Your Home As An Extension Of Yourself
Have you ever considered that your home is a canvas you can paint to reflect your best self – both in how you perceive the present and also in how you envision your future? Let’s take a journey into how you can do this, especially if you are planning on moving in the foreseeable future.
We all intrinsically know that where we live reveals who we are to the outside world. Our homes reflect our attitudes, goals, values, roles, and priorities. In his book, Snoop, Sam Gosling explains, “Essentially, what your home does is distill a very long history of behaviors and choices.” It’s also a direct expression of dignity and self-respect.
Terri Stephens of Real Order Professional Organizing notes the benefits of mindfully creating a positive home environment which:
• Provides comfort for those living there and guests
• Encourages good health and productivity
• Cultivates positive relationships and lasting memories
• Reflects your personal and professional goals
• Aligns with your inner self and values
The first step is to assess your current surroundings in terms of being functional, comfortable and attractive – one that empowers you to be your best self. Step back and see how you react from room to room. Do you feel embraced, cold or ambivalent? How can you change that energy?
Lisa Linder, interior designer, utilizes intuitive methods geared towards manifesting the look and feel of your environment. We delved into what this might look like for someone considering moving in the near future.
This is the perfect time to begin setting your intentions for what’s important to you. Write down what you visually desire and how you want your space to feel.
These include your:
• Lifestyle – Do you entertain frequently? Is outdoor space important to you?
• Needs – Is one floor living essential? Will you be working from home? Do you have essentials that require storage?
• Wants – These can vary easily and often.
Keep this list handy. When you are looking at homes online, note the ones you like and why. Check them against your list. During this process your list will change as well. Always have an open mind about what the package looks like as long as the home feels like what you want.
The early stage is also the perfect time to start analyzing your belongings. What is and isn’t working for you currently? Why? Lisa suggests asking yourself these questions about each item:
• Do I love it? How does it make me feel?
• Do I need it?
• When was the last time I used it?
If they don’t make the cut, let them go and create the space, both physically and emotionally, for more of what you seek. On the other hand, it’s essential to keep the things that are meaningful to you.
This hit home for me. In the disruption that occurs while remodeling, you eventually put everything back in place. I have many family items and my question became, “Am I attached to it? Am I holding onto it as a family obligation?” In dispassionately looking at a few items, I realized that while they were of historical significance, I wasn’t personally attached to them. This concept spread to a host of things. Powerful stuff.
While manifesting the intention for your new home, Lisa notes, “Visualize what you want even though it may not seem attainable. It truly IS attainable. Be conscious and deliberate about what you are taking with you and your vision will become clearer.”
While you are looking at homes, enjoy the process and trust your instincts. Bring your list and make changes to it as you see new things. With each step you are getting closer to honing in on your perfect home.
Your move-in can also be a peaceful process rather than chaos. Lisa wisely suggests that you pack all of your immediate, daily essentials together, such as kitchen and bath necessities, so that you can set up house right away. Then take the time to again intentionally analyze if the items you brought align with your desires in your new home.
You will forever reap the emotional benefits if you take the time to enjoy creating the reality you want.
Peggy Crowe is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker King who always makes sure that her clients are heard and respected. You can contact her at 828-318-4423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.