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Tue 23 June 2020
During the situation that Covid-19 has forced upon us our homes have given a whole new meaning to the term ‘multifunctional space’ and for a lot of us, they are less of the sanctuary that we need them to be – especially now.
More people than ever are working and exercising from home, coupled with sharing the space with children and home-schooling.
Here, property professionals Andrew Granger & Co share five top tips to reclaim your home as your haven.
It is always talked about, but the power of decluttering is immense. Perhaps just start small, a cupboard, a storage unit or a corner of a room, or start with an area in your home that you use the most and you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel for decluttering and re-organising and how much better the space, room or whole house will feel.
2. Create a dedicated workspace
Where possible it is ideal to create a designated area for work so that you can differentiate between work time and time to switch off from it. This could be a spare bedroom or room in the home that perhaps does not get used as often, or a space on a landing or even a corner of a room that is not a main living area as such. If none of those are possible and you find the kitchen table your workspace just ensure that you do put your laptop etc away once you clock off each day. Again, it will do you the world of good and you will gain that space back again.
3. Let there be light
Lighter homes are more appealing spaces to spend time in so perhaps now is the time to re-think your window coverings, wall colours and even your choice of lighting. The colour you choose can make a huge difference and certain types of blinds can even block a lot of light out. Again, small changes can make a big difference and there is a lot of good advice available online.
Freshening or changing the décor in your home will make you feel quite different about the space you are living in and even save you a job for another time if you’re considering moving in the future. Again, you do not need to view this as something you must do throughout the whole home but perhaps a main living space or a room that you particularly dislike for whatever reason. Paler, softer colours tend to encourage the feeling of calm, light and space and coupled with a few new accessories and the previous decluttering you will not believe the transformation.
5. Transform your outdoor space
It may seem like an obvious one, but a lot of people still do not see their outdoor space or garden and an extension of their home and it is your space to benefit from and enjoy. You can take this as far as you want to go but starting by tidying and weeding and getting some outdoor furniture and a few plants or vegetables in pots will quickly improve the space (just remember to water them!). You can quickly encourage wildlife into your garden by adding a bird bath and bird feeders. We have many months ahead of us to still enjoy the warmer weather so now is the time to make your outdoor space more inviting and get the most out of it.
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