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The Hidden Psychology Of Space

Brian Wallace

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The Hidden Psychology Of Space

When we talk about the ‘psychology of space’ we don’t mean boldly going into the final frontier. Instead, the psychology of space refers to the environments we spend our time in and make for ourselves, most notably our homes. From home to work and everywhere in between, the way we choose to decorate, organize, and generally enjoy our spaces can reveal a lot about us. Regardless of our likes and dislikes, it’s part of the human condition to work towards order; but why?

We Want To Change But Often Can’t Get Started

Even when we are faced with things about our home we don’t like and would rather see changed, pulling the trigger on a renovation project can be a tough choice. After all, the destruction that comes before remodeling will likely be even more hectic than its current state. Though this is only a temporary state of disorganization, following through on plans isn’t easy. Furthermore, when we feel a sense of urgency to make changes we may begin too many projects at once and be left amidst countless half-finished projects with no end in sight. This perfectionism may feed into willful procrastination can accumulate into both physical and emotional stress.

All Those Little Things Add Up To Big Stress

Constant stress, especially when the source of which is from our very own home, is bad news for the body and the brain. Research has shown that being around spaces we don’t like day after day can actually increase the levels of cortisol in our body, also called the stress hormone. Continuous stress, even small amounts can keep us in an endless loop of fight-or-flight and eventually begin to affect our brain-function, energy, and moods. Break this cycle and stop feeling helpless in your own home by nailing down the specifics of your upcoming or ongoing project.

Even Simple Projects Can Be Overwhelming

Over half of American homeowners are interested in repainting their house and one in four have a kitchen remodel project on their mind. From the outside looking in, some renovation projects may seem easy and even on a DIY level. Whether it’s in an effort to save money or we are truly confident in our abilities, DIYs may unfortunately not go as planned. Being realistic to our own abilities and skills during the planning phase is an act of personal kindness; ask yourself – will I have the time and energy to finish this project? Just a trip to the hardware store to review paint swatches and pick up supplies can leave us feeling drained.

Sometimes It’s Best To Ask For Help

If upon reflection, we realize that this project is better left to professionals, don’t be afraid to consult with multiple experts. Be as specific as possible with your renovation vision and contractors can offer advice and direction, help reel in scope, and quote a project price. In the long run, working with professionals may seem to cost more, but when we reflect on our own limitations, time constraints, and energy levels, it’s clear to see why their help is so necessary to get the home upgrades we’re looking for.

Know Your Limits Before You Get Started

Before you pick that hammer and drill, consider picking up a pencil and paper first. Planning ahead for renovations can not only help maintain your peace of mind but ensure a project moves smoothly, avoids hiccups, and gets done right the first time. Take a look at this infographic for more on the psychology of space, how to make our environments work in the ways we need it to, and why functional space contribute to our good health, happiness, and creativity.

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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