The new year’s getting a little less…new, which makes this a great time to check in on your resolutions and see how you feel!
Self Improvement Through Home Improvement
Whether you’ve been successful with your resolutions or started to let that resolve fall by the wayside, you can learn from experience! Take stock, pivot if you have to, and find the daily habits and routines that make you feel like your best self.
For many people, setting personal goals is about building confidence and feeling more comfortable with life. We like to think of home improvement as a gateway to general empowerment! The confidence that comes from becoming a home improvement whiz (or even just a casual fixer of little things) doesn’t stop with the home – it can also give you the boost you need to tackle other personal goals.
Here’s why home improvement is so effective at building confidence.
1. Living in a Beautiful, Functional Space Can Make You Feel Happier
The spaces where we spend the most time can have a huge impact on our mental health. If you don’t love the way your home looks and feels, it can detract from your overall happiness and confidence. For example, studies have found that the amount of light and color in your environment can have an effect on your mood. A cluttered space can contribute to higher stress levels.
This is more important than ever right now, as so many people are working from home and spending more time indoors. B.C. (Before Covid), your home may have been a place for sleep and drinking coffee on the weekends. Now, with the more reclusive lifestyle ‘Rona’s thrust upon us, it’s critical that your home is a positive place to be. That means creating lightness, clearing clutter, leaving space (separate spaces, if at all possible) to work, eat, and relax comfortably.
It’s also helpful to choose decor that reflects your personal style and makes you feel more confident in your space. If we can make our cubicles profound expressions of our inner lives… we can work that same magic at home.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to make your space look beautiful — you can “DIY” your own pieces instead. On top of creating a home that’s unique to you, doing it yourself creates an intoxicating sense of accomplishment!
You can start small — you don’t need to build a giant piece of furniture. Small pieces of art and decor are great places to begin. (We’ve got some recommendations over here!)
2. A Happy Home Can Help You Reach Your Self Improvement Goals
If you have a big personal goal that you have been working toward, chances are there’s a home improvement project that can help you achieve it! When you design your space with your goals in mind, it’s easier to build helpful habits and stick to them.
Here are some examples of ways you can use home improvement and design to keep you on track with your goals.
- Building shelves and other organizers is a great way to keep your home cleaner and more organized. When you have a designated place for everything, clutter is less likely to build up.
If you’ve been wanting to stick to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle, consider creating a compost area in your backyard (or countertop!). You can also build your own garden (outdoor or indoor) and grow your own ingredients. Having fresh food on hand can help you save money, eat more healthfully, and live more sustainably – all three of which are exceptionally popular resolutions.
- If you’re looking to level up in your career, consider building a new office space in your home. Adding shelves, a new seating arrangement, or fun new decor can make working from home more comfortable and enjoyable. We really just want you to get that cubicle-with-a-mountain-view energy.
- If you’re looking to up your fitness game, you can create a designated workout area in your home. If you’re feeling brave, you can even get creative and “DIY” your own gym equipment.
3. Creating Something Boosts Your Confidence
Even though home improvement projects can be challenging at times, they can also be very rewarding. There’s something so satisfying about creating something entirely on your own, from start to finish. As you complete each project, you’ll get a burst of confidence that can inspire you to try even more new things! Feeling confident can also make it easier to be productive during your daily routine.
Science agrees: when you complete a task, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel happy and accomplished. These little dopamine hits can give you the boost you need to feel more confident as you go about your day.
This can improve your quality of life and your sense of self so much! Trusting yourself and knowing that you can accomplish what you set your mind to will keep stress at bay, meaning your mind is freed up to focus on more important things.
If you’re feeling like you need a boost of confidence right now, tackling a new home improvement project can be a great way to get it. Don’t feel like you have to follow trends or do what everyone else is doing — you can use home improvement to bring your own unique visions to life.
Here’s something else you can be confident in: you can save money by easily and securely tapping your community for the tools you need! So, home improvement isn’t just self improvement, but community improvement too! See it for yourself, here. 😎