In the midst of the pandemic, people are staying home more than ever—and, for many, all that time at home has made them realize that they’re not exactly thrilled with their dwellings.
It’s OK to admit that not all of the pandemic has been terrible. We’ve gotten out of some of work’s most frustrating components – commutes, rushed mornings, uncomfortable work clothes – all gone in a flash. But as we spend more time at home, working or not, we may have started to notice some things about our surroundings that we hadn’t before. Is the home office conducive enough to getting things done? Is there a place to go to relax? And, perhaps most importantly, is your home a space you truly enjoy?
Forty-four percent of people felt less satisfied in their homes today than they were pre-pandemic. Unfortunately, this makes sense: There’s a sense of feeling “trapped” when it’s required to remain inside; we’re missing the venues we used to frequent and perhaps noticing additional flaws of the home while spending more time there. Depending on the living situation, however, things didn’t always have to be this way. A substantial portion (33%) of people even managed to become more satisfied with their home during the health crisis. Home improvement was likely a key factor.
Smaller spaces and children made enjoying the home particularly difficult at this time. Those with children were ten percentage points more likely to feel less satisfied at home, while dissatisfaction got worse as bedrooms became fewer. In other words, the smaller the space, the larger the dissatisfaction. This is not to say that a smaller home is automatically less enjoyable – it just may require more creativity and ingenuity .
Alone time has been proven to make a person happier, more creative, more productive, and can even strengthen their relationships. To achieve this within your own home, think of how you would create an atmosphere of solitude to match your own preferences. Perhaps this means a few simple bathroom upgrades to encourage more positive self-talk in the mirror as you start your day, or maybe you’d enjoy a quality outdoor lounging area to read a book or listen to some music. Maybe you even have the luxury to invest in the home improvement necessary for additional space. Considering we may be at home for the long haul, it could be well worth the price.
The more time you spend with something, the more you get to know it. With much of the world spending a highly unusual amount of time at home, we’re finding the things we want to improve but also benefiting more from those improvements. We may want to consider that we’re in this new lifestyle for the long haul, and it’s time to make the most of it.