When was the last time you invested in yourself? Not for financial gain, but simply for your own happiness, health, or safety. Sometimes, we tend to forget about these as we’re going through with our daily lives, so it’s important to take the time to invest our hard-earned money on things that make life worth living for.
If you’re not sure what you want to invest in, why not start with the little things at home? Here are a few things you should invest in for your home this year.
No matter how safe you think your home is, you can never be too careful about trespassers and burglars that can target your home. While the number of burglaries in the United States has been steadily decreasing in the last five years, you don’t want to take a chance on the safety of your possessions, property, your family, and yourself.
Be sure to do research and see which anti-burglary and trespassing measures are effective for your home. Sometimes you don’t really a sophisticated security system when some precautions can be enough. For example, keeping your lawn landscaped strategically so that you and your neighbors can notice whenever someone sneaks into your lawn. Simple things like these are some of the security features that burglars hate, so you just have to either research the best one for you or consult a local security systems company.
Minor Repairs and Fixtures
Have you been putting temporary band-aid solutions or ignoring a few creaks or damages in your home altogether? Then, 2020 is the year you take all those minor repairs and get them done in one fell swoop. Not only does it make you feel safer in your home, but it stops your home from falling into disrepair to the point where you actually spend much more on those repairs that turn into major problems in your home.
Some of these minor repairs include creaking doors and cabinets, fixing the locks on doors and windows, having your plumbing and electricity checked by professionals, and other things that could affect the safety of your home in the long run.
A Personal Corner
This may not be a problem if you’re living alone, but if you live with your family (or worse: you don’t have a private room to call your own), consider building your own personal corner to make your own little safe haven.
This doesn’t necessarily mean creating a room all to yourself. But this corner should be at least a little nook where you have enough space to do activities you like indoors. If you like gardening, your corner should have plenty of potted plants near sunlight. If you like reading, there should be a bookshelf and a comfy chair. Having your own place in your home can make you feel safe and free to pursue your interests without feeling suffocated in your own home.
Air Purifiers and Scents
One study by International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. found that certain smells can affect mood positively by providing a muscle-calming effect. So, as much as possible you’ll want your home to smell like it has fresh, clean air, assuming you’d prefer this over scented air.
This can be difficult especially if you live in the big city, which is why you might want to invest in some air purifiers, scented candles, diffusers, or anything that can make your home smell fresh or like one of your favorite calming scents. Scented candles can cost less than $20, diffusers around $40, while air purifiers can cost upwards of $60. Some people may see this as an unnecessary expense, but for you, this can be what calms you after a long day at work.
Not all investments need to have a ROI in the form of money. If you feel safer, more secure, or just more relaxed at home, the ROI is intangible but still there in terms of your happiness when you can rest easy knowing that you’re comfortable in the place you call your own.