My Home, My Sanctuary, My Responsibility

Our homes tend to be the biggest investment that we make throughout our lives, so it’s not all too surprising that the majority of us are houseproud and focus a whole lot of our attention on interior design. We want everything to look as perfect as it should be. But when it comes to home design and home improvement, there are many areas that fall by the wayside and end up relatively neglected.

I should know; I was recently cited by my HOA, with a list of about 14 things they want fixed by April 2019.

It’s important that, as a homeowner, you pay close attention to these general upkeep of your home, including the the simple process of beautification of areas, in order to ensure that your home has an appealing aesthetic throughout. Here are some areas that you might want to consider and start focusing on. Invest time, effort, and a little cash into perfecting them and you’ll soon be able to call your home your own personal palace!

Your Property’s Exteriors

We can get so caught up in our home’s interior design that many of us end up neglecting our property’s exteriors! But it really is important that you manage your home’s exteriors too! After all, this is what’s going to create a good first impression to anyone who pulls up on your drive or visits your home.

Clean the Windows

While we clean our home’s windows from the inside on a regular basis, it’s important to remember that we need to clean the outside of the windows too – there’s no point in only having one side of a transparent surface smear and smudge free! While you may be able to reach windows on lower floors easily, it’s generally best to hire a professional window cleaner who has the relevant equipment and training to leave every window on your property sparkling clean.

Establish Climber Plants

If you want to add a pop of colour to your walls, establish some climber plants. These can take a little while to grow, so the sooner you start the better. They will grow up your walls, creating a traditional or even fairytale look. Consider ivy that coats your home in a deep green pile of leaves. Alternatively, Wisteria can prove extremely attractive, flowering purple blooms throughout the Spring months.

Paint the Front Door

The Backyard

Over time, paint on our homes’ front doors can begin to split, crack, and flake. If this happens, sand down the surface and pick out a new colour. It’s time to paint your front door! Unscrew the number, get a pot of paint (choose a brand that’s specifically designed for outdoor use), and coat the door with even strokes. Stick with a thin layer. You can then do more coats to build colour if necessary. Make sure that the door has sufficient time to dry before anyone touches it and you reattach the number.

While we’re outdoors, why not focus on sprucing up your outdoor space too! While we may be in the midst of winter at the moment, Spring is fast approaching and chances are that you’re going to want to spend a fair amount of time out in the backyard when the temperatures rise and the sun begins to shine. If you find that your garden is a bit of a wreck through winter time neglect, you could call in a professional specialising in Landscape Design. They’ll be able to survey the damage and come up with some great design ideas to create a functional, useable, and aesthetically pleasing space. If you want to go DIY with things and take care of things yourself, you might want to focus on the following tasks.

Mowing the Lawn

First things first, tackle that lawn. You might not be able to go straight in with the lawnmower. Instead, you might need to trim the length of the lawn with a strimmer. Rake up the long grass, then go over things with the lawnmower. This will prevent your lawnmower from getting clogged up and it can also prevent problems such as accidentally driving the mower over rocks and other debris, which could be hidden in long grass and cause damage.

Planting Some Flowers

If you want to add a touch of colour to proceedings, you might want to plant some flowers. You have a few different options when it comes to doing these. You could stick to potted plants, or you could go all out and dig up some floor beds and put some borders down. If you do go with the option of potted plants, remember to make sure that the pots have holes drilled in the bottom for water to drain out from if it rains on your plants or they get overwatered.

Prune Trees

For those amongst us who have trees in our gardens – make sure that you prune them properly. Many of us simply leave trees to their own devices, but pruning can vastly improve their health and encourage strength and more attractive and thick leaf coverage. You can find out more about how to prune trees through various tutorials online.

Air Quality

Another important aspect of our homes that is often overlooked is air quality. While we tend to make a huge fuss over the quality of food and drink that we put into our bodies, many of us completely overlook the quality of the air that we breathe in and out constantly – twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. This is despite the fact that air quality can have a huge impact on your respiratory health – many of us suffer from respiratory health and allergies and the quality of air in homes can really impact our overall well being as a result. So, how can you make sure that the air in your home is worthy?

Invest in Houseplants

The first (and perhaps simplest) way to take action in regards to air quality in your home is to invest in houseplants. Plants are nature’s own life support system – NASA scientists have even carried out research into how they improve the atmosphere within their spaceships! They take in toxins from the air around them and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Just make sure to choose varieties that don’t flower or produce excessive amounts of pollen. If you have little ones or pets, also make sure to ensure that your chosen plants aren’t poisonous. Popular options include:

  • Parlor Palm
  • Goldfish Plant
  • African Violet
  • Boston Fern
  • Calathea

Try a Salt Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are a great aesthetic addition to any room. Chances are that you’ve seen them gracing stunning Pinterest boards and the pages of interior design magazines. But they go beyond the beautiful and also purify the air around them! Put simply, salt absorbs water from its surroundings and this water generally contains bacteria and dirt . This means that relatively unhealthy particles that are present in the air around you in your home are drawn into the lamp rather than your lungs.

Clean the AC

If you have AC to cool the air in your home, remember that it circulates air around your home. If the vents aren’t cleaned, you can find that when you turn your AC on, dust is spread throughout your property. This can cause respiratory problems. So, clean the AC and vents. If you are unable to access these safely yourself, make sure to call in a professional to help out.

These are just a few different aspects of home design that you might want to draw into consideration. But they do often go neglected. So, prioritise them and start improving them as soon as you get a chance. Your property will look all the better for your efforts!


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One thought on “My Home, My Sanctuary, My Responsibility

  • January 18, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    I strongly recommend you DO. NOT ..estabalish. Climber plants like Ivy or wystera on the side of your house as that is a sure fire way to have an invasion of ants, termites, and any other crawley bug enter your wood and start chewing, nesting, and living it up in your wood frame, I would highly recommend only using cedar mulch around the base of your gardens that souround your home, the natural odor of the cedar will also help repel unwanted guests. Just a suggestion.

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