful” and “restorative”.
As cluttered and cramped space can bring your mood down, interior designers like to use a design concept called “Perception Space”, which is the science of using visual tricks to alter how a space is perceived.
First step … de-cluttering. Old furniture you not longer need can be sold online, while sentimental treasures like gifts, souvenirs and keepsakes could be packed inside boxes and put into local self-storage to create more space.
Rekindle Your Creativity
Now that you have some extra space, it’s time to reignite your creative spark. To keep you busy this winter, think about creating yourself an inspiring workspace, where you could spend those long, dark evenings reading your favourite book or working on a special project.
To add an extra dose of inspiration to your work corner, why not scan through all of your old magazines and clip some pages which inspire you. Tape the pictures above your desk to produce a motivational mood board that will not only fill your room with creative ideas, but will also act as a chic element of your home décor.
Rearrange Your Space
While there’s something to be said for familiarity and routine, too much familiarity may soon turn into boredom and according to the study published on Psychology Today, simple hacks such as moving around your furniture allows you to make an imprint on your environment and leaves you feeling as if you’ve improved it.
A great practice is to follow feng-shui. For example, a bedroom with good feng-shui is said to boost your personal energy, so make sure that you place your bed in the ideal spot – the area furthest from the door/diagonally from the door, but not in line with.