1. Declutter your home
Are the drawers having trouble closing? Whether in the kitchen, bedroom or living room, it’s time to eliminate some of the “visual noise” that creates stress and prevents you from finding what you’re looking for when you really need it.
Start small, with just a drawer, closet or wardrobe, and pull out what you no longer want or need.
It’s a good rule of thumb to remove something from your home before buying something new. Donate or sell unwanted items from your declutter purge.
Give everything a place in your home, whether it’s the TV remote control, the hairbrush or the coffee machine. Try to keep countertops as clear as possible and organize items in baskets, trays or cupboards.
If your kitchen cabinets or freezer are bulging, write an inventory and meal plan to use what you already have, which will reduce food waste, save you money, and help you reorganize without throwing away food. food.
3. Neutral colors
Neutral colors immediately transform a room into a soothing space, so opt for earthy tones like beige, light green, clay pink or grays.
If you’re not planning to redecorate this year, refresh a room with neutral-toned upholstery, such as soft wool-free throw pillows and throws.
Your home can feel calmer and more spacious when rooms blend into a cohesive neutral color palette, so it’s worth choosing versatile colors that can be applied in other rooms and living spaces.
4. Express your concerns
There’s nothing quite like the coolness of a well-ventilated home, so open the windows, even if only for a few minutes in the winter.
While there’s nothing comfortable or quiet about a cold home, it’s great to cool your space naturally, eliminate household odors, and have a flow of fresh air to invigorate your energy levels. energy.
Spray a few drops of peppermint essential oil on windowsills for an uplifting scent.
5. Go green
Bring nature into your home with a few indoor plants around living areas.
Not only will they connect you to the great outdoors and create visual calm, but they will work to produce oxygen and cleaner air indoors.
With a little food from you, sunlight, and when sheltered from drafts, houseplants will surprise you with their ability to grow season after season.
If you don’t have a green thumb, consider low maintenance plants such as peace lilies, spider plants and cacti.
6. Get into the routine
Every night before bed, spend just 5 minutes tidying up living spaces, so you can start tomorrow with a fresh slate.
There’s nothing better than stepping into a tidy and clean living space first thing in the morning – it’s a stress-free way to start the day.
In your nightly tidying up routine, include tidying up the kids’ toys, washing up, cleaning up papers, and putting away anything that won’t serve your morning.
Those 5 minutes can make all the difference to your morning – your future self will thank you!
7. Let the light in
Ceiling lights provide bright but harsh light – useful for work and play on dark days, but less soothing in the evening.
Consider layered lighting, including lamps and even candles, to produce softer light when needed for a more soothing effect.
Make the most of natural light by fully opening curtains/blinds; observing natural daylight patterns helps you feel more in tune with your biological clock, for a calmer day into evening.
It’s no surprise that a pleasant, calm aroma can turn a house into a home, giving you that “I’m home” feeling as soon as you walk through the door.
Choose from vegan soy-based scented candles, natural reed diffusers (cruelty-free) or essential oils heated in electric tea lights/diffusers.
Whether uplifting, relaxing, or creating a seasonal scent, mix and match scents for a soothing atmosphere to suit your mood.
While it’s nice to have special photos and artwork hanging on the walls, it can quickly become visual clutter that can interrupt the sense of calm in your home.
If you feel the walls are getting too full, remove everything temporarily and enjoy the decluttered space for at least a week.
This will allow you to understand what (if anything) you want to put back on the wall. You can store other photos in albums or digitally and donate any unwanted artwork.
10. Work and play
With more people working from home (sometimes several people in one house), it is important to separate the work space from the relaxation space.
Not all of us have the luxury of a home office that we can close the door to at the end of a workday, and many people have a makeshift desk in a kitchen or dressing table.
Disconnect from your job by sticking to work hours, putting your laptop/equipment in a drawer, turning off the work phone, and cleaning up the work-related “mess” before winding down for the evening.
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