A simple way to brighten up your day
I’m a huge fan of small actions that have a big impact, and today’s tip is one of those.
It’s even one of my all-time favorites because it’s so easy to do and yet so powerful.
Actually, it’s so good so when I first did it, I was like “hey, why haven’t I done this earlier?!”.?
You know, when something feels so obvious you can’t even understand how you could NOT have thought about it before.
Okay, with no further ado – here we go!
Create your guiding light
I don’t know if it’s due to that I come from the Nothern part of the planet where we don’t get much of it, or if it simply has to do with the fact that it’s a major living force – but I’m obsessed with LIGHT.
Be it daylight, sunlight, candlelight, lamp-light or any other form of light.
Because light signals that the place is warm and safe, friendly and welcoming.
All these are crucial for a space to feel good, right?
But sometimes we just forget how important this is and how easily we can use it to our favor to create a space that feels just like that – and to treat not only visiting friends and family in a lovely welcoming way, but also ourselves.
So, imagine you’re coming home after a long day. You might be a bit tired. Having bags or groceries to carry. It’s evening and you open the door, step into the dark entry space and search for the light switch. Phew.
The same scenario with you coming home after a long day, tired and carrying all that stuff. But instead of being met by a dark and gloomy entry, you’re welcomed by a lit up space. A warm, welcoming light that more or less says “Hi there my dear, welcome home! Let me help you with all that stuff, so you can kick off your shoes and start to relax.”.
Okay, talking lights might not be on the market yet (or maybe they are?!) and that’s not really the point here. But I hope you get what I mean; that a lit up space can really make a huge difference of how you feel when you get home.
It’s like the space welcomes you and embraces and invites you.
So, instead of opening the door and stepping into complete darkness and have to sort of “wake up” the space when you get home, you instead enter an already cozy and energized space.
It’s a completely different feeling to open the door and being met by a warm, friendly atmosphere that’s it lit up.
You’ll be amazed by the difference!
Here’s how to light up your day and create a warm welcome for yourself
Okay, so here’s what to do:
? Use a timer and set it to switch on when it gets dark outside or just before the time you normally get home so the light is on when you get there. You can also use a twilight sensor, but then the light will be on all night as well.
? If possible, use lighting by a window – it always creates a great atmosphere and sometimes that’s the only lighting you might need in a space.
? If you live in an apartment or don’t have any windows by the entrance; instead of just having lighting immediately inside by the door, try to place some kind of lighting further into your place instead, but still so the light reaches the entrance. That way, you’ll walk towards the light when you get indoors and the light will spread to more of the space. You can of course also add some lighting by the door at the entrance, too, or at several places – but if you’re just doing one thing, place the lighting further into your place.
? If you live in a house and have some windows nearby the entrance, add some lighting there. That way you’ll benefit from the light both from the outside, when you approach your house, and when you get indoors. I’d still add some kind of lighting further into your space as well, as mentioned above, to get the space more lightened up and to get that “walk towards the light”-feeling.
? Also, if you live in a house, besides having lighting by a window close to the door, which is the first thing to do – you could add lighting by any window you might pass by when you get home. And, if possible, having lighting outside, just by the door, is, of course, great too.
? Make sure to use as much energy saving lamps and light sources as possible to be good to mother earth.
The trick is to make your home feel like it’s waiting for you and that you are coming home to a warm and welcoming place.
It’s not about to light up the whole home, but rather to put lighting at certain places to create that special atmosphere.
Over to you!
- What’s your biggest “aha” after reading this?
- Do you have any great tips when it comes to this that you’d want to tell us about?
Share in the comments below, I’d be so happy to hear from you!
And if you have any questions – ask away below too. Your question might help somebody else, and I’m happy to answer! And, of course, there is no such thing as a stupid question – but you know that already, right?☺️
I look forward to hearing from you!
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