Making Over Your Living Space and Your Life

Ever come home from a hard day at work and simply flop down on the couch and turn on the TV? Yeah, thought so. It’s quite possible almost every single person on the planet has done this at one time or another. Do you find yourself thinking more and more about your couch while working? Daydreaming about how soft and comforting it will feel once you get home? Yeah, thought so. What’s wrong with this you might ask? Well unfortunately, that amazingly comfortable couch might actually be making you lazy. There, I said it. If this is the case, then it’s time to give your house or apartment a somewhat extreme makeover.

But you love your plushy cushy couch? And the TV is your friend. Understandable, but why not come home to a house that is not only beautiful, but also encourages a more creative, productive lifestyle.

First step, sell your couch. If you paid over 500 dollars for it, it is more than likely you could get 300-400 dollars for it, if it’s been cared for. Craigslist is the best bet in selling your furniture and getting the most for it. However, a garage sale would do, but lugging it to a disclosed location not knowing if it will sell, can be a bit of a pain.

Secondly, sell your TV. Ok , this may seem a bit rash, but that television isn’t really adding to your home design or aesthetic. If somehow it is, then try covering it up with a pretty fabric print throw. The idea here is to take the focus away from the television and away from wasting away on your couch all night.

Thirdly, clear out the clutter. Studies have shown that people who live amongst a lot of clutter and unnecessary things are more lethargic and less motivated. Clutter is anything from old magazines and trinkets to countless scarves and gloves. Start logging all the things you own in your head and ask yourself if you really NEED the item. Minimizing your “stuff” can open up room for positive happenings in your life. The old adage “out with the old in with the new,” was said for good reason.

Next, look around your room, apartment, house or the like and see if there really is adequate functionality. Are you using your dining room table as a place to eat or do your taxes? It’s important to keep each piece of furniture and space designated for it’s original purpose. You work at a desk, eat at a table, read in a chair and sleep in a bed. You may be thinking, well they are simply pieces of furniture, but the more you use them properly, the happier and more productive you will be in the long run.

Finally, start purchasing furniture that isn’t going to make you sleepy. Now this doesn’t mean to go out and buy a couch made of steel. It simply means, don’t buy something that will suck you into it after a mere five minutes. You can still have a cute couch that is comfortable, just don’t let it become your bedroom.

After a complete makeover of your living space you will soon find that, instead of thinking about your couch and television all day while working, you may be thinking of going to the park, an art opening or the market to whip up a fantastic meal. Either way, you’ve done yourself and your mood a very nice favor.

Timothy Lemke is a freelance health writer. To read more of his work, visit the website of Dr. Derrik Stark, a Vancouver dentist.

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