Whether you’re out having a busy day at work, or working from home, it’s nice to be able to relax and unwind at home after a tiring day. What makes a house a restful place? For me, it’s about being uncluttered, not too busy, light, and airy. Admittedly, this takes a little bit of discipline, unless keeping a clean home has already become your habit. However, making your home as calm and rejuvenating as possible is absolutely worth it. Below are a few tips on how to make your home a restful haven. Just note that not all the tips below are applicable to everyone. But hopefully, maybe one or two things can help you make your home a little bit more relaxing.
“A home should be a stockade, a refuge from the flaming arrows of anxiety, tension and worry.” – Wilfred Peterson
- Keep your home tidy
Excess visual clutter can add to one’s stress and anxiety, so keeping a tidy home can make you feel more relaxed. One thing that I always keep in mind is that everything we own should have a home inside our home, and it’s a good idea to put things back to where they belong every night. Personally, my focus areas are the kitchen and the living room. The dining table can be messy throughout the week, as this becomes a makeshift home office when the Mister works from home. But come Friday night, all the work equipment are put aside and the table is cleared.
- Organise your things in a way that makes your life easier
This tip can be used in the kitchen, in your closet, or even in the bathroom. Organise your storage in a way that makes the things that you use most often easy to reach. Items used together can also be stored together, or close to each other, at least.
- Let in natural light
As a solar-powered person, I really love letting natural light come into the home. Letting sunlight in can have a number of benefits. Aside from giving you a dose of Vitamin D, it also reduces seasonal depression. Sounds like a win to me!
- Get some fresh air in
We just finished the winter season here in New Zealand, and I am pretty happy to be able to open the windows again. There’s nothing like having fresh air circulate your home, especially after months of being closed up, with the house full of stale air.
- Indoor plants
Plants are all the rage now, especially with a lot of people being stuck at home. Having a bit of nature in your home can have some therapeutic effects. However, I try not to overdo it and end up with an overwhelming amount, as too much can still become visual clutter (not to mention caring for a ton of plants can be quite a chore). Having said that, it’s totally up to you! Here are some of the best indoor plants to purify the air in your home.
- Cohesive color scheme
Too many colors create visually busy-ness; hence, we opt for natural or pastel colors. However, if you are leaning towards bold colors, then go for it! You might just want to keep the rest of the decor minimal in order to keep a nice balance.
- Opt for dim lighting at night (if you can)
While I love the sunshine, I keep bright lights to a minimum at night. Having dim lights helps you wind down, and just amps up the hygge feeling. When we finish dinner, we often use just a single lamp at night, plus maybe the light from the essential oil diffuser. However, I know that this might not be applicable for everyone, especially if you have kids at home. So maybe just give it a try when you have the chance.
- Make you house smell clean
This doesn’t necessarily mean diffusing oils and lighting scented candles all the time (although that definitely won’t hurt). But just giving your home a wipe down regularly can help ward off unpleasant smells.
- Remember that your house doesn’t have to be perfectly tidy
Allow yourself some space to get messy, because no matter how disciplined we are in keeping our space tidy, life happens, and it’s totally okay. So if there are some days when there’s clutter on the floor or on the kitchen counters, cut yourself some slack, put your feet up, and let yourself relax.