Retirement usually means more time is spent at home, even if you have a busy social or travel calendar, volunteer commitments, or babysitting the grandkids. For many of us, our home or apartment, provides comfort, security, and a sense of place. What we surround ourselves with makes us feel good.
Or, maybe you look around and say, this isn't who I am at this point in my life. The decorating I choose and things I surrounded myself were fine when I was younger and working every day. But, now, this space doesn't reflect who I am.
Either way, I'm looking for feedback about what makes where you live feel supportive and welcoming, or maybe detracts from a sense of joy and restfulness and should be changed. Comments on a post like this are always filled with ideas, new ways of looking at our environment, and can be a spur to necessary changes.
So, look around where you live. What do you see that pleases, or disappoints you?
.... On the walls: art, photos, paint color
.... On the floor: carpeting, hardwood, area rugs
.... Books and magazines: too many, not enough, the wrong ones
.... Music: on, off, the right kind?
.... Digital photo frames with photos you enjoy (or haven't noticed forever)
.... Lamps and windows to provide the amount of light you like
.... Things that trigger memories, or stuff that no longer pleases you
.... A TV that is too large or too small, or a TV at all.
* Is there enough room for you to be creative, whatever that means to you. It could a desk for writing, a table for painting or sketching, a large table for quilting or crafts, a garage with tools to restore an old car, a shed packed with tools and fertilizers for your garden, even a fully equipped kitchen to cook to your heart's delight.
* Do you like a unorganized space that feeds your creativity, or are you "a place for everything type?" Does your home reflect that?
This isn't meant to be an episode on HGTV; Chip Gaines I am not. Demo day would be my nightmare! Rather, I am hoping we can look at where we live with a fresh eye, a new perspective. To use a sometimes overworked word, are we mindful of our home and environment, or did we stop giving it much thought a while ago?
For this post, let's assume a major renovation is out. A new kitchen, sun porch, or extra bathroom might be nice, but not what we can afford at the moment. Instead, focus on the little things that make you happy and what it would take to match that feeling with where you live.
Lots of sunlight, not much clutter, plenty of books, music, art, and computer access, pictures of our family, a space for my vintage radio restoration and ham radio gear, and a quiet, dark bedroom for naps when called for! A good sized backyard for the dogs, flowers in pots, whimsical sculptures or art objects on the property walls, a fountain to create the sound of splashing water, and lots of outside seating plus a dining table that can seat 8.