Privacy can be very important for many people, but it’s not always a given depending on where we live. Furthermore, sometimes privacy is a more abstract idea, such as dealing with how your in-home devices track your activity. If privacy is important to you and your family, how can you add it to your home without curating a veritable unfriendly fortress to live in?
Let’s consider our 17 bright ideas in that direction:
- Grow Hedges
Growing hedges around the perimeter of your property can be a nice way to prevent people from seeing easily into your garden, and if they are sufficiently high, they can also prevent access. Hedges can take some time to grow in, but they can look nicer than fences.
- Get A Dog
You can be sure that a barking dog is one of the strongest means of encouraging people to stay away from your property. Does this mean you need to buy the biggest, meanest hound you can possibly afford? Not so. Even a ‘beware of the dog sign’ and an enthusiastic barking puppy can have the same effect. Just be sure to use an exterior mailbox if they free roam in the garden.
- Use Blinds
Blinds give you the perfect balance between privacy and beautiful light in your property. Plantation shutters are also beautiful and fit a wide array of window applications, and are worth considering.
- Buy Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are the ultimate in night-time privacy, because they prevent light from getting out, and light from getting in. This prevents thinner curtains from offering a see-through issue.
- Curate Your Devices & Digital Assistants
Your digital assistants (such as Amazon Echo or the Google Assistant) can help schedule your life, but they also track it. You can turn off settings such as location history and more in the account options. This helps you control your usage of such measures.
- Install Fences
Install fences around your perimeter. These offer more security than hedges but look less organic. That being said, you can implement nice aesthetics with a coat of paint or two.
- Plant Trees In Your Garden
Trees take some time to come in and grow, and they can sometimes affect the property foundations (this is best for large gardens), but trees can often provide a bulky protection that helps block sightlines from above, also. This works better in rural areas.
- Set Your Boundaries
To curate privacy, you need to know what’s important to you. Perhaps this means agreeing with your neighbor to install a fence separating your garden now you have young children running around. This definition helps you move forward.
Signpost where your limited access areas are. If you don’t want postmen walking around to the back of your door, make a sign. If you don’t accept flyers, make a sign. Signposting can help deter rational and respectful people from your home, and that’s a good first step.
- Speak To Your Neighbors
If you need further privacy from your neighbors, you might ask them to cater to your needs. Perhaps you’re tired of them coming around the back door to knock on your door and ask for a favor. Telling people in no uncertain terms what your limits are is important.
- Set Your Social Media Privacy Limits
Social media is important to many, but setting up protections to curate just who can see your posts is important. From filtering photos to fully preventing access to your content, this is a great place to start.
- Educate Your Children
Educate your children about privacy, such as telling you when someone talks to them over the fence, or more. This helps them understand the dangers of life, and why privacy is there to protect against them.
- Add Locks & Window Protections
Added locks to your doors and windows can make them more robust. This works in your favor, because privacy is nothing if it isn’t backed up by something substantial, like security.
- Remove Home Vulnerabilities
Remove vulnerabilities in your home. Is there a gap in your fence? That could be a privacy issue. Fix it, and you’ll prevent another angle in which people could see or access your property.
- Consider Your Presence
If you paint your house bright pink in a row of houses painted brown or white, odds are people will look at you. If that’s not what you’re after… you understand our point.
- Give A Little
Privacy isn’t a 100% secure and important practice you are entitled to at all times. If someone walks past your window and looks in while you’re washing the dishes, that’s not a great crime. They may have just seen movement while they were passing. When you understand you can never have perfect privacy, you achieve great privacy.
- What’s Important To You?
Why is privacy important to you? Is it to protect your children? Do you own a lot of expensive computing equipment? This question can help you measure where your priorities lay, and from there, what solutions to implement.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily add privacy to your home and home life in the best possible manner.