The International Day of Happiness is celebrated on March 20 of each year. This celebration is observed by member countries of the United Nations. It recognizes that economy is not the only measure of progress, but also human happiness and well-being.
While the holiday is celebrated at the international level, it falls to each human being to carve out their own happiness in this life. And while happiness must ultimately come from within, our environment can facilitate greater happiness in day-to-day living.
If you would like to make your home a happier place to be, the kitchen is a good place to start. It is the control center of the home—the place where food is cooked, dishes are done, family dinners are held, homework is completed, and more.
You may not have the budget to overhaul your kitchen, but there are a number of things that you can do to make your kitchen a place where you and your family can experience greater harmony. Here are just a few ideas:
- Clean nightly – A messy bedroom is not ideal, but an unkempt kitchen affects everyone. Before you go to bed each night, make sure that your kitchen is nice and tidy. If you make this your rule of thumb, you’ll wake up each morning to a clean kitchen rather than a daunting mess. You’ll feel better about facing your day, and you’ll be more efficient because you won’t be scrambling to find a clean cereal bowl or lost piece of mail. Your family will feel better because a clean space is always a more welcoming one. It may sound overly simple, but the habit of cleaning the kitchen at the end of the day can have a profound impact on your well-being.
- Store smartly – Homeowners often complain about the lack of storage space in the kitchen. It’s stressful to have messy, overstuffed cabinets. If you struggle with storage space, stop and engineer a solution. Perhaps you could keep small countertop appliances in the closet of a neighboring room. Or keep extra canned food on rolling shelves in the basement. Use storage bins and label shelves in your kitchen so that you can designate a proper place for everything, and make sure to put things back where you found them.
- Light it up – Dull lighting can put a damper on your mood. Your kitchen can look gloomy if it has insufficient light. Revamping your kitchen lighting can make a big difference. You can choose recessed lighting or stylish pendant lights. You can also install track lighting under upper-level cabinets.
- Add an island – Workspace is often a problem in the kitchen, but a rolling island is a simple and cost-effective solution. Simply roll your island to the part of the kitchen where you are working. You’ll have added space for rolling out bread dough, chopping veggies, or scooping cookie dough onto baking sheets. Choose an island that has good storage space so you can enjoy some extra cabinets and drawers. If you are entertaining and need more space in the kitchen, you can roll the island to another room.
These simple steps can transform hour kitchen into a joy-filled space where you and your family members can congregate.