How to Turn Your Hectic House to a Stress-Free Sanctuary
After spending an entire day at work, you probably want to race home, prop your feet up and spend the rest of the day relaxing. However, if you are like most people your home is far from being a place of rest. From the smell of dirty socks near a pile of shoes to the stacks of dishes on your kitchen counter and your uninviting bedroom slash laundromat it’s time to turn things around.
Here are five ways to turn your home into a place of sanctuary.
Add a splash of color to the walls
Did you know that the color of your environment greatly impacts your emotional state of mind and overall mood? Much like how people trust someone dressed in blue as opposed to someone dressed in red, you can impact your mindfulness by changing the paint in your home. For a soothing feel to your home try a soft or neutral color such as white or lighter shades of tan, and then add a bold, yet attractive splash of color to an accent wall such as a deep blue.
Few things can create more stress at home more than walking into a cluttered living and bedroom or a kitchen counter stacked with dishes. De-cluttering is one of the best and first things you should do to add a little peace to your home. First things first, toss out everything you can. While a general rule of thumb is to throw away anything you haven’t used in the past six months, more realistically you can give yourself an honest gut check when it comes to throwing things away. File or toss excessive papers, find a place for everything or, if you really want to feel great about yourself add some unique shelving, drawers, and cabinets to have a place for everything.
Optimize your bedroom for sleep
The one room in your home that has a direct link to your mental health is your bedroom. A quality sleep doesn’t always come easy and if you aren’t getting at least seven hours of sleep each night then you may be suffering from sleep-deprivation disorder which can lead to a lack of focus, fatigue, a lack of motivation, and insomnia. You can optimize your bedroom for sleep by adding a few items and creating a nighttime routine. Items such as black-out curtains, essential oils, fresh blankets and even a new mattress that fits your sleeping style are a great start.
When people think of sleep, the last thing on their mind might be adding plants. But, it’s true, plants can help remove toxins in the air while providing an oxygen-rich environment. Adding plants throughout your home will help create a fresh and clean-air home as well as a little splash of color. Want to find the right variety that is both attractive and keeps your home feeling fresh? Try out Aloe Vera, English Ivy or Bamboo Palm.
Appeal to your senses
Have you ever walked into an interior decorating store and wondered why your senses were suddenly attracted to everything around you? Much of that probably had to do with the placement of essential oils. Essential oils are used in a variety of ways from calming your nerves to adding a boost of energy. With over ninety different essential oils available you can create your own home-spa by adding an inviting scent like cinnamon to your entry, lemon to your kitchen and a pleasant jasmine to your bedroom. Essential oils are cost-friendly, effective and proven to help with much more than just making your house smell nice.
With all these tips combined, you’ll turn your hectic house into a stress-free sanctuary in no time!
Article Written by Laurie Larson
Laurie Larson is a freelance writer based in NC. She enjoys writing on home, health, and lifestyle topics to help others make the most out of their lives.