Home Upgrades to Make You Happy
I’ve been thinking about changing a few things in my hom recently. But, I have to admit, it can be difficult to justify the expense that all those changes will cost! So, I’ve had a look around the web and in magazines for some ideas – and some excuses! Here’s what I have found – so feel free to use similar reasoning if you’re struggling to allow yourself a spending spree! (Image Credit)
A new bed
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. It helps you function better throughout the day, keeps you looking fresh, and is great for the brain. But – what if you have a rickety old bed that makes you toss and turn throughout the night? The answer is simple – invest in a new bed. Of course, beds can be pricey, so think about changing your mattress first. One of these luxury latex mattresses by John Ryan by Design might do the job, without having to fork out a fortune on a new frame.
If your aircon and heating system is old and run down, it might be having an effect on your health. Better air quality helps people with breathing issues like asthma. And, if your air con and heating are in poor shape, it can make the effects of those conditions far worse. Older equipment is also a lot less energy efficient – so invest in some new gear and you will save yourself money in the long-term.
More natural light
I don’t know whether it’s because we have been through a long and grey winter, but I have a real urge for more natural light right now. In an ideal world, I’d have the budget for a full-on extension, to open out the back of the house and let light stream in. But, even a simple enlargement of a window can be beneficial. It’s nice that the days are just starting to get longer – but we have a long way to go before summer!
I like to think that I keep myself in OK shape – but you can always push yourself further. So, I’m seriously considering getting some home gym equipment. Time is an enormous issue for me, and the opportunity to just have a workout whenever I want one is too tempting to miss. A few free weights and a cycling machine cost little when you buy them second hand, and they bring serious lifestyle improvements. We can all be a little healthier and fitter, right? (Image Credit)
Another cheap option for instant lifestyle improvement is to buy more plants. They suck in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, so it makes sense that your air quality will improve. Plus, they just make the whole place feel a lot nicer, don’t you think? They will take some looking after, of course. But, indoor plants tend to be a lot hardier than the seasonal plants you get in the garden. A little water a couple of times a week should be more than enough – that’s not much effort for a healthier environment!
As you can see, there are a few things you can do to your home, and they don’t all a fortune. Simple changes can make the biggest difference. Let me know if you have any more tips just leave a comment below!