Home is where we should be at our most comfortable and at peace, but unfortunately, this is not true for everyone. It’s important to remember though, that while some things might be out of our control, like time and the people we live with, we can tweak our homes in different ways so it becomes a safer and more calming place.
In order to nurture a calming environment in our homes, we must first find the root cause of discomfort. Once that’s acknowledged, we can find solutions to remedy the issue and adjust our home environment accordingly. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve prepared a list of tips and tricks so you can find calmness and stillness in your home once more.
Keep Clutter to a Minimum
It can be hard to find tranquility when your home is a hot mess. In fact, a feature by tidying expert Marie Kondo notes that a well-organized, clutter-free, and efficient home can help us achieve peak relaxation. The hardest part of cleaning clutter is finding the motivation and time to do it. So, we advise that you set aside a few minutes every day to scan a room for clutter. You should throw it in the bin if you don’t need it, or keep it in its rightful place if it still has any use. A clean and well-organized home is always soothing to the eyes.
Get rid of foul smells
Part of maintaining a home is making sure that you dispose of your trash properly to avoid smells. Not only for your eyes, but your home should be a safe haven for your nose as well. For instance, unpleasant smells can easily build up in the kitchen, where food scraps and other debris can clog your drains and attract all sorts of unwanted bugs. A post on how to get rid of kitchen smells by HomeServe recommends adopting good drain habits as preventative maintenance for your kitchen drains. You can do this by placing a drain screen over your plughole and avoiding pouring used oil down your drain. Keep in mind that the best scent comes from a clean home. Other than that, you can also try your hand at incense or aromatherapy candles in the living room or in the bedroom.
Spruce it up with plants
Other than being a great way to liven up your living space, having plants around your house can help improve your mood and mental health. Taking care of plants can be incredibly relaxing, and seeing them grow and bloom can even bring you a lot of joy. The Spruce recommends getting stunning greeneries like peace lilies and Gerber daisies if you plan on starting your journey with houseplants. Caring for plants might be a little daunting — especially if you know you don’t have a green thumb. But despite that, anyone can take care of houseplants as long as they have the willingness and dedication.
Redecorate for peace
One of the reasons why you might be having a difficult time finding peace in your home is because of your decor and furniture arrangements. That’s why we suggest that you map out what makes you feel most calm and try to redecorate your space according to what you find. For one, you can try repainting your space with calming colors like blue and gray. If you plan on redecorating your space, you should be mindful of the color scheme, too. Psychologist Katherine Grace Morris points out that having too many bright hues and contrasting patterns can draw your eyes all over the place, giving you a harder time to find stillness at home. So, when redecorating, try to be careful with your palette and avoid mixing too many intense colors and patterns.
Overall, it’s crucial to make your home as comfortable as you can. At the end of the day, this is where you spend most of your time. So, if you feel like you’re having difficulty getting any sense of serenity inside your own home, be sure to heed our tips.
Article exclusively written for yourorganizedlife.org
By Roxie Jane