LOVE TAKES THREE SENSES

LIFT AN UNIN­SPIR­ING HOME INTO A PLACE YOU LOVE BY EN­GAG­ING SIGHT, TOUCH AND SMELL THROUGH HOW YOU PO­SI­TION SIG­NIF­I­CANT SMALL OB­JECTS

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Shar­ing your life with some­one pro­vides ul­ti­mate hap­pi­ness but if you LOVE your home you have a bet­ter chance of be­ing happy ev­ery day of the year.

I have heard so many peo­ple say they hate their home and they live in mis­ery. That’s no way to live your life, so here is my ad­vice to bring the love back into your home:

COL­LEC­TIVE DEC­O­RAT­ING

Scat­ter­ing me­men­tos around your house or over­do­ing them so they don’t mean any­thing means you be­come numb to your mem­o­ries. So group one mem­ory to­gether.

On a shelf in my bed­room I have a pic­ture of my hus­band and me on our wed­ding day with my tiara and the per­fume I wore on the day. It doesn’t mat­ter if my bed­room isn’t dec­o­rated ex­actly the way I want be­cause this place­ment of mem­ory makes me feel loved.

The lounge room is where we spend a lot of our time to­gether with friends or fam­ily and if you ‘hate’ the decor or lay­out of the room but can’t af­ford to change it try this lit­tle trick:

Frame a photo from a hol­i­day that sym­bol­ises a happy time. If you don’t have any­thing con­crete think about how to repli­cate it. If it was by the beach have a small bowl with shells or coral next to drift­wood. You can light a can­dle or oil burner that re­minds you of the scent of the beach – co­conut for sun­screen maybe.

By do­ing this you en­gage three senses – sight, touch and smell. Sight means it will trig­ger an in­stant mem­ory you recog­nise.

Touch gives you an im­me­di­ate feel­ing that makes a con­nec­tion with your skin, giv­ing a phys­i­cal el­e­ment to your mem­ory. Smell makes you stop and close your eyes and re-en­act a mem­ory like a movie in your mind.

Cre­at­ing love in your home is never about how much you spend, it is about con­nec­tion. When we con­nect with some­one or some­thing, it al­ways puts a smile on our face.

TOUCH GIVES YOU AN IM­ME­DI­ATE FEEL­ING THAT MAKES A CON­NEC­TION WITH YOUR SKIN, GIV­ING A PHYS­I­CAL EL­E­MENT TO YOUR MEM­ORY. SMELL MAKES YOU STOP AND CLOSE YOUR EYES AND RE-EN­ACT A MEM­ORY LIKE A MOVIE IN YOUR MIND.

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