Do you have an area of your house that you planned to use when you moved in but now you find that you don’t use it? Did you fall in love with the large dining room and imagine fantastic dinner parties? Was part of the allure the outside patio or deck area where you envisioned sitting in the afternoon and reading? Is there a area such as a closet or small room that you planned on redesigning but haven’t been able to do? For this week’s Try This At Home, I want you to ask yourself if you are you using your space in a way that you are enjoying it as much as you originally wanted to?
Last week I was able to spend the afternoon with a friend at her beautiful pool. She shared that she has made it a priority this year to spend days enjoying it. This is something she has not been able to do in the past due to her work schedule and weekends often being scheduled with other events. I know she is not alone in regards to having a fantastic space has been under utilized or not used at all.
Many times we put off using spaces because we want to make it nicer. We state we will use it when we have the time to remodel, buy more furniture or paint. There are other times that we simply don’t make the time to enjoy the space that we have.
As an open house junkie, there have been many times when I fell in love with beautiful spaces and then wondered if the family ever used them. I’ve visited beatuiful sun rooms that I later discovered were only for show and high end kitchens that were never cooked in.
When we built our current home, it was important that we have a kitchen bar area with bar stools. I envisioned myself sitting there and that space is where I now do most of my computer work (even though we have an allocated office). On the nights my husband cooks, I sometimes sit at the bar. This space has been what I wanted it to be from the beginning.
The current trend in home design is to make sure that each space has a purpose. However, I know that many people often have spaces that are never truly lived in. I encourage you to stop waiting and begin utilizing these forgotten spaces in your home. Perhaps you will need to be purposeful (like my friend) and make it a point to use the space. Schedule a dinner party if you want to use your dining room. Set aside a day to organize that closet or room in the manner that you want. No matter how small or large, enjoy the space that you have in your life.
On relevant note, I also encourage you to utilize the outside spaces in your life. If there is a trail in your neighborhood – take time to walk it. Enjoy the water of a nearby pond and sit underneath a beautiful tree at a favorite park. Those spaces are waiting for you to enjoy them.
Are there spaces in your life that you are not utilizing? How will you begin to use them?