When you’re down and stressed with life’s challenges, there’s nowhere else you’d want to be than at the comfort of your home. The fact is, creating a peaceful home environment is a powerful way of practicing self-care. You immediately reap the benefits when you’re in a serene space.
Unfortunately, people often overlook one of the simplest solutions to managing stress: making your home more peaceful. Your home matters; it is that one place you always come back to. And now that the world is in a pandemic, the rest of your life revolves around your home. This is all the more reason to make your home an oasis.
With that in mind, now is the perfect time to make your home peaceful. Here’s how.
The most important and quickest way to create a peaceful environment is by removing the clutter around your home. In fact, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, chaos gives rise to anxiety. When there are many knickknacks in a space, it creates visual strain, resulting in physical stress.
From the inside out, make an effort to examine what’s causing your home to be filled with unnecessary items. Don’t rely on what you see. Clutter is not just about trash lying around. It’s also about things you keep that you no longer use. Create a list and go from one room to another, from one space to another, and list down what needs to be put away.
Surfaces around your home are common places where clutter can be found, including kitchen counters, tabletops, display cases, shelves, and even walls. Aside from random items, clutter can also be decor, home appliances, and furniture.
After taking out all the clutter, organize it into neat boxes. Ask friends and family who might need those things and donate the rest to your community center. You can try to sell items that were left out. It’s a great way to help the community while earning extra money. Items that weren’t sold can then be recycled or thrown away.
It doesn’t end there, however. You still have to organize your possessions at home to create free spaces where your eyes can peacefully look at. Organizing your home is going to be easy anyway but time-consuming. Schedule it when you have more time. Avoid doing everything all at once, or you’ll get stressed.
To organize your home, put your things in clean containers. Put similar objects in the same organizers. This will make it easier for you to locate them once you need to use them once again.
Without all the clutter, you can now improve the look of your home to make it more peaceful. Adding the proper lighting and color elements are simple and quick ways to do this.
Letting in natural light brings clarity. According to Veranda magazine, natural light brings more peace and tranquility into any home. It improves mood, boosts productivity, and fosters a serene atmosphere compared to an artificially lit environment. Plus, it also highlights the intricate details, design, and decor of a room.
Open up blinds or pull back curtains to let natural light and the crisp air in. It can immediately improve the energy in any room. If you live in an apartment with few windows, though, use reflective surfaces in your space. Lacquered pieces and strategically placed large mirrors can help double natural light indoors.
Use neutral or pastel colors around your home, too. They can complement natural lighting better than dark tone colors.
After this, you can now decorate the rest of your house. The key here is to take a minimalist approach to avoid further clutter. Choose decor that provides beauty and functionality, examples of which are scented candles and air-purifying indoor plants.
Addressing Problem Areas
Finally, fix problem areas in and out of your house that causes you a lot of stress. Are your gutters often blocked with leaves? Consider having a seamless gutter installed. Is poor indoor air quality worsening your allergies? Clean or replace your air filters. Are your kids’ toys becoming an obstacle in the living room? Teach your kids to clean up their own clutter.
The secret to tackling problems like these is to first identify them. What other areas in your house that need improvement? Which facilities cause you distress? What chores can be delegated?
These issues aren’t just about what you can do to resolve them. Get your family involved, too. You are all using the same living space, which means it will take all your effort to keep a peaceful home.
A way to foster peace and relaxation in your home is to be mindful of your living space. Improvements in your routines, decorations, and facilities can make all the difference. Follow these tips to help you achieve all of this.