As much as you may want to create a haven, four common obstacles may be in your way.
Everyone longs for a haven. And you might even try very hard to create one for yourself or your family.
But you may feel like you’re at a sticking point, wondering where to begin.
Or as much as you try, you just feel stuck.
Before you begin feathering your nest, it’s important to recognize 4 different obstacles you may face when creating a haven:
Obstacle #1: Too much mess
Call it too much clutter, call it too much junk … whatever it may be, too much mess in your home is the first thing that has to go.
A haven doesn’t have to be immaculately clean. You don’t have to worry about keeping things spotless – at all.
But (and this is a big but!) if your home is filled with messes – if your floors and surfaces are covered in piles of clutter – it’s going to have to go.
It’s virtually impossible to create a peaceful, restful place when it’s covered by a mess.
I know all too well how very difficult it is to take extra time to declutter or clean. And you don’t want to feel like you’re spending a lot of time cleaning. I understand! But it still needs to be done.
If you need to do the hard work of decluttering or dejunking your house before you can even get to cleaning it, then you’ll need to set aside specific time for this project.
So you don’t get overwhelmed at the prospect, set aside a chunk of time each day – whether it’s 5 minutes or 25 minutes or 45 minutes – and focus on one area of one room.
Once you do that, repeat with a different area in the same room the next day, slowly and methodically working your way around that one room – and then another room and then another room, until you’ve tackled your entire home.
Get the mess out of your home, and then haven creation will be so much easier. (Just notice how much more freedom and peace you’ll feel!)
Obstacle #2: Not enough inspiration
Sometimes, even if your home is clutter-free, you might get frustrated with a lack of inspiration. How can you create a haven if decorating isn’t your strength?
One easy solution is to copy other people’s ideas. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And really … you’ll be the one to see whatever you’ve copied since you live in your home. (Not the person you’ve copied.)
Peruse Pinterest and see what rooms stick out to you. Check out home interior design books from the library. Keep an eye out for your preferences:
- What do you like?
- What do you not like?
- What styles resonate with you?
- Which colors catch your attention?
- How can you copy certain window coverings or furniture?
- What accessories fit your personality the best?
Once you have a better idea of what you like, think of ways to copy it.
Is there anything in your home that you already own and can use? Keep on the lookout when you go shopping … make a list of what you’d like to add to your room, and watch whenever you’re in a store. If you frequent thrift stores or garage sales, what can you find that can be transformed with a coat of paint?
Gather whatever elements you’d like to try (this doesn’t have to happen right away … let it happen over time, if necessary) and then start transforming your home, room by room.
Obstacle #3: Not enough money
You may have a clutter-free home, or all kinds of ideas you’d like to try in your home – but you simply don’t have enough money to make it all happen.
If you’re financially strapped, it’s time to get creative. Make a list of what you’d like to add to your haven, and then over time, save some money and then keep an eye out for bargains:
- Scour sales bins.
- Search for possibilities in thrift stores.
- Stop at garage sales and estate sales.
Keep looking for good deals, knowing that you may need to use a little creativity to transform pieces into what you’d like. But eventually, everything will come together.
Piece by piece you’ll build your haven – and most likely have a story to tell about everything in your haven. (I think that can make rooms so much more interesting, anyway.)
Obstacle #4: Not enough time
Another big obstacle you may face simply involves not having enough time.
You know you want to create a haven. You may even know what you want to do differently in your home. But you don’t have time to do the actual work, whether it’s cleaning and decluttering, shopping for new additions to your home, or changing anything to your home.
For example, it can be one thing to know you want and need to change the pictures in a specific room, and a completely different thing to actually change them. Especially if it involves choosing new ones.
If this obstacle stands in your way, there’s only one solution: make the time. Of course we all have the same number of hours in each day, but this simply means making haven creation a priority.
Saying yes to creating a haven means saying no to other things:
- This may mean clearing your calendar for a weekend.
- It may mean setting certain days or times aside for a little productivity and TLC.
- It may mean saying yes to caring for your home and no to watching TV or letting social media zap your evening.
But it will be worth it. As you free up your schedule to work on your haven, you’ll notice a big difference in your home!
As you recognize the specific problems you face, and then figure out ways to overcome those obstacles, you’ll be on your way to creating a haven in no time!
What obstacles do you face when trying to create a haven?
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