We all have our ways of making our home our sanctuary, but we can learn from others. As many of us are in the house more during the autumn and winter months, I decided to ask other bloggers how they ensure that home is their happy place.
Below you’ll find a list of ideas and most of the suggestions are pretty thrifty. Perhaps we could all work to integrate some of them into our life, to boost the happy vibes within our homes. There really is no excuse for our houses to be anything other than happy.
Izzy says: “Write. Even if you don’t think you’re a good writer. As part of my morning routine I write ‘Morning Pages’ every single day. This was inspired by Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self. I do three pages of free writing every morning before I eat, which then prepares me for writing later. It also helps me to reflect, to change my perspective and get all my frustrations out on paper so I can get on with my day.”
Charlotte also uses writing as a happiness-boosting tool. She says: “I’ve always loved writing. Not only is it beneficial at the time, but I find myself very grateful reading back over my entries. I am so glad I wrote diary entries during bad times because it almost acts as proof. Proof that I survived that, when at the time I wasn’t sure I was strong enough, brave enough or good enough.”
Hayley says: “I love to just take some time out with a book and a cup of tea. It’s a simple thing, but just having half an hour to myself to escape in a good book helps me feel more relaxed and less frazzled!” Christina is also a fan of doing this. She says: “I try and read. It helps me escape.”
If you’re struggling to find the time to read, then Jo suggests subbing some of your social media time for a good book. She says: “You could learn something new with non fiction, or just get lost in a fiction book. You could even experience some armchair travel and transport yourself to another country by way of some trip-fiction.”
Jenny says: “I have really gotten into listening to podcasts. There are so many to choose from so there’s definitely something for everyone. I’ve been going for the comedy genre to keep my spirits up and you can listen whilst you are on the go i.e. cooking, doing chores, going out for a walk, anywhere really.”
Emma says: “I play my piano. Music calms me and seems to sort out all problems.” But if you can’t play an instrument, then you could still use music to help ensure that you’re happy at home. Claire says: “I don’t even know where to start when describing how music helps my mood, mental health and self-care. Finding the right track to match my mood is like therapy in itself. In the evenings, I prefer mellow, slow or classical piano music while I journal. In the mornings I like a bit of sassy Taylor Swift while I’m doing the housework. No matter what my mood, there is always some music to go with it.”
Lauren says: “Just dance! Me and the kids put on Just Dance, YouTube videos and music. We just dance like no one’s watching and we have a blast. It’s free, keeps us fit and puts a big smile on our faces!”
Re-watching old TV shows
Louisa says: “I know this may be unpopular, but going back and watching a series I used to love brings back all of the happy memories I had from watching it the first time. Also, because I’ve watched it before, I don’t have to worry about paying too much attention if I don’t want.”
Steph says: “I love taking half an hour out of each day to do some yoga YouTube video classes. I dim the lights, put on my essential oil diffuser and just have that half an hour to myself. I find it really becomes the highlight of my day when I’m trying to keep so many plates spinning and I sleep so well after it.”
Dan says: “for me the big benefit of lockdown was really mastering the cooking skills. It’s always something I’ve enjoyed but lockdown has helped me take it to other level. Plus I’m healthier and feeling better than ever with all the home-cooked meals!”
Joseph says “photography is key for me. It allows me some escapism and to stay creative. I made a bunch of stay-at-home photography videos for my YouTube channel. They explore different, simple things you can do with photography within the confines of your own property.”
Sue likes gardening. She says: “I was lucky to have a blank canvas to work on as we moved into a new build. I created a border, shaped the lawn and ordered some discounted perennial plants. They have grown up nicely now. Getting outside in the garden really helps me to be happy at home.”
Grace is also a fan of gardening. She says: “I’ve been growing my own plants and vegetables. It’s improved my mental health massively and kept me busy while I was on furlough, plus I also got to eat my own produce which was amazing! I never thought I’d be one for gardening (as I’m only in my 20’s), but actually planting things and watching them grow has been a really great experience and one I’m glad I had time for. Now that the winter months are coming I’ll have to be a bit more creative with what I grow and where, but I know whatever I do, I’ll probably always have green fingers!”
Decluttering the house
Natalie says that decluttering helps her to stay happy at home. “I’ve got a young family and we’ve been trying to get rid of unwanted things in the house (especially baby things that the kids have outgrown). A nice by-product has been making money from selling items on, so it’s been fairly lucrative, as well as therapeutic.”
Upcycling things within your property
Innes loves upcycling. She says “I’ve been taking old things from around the house and making them new. Making old clothes into new cushion covers, that sort of thing.” The best thing is, you can do this if you rent. You don’t have to be a homeowner to upcycle.
Keiran says: “I’ve taken up embroidery which I never thought would happen, but it’s very therapeutic and rewarding.”
Keeping fit and taking care of yourself
Jennifer says that “staying active really helps me to stay positive. I started doing free online workouts three times a week at the start of lockdown and I feel better now than I did before.”
Meeting up with people
To ensure you’re happy at home, Emma suggests a weekly catch up with friends or family, even if you’re stuck in the house. She says: “it’s amazing to see all the creative ways that families are staying in touch and keeping their spirits up. For example, I’ve seen a lot of families begin weekly quiz nights via video call. If you haven’t already, suggest to your friends that you have a weekly quiz or catch up on Zoom, Facebook Messenger or FaceTime.”
You could also seek out volunteer opportunities and look for events that you can attend within your local community.
David says: “If you’re able to, take five minutes out of your day to think about all of the things you’re grateful for. It’s easy to get lost in the negative.”
Further inspiration to ensure you’re happy at home
Being happy at home is so important, so if you’re feeling a bit down, then consider incorporating some of the ideas into your home life. If you’re looking for further inspiration, then check out this list of ways to turn around a bad day and here’s a rundown of things you can do if you’re bored. You may also find some inspiration in my happiness section.