Home is where the heart it is, so it’s no surprise that as soon as we turn the key after a long day at work we can feel the stresses and strains of the daily grind gradually fading away. Whether your perfect at-home treat is sitting in front of the box wrapped in a fleecy blanket or flicking through a best seller in the comfort of your snug, your home is the ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world –but why?
Dinner around the table
Eating a hearty meal around the table gives everyone the perfect chance to catch up on the day’s events and provides the perfect opportunity from some parent-child bonding. Whipping up a credit-crunch friendly meal such as spaghetti bolognese or a delicious chilli at home instead of opting for a takeaway can also help you save the pennies.
Creating a sense of calm
Using the principles of feng shui in your home can also help to restore order and balance in your home life and beyond. Whether you want to attract more money into your life or simply want the kids to tow the line once in a while, using a feng shui bagua map could do just the trick. This focuses on nine areas including health, family and community, marriage, relationships and partnerships, and good fortune centre.
Communing with nature
A garden is very much an extension of your home and pottering around your outside space and tending to plants can really help to channel your creativity. Creating separate zones for adults and children within a garden can also ensure that everyone is kept happy. Planting vegetables and fruits can also be a cost-effective way of adding to your weekly meals without putting a dent in your budget.
Making a home from home
Decorating your home to reflect your personal tastes and include some of your favourite memorabilia can help you to feel fully relaxed in your living space. While for some this will mean classic country complete with an aga, stable door and roaring fireplace, for others it will mean the minimalism of white-washed walls and high tech appliances.
Including items of furniture or paintings that have passed down through the family can also help a home embody a sense of history and maintain a connection between the past and the present.
Your home office
Working in the confines of a generic office isn’t for everybody and studies have shown that employees can be more focused and productive in their home offices. A converted shed or spare room could be the perfect place to set up your home office.
You can also veer away from the conventions of simply having a chair and a desk and throw in bean bags, posters and anything else you like to inspire creativity. Being at home also means that you can upgrade your lunch from a sandwich to a three course meal and tick off a few tasks on your to-do list. As an added bonus, you can put the money you would have spent on commuting towards a holiday instead.
Kate Knight writes for Savoo.co.uk, the money saving, voucher code and destination site for savvy shoppers.