Take action: Start a gratitude notebook (paper or digital) and jot down five things about your home for which you are grateful right now. Then list 10 things you have in abundance in your home that you would like to appreciate more. Keep your notebook handy so you can add more, and flip through it as a reminder of the abundance of good things in your life.
Take action: Start a new Houzz ideabook labeled something like “totally me” and fill it with images that you instantly connect with. Go a step further by adding a quick description of what appeals to you about each photo — the color, a certain chair, the windows etc. If you’re in a more tactile mood, snip some pictures from magazines and make a mood board or tape them into a notebook.
Take action: Walk through your home with a notepad and start a list of the things you would get rid of right now if you didn’t have to worry about what to do with them. Once you’re finished, sit down with a cup of tea and look over your list as objectively as you can — what on the list could you get rid of today? What’s holding you back from letting go of the other items? Get rid of at least one thing on your list today and make a plan to let go of the others.
Take action: What have you been holding yourself back from doing because you rent? Choose one thing (hanging pictures, buying a new rug) and do it this weekend.
Take action: Grab a sticky note and write on it “Do you need it? Do you know where you’ll put it?” and stick it to the inside of your wallet, where you will see it when you are getting ready to make a purchase. If you tend to shop online, put a sticky note on the computer, too!
Take action: Brainstorm at least five ways your home’s biggest “problem” could be a good thing. Don’t worry if some of the things you come up with are silly — the point is to shake things up and begin to look at your problem from a new perspective.
Take action: Make a list of pros and cons about moving into a different (perhaps smaller or less expensive) home. Take your time and revisit your list over the next week until you feel you have a handle on what your next move should be (or not be).
Take action: Make a list of 10 of your favorite treats, small and large. Make a second list of free treats, for when you need a pick-me-up but don’t want to spend any cash. Make a plan to treat yourself to one of these things this weekend.
Tell us: Are you making any resolutions or goals for this year?