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With the current pandemic situation, it’s crucial that we all do our part by staying at home in order to #flattenthecurve and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Spending more time at home can make you more stressed or anxious but it doesn’t have to be that way. By making a few simple changes, you can instantly turn your home into a stress-free environment. Here are some ways to make your home a calmer and relaxing space to be in all day:
Clear all the clutter
Clutter can be very distracting and adds stress to your life. Decluttering your home will create a sense of calmness and it also makes cleaning less of a burden. So if you haven’t already started spring cleaning your home while self-isolating, now’s the perfect time to begin.
Throw out or donate things that you no longer use and only keep things that, as Marie Kondo says, “spark joy in your life”. It may be tempting to keep things that you no longer use, especially if you’re attached to a certain item, but the more you let go, the easier it’ll get! Whenever you come across an item, just ask yourself “Do I really need this?” or “Will I still use it?” If the answer’s no, then into the trash it goes.
Once you’ve gotten rid of unnecessary clutter, grab your organizers to help you sort your things and keep everything looking neat and tidy.
Make use of natural light
Since we shouldn’t stay out in the sun for long nowadays, it’s important to still get some vitamin D while staying home to help boost your overall mood and improve your productivity. Try to bring as much natural light into your home as possible. If you’re having trouble getting the light in, swap out thicker curtains for sheer ones. Live in a small apartment? No problem – make use of mirrors or other reflective surfaces as they help reflect light and make rooms appear brighter and bigger.
Add greenery to your space
Also, since we can’t spend much time outdoors, why not bring the outdoors inside? Plants really bring life into your home. If you’re a beginner, or you’re not confident about growing an indoor plant, you can always make use of dry plants or flowers — dried eucalyptus and baby’s breath is one of my personal favorites.
Having greenery in your space makes your home more peaceful, plus there are certain plants that help purify the air and uplift your mood. Adding plants to your home is also a great way to decorate your living room, bedroom, kitchen or bathroom with cute vases and plant pots.
Light some candles
You know that feeling when you enter a spa and you immediately feel relaxed? Well, you get that feeling because spas make use of relaxing scents to help you feel that way. You may not be able to have a spa day but you can always bring the spa to your home by lighting up some scented candles. When your house smells good, you’ll feel good.
Candles offer more than just soothing scents. Add some personality to your home with stylish candle holders to place candles such as tealight or pillar candles. You can easily decorate your dining table, work desk, living room and bathroom shelves, or your bedside table with pretty candle holders and your home will feel cozier than ever.
Always make your bed
Your bedroom should be the most relaxing room in your home – after all this is where you get your beauty sleep! One of the simplest things you can do to make your bedroom a relaxing space is to make your bed every day. Why? A neatly-made bed prevents you from procrastinating and also gives you a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning. When you make your bed, you’ll find it easier to get through your to-do list for the rest of the day.
Your bedroom will look even better when you invest in a good set of sheets, pillow and duvet covers for your bed. I recommend adding more pillows, too! Once you set your bedroom’s relaxing ambience, it’ll be the perfect place to unwind at the end of your busy day.
Tell us, how do you make your home a relaxing space?