Outside our homes a pandemic rages. Epidemiologists have urged us to stay home as much as possible. It has been nearly a year with no sign of this deadly virus abating.
And so we need our homes to be more than a roof over our heads. We need it to be a cozy haven where we not only feel safe, but also content.
So how can you create a cozy space that you enjoy calling home?
Re-Evaluate Your Rooms:
The first thing I would suggest is to re-evaluate every room in your home.
Is the room serving a necessary purpose? Or has it become simply a place to store things?
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The rooms in your home don’t have to remain what they were built to include.
For instance, a dining room could be an office. An extra bedroom could become an art studio or craft room.
Or if you live in a small space, you could create a room within a room. Like I did with my office niche.
Many of us are working from home. And sometimes that means we end up working from the dining room table.
Working From Home:
So that means you need a dedicated space in which to work. This will do the trick.
I added a cupboard in an open space against one wall. And then put a desk on the other side of it.
The cupboard effectively hides my little office niche, while also providing storage.
I feel like this basically added square footage in some ways. Just by adding a “half wall” between my living room and dining space.
They are actually one big space.
So after you’ve resolved having a space to work from, look at the rest of your rooms. Clear the clutter so you can see the bare bones of your furniture.
Decide what you must have and what you really don’t want anymore. Donate what you no longer love or want.
Since it’s just me and my occasional daughters and grand kids when they visit, I don’t need a big dining table or space.
Every couple of weeks my daughters come here for lunch. One of us sits at the desk just across from this little table.
Rearrange The Furniture:
This might be a good time to rearrange the furniture and freshen things up. Sometimes rearranging the furniture fits your current needs better.
But furniture alone does not create a cozy home. What creates a cozy home is what your personality and style dictates.
How a bookshelf is styled. What is on the walls. Personal items that have a special meaning out in view for you to enjoy on a daily basis.
You don’t have to put paintings on the wall. You could do something a little different like tack up a quilt.
Consider The Wall Decor:
Get creative. Shop your home for items that might serve another purpose to hang on your wall.
Bring the walls alive with something that makes you smile.
You can also use your walls for storage if you live in a small space.
If you don’t have a fireplace but always wanted one, consider a portable fireplace. I bought this one about a year ago and I just love it.
In the winter the faux flames look so real and makes the indoors feel cozy.
Also it puts out a lot of heat. I have to turn it off frequently because it gets too hot!
What you do in your kitchen depends on whether you own or rent your home. I rent, so I am somewhat limited. But I have tried to make the most of what I have.
Consider taking the cabinet doors off and storing them.
Or you could decorate the front of your cabinet doors.
If you have an ugly refrigerator, you can buy decals to change the look. Or you can use contact paper to cover it.
I got tired of decorating the ugly fridge and finally, after living here 6 years, bought one myself. It isn’t fancy and fancy wouldn’t fit in the space. But at least it is clean and new looking.
Add rugs to define certain areas. Provide adequate lighting. Lighting is an easy way to bring a sense of coziness to your spaces.
Bring in house plants. They not only look pretty. But they also clean the air you breathe.
It’s okay to mix real and faux plants. I do. But I really prefer the actual live plant. Because I want cleaner air in my home.
And in the wintertime, it provides a sense of nature indoors.
Is Your Bedroom Welcoming?
Oftentimes people skimp on their bedrooms because others don’t always see it. But it’s actually one of the first rooms you should consider decorating.
You spend a good 8 hours a day in this room. So make it as cozy and conducive to sleep as possible.
During these times it’s wonderful if you have any amount of outdoor space. This keeps you from feeling so “hemmed in” during a pandemic.
I have an enclosed patio that is actually the main reason I rented this one bedroom apartment. Because I knew this space would be a main feature of my home.
This is my special place. My happy place. It is where I grow flowers and herbs and even trees in containers.
I am never more content than when I’m in my garden space.
Merely digging in the dirt is calming. It distracts you from the pandemic.
You can feel safe in your garden because you are alone and outdoors.
Add seating and lots of plants and decorate your outdoor space any way that is pleasing to you. Consider planting herbs that deter flying insects.
There are so many ways to use herbs. Cooking with them is one.
I grow vegetables as well. So I get to enjoy fresh produce in the summertime.
Add a rose bush that smells heavenly.
I’d always yearned for a yellow rose bush. And so I have one in a container that provides lovely blooms every spring and summer.
Provide a bird bath to lure in birds. I love to watch the birds from inside as they flit about my patio and fly up into the overhanging tree.
If you consider all these things, you will have a cozy home to ride out this horrible pandemic.
And when it’s eventually over, you will still have a place that you love coming home to.
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