How Well Does Your Home Function?

How well does your home function? The holiday season is in full swing. Chances are this is the most activity your house sees the entire year. You’re cooking, baking, entertaining, cleaning and maybe even hosting overnight guests this month. Why not take advantage of this busy time to assess what is and is not functioning well within your home?

While you and your family are baking or preparing meals, how well does your home function? You might find that your kitchen workspace is cramped. Is it time to invest in that kitchen remodel that you’ve been dreaming of? If so, take note of what would help your family function better while working in the kitchen. Do you need to expand your center island to accommodate more working space? Wouldn’t it be easier to put those baking sheets away if you had a built-in bakeware organizer in your cabinets? Take notes of challenges you are running into while you’re actually performing tasks and it will serve you well once you sit down to start your design project after the holidays.

 {A functional kitchen is key to making meals and baking easy and enjoyable. Photo by Heather Owens – Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{A functional kitchen is key to making meals and baking easy and enjoyable. Photo by Heather Owens – Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

While entertaining guests in your living spaces, how well does your home function? Do you have enough seating? Tables next to chairs for dropping drinks? Are your sofas in good shape and easy to get in and out of? Do your window treatments control the cold air and allow you to enjoy your great view when you want to?

 {A family room with plenty of seating, tables and a comfortable place to put your feet up after a long day make for a great space in your home. Photo by Heather Owens – Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{A family room with plenty of seating, tables and a comfortable place to put your feet up after a long day make for a great space in your home. Photo by Heather Owens – Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

Even if you don’t have any big remodeling projects on the horizon, now is a great time to make a list of needs in your home. As you’re setting the table for the holiday dinner, take note if you’re you short a platter or two, or if your linens are looking a little worn.

Making a list of what is not functioning well in your home will help you prioritize your 2016 home goals.  It will also help you assess where you should invest your hard-earned money to make your home the best that it can be in the New Year!

April Pardoe