When you feel like you’re unable to control anything that goes on around you, it can be frustrating and even distressing, particularly when the things you can’t control start to include how you relax, how you negotiate basic tasks and chores, and how you feel about your identity. When these issues start to leak into your home then you need to take action, because without a cozy nest to retreat to then it can be difficult to start taking back control in the external areas of your life.

How Do You Like to Unwind?

There’s nothing wrong with coming home after a difficult and stressful day at work and sittingon the couch for a few hours in front of the TV – it’s a normal and fairly healthy way of dealing with it, but there are things you can do to improve the quality of your relaxation. If this is what you like to do then make the TV and the couch the priorities of your living room – both should be big enough to lose yourself in. Many people who are trying to get that urban modern look right manage to create a nicely coordinated space with uncomfortable or thinly cushioned furniture. If you’re uncomfortable in your living room then you should think about changing your theme and color scheme to something that allows for more cozy items and soft fabrics, like a more traditional style. If coffee and magazines are your tools for destressing after a long day add a coffee table into your living room near next to your favorite chair – just think about how you like to relax.

Which Room Shows off the Real You?

Do you have a favorite room? There should be at least one room which has a strong identity that says something positive about you. It can be easier than you might think to completely change the theme of a dull or depressing bedroom: get new drapes and wall paper that actually go with each other, invest in some new bedside table lamps which fit the style, and upcycle any scruffy or mismatching furniture so that you can be proud of your favorite room. This could be a great way of introducing a vintage or bohemian style into your bedroom, and this will make it easier to feel good about yourself while you spend time in the room which you have all turned around.

What Routines Are Dysfunctional?

Is there anything that just isn’t working about your house? It might be that a storage room is overflowing with things you don’t use regularly, or a laundry system that involves multiple journeys up and down the stairs, or it might even be that you need a dishwasher to speed up your chores – whatever it is, stop putting up with it and get it done. Knock through an unneeded wall or get a laundry shoot installed, because these touches will make you feel less at the beck and call of your house’s demands in the long term. Revamp all your organizational practices to get the house flowing, and you along with it.

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