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Brighter Home, Brighter Life

By Tara Cabullo, Brighterlife.com.ph


Do you often feel like you don’t want to come home and actually dread coming home? I sometimes do, and it wasn’t much later that I figured out why I was getting antsy of my home situation: I’m tired of the décor, clutter had begun to build up, my nose has gotten used to the fragrance I’ve set up and all in all, it was just — blah.

How do we make someone, ourselves or another, look forward to come home?

  1. If you can avoid it, refrain from working at home. Your home is your sanctuary, a place where you rest, where you act the way you want to. Work {and all that comes with it} is usually accompanied by stress and anxiety, unless you work from home then that’s a different story. If you must, dedicate a home office for your work tasks.
  2. Periodic cleaning. Here’s how weekend cleanup becomes crazy: we forget to clean daily. For some of us who do not employ the help of kasambahays, cleaning on weekends can become a Herculean task if left unnoticed during the past five days. Try incorporating cleaning into your schedule i,e. every morning before cooking for breakfast and taking out the trash. If daily is too much, begin with thrice a week until you get the groove of it. This way, you don’t have to deal with gigantic dust balls come Saturday and Sunday.
  3. Change your homes lighting. This is a pet project I have taken on when I decided to move to an apartment in the city, but still, no real progress to this day. Though I have yet to decide whether I will get chandeliers or mood lighting, home life has been better since I got some standing lamps. Remember: never underestimate the power of non-fluorescent lustre.
  4. Change your room scents, or have one. For a long time, it was acai berries. Then I had a fling with Diptyque candles. This week, I got a bottle of Zenutrients Peppermint Oil and my tiny home has been spa-like since. I’ve actually drifted off to sleep while writing an article.
  5. Change your linens, rearrange your furniture or bring out the china. Changing a queen bed’s linens can be considered a workout but the prize of laying down on fresh, 1,000-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets is heaven on earth. If this is not enough for you, try moving around your furniture to change your perspective. And on one especially normal day, cook something spectacular and bring out the good china for no special reason.

Is your day brighter yet? Share your tips below!


Tara Cabullo is the lifestyle blogger behind Live an Inspired Life, founding member of Brighterlife.com.ph, BDJ Box Beauty Minister and a digital marketer for an FMCG company.


Image used under Creative Commons from Bach Tran

Jenny Del Mundo on

This article inspired me to put out my scented candles and incense, and to use our “when-we-have-guests-only” plates for weekend family dining. Why not? After all, i bought them because it makes me warm,cozy and happy.

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