Although home improvement and self-improvement are often treated as two completely separate entities, they may be more closely related than you think.
For starters, think about the sheer amount of time we spend within our apartments, day in and day out. If you don’t feel comfortable in your own space, whether it’s a brand new or lived-in apartment, how can you possibly hope to feel your best and take the steps toward self-improvement?
That being said, you can’t transform your living space overnight, nor can you hope to instantly undo years of poor habits in pursuit of turning yourself into a better person. However, home improvement and self-improvement both involve long-term commitments and changes which you can start making today as part of your larger life journey.
But where do you start? Consider the following projects as opportunities to double-dip your home improvement goals with your personal development.
Redo Your Décor
First and foremost, you need to understand how to transform your apartment within the boundaries set by your landlord. While doing so may require some creativity, the more than you make your home space feel like your own, the happier you’ll ultimately be.
Similarly, taking the time to properly clean, decorate and personalize your space will teach you both discipline and the rewards of hard work. Although making an apartment feel like home does indeed require some legwork, it’s totally worth it in the long run.
Commit to a Mini Home Gym
Weight loss is among the most common resolutions of the public at large; however, it’s more than possible to get fit without splurging on a gym membership. While your apartment may not have the space for a full-blown home gym, consider small investments you can make such as…
- Free-weights and resistance bands, both of which take up little space but provide endless possibilities for working out
- Doorway pull-up bars which can result in a full-body workout
- Opening up a space in the corner of your apartment to do bodyweight exercises on a yoga mat, an efficient yet effective way to get fit
Rethink Your Home Office Space
Maybe you have the long-term goal of becoming a stay-at-home solopreneur. Perhaps you never took the time to create your own home office space. Either way, having a designated place to work can help inspire you regardless of your long-term career goals.
An office space can be created out of the corner of a room if you’re creative about it. Start small with a minimalist desk, low-maintenance plants and ideally a space that’s exposed to natural light. Having a place to work that’s truly yours can provide inspiration and motivation to be more productive in a quiet and peaceful environment.
Create Your Personal Library
Finally, reading more is likewise a long-term goal of many of us stuck in a hustle-and-bustle lifestyle that doesn’t allow us to get away from our screens. However, something as simple as thirty minutes of reading a day could help you knock out a shorter novel within the span of a week. Assembling a space for your personal library not only provides you with some serious knowledge but also steps up the sophistication of your apartment.
Sprucing up your apartment and taking steps to improve yourself go hand-in-hand. These projects will not only make your space look fabulous but will ensure that you feel awesome every step of the way.