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Your home is your sanctuary.

We’re living in a fast-paced, always-on-the-move world and we simply can’t control all of the factors that contribute to our stress. What we can do though, is start and end our days in a home that promotes peace and tranquility.

If you’re currently looking for a new place to call home, think about how a potential house can function as your own personal retreat from daily life. Location is one important factor to consider. Is this house on a street or in a neighborhood you can see yourself thriving in? This will work on a case-by-case basis of course but a busy city street may or may not be ideal. Also, consider your potential commute to work. Remember that you will be dealing with that travel time on a daily basis so, if spending excessive amounts of time in your car for the sake of your home’s location would only cause your stress-level to elevate, it might be time to rearrange priorities so that your living situation is more accessible. When purchasing a new home, also consider if the space within that home would suit your family’s needs – size, structure, and style.

What if you’re feeling stressed in your current house? Let’s work on changing that situation to reflect more of a “home-feel.” This could be as significant as a home renovation which could better-structure your space to improve quality and flow, or as small as re-organizing your space to increase tidiness and functionality! Turning your home into your sanctuary doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank, but it might require some strategy. The most basic steps might include, designating spaces for all of your moving pieces and parts so that they too, can end up in a home every night and not just clutter your house because they have no place to go when not in use. Also, don’t be afraid to completely get rid of items, clothing, or furniture that are not being used, these items could potentially be better suited for someone else, or may have just been worn-out altogether! You might also consider a cleaning schedule, either for yourself or for a cleaning service; depending upon how much free time you have available. Even the simplest practices can improve the Zen of your home.

A peaceful home-life isn’t always about physical stressors; it can also be significantly affected by what’s on your mind everyday. If you’re feeling financially stressed due to your house, it might be a good time to consider your house as a potential source of income. The option of renting a home that won’t sell, or investing in properties for the sake of your future financial stability can be often over-looked or not considered.

Whatever your current situation, there is always something you can do to improve the quality of your home life. And whether you’re looking to buy, sell, renovate, or have your investment managed, we can help!

4th generation to the company, Open Doors is run by our very own Nicole Cosentino. Follow along for great tips, design inspiration and to see how we are transforming Atlanta one home at a time. 

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