At Keller Williams we believe in constant bettering of our lives; in turn we can then help those around us to our fullest capabilities. With that said, this sparked an interesting conversation about where we live and how it can effect our life as a whole. If you think about it, the time one spends at their home can either improve their life or keep them at a stalemate with self improvement. We are going to focus on making your home a more productive and inspiring place to be.
“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination”
― Christina Scalise, Organize Your Life and More
Okay, that is a drastic statement, but if you find your home is un-inspired then you know that it’s a true statement. We are big fans of the “commercial” method of decluttering. The average person watches television between 2 and 3 hours a day, meaning that in total you witness about 45 minutes of commercials. Think about this for a moment, you can still watch your favorite shows but instead of watching segments that push more products at us; we can push clutter out the door… 45 minutes at a time.
To be progressive in our self improvement journey, we need to clean. This is a bit different than decluttering because we focus on taking the “things” away when we declutter, when we clean we actually remove the built up dust, grime and baggage that promotes unhealthy living. When we clean our homes it’s a sacred ritual that deserves the time you put into it…. okay, not really… really we love hiring it out too. The point is, when you have a clean environment you can focus on what really matters.
Smells have a huge part in self improvement. “The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion.” The Smell Report. Find smells that trigger happy and pleasant memories so you can relate that to your newly self improve home. If you have areas of the home that continue to smell (animal areas), see if you can make sure they are in low traffic areas so the negative smells don’t effect your daily life.
We may have all heard about how color can effect mood, but did you know why? “Colour is believed to be the most important visual experience to human beings. It functions as a powerful information channel to the human cognitive system and has been found to play a significant role in enhancing memory performance.” ~ The Influence of Colour. So, if your home doesn’t reflect your inner self, how can you improve it. Bright colors and tones help energize our thought processes and in return help us be more productive or creative.
You may not realize how much outside noise can change your minds perception. It’s always there, always effecting the way you think (even at a subconscious level). Experiment: do you hear your air circulating right now? Did you notice it before we mentioned in? Because your brain new it was there the whole time, but it puts it in the back of your mind as much as possible. Not what if that sound was something more pleasant? What if you could hear the birds chirping? The waves of an ocean? Skrillex dropping some major bass? It doesn’t matter what you listen to, but it should have an overall goal. Relax or charge up. No matter how you look at it, sound effects our mood.
By now you know that we are hitting on the five senses, all those really need to be effected when you change your home for self improvement. Consider eating foods that give you energy, are satisfying (who can concentrate when they are hungry?) and put you in a good mood. You won’t regret it.
If you have questions about improving your home’s environment or want to learn more about how KW is changing lives for the better, give us a call at 616-288-3244 today.