/ V U R B: Turn your home into a retreat from the busy world.
Home is where we retreat from the world and a retreat is what it can look and feel like. No matter how humble yours is, you’re off to a great start just by keeping your home clean and organized.
Then when it comes to creating the ambiance, think of sights, smells and sounds and use these simple ideas to create the type of home you will love running home to.
1. Flirt with minimalism. Earlier this year we did a Home Detox Challenge using Marie Kondo’s international bestseller as our playbook. The Japanese organizing guru’s main advice is that we should discard anything that doesn’t spark joy. It’s good advice, but psychologically speaking, it can be hard for most of us to part with our extra stuff all at once. Another way is to flirt with minimalism and little by little, piece by piece, ditch superfluous furnishings and “extras” to keep only those things that are either functional, beautiful or both.
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 cast the Spotify playlist I was listening to in the car onto my TV and start tidying up. If I start watching TV, tidying up isn’t happening. TV adds to the “noise” in our lives and without us realizing it, it creates passive stress, and contribute to weight gain. Music, on the other hand, is more relaxing and is waaay better for our mood and well-being.
This Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Dock by Sony will play music from your phone or tablet and charge them at the same time.
3. Go wireless. Bluetooth technology has made it easy to go wireless but until you can go completely wireless, decorate in a way to hide the cables. And check out these cord clutter eliminators courtesy of Real Simple.
4. Add Flowers and Plants. Nature is very very good for our well-being! A Harvard study had participants live with fresh flowers for a few days to see how it affected their mood and they found that flowers chase away anxieties and worries. Flowers also make your place look prettier and chicer!
5. Bring in fresh scents and aroma
Candles are great for creating ambiance in the evenings and aromatherapy is proven to increase well-being and relaxation. Natural diffusers like Art Naturals’ state-of-the-art electric cool mist aromatherapy Bluetooth Diffuser will keep the air smelling fresh without harmful additives.
6. Create a corner or room for quiet and relaxation. A separate room would be great but even if all you have is a side table by the sofa, make that corner yours. Make it your refuse and pimp 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 on the table, keep hand lotion and any other items you may use regularly. Suit up your sofa or sofa chair with a comfy throw and pillows.
7. Add healing elements. Feng shui experts believe that a harmonious use of 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 calming effects of a water fountain or a flickering candle. Want to add some boho chic to your decor? Crystals are great for that and are said to have healing energy.
Check out these crystal decor inspirations on Pinterest.
8. Paint it neutral. White and other neutral colors like grey and soft blue have a tranquil effect on our mood. Galleries, museums, high-end department stores, and other design-based businesses have been using white for ages because they know it provides the perfect backdrop for the products they want to showcase and per expensive market research, it lulls patrons into a more relaxed (read: spending) mood.
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. Make it a regular practice (every month or two) to clean up these often overlooked areas. However often you schedule it, make this upkeep part of your cleaning routine.
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. Why do you want to do it? Our environments affect not just our moods, it affects who we become. So if you want to start thriving, to feel more joyful, more focused and relaxed, make your space feel like a retreat.