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Homeowner help: 4 ways to turn your house into a home

Buying a house can be a rewarding experience, but it can be even more life-changing if you practice home maintenance and turn that house into a home.

Buying a house can be a rewarding experience, but it can be even more life-changing if you practice home maintenance and turn that house into a home. A home is more than simply four walls. It is a place that is filled with things that uplift your spirit and make you feel good. When I talk about a home, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big house. A townhome or even a one-bedroom studio can be homey and bring you much joy. In every house I have ever lived in, I have made sure that my surroundings were pleasant and always put me in a good mood. I’d like to share with you some ways that you can turn your house into a home too.

---Use pictures and art. Images conjure up feelings. When you look at a picture, you may feel happy or you may feel sad, lonely or angry. If you want to turn your house into a home, hang up pictures that make you feel calm, joyful and put a smile on your face. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on art; pictures of family members and people you love can often be just the touch that you need.

---Consider painting your walls. When you walk into your home, what color are the walls? Are they a plain old white, or are they a lush, bold color such as orange or blue? Just as art can conjure up emotions inside of you, colors can affect your mood. You want the colors of your walls to be soothing and inviting. The colors should also reflect the purpose of the room. For example, in your bedroom where you sleep, you might paint your walls a light color that creates a feeling of serenity.

---Learn the lessons of Feng Shui. I have always been a believer in Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese method of using the positioning of objects and colors to shift energy and bring about prosperity and health. When you practice Feng Shui, certain objects such as fountains and crystals not only can uplift your spirit, but they can be used to create a harmonious and prosperous atmosphere. There are many books and Web sites that provide basic information on Feng Shui. A couple of Web sites I recommend include http://fengshui.about.com/ and http://www.wofs.com/.

---Get rid of the clutter. One of the greatest drains on your energy is clutter. A messy room can leave you feeling tired and even depressed. When you clean up a room and put things in order, you feel better and you’re more productive in your personal and professional life. If you have a lot of clutter in your house, organize things gradually so you don’t get overwhelmed. The more orderly things are, the better you’ll feel and the more you’ll enjoy spending time in your home.

Buying a house is only the first step in creating a home. The key to success is information. When your environment changes, you pave the way for a change in your attitude – and in your life.