The exercise above will help you identify the elements that play a role in how our house makes us feel. I will also sit in each chair in every room to determine what I see and how I feel in that seat. That may be how it affects others that sit there.
- Sensory elements are everything you experience physically. How do the room's colors, lighting, and patterns make you feel? Texture and temperature whether touched or seen can be warm or so cold you can't relax. Don't forget the smells and sounds of a space—aromas of cooking or a favorite perfume, laughter of friends or family.
- Utility refers to the usefulness of a space. Things need to be functional and work for you. Size or cost make no difference here.
- Organization. We hear so much about this. Discover if you have a "blind eye" to a mess or if it may be someone else's mess (like a teenager's room) and you can let it go. Everyone I've talked with feels so much better after a declutter session or even cleaning out one closet or a couple cupboards in the kitchen. It's such a good way to de-stress!
- Association with items will have good and bad memories. Keeping too much from a previous relationship, job, or bad experience may bring up negative emotions and drag us down. It's important to recognize that. We need good energy in our homes. It may be time to redecorate.
We are approaching a change of season soon. For me, I need to change something in my environment. Since I can't always buy something new,it may be a change of pillows, seasonal art, or moving pieces to a different room. I go through my closet, straighten out a drawer, or give a room a cleaning, but I have to do something.
I suggest each of you take this mental tour of your home and write down your reactions, moods, and findings. Make a list of any changes you'd like to see happen. What do you like and dislike? Then do an actual walk through and experience it again. Try to detach personally and address this as a decorator would, or maybe as someone viewing your home to purchase. What do you learn?
I'd love for you to email your findings to me at email@example.com. We can learn so much from each other. Everyone has good ideas and support from others is much needed and a fun motivator. Can't wait to hear from you!
Martha Beck reminds us that by "recognizing and embracing your power to change one small space at a time, you can use your gut, heart, and brain to make sure your home takes you further toward happiness and satisfaction."