The Remodeling Corner

Janet Cook

The new year is a great time to do a personal inventory and compare the current reality with the desires in the heart. From that, resolutions are generated to improve, and often the greatest needs are about health. People want to take better care of themselves and have better relationships and be of service, but haven’t in the past because of lack of time. Unfortunately, many people let go trying to keep their resolutions soon after making them. Keeping goals is easier with support! Have you ever thought about including home remodeling projects that can help? Consider if any of these home improvements are needed for the life you want to live.

Time Saving Organization. Clutter and lack of storage can be stressful and frustrating. It can result in spending time looking or buying something you already have! A better kitchen layout or reconfiguring a nearby laundry room can provide more cabinets or a pantry.

Better Self-Care. One of the top resolutions is more exercise. Do you have an unused bedroom? A murphy bed takes up the least floor space so you can create room to do both strength and cardio exercise. It is a great way to relieve stress and gain energy! If you have exercise in your repertoire, perhaps you need a master bathroom that is like a rejuvenating spa. Or maybe you prefer the brain exercise of a favorite hobby, arts, or craft. Maybe you need to create a quiet place to read or pray.

Build Relationships. The kitchen is the heart of the home. We feel loved with a good home cooked meal, and they are generally healthier than eating out! Does your kitchen make it easy to make meals for a holiday, for a crowd? Is the cook still able to be connected to guests, or are there walls or cabinets in the way? Can you entertain both indoors and outdoors? An outdoor kitchen can provide great expansive options. Having an outdoor place to be connected with nature is relaxing.

We feel more peaceful and more positive energy when we are living in an environment that facilitates our personal and lifestyle desires.

Happy New Year!

Janet Cook, Certified Health Coach, Aging in Place Specialist, and President of Cook Remodeling (celebrating 45 years), invites you to check out their website for photos and more ideas.