Penny-Pinching Projects for Making a Happier and Healthier Home6/2/2020
We all want our homes to be places that nurture our minds, bodies, and souls. However, sometimes homeowners could get more from their abodes. If you want to ensure you and yours come home to a place that increases health and happiness, without spending big bucks on your efforts, read on.
Savor Your Outdoor Spread
Your first thought of home is probably a vision of your four walls, the actual house that provides shelter from the elements and a place to make memories. Don’t overlook your home’s outdoor areas, though. Time spent in nature can provide particularly powerful mental and physical benefits, boosting memory and energy, reducing stress and inflammation, increasing happiness, and even bolstering immunity.
With so much to gain, make it a priority to provide your family members a place to savor the great outdoors. Gardenista points out you can create a great outdoor room in a budget-friendly manner. Choose an area with level ground to keep construction costs and complexity minimal, and do some of the work yourself if you can. While installing a full stone patio can be on the challenging side for the average do-it-yourselfer, mixing materials can provide an attractive result with less work, expertise, and expense.
With an outdoor area ready to savor, plan to outfit the space with inexpensive furniture. You can make clever and beautiful patio furniture from upcycled pallets, or if getting splinters, disassembling and reassembling don’t hold appeal for you, you can always find patio furniture online at great prices (sets are available for under $200) and even earn cash back from retailers. Either way, you’ll feel that much better lounging in your personal outdoor paradise and knowing you didn’t overspend.
Pare Down for an Overall Lift
We live in a culture that traditionally tells us that more is more. However, science is finding fault with that logic. As Psychology Today explains, an uncluttered space promotes energy, reduces anxiety, improves focus, and can even help keep you and yours from bickering. So turn a critical eye to your home and your belongings, and decide if a thorough decluttering is in order.
You can apply this theory both inside and outside your home. Examine your landscape for places that could use improvement, such as haphazard and overcrowded plantings, and make sure there are places to organize outdoor equipment and toys.
Inside your home, think about what items you don’t really use or love, and let go of them. Rather than tossing them in the trash, consider passing those things along to someone else, whether via a garage sale or through donations to charities. You can even offer your stuff on swap websites.
Whatever option you pick, it’s a chance to double up on perks. You’ll not only have a less cluttered home environment, you’ll know your surplus stuff is being put to good use. Plus, it’s either a free solution or you’ll make a few bucks in the process.
When Hired Help Is a Must
DIY isn’t for everybody. You can always hire a lawn service to tackle outdoor concerns on your behalf (some services in Syracuse charge less than $100 depending on yard size), and a professional organizer can address organizational concerns inside and outside your home.
Keep in mind any time you hire a contractor, it’s in your best interest to learn about their qualifications before you commit. Check references, view samples of their work, and get everything in writing for best results. And while it might be tempting to go with the cheapest offer, keep in mind it could be money thrown away if the end product isn’t up to par.
Every homeowner should reap health and happiness from their humble abode. If your home and yard isn’t a personal sanctuary, contemplate how it could better feed your well-being. With a few penny-pinching changes, you can enjoy priceless benefits.
Written By Curtis Fisher | tradesbright.org