Leading a sales career is a fairly high stress lifestyle; as is living in a large fast-paced city like New York. Add in a type-A personality and you can imagine the amount of irons I’ve got in the fire. So, despite being pretty good at compartmentalizing, finding ways to make sure I can re-charge from the requirements of life is a priority for me.
One of the simplest and most impactful ways to do this is by paying attention to my home. Definitely a testament to the 80/20 rule, as long as I make sure I am comfortable during the time spent, I am more relaxed overall. Home is just one of those fundamental factors to a happy life.
So here are my simple tips to making your home a rejuvenation battery:
1. Think of it as a Home. Not your apartment, your house, your place, etc. It’s your home – the place you go home and feel safe at night. Your perception is the first key. So change that small word in your head and you will change your reality.
2. Make it represent you. Display the things that you like, the parts of your personality that you love. Personally, I love books. So having several shelves packed to the brim makes me super comfortable. If you don’t live alone, have everyone contribute! Pick a theme together or find a way to incorporate each person’s tastes.
3. Get Organized. I’m absolutely the poster-child for organized chaos. I could very easily just stack things as they suit me and be able to find what I need when I need it. However, when things are visually nice and clean, it relaxes the brain and body. So, if you must have some organized clutter, put it in a draw or compartment that isn’t easily visible!
4. Be a part of the Community. This doesn’t necessarily mean going to town meetings or organizing events, but say “hi” to your neighbors and know a few of their names off the top of your head. Take an interest in their lives/family. Many people in my neighborhood just sit outside after work, and just walking Roxie (my dog) has really expanded my network.
5. Fix Problems Right ASAP! In my last apartment, I had the most atrocious downstairs neighbors. They would literally start banging on their ceiling as I’d walk in the door because my footsteps created too much noise. Instead of just living with it, I decided to move down the street (after a year of attempting to build a rapport and solve the issue). That’s an extreme solution, but if you have conflicts with someone, talk it out and try to solve it!
Also, if something doesn’t quite work, or isn’t as you like it, fix it! DIY projects aren’t too difficult and the fact that you did it yourself will make your home that much more suited to you.
There you have it – 5 little steps to improve your life dramatically. Try it out and see the difference!