When you’re dealing with all sorts of pressures, responsibilities, and stresses from the outside world, being able to find your own haven is essential. You need a place to ground yourself, to get a little distance, gain a little perspective, and have a little breathing room. But if your home doesn’t feel like the place to do it, then where is? Here, we’ll look at how you can make the home the haven you deserve.
Clutter, clutter, everywhere
When you have a lot of responsibilities, you don’t always have the time to fully tidy up after yourself. Meaning that the home can get cluttered quite easily. So, what can you do about it? Take the smart approach to getting minimalist. Add little storage nooks over the home, even if it’s as simple as hanging a basket on a door where you can temporarily keep all the clutter until you have the time to tidy it properly. As a mum of 3 I love good storage solutions and think that you cannot have enough. We have been Spring Cleaning this week – with more time at home it has made us think about what we really need. If you need more space now is the time to give the garage a clear out and make sure it’s working for you and your family. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a garage on your current home, then maybe take some time planning the cost of building a garage on your home – ideal if, like me, you can utilise it as storage and a place for the kids to start up a band too!
Nowhere to pamper yourself
Sensory relaxation is just as good as mental relaxation. In fact, most of the time, the two things are the exact same thing. It’s a good idea to invest in your comfort, giving yourself a little pampering treatment when you have a free moment. Running yourself a bath with a pamper box keeps you freshly supplied of scents and sensory bliss that can help the body de-stress, in turn helping the mind do the same. It is essential that in our busy lives we take some time out and away from digital devices. Your mental storage capacity is the same as using the garage to store things away! You need to create space to breathe and just be too! I am lucky enough to have a Wild Woman letterbox subscription which helps me focus on self care and take a break too!
A hard day’s night
One of the biggest contributors to a stressful day is a stressful night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, focus your efforts in the bedroom. Could a better mattress make it easier to relax or could luxury beds help create the atmosphere that would better allow you to relax? This is something we realise we have neglected over the last few years. We are in desperate need of a new mattress – it’s seen 3 pregnancies so is well over it’s use by date!
It’s all about comfort
Perhaps the best thing you can do to help relax all throughout the home is to cut off the hard edges of the home and install a little more comfort, instead. For instance, if you have hardwood floors, give yourself a touch of softness with a nice area rug. Comfort isn’t all about touch, either. Keeping a stock of aromatherapy candles can make a huge difference to the home, as well.
Get a green friend
Some people might just think of it as another responsibility, but the truth is that houseplants have proven contributions to helping people relax and actually improve their health with their air cleaning properties. Some of the most effective houseplants include peace lilies. Not only do they clean the air and help clear your mind, but they’re super low maintenance and beautiful to look at.
Keep working to make home the place that you want to be. Take care of all your senses and make sure every room has something that can better help you relax. You deserve that chilled space, it may be just the right time to rethink it!