make a wish list for the household
Saving up for and splurging on special purchases, both big and small, can make your home more comfortable, cozy, and personal. Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin makes the case that indulging in a modest splurge can actually make some people happier, especially if it helps to further family, friend, or work goals. Think buying a couch or an extra chair so your den can be the hive of activity for friends and family. Even if you don’t have dreams of being in a design magazine, saving up for a new glasses, a painting, or even a new heating system can actually improve your feelings of comfort and satisfaction with your home—especially if you use the new item frequently. Make a wish list of items you would like to add in the next year and prioritize them.