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Tune in to your feel-good factor. Forget, for a moment, everything you ever learned about design and just answer this one question: What makes you feel good? What color instantly lifts your mood? What sort of artwork makes your heart sing? Instead of trying to live up to someone else's ideal, allow yourself the luxury of choosing what you love.
Organize something small. When you are feeling dissatisfied with your home, try tackling a small, easily managed organizing project: a single desk drawer, say, or that jar of kitchen tools on the counter. Take every last item out, clean the area with soap and water, edit and remove what is not useful or well loved, and be mindful about what you replace.
Focus (your camera) on what really matters. Try toting your camera along during an entire day spent at home. Photograph every little thing that makes you smile, that you love or appreciate: your child, your cat sunning herself on the window ledge, your favorite mug filled to the brim with steaming coffee.
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Lighten your load. It seems counterintuitive, but giving something away can actually make you feel more abundant. Not only will making a donation to charity make you feel virtuous, but you will gain a feeling of lightness and space in your home. Start small, with a single box of books or a bag of clothes you don't wear; but if it helps you appreciate your home more, don't stop there.
Experiment with an unplugged evening or a media fast. Technology is a marvel, but setting limits will only help you appreciate it more. And going without the constant stream of news and updates can help you feel more grounded and satisfied. Try setting a "last call" for checking email in the evening or choose to avoid the news for an entire weekend, and see how it makes you feel. There is so much beauty in our lives — and in our homes — if only we take the time to see it.
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