Your home should be a place to relax and recharge, not a source of stress. Here are 4 ways to make your home more relaxing right now.
I try to make our home our little sanctuary. When the world creates chaos, I want to be able to come home to a place that makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. Both my husband and I work in chaotic environments so having a peaceful place to come home to is a high priority. Over the years, I have figured out some tricks for maintaining a peaceful environment in our home. Here are 4 ways to make your home more relaxing.
4 Ways to Make Your Home More Relaxing
Declutter – If you have a lot of clutter in your home, there is no way that you will feel relaxed there. Clutter leads to feelings of stress and claustrophobia. Decluttering can be quite a chore, but finding time to do this will help bring a sense of peace to your living environment. Once you have things well decluttered, you can do a simple decluttering each week to stay on top of it. Start with the rooms that you spend the most time in. For most people, this is their bedroom and living room. Also, don't ignore rooms like the kitchen as having a messy kitchen can cause you stress when you go to cook. Here are some tips for decluttering after the holidays.
Find some theme music – My husband and I are big music junkies. This may be why having music playing for ambiance is always important to us for creating a peaceful space. Even if music isn't that important to you, there is a reason why music can help create a calm living environment. Think about it: when you go to stores or restaurants there's always music playing. This makes you want to stay and spend more time there. The same goes for your home. You don't have to have music with words. Oftentimes, we just play jazz or instrumentals. There are a lot of great stations on apps such as Pandora or Spotify that are free.
Bring on the Flora – I like to refer to us as plant nerds. This is because we have tons of succulents, houseplants, and cactuses throughout our home. We also try to keep fresh flowers in places like the kitchen counter or bathrooms. Having plans in your home helps filter the air, and they can create a calmer space. If you have a black thumb, choose plants such a spider plants because they're pretty forgiving. Here are some tips for starting an indoor plant garden.
Consider your decorations – Do you have a lot of knick-knacks? While knick-knacks can be fun to have around the house, they often lead to clutter and don't really serve any real purpose. Don't get me wrong, I have some knick-knacks of my own. I just make sure that I choose ones that make me happy when I look at them and add to my environment rather than create clutter. Choosing decorations based on happy memories or themes in your room will keep the clutter to a minimum. Currently, we are working on shadow boxes for our past vacations. When we look at it, we will remember the good times we had and they will create meaning rather than take up space. If you have a lot of personally meaningful knick-knacks, you could put them in a display cabinet or rotate which ones you have out throughout the year.