Your home should be your safe place to relax at the end of a long day. However, unfortunately, our homes are often far from relaxing and can sometimes increase our stress levels. Between dirty dishes and cluttered surfaces, it can feel like a never-ending uphill battle to keep your home tidy.
Here are a few ways you can make your home into a calming oasis again – without a dirty dish in sight.
Clutter makes it more difficult to clean. You have to add an extra step of moving the clutter off the surface and organising it before you can even begin to clean. It makes cleaning tedious and much longer than it needs to be. If you like to have plenty of trinkets around, hang them on the walls instead. You can still look at them and enjoy their appearance while removing them from your main surfaces. Genius!
However, if your clutter is mainly junk – you need to do some serious pruning. Donate to a charity, sell it on Depop or throw it in the recycling if it’s at the end of its use. Keep the items that give you joy and spark a happy memory.
Families tend to have large amounts of stuff. In this case, storage is often the best solution and can keep it out of sight, out of mind. A wardrobe under the stairs is the perfect place to store items and keep them organised. You could also incorporate hidden storage into your home to store things you rarely use, like Christmas decorations.
Use natural colours
A zen home should be fresh and open. Use a natural colour palette to welcome light into the space and open it up. A dark and cramped space can make you feel more stressed. You could use neutral tones on the walls and furniture made from natural materials, like wood. A combination of natural materials and colours can add depth to a room and make it a pleasant space to be in.
Aromatherapy oils can induce a certain mood or atmosphere in your home. Lavender and eucalyptus oil can help you to feel calm and sleepy after a while. You can put these oils in a diffuser to spread the scent across the room.
Utilise soft light
Say goodbye to overhead lighting and hello to lamps, fairy lights and candles. Soft lighting can help you to wind down at the end of a long day and reduces the strain on your eyes. Try to avoid harsh artificial lighting from your laptop or TV before bed. It can disturb your natural sleep routine and make you stay awake for longer.
Try these few simple tips to feel more relaxed in your home.