Fall in love with your home all over again

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1. Consider what you first liked about your home. No matter where you live, there was probably something that attracted you to your house when you first saw it. Was it the sunny garden, the charming porch, original wood floors? Once you are living in a place, it’s natural to focus more on home improvements, but taking a moment to think about what you first loved about your home can put things in perspective.
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2. Use your senses. If you’re feeling down about your house, it can be hard to find anything to appreciate — but using your senses, you can zero in on the pleasures of home. Take a quick sensory tour of your home and note anything positive: the cozy comfort of your couch, the smell of coffee brewing, the feel of a fluffy rug between your toes.
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3. Contrast it with not being there. Imagine you’ve just been on a long trip, and you are arriving home for the first time in weeks. You close the door behind you and take a deep breath. What are you most looking forward to about being home in that moment? Think about the ways your home comforts and supports you.
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4. Think beyond the physical. Is your rent or mortgage affordable, allowing you to live within your means? Is your home near your best friend’s house, a lovely park or your favourite café? Is it quiet? Are your neighbours nice? There are many factors that you may not see when you look around but that are just as (or more) important than the space itself.
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5. Consider what visitors like about your home. When friends come over, do they comment on how welcoming and relaxing your house is? Is it great for parties, intimate chats, or barbecues on the lawn? Pay attention to what others have to say about your space.
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6. Who do you share your space with? Be sure to count the people and furry friends you share your home with among your blessings. Does the light in your home make it easy to grow that windowsill herb garden? Does owning your own home or having an accommodating landlord make it possible to share your space with furry friends? Do your kids love jumping on that squashy old couch?
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7. Look out of your windows. Do you have a view of your lovely garden, a far reaching vista, or a beautiful tree? Do you have a favourite spot outside where you like to sit and while away the time, drink a cup of tea, read a book, have a glass of wine at the end of a busy day?
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8. Take a fresh look. Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective to turn what could be a negative into something good. Have you accumulated lots of unneccessary clutter? This is a really common problem when you have lived somewhere for a long time, think back to when you moved in, look at old photos, have a good sort out and get back to how your space used to feel. A spring clean,  a paint touch up and floor deep clean can also work wonders.
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9. Consider what you love doing in your  home. Whether you love to cook, entertain, read, watch movies or play with your kids, focusing on the activities you enjoy at home can help take the focus away from that never-ending list of improvements. Do more of the things that work well in your home and fall in love with your home all over again.
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My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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