The home is where we turn for peace and calm after an exhausting day at work or a seemingly never-ending workweek. It’s a place to rest and find harmony and joy among the never-ending demands of the world; a quiet environment where we can wind down and can get away from it all. So it stands to reason that creating a comfortable, stress-free environment in your home is important to your well-being and a significant way to maintain a state of peace and relaxation.
Not quite sure how to get there? Try the 6 ideas below and you’ll be well on your way to creating the peaceful, stress-free home you’ve always wanted.
1. Keep the Entrance Clean
Having a clean entranceway is a great place to start! Not only will you appreciate walking into a relaxing environment, but as an important first point of interaction, so will your guests.
Work to eliminate any debris around the front door and allow it to open freely. Instead of positioning a shoe rack or a large piece of furniture next to the door, try adding mirrors or flowers for a less-cluttered feel. This little space is the quickest way to lift the overall mood of the home and create a peaceful, more welcoming atmosphere.
2. Declutter From Top to Bottom
Decluttering your entire home goes a long way toward creating a more stress-free environment. It helps to remove toxic energy and encourages a sense of balance and relaxation. Try minimizing furniture and home decor (do you really need 6 vases?) and replace any worn-out pieces. Aim to create space, which will allow peaceful energy to flow through your home.
3. Incorporate Memories
Think about incorporating items from the past into your current surroundings; things that have always brought you joy and made you feel at home. Sometimes it can be as simple as hanging a picture of people who make you smile every time you look at them. You may want to experiment with different frames, particularly for memories like a sentimental tour in another country or a beautiful family wedding. Hanging custom canvas prints on your wall can help you preserve those beautiful memories and promote the stress-free environment you’re looking for.
4. Add Some Greenery
Plants play a significant role in generating good energy in our homes. Not artificial energy, but true energy. A bouquet of flowers, a collection of branches or several household plants will all add freshness to your space. Bringing plants into your home cleanses and oxygenates the air and creates a wonderful therapeutic effect. They bring a sense of vitality to the home, and combine seamlessly with all types of architecture. Not to mention, they look great! Consider plants like bonsai, bamboo and even basil. These plants are known to radiate positive energy in addition to adding a decorative feel.
5. Use Scent
One of the best ways to de-stress your home is with scented candles or incense. Scent has a significant effect on how you feel and can help boost your mood. A pleasant scent can also help eliminate cooking odors and allow for positive energy to flow in the home.
Studies have shown that olfaction and emotion are closely linked. With this in mind, you may want to consider using scents such as lavender and citrus which are believed to produce endorphins in the body, allowing for a more peaceful and comfortable state.
6. Rearrange the Furniture
Furniture offers comfort, but how you arrange it also plays a major role. You should be able to navigate easily and freely through your home, removing anything that obstructs your sight. Being able to move through your home safely contributes to the home’s peaceful atmosphere.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a location for your furniture is to strive for a harmonious feel on each side of the space you’re working with. Remove any sharp-edged, angular furniture and replace with a softer, more rounded style. For example, a round coffee table as opposed to a square or rectangular one immediately signals a more inviting atmosphere.
Just by making a few changes, you can quickly transform your home into a peaceful oasis and it doesn’t have to be hard on the pocketbook. So if you’re feeling the need to de-stress your surroundings, try these simple ideas and watch your home transform into a place you love to come home to. Leave me a comment and let me know which ones really worked for you!
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Trenton J. Smith
Trenton is an aspiring writer who loves to research and write about a wide variety of topics. When he is not writing, he enjoys gardening and long walks with his dog Boomer.