Do you ever feel like the upkeep of your home is a constant battle? Your home is supposed to be your castle. It’s not only intended to be a fortress that keeps the myriad troubles of the outside world at bay, it’s also supposed to be the one place in the world where you can completely relax, unwind and be yourself. In an era where we’re working harder than ever, working more hours than ever and finding that we have less time to look after the things in life that really matter, your home should be your best friend. Thus, if your relationship with your home is becoming increasingly adversarial, and you feel as though you’re falling out of love with it, something needs to change.
Most of us try pretty hard to ensure that our homes are clean, tidy, hygienic and well maintained. Yet, most of us are unaware of just how much of a toll it can take on our mental health if the one place in the world we’re supposed to feel at ease is just a little… off. Your surroundings have a profound effect on your wellbeing. Yet, despite all our best efforts, there are times when it feels as though nothing we do effects real change. If we share our home with kids and pets these feelings are only compounded.
It may be a tough pill for many to swallow, but even the staunchest clean freak or DIY enthusiast can’t tame their homes without professional help. Given our hectic and busy lifestyles we need to be realistic with ourselves and turn to the help of the professionals when we need it. Here are some areas in which even the best of us may need to outsource for optimum peace of mind and a home that’s perfect once more…
There was a time when DIY was like a family recipe. It was a series of workable solutions (what we might now call life hacks) passed from generation to generation, designed to keep homes well maintained. In the YouTube era, however, there are so many excellent DIY tutorials that handy homeowners can often believe that there’s nothing they can’t accomplish with a well stocked tool belt, a stick of gum and a can-do attitude. While this may be true for many things, there are always areas of DIY best left to the pros. All but the most rudimentary of electrical fixes should not be attempted alone because of the safety risk they represent. They should be left to a registered electrician. If something is wrong with your circuit breaker panel in particular, you must never, ever attempt a repair yourself. Likewise, plumbing is best left to the pros. It might look like Lego with water, but it’s way more complicated than many give it credit for. Your amateur job may look fine at first glance but you could leave your home vulnerable to tiny and imperceptible leaks which could do real damage over time.
Clutter removal with care and compassion
Clutter is more than just general untidiness. If left unattended it can become a real problem and a sizeable drain on your personal well being. It’s human nature to accumulate possessions. To our subconscious, having more stuff increases our chances of survival. The reality, however, is that accumulating more and more stuff simply leads to a cluttered home. Not only is this visually distracting and prevents our homes from feeling truly clean and tidy, it can hinder our concentration. This can be particularly crippling if you work from home. It can create a nagging sense of unease that no amount of cleaning or tidying around it will heal. The trouble is that simply throwing stuff out, donating it to charity or selling it on eBay is beyond many of us. After a while, the removal of clutter can seem like a monolithic task especially if we are unable to part with any of it. If this seems familiar you need a clutter removal service with care and compassion, who will work with you to order and organise your possessions without tossing things out in the name of tough love. Now if only you knew where to find one of those…
Bad flow gotta go!
You’ve likely heard of Feng Shui although it’s likely that you take little stock in it. You may regard it as pseudoscience at best or mumbo jumbo at worst. But like acupuncture, tai chi and myriad other Chinese therapies which cause many unaware Westerners to scoff, Feng Shui really works. Enthusiasts say that this ancient art can increase your popularity, boost your wealth and help you to achieve your career goals by redistributing the flow of life energy (qi) through the home. At the very least it can optimize your available living space, give you a sense of calm and well being and make you feel happier than ever in your home. Sure, you could read up on the principles of Feng Shui and attempt to apply them yourself, but the most effective way to employ Feng Shui in your home is too book an appointment with a consultant.
Chim Chim Che-Ree!
If your home has a chimney, you’re extremely lucky. A fireplace with a chimney breast works wonders in tying a room together. It can make a great statement piece and can really help to define your living room’s aesthetic. But as much as this aesthetic touch is a gift for homeowners, it can also leave your family vulnerable to noxious fumes. Over time, sooty deposits can built up in the chimney flue. As these deposits grow more robust they can release a noxious combination of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and water vapour into your living room. This flue gas may be imperceptible to most but it can still cause lasting damage to your health if left unchecked. That’s why every home with an active chimney should have a chimney sweep on speed dial to carry out regular inspections.
Your home is beautiful and ripe with potential. But it’s important to reach out for a helping hand every once in a while to make sure that potential is truly realised.