Being happy at home doesn't need to cost a fortune. In fact, you can be quite happy in the most humble abodes. It is chiefly the attitude and spirit of the homemaker which makes the home a peaceful refuge for her family.
Do you want to increase your happiness at home? Try these ideas.
1) Purge often.
Clutter creates a feeling of chaos, the opposite of what you are trying to create. Get in the habit of purging items that are no longer useful or beautiful, no longer your style or hold bad memories and associations. Donate items that are in good condition to charity and bin the rest.
2) Be organized.
Being organized will make your life easier. Have a designated place for everything and return items to their spots immediately after use. Figure out why certain spots tend to be clutter magnets and work out a plan to eliminate the mess.
3) Every day do one small thing to beautify your home.
Rearrange the furniture in a room. Arrange a bouquet of flowers picked from the garden in a vase or pretty jar. Spray paint that gaudy gold mirror frame. Restyle your book shelf. Use what you have to create beauty and interest in your home.
4) Create sparkle and shine.
Never let your cleaning go. Do something every day. When you notice something that needs to be done, tackle it right way. Cleared surfaces, sparkling windows, and shining hardwood floors say this home is much loved!
5) Plan your meals.
Avoid falling prey to the witching hour by planning your meals ahead of time. Prepare simple meals that are inexpensive, yet filling. Set a generous table so that all hungry tummies are satisfied and content.
6) Always have something to look forward to.
It's important to keep your mind sharp, so find something you like to do - reading, crossword puzzles, sudoku, a cross-stitch project. Or you can learn a new language or learn how to play an instrument. With the internet, the world is your oyster!
7) Dress with intention.
You are the queen of your home! Dress like the lady of the estate. Don't slum around in pajamas or yoga pants. You have things to do whether you plan to leave the house or not. If you need a little inspiration, please read this short story from 1926 called When Queens Ride By.
8) Be mindful.
Do you rush through your tasks mindlessly? Housework is a job that is never ending, but it doesn't have to be dreadful. Slow down and take your time. The world will not end if all is not done today. Rest when you are tired. Take little breaks. Eat when hungry. Your time is your own. Be thankful you don't have to punch a time clock. Now that is dreadful!
9) Slow down and appreciate the little things in life.
This world tries to get us to do more and go faster, but at what cost? Reject the worldly ways and make your own way in the world. Notice how one season gives way to a new one. The rainbow after a storm. Bird song. The stars at night on a dark country road. The rose in bloom. So many things we fail to notice because we are too busy.
10) Connect with your loved ones.
Express your love and joy to your husband. Tell him how handsome he is. Admire his muscles. Hug your kids. Call your parents or go visit them. Have lunch with a sibling or gather all the extended family for a potluck dinner. Make time for your loved ones and never fail to let them know how valuable and loved they are. We know not how much time we have left on this earth. Don't waste it.