Step by Step: Simple Ways to Start Creating Your Own Happiness at Home

There's nothing better after a hard day than coming home to a place where you can begin to wash off some of the day's struggles. It's one of the only places we have in our lives that we get to make work specifically for us. You may not live in your perfect dream home now, but there are always ways to create happiness no matter where you live. Keep It Clean: Coming home to a clean house is key. If you walk in the door to a giant mess, it just creates more stress. Try to get into a routine of tidying up ten minutes a day to keep things looking good for sanity's sake. Here are some tips and tricks to get you on your way:

Stay Organized: Knowing you can find something when you need it without wasting time is another way to create a sense of calm and peace in your home.

Add Living Things: Make sure you have plants and flowers around your house. They make your house cozier, healthier and happier. That sounds like a win-win to me.

Be Mindful: Happiness is a state of mind, and if you can bring that intention to your environment as well as yourself you are well on your way.

Give Yourself A Break: With all the info and images of new ideas and beautiful spaces we are bombarded with, it's so easy to get down on what you have. Try not to let everyone else's world get in the way and make you feel overwhelmed. There's nothing wrong with learning, striving and improving, just do it on your terms and with a sense of calm and a positive outlook on change.

(Image: Irene & Evan's Welcoming Whimsy House Tour)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.

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