After a trying day, long vacation, or a night out, there is truly no place like home.
But is your home giving you the stress-relief and restoration it’s supposed to bring you?
If the answer is no, it’s time to change that. Your home is your sanctuary from the chaos that you may encounter in the world. It should make you feel happy, safe and relaxed.
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To change the feel of your home, there are a few adjustments that you can make for a more peaceful atmosphere.
First things first though – to create a calm home environment you need to get rid of the clutter. Clutter only creates more stress.
Once the clutter is gone, get your hands on these 7 things to make your home a stress-free haven.
What you need in your home to make it feel more relaxing
Plants are a home’s best friend. They not only have the ability to light up any room, but they naturally purify the air.
Whether they’re on the windowsill or hanging from the ceiling, their versatility allows you to get really creative with how you decorate.
If your green thumb isn’t the greatest, try buying low-maintenance plants like succulents or cacti. Depending on the type, these kind of plants usually only require watering at most once a week.
Here are some of the best houseplants to create a stress-free environment >>
2. Essential Oil Diffuser
You know that scent of tranquility that hits you as soon as you walk into a spa that makes you never want to leave? You can recreate that feeling in your home with an essential oil diffuser.
I choose essential oils over candles and air fresheners because a lot of those have yucky, toxic chemicals that I don’t want in my home.
With an endless selection of oils, there are so many different types of scents you can choose from. My favorite relaxing scents are lavender, rose and vanilla. 💆🏻
A welcoming scent is the perfect addition to a peaceful home environment.
3. Natural light
A few years ago, I would never open my curtains because it was “too inconvenient” to open them and close them every day (I know, what a #LazyMillenial.) These days, I have to always be near a window to feel energized.
Natural light instantly boosts your mood, makes you more productive, and promotes calmness.
We need natural light to be happy, that’s why “get some fresh air” is a thing and why some people feel depressed during winter.
Letting the light in is a key factor in stress management and it’s plain ol’ good for the soul. So open up those blinds or opt-in for a window seat at the coffee shop – your mind and body need it.
4. A landing strip
Are you guilty of unloading everything on the counter as soon as you get home?
A landing strip would be the perfect addition to your home to make it a more organized and stress-free environment.
A landing strip is a functional, organized place near your front door where you can unload the things that you’re carrying. It’s perfect for keys, coats, mail, change, and anything else you might have on hand.
Some things that you can include:
- Hooks for coats and keys
- Small table for your purse/wallet
- Bowl for change
- Baskets for mail
- Mirror for last-minute checks
- Shoe rack
Not only will it make your home more organized and stress-free by keeping these things in one place, but it’ll create calmer mornings. No scrambling around trying to find everything – everything is already exactly where you need it to be.
Here are some landing strip ideas to get you started.
5. Sacred space
Create a happy place in your home. It can be a whole room, a nook, or even just a chair.
The point here is to create a space where you do nothing but relax. No electronics, no screens, just you and your sanctuary.
Whether your version of relaxing is reading, meditating or doing crossword puzzles, this creates an oasis for you to retreat to when you need some zen time.
I know some people who have a corner with cushions and a shelf with things that make them happy, while others have a chair and a basket with books, crystals, and essential oils. Personalize it in a way that makes you feel the most relaxed.
This should be the kind of relaxation room in your home that if your family knows you’re there, they know not to disturb you. It’s the perfect addition to your home to make it a stress-free haven.
6. Replacements for unnecessary reminders
When I say reminders I mean: wall clocks, bills on the fridge, deadlines etc. We have the time easily accessible on our phones, computer, in the kitchen, or on the TV, so why do we need another thing ticking away?
Bills shouldn’t be a stressor but there should be a time and place to handle these. Having them in your face 24/7 only puts more unnecessary pressure on yourself.
Instead of hanging up bills all over your home, create a calendar for due dates and store them in a folder. Make time throughout the week to sit down and review these things so you’re always on track of your finances and important deadlines.
Your home should be an oasis, not reminder central. It may seem trivial but having things up around your house that don’t make you feel 100% at ease won’t help you create a relaxing home.
To replace unnecessary reminders, buy décor that inspires you and gives you that sanctuary feel.
7. Cozy textures
You need to be comfortable in your home to create a stress-free environment. Think cozy blankets, soft pillows, cozy rugs – anything that makes you feel cozy and warm – two things that counteract stress and worry.
There’s something about getting out of bed and scrunching your toes onto a soft, wool rug that gives you all the peaceful feels.
On top of having comfortable furniture in your home, toss a wool blanket on the couch or place soft lounging pillows on the floor.
Not only will surrounding yourself with tranquil textures make you feel more relaxed, but it will also make your home look more inviting.
Here’s some soft texture inspo on Pinterest to give you some ideas. >>
Your home is meant to be a place of comfort where you can unwind, heal and grow. Making small adjustments gradually will help you turn your home into a stress-free haven and make it truly feel like home.
Now over to you…what things do you have in your home to make your home peaceful and tranquil?