October 7th, 2011



This is the 4th and final segment on H.O.M.E. Environment.  In this  context, it refers to your physical surroundings and making sure  they’re comfortable, functional, eco-friendly, and beautiful. You want your home to support and reflect the way you wish to live and all who share your home.


The steps are the same as in the first three articles. You assess, envision possibilities, plan where you want to be, create your action plan, and take focused action on your plan.


When you assess anything, you have to see it with fresh eyes. It can be hard to do because you’re used to experiencing your home in a way that can blind you from seeing all your possibilities. Begin to refocus and see your home in new, unexpected, behavior-inspired ways.


I’m reminded of a client who had “retired” from a corporate career due to downsizing. Not an uncommon theme these days. At first disheartened, see soon realized that she could take her many years of experience and share her knowledge with others as a consultant. Her problem was figuring out how she could work from home. It was at this point she contacted me. Walking through her home and assessing, she realized she had a guest bedroom that was never used. While it may seem obvious to you and me, my client couldn’t “see” this space as anything other than a guest bedroom. Needless to say, it took no time at all to transform this room into a beautiful, functional space that fostered creative, productive work.

My client was not an exception. We all are guilty of not “seeing” from time to time. It’s important to be mindful, however, lest we overlook possibilities that can enrich our lives. That same kind of mindfulness applies to assessing, planning, making your action plan, and putting it in motion.


Here are a list of questions that you can answer to help you get started.

  1. Does your home look and feel the way you’d like it to?
  2. Do you see furnishings that long ago passed their expiration date?
  3. Would you like your home to become more “green” which not only positively affects the environment, but also saves you money?
  4. Does your home in its current state give you energy or does it deplete you?
  5. Are there ways that you can see to make your home more beautiful?
  6. Do you feel you’d like to have a space that gives you more energy?
  7. Do you feel you’d like a space that allows you to feel more peaceful?

Using a pad and pen, answer those questions, and as you’re writing,  I’ll bet you think of other ways your home could become a better friend. Putting thoughts on paper always make it more real, more tangible. This makes it much easier to plan your action steps as you continue your best interior environment journey.


You’ve completed your overall assessment and you begin to see your possibilities. Ask yourself:

  1. What do I need to change, now that I have an idea of how I want my home to look and feel like, in order to create my version of what an ideal interior environment is, and one that supports my well-being?
  2. Is there a particular room that bothers me? Why?
  3. Could the paint colors be more pleasing to me?
  4. Is the current furniture placement working for me?
  5. What could be added to this space or what could be subtracted to alleviate a cluttered look?
  6. Do I perhaps need more texture and pattern to make my room come alive?

As with assessing, you’ll think of other things you can do or change to make your home more pleasing and supportive.

Once you have an idea of what changes you’d like to make, choose three. Then choose just one. This is where you’ll start.

Beware of self-sabotaging your desires. This is what I call “stinkin thinkin.” Or your best friend tries to discourage you, or your husband says the living room window coverings are just fine. Unfortunately, you’ve hated them for years!

By being mindful of roadblocks ahead of time, it can help you avoid setbacks that could keep you from realizing your vision of the perfect home. There are always roadblocks that stand in your way, both inside and outside of your home.  The good news is there are always ways to overcome them.

When I coach my clients on H.O.M.E., we work together over many weeks.  Hopefully, what I’ve shared with you over the last few weeks will get you started thinking of how your home can fully support you and your dreams. Think of it in terms of what each room can give you. For instance, a dining room isn’t just a place to it. It’s where you deepen relationships with family and friends. Your kitchen isn’t just a space where you prepare food, It’s the place where you create joy and real life. Perhaps that’s why the kitchen is referred to as the heart of the home.

You get the idea. Each of your rooms can give you so much more than a  place just to eat, a room where you just take a shower and apply makeup, or the space where you only sleep. Every room in your home has the potential to truly enrich your life.

Princeton University psychologist Daniel Kaufman said, “research has  shown that real happiness lies in having good daily experiences, many  of which have to do with the home.” Does your home make you feel  happier?

As always, I love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please comment  on my Facebook page. And, don’t forget to download my free gift to you.

Until next time…



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