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Musical Chairs: Why Rearranging the Furniture is Healthy

By: Marlene Byrne, Author of Welcome Home


Changing the layout of the furniture in your home can have a profound effect on your mood and mental well-being. After the holidays, as we take down the decorations, our house may seem more open and less cluttered. This is the perfect time to change up the layout of rooms and give your family a boost as they spend time indoors.


Beyond aesthetics, rearranging has the power to refresh your spirit by not only creating a visually appealing space but also breaking the monotony of daily life. Living in the same environment day in and day out can feel dull, and affect your mood. When you decide to rearrange your furniture, you introduce novelty and change into your living space, instantly revitalizing your surroundings. A new layout can stimulate your senses, generating excitement and freshness that can uplift your spirits.


Tips to Rearranging

  1. Plan and Visualize: Sit in the space and think about the traffic flow, focal points, and overall feel of the room now to determine what you would like to change. Before you start moving heavy furniture, sketch out the new layout to help you visualize different arrangements.

  2. Start with a Blank Canvas: If you want to start from scratch, you can clear the room of all its furniture. This takes some heavy lifting but is an interesting way to discover the room all over again. As you begin placing the furniture back into the room, choose your favorites first, and don't be afraid to try unconventional arrangements. Focus on creating a balanced approach by considering natural focal points, such as windows, architectural features, or a fireplace. This might be a good time to replace some of your furniture to get the room you desire.

  3. Consider Functionality and Flow: When rearranging furniture, ensure that the layout supports the intended purpose of the room. For example, in the living room, arrange seating to facilitate conversation and create a cozy atmosphere. In the bedroom, prioritize a layout that promotes relaxation and restful sleep. Pay attention to the natural pathways in the room and avoid obstructing them.


Declutter as You Go

Rearranging the furniture will breathe new life into your living space but it is also the perfect time to declutter and reevaluate your possessions. Take the time to assess each item, and if it doesn't contribute to the refreshed layout, consider donating or repurposing it. Decluttering can create a more organized and visually appealing environment, enhancing the positive impact of the room.


What is Too Much

A cluttered room with too much furniture feels cramped and lacks visual harmony. If your family has to navigate obstacles or struggles with limited pathways, it's a sign that your space is overcrowded. Simplify the room by removing non-essential items and creating a more spacious, balanced layout. Don't be afraid to leave open spaces as an intentional design element.


Remember the goal is to create a space that not only looks good but feels comfortable and functional for your lifestyle. In the process, you will foster a new sense of control and feel refreshed. It's a simple yet effective way to rejuvenate your mind and enhance your overall well-being. With careful planning and consideration, you can transform your living space into a harmonious retreat.



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