Divorce is difficult on many levels. One of the biggest challenges can be adjusting to new living arrangements. You may be staying in the family home, which carries with it memories of the marriage that you may want to forget. You may be moving into a new home, where you will have to create a comfortable environment from scratch.
A recent article in Psychology Today discusses the new field of design psychology and how home environment can be customized to make life easier during and after a divorce.
“Self And Place Are Uniquely Intertwined”
Toby Israel, founder of design psychology, points out that what we do with our homes is really “a symbol of our life and sense of self. It’s important to have that interaction be a positive one.”
In a divorce, however, people are often put into positions that they would prefer not to be in. Perhaps they are forced to stay in the marital home because that is what is best for the children. Perhaps they are forced out into a small apartment because the spouse is granted the marital home. Financial constraints may not allow for massive changes, but Israel says that there are cheap options that can prove beneficial.
Israel suggests creating a space that has “high positive” associations with the past. Recommendations include careful choice of paint, furniture that is functional and careful attention to lighting and sound.
Is Interior Design The Last Thing On Your Mind?
In the midst of a divorce, with so many issues that need to be resolved, interior design may be the last thing on your mind. You may wonder how you could possibly think about painting when you are worried about fighting for your kids or your share of the marital property. At the same time, you should not feel guilty for wanting to create a positive environment.
Your choice of divorce attorneys can make a dramatic difference. At Scardina Family Law, we want to take as much of the weight off your shoulders as possible. We want you to be able to focus on moving forward with your life. While you may not want to redesign your living space while your divorce is in progress, we do want to help you pursue the resources you need to live comfortably, and to set the stage for a future of success and happiness in your new home.