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Why Having a 'Good Space' Is Important Especially During Stressful Times

Redecorating and upgrading your home can be very therapeutic.

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Photography: Courtesy of Architect Angelo Siochi of AGSiochi Architecture & Design

You've probably noticed that you've been paying more attention to your home during this pandemic than ever before, and it's not surprising as you're spending more time indoors. Everyone, consciously or unconsciously, is in survival mode, and one way that many people are dealing with it is through "power nesting."

According to a feature on Forbes, based on consumer behavior in the U.S., people are either investing in fitness tools they can use at home, or are power nesting—showing an increase of interest in "home improvement, including gardening equipment, wall paint, storage containers," and others. There has also been the same spike locally, with many going for indoor gardening and basic redecorating. It's perfectly normal (not to mention a good way to cope), and what's great about it is that you don't need much to make yourself feel more comfortable at home.

"In terms of decorating your house at this time, I would really suggest to work on what you have," explains Architect Angelo Siochi in an interview with Real Living. "For the past years, you have collected different kinds of favorite things or important things. What do is to play around with [them]."

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He also underlines the importance of having a “good space” especially during stressful times, and that practicing your decorating chops is a good way to achieve that. Science has already backed that a clean, calming home can help lower negative feelings. As an article on Very Well notes, “Being in a space characterized by order, tranquility, and a physical manifestation of your tastes, on the other hand, can soothe you and help release stress.”

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