You are most likely doing some of these already, if so, then you’ll enjoy implementing these simple steps so that your home really feels like your haven.
Before we start, you might like to ask yourselves this question:
Is your home a place where you can truly escape from the challenges experienced in your working life, whether it be working at home and raising a family, working at the office or work may be on the road?
Very few of us can genuinely say that their home provides a space where we can truly escape. Often we fantasise about it being that place but when we arrive, the day to day stresses of our lives creep in ruining that fantasy. When this happens, our homes cease to be the stress free environment we desire for ourselves and our families and become instead becomes a place we dread.
If this is true for you then here are some practical steps you can take to making your home that place you long for, and you don’t need to spend a cent to achieve this.
De-clutter your home
Many of us surround ourselves with things that are temporary. Things we don’t really need. Clothes for example. Are there clothes in your cupboard that you never wear? Magazines are another item lying around that is usually old news and believe that you’ll get to read one day. Another good one is shows or movies you will watch some day. Is there furniture that you don’t actually use? Are there kitchen utensils or tools you don’t use?
If you are struggling for storage space then perhaps some of the above items mentioned need to be given away.
A good place to start on your journey towards making your home a stress free haven will be to get rid of these unnecessary items that are simply taking up space.
Make sure your home is easy to walk around and that everything has its place. By taking these relatively simple steps, you will find that cleaning-up suddenly becomes much easier and that your home ceases to be a drain on your energy and emotions.
Less is more
Decorating your home can be fun for some but many have the tendency to keep adding to their collection of unnecessary items that will quickly clutter your home. Instead have the ‘less is more’ approach and you will create a more relaxing ambience for your home.
You don’t have to fill your shelves and table tops, instead try to select and display a few pieces that are meaningful to you which bring you joy or comfort.
Natural light, not only open up a space and make it more inviting, and studies have shown that it has a positive impact on the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that affects mood, emotion, sleep and even appetite. So whenever possible, draw back the curtains and open up the shades. Mirrors can reflect natural light and make a room feel bigger, so hang a few mirrors around your home.
Decorating your bedroom is a particularly important part of the home so it might be worth considering more soothing colours and patterns such as cool shades of blue and green, and neutral earth tones have a calming affect on our emotions. If you choose to repaint your bedroom, think about using non-toxic paint for health and wellbeing. However, an immediate solution would be to place accessories such as pillows, quilts and lamp-shades all in calming colours, which can help bring a sense of peace to your bedroom promoting good sleep.
Create your own space
If you have the room in your house, set up a dedicated relaxation and meditation room where you can get away from it all and surround yourself with comfortable furnishings and some items that you love, but for those of you who don’t have the space, a designated corner of the house can prove just as effective. It may be the corner of your lounge, an armchair by the window of your bedroom, or a chair on the porch. Wherever it is, treasure it as the place you go to relax and de-stress. This is a place to read a book, meditate, or simply listen to your favourite music.
You’ll be amazed how important that space becomes to you and your family.
Our electronics makes life easier, however, can end up dominating everything we do. We lose ourselves and forget about giving ourselves the time and space for relaxation.
Electronics in the bedroom can be a particular concern, as they can serve as a distraction, keeping us up and interfering with our body clocks. The light they emit provides a signal to stay awake, preventing a proper night’s sleep and leaving us with elevated stress levels in the morning.
Items that make you feel nice
Surround yourself with treasured items you love that encourages happiness. Books and pictures can do the trick. Photographs can provide your house with that personal touch which will help turn it into a loving home.
Place items close to your heart in your entrance way. That way, every time you walk in the door, you will be reminded of what it is you love and why your home is so special to you.