Turning Your Home Into A Haven: Simple Ways To Create A Stress-Free Environment

By Hand On The Hip - Priya Raghuveer - 1/10/2019

For most of us, there’s no place like home, but this doesn’t always mean that your house is the heavenly haven you crave. After a busy day at work, do all your troubles melt away as soon as you walk through the door, or could your home be more tranquil and calm? If you’re looking to create a stress-free environment, here are some simple steps you can take.
Declutter
There’s nothing more unsettling than getting into bed at the end of a long day knowing that there’s mess everywhere and another day has passed when you haven’t had time to tackle the piles of books, clothes or toys that are taking over your home. If you’ve got stuff piled high, and you can’t see the floor for boxes or bin bags, now is the time to embark upon a major decluttering mission. They say a tidy home makes for a tidy mind, and you should find the experience of decluttering cathartic, especially if it’s been a long time since you had a clear out.
Try and be methodical when you start the process. Look for local companies that offer cheaper bin hire online, arm yourself with trash bags, and call in some reinforcements in the shape of friends and family. Put some music on, and start working your way through your home, tackling each room individually. Be ruthless. Keep things that have sentimental value, but don’t hang onto anything you know you won’t use or miss. Create a series of piles of items you want to throw away, those you want to donate to charity or give away to friends or relatives, and those you could sell. Fill your bins as you go to minimize mess.
Once you’ve got rid of everything you don’t want, take the opportunity to tidy up. If you’ve still got a fair amount of stuff, and nowhere to put it, it’s worth looking into extra storage options. If you’ve got a loft, you could bag or box items up and store them in the loft, or you could invest in boxes, shelving units or furniture that has in-built storage. If you’ve got a mound of things you want to sell, you could auction them off online or host a yard sale.
Inject some soothing colors
Have you ever thought about the impact colors have on your mood? When you’re decorating, you may prioritize aesthetics, but it’s also important to consider how colors affect the ambiance and overall vibe of the room. Some shades like yellow and orange are energizing, while others can make us feel calm and relaxed. Opt for these tones in bedrooms and bathrooms. When you walk into your bedroom, you get into your pajamas, and you climb into bed, you want to feel mellow and serene. Avoid clashing prints, stick to simple colorways, and opt for low-level lighting. Examples of soothing shades include dove gray, duck egg blue and neutral tones of white, beige, blush pink, and tan. If you do want to add color to plain walls in your bedroom, you can do this using accessories like soft furnishings, lamps, and plant pots.
Add greenery
Many of us feel relaxed when we’re out in the garden. This is partly due to a combination of sunshine and fresh air, but it’s also likely to be linked to exposure to greenery. A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology revealed that plants can reduce both physical and mental stress. Plants can also improve your wellbeing and make you happier, and businesses also tend to add plants to offices and workspaces, as they increase productivity. If you’re keen to make your home a stress-free zone, considering adding some splashes of green. Houseplants are easy to look after, and they can provide a beautiful focal point in kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and home offices. You can choose from plants of all shapes and sizes, and you can use pots and planters to carry colorways and themes. Popular houseplants include lucky bamboo, spider plants, asparagus fern, and Chinese money plants.
 
Create a quiet space
When you need a moment to breathe and get a minute’s peace, is there a place in your home you can escape to for a well-earned time out? If your living room is overrun with toys or your kids are glued to TV programs or computer games, your kitchen is an eternal hive of activity, and your bedroom has become a dumping ground for clothes and shoes, it’s hugely beneficial to allocate some quiet space. Use a corner of your bedroom, a section of the kitchen, the garden room or a spare bedroom you never utilize to make an area that you can retreat to when you want to chill out and unwind. You can use rugs, floor cushions, bean bags or a comfy chair teamed with blankets, candles, and fairy lights to create a space that enables you to listen to music, write, read, meditate or just sit and reflect for a moment. If you have children, it’s really useful to designate areas that are mess-friendly and those that are geared towards adult activities. This way, everyone has zones that work for them, and you can spend time together and have moments to yourself.
We all have stressful days, but even the most arduous week can be soothed by coming home to a relaxing, inviting space. If your home is hectic and you find that you’re constantly tidying up or putting things away, rather than actually having time to enjoy your home, now is the time to make some simple changes. Start by having a large-scale clear out. Decluttering is good for the soul, and it can make a huge difference to the look of each room and the amount of space you have available. Work through every room, getting rid of anything you don’t want. Next, consider injecting some soothing, calming colors to your decor. Stick to muted tones in bedrooms and bathrooms and avoid harsh lighting and garish prints. Add some greenery to every room, and set aside areas of your home that are designed purely for quiet activities like reading or listening to music.

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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