VURB OF THE DAY: Turn your home into a spa-inspired retreat.
Home is where we retreat from the world and a retreat is what it can feel like. Achieving a look that’s sweet and says “welcome” when you walk through the door starts with a clean and organized space. Once you have the clean and organized part down, get the chill vibe by using calming visuals, lovely scents, and soothing sounds in your home.
Think of the process as giving your home the spa treatment!
1. Flirt with minimalism
Little by little, piece by piece, ditch superfluous furnishings and “extras” to keep only those things that are either functional, beautiful or both. In bedrooms, consider putting shabby looking dressers inside closets. If it’s a beautiful dresser, keep the top of it clear of clutter. I suggest limiting the number of things you have on top of your Zen-inspired bedroom dresser to four items. If you must have more, use a tray or organizer to “collect” like items. In a relaxing home, the top of your furniture isn’t used as storage space. You don’t ever need a dozen bottles of perfume on the top of your dresser, for example. Your favorite two in the prettiest bottles is plenty!
2. More music, less TV.
Do you usually have the TV on in the background? That used to be me. When I switched to having music on instead, I had more energy and became more productive. Now, the first thing I like to do when I get home is to cast the Spotify playlist I was listening to in the car onto my TV and start tidying up. I know that if I start watching TV, tidying up isn’t happening so the habit change was a blessing. This matters more than we realize because TV adds to the “noise” in our lives. Without us realizing it, TV creates passive stress. We’re also more likely to gain weight watching TV since we do more snacking then. Plus, after a long day of sitting at work, why come home and do more of the same?
3. Go wireless
Bluetooth technology has made it easy to cut the cords but until you can go completely wireless, decorate in a way to hide wires and cables around your home. These cord clutter eliminators courtesy of Real Simple are great ideas.
4. Add Flowers and Plants
A Harvard study confirmed it, nature is very very good for our well-being! In the study, they had participants live with fresh flowers for a few days to see how it affected their mood. What the researchers found is that flowers chase away anxieties and worries. Flowers also make your place look prettier and chicer, don’t you think?
5. Bring in fresh scents and aromatherapy
Candles are great for creating ambiance in the evenings. To add to the relaxing vibe, go for scented ones. And if you’re looking to keep the air smelling fresh without harmful additives, check out Art Naturals’ state-of-the-art electric cool mist aromatherapy Bluetooth Diffuser.
6. Create a quiet corner or room just for you
A separate room would be great but if all you have is a side table by the sofa, make that corner yours by pimping it out for relaxation. On the side table, you might keep a book you’re reading or a stack of magazines. In the drawer or inside a pretty storage box or basket, stash some hand lotion and other things you’ll use regularly. Outfit your sofa or sofa chair with comfy pillows and a throw.
7. Add healing elements and soothing sounds
Feng shui experts believe that using the five elements—water, wood, fire, metal, and earth—can bring about positive energies and success. Maybe you don’t believe in all that, but you cannot deny the soothing effects of a water fountain or chimes in the window. For some boho chic, crystals is another lovely healing element. Use these Pinterest inspirations to get started with crystals.
8. Paint it neutral
Studies have shown that color can change body temperature and can affect even our energy level. After trying different colors over the years and paying attention to how they make me feel, I now mostly have white walls. I like galleries, museums, high-end department stores, and other design-based businesses so I’m sure they’ve inspired my taste. For accent walls, I like soft pink, butter yellow, and taupe. What’s inspiring for me may be boring for you. Visit a paint store or flip through decorating magazines to find the colors that make you happiest.
9. Do regular “deep” cleaning and household repairs
Baseboards and window sills get dusty. Cabinet doors get dirty with fingerprints and stains. Ovens get grimy. Gunk grows on shower walls and inside shower heads. Give these often overlooked areas a good cleaning every month or two. And for God’s sake, fix that doorknob that keeps falling apart!!! Those broken and dangling bits that you keep putting up with and walking around is another source of stress in your home.
10. Have ambient nights
If you don’t have dimmers, no problem. A plethora of new LED bulbs links up with apps to easily and affordably set the mood for you.
So there you have it, 10 easy ways you can make your home more relaxing. Our environment affects not just our moods, it affects who we become. So if you want to start thriving, to feel more joyful, more focused and relaxed, turn your home into a chilled retreat.