Nothing beats the feeling of driving your way back to your home to unwind and recharge after a hard day’s work. However, there are instances when your house is more chaotic than your office. Since the house is yours anyway, you should start entertaining thoughts on customizing your home and transforming it into one where you can take a brief respite from the stresses of daily life.
Here are four ways you can apply to create a calmer and peaceful home for yourself:
- Redecorate your bedroom.
The bedroom of your house is where you often get to tune out and lie down. But if it feels more like a barracks than a bedroom, you might need to redecorate it so that it’ll become a place where you can sleep comfortably every night. To help you accomplish that, here are a few very unique decorating ideas you might want to try for your bedroom:
- Animal theme
Whether or not you have a pet in your home, if you love animals in general, you might want that to reflect in your bedroom. Get yourself bedsheets and pillowcases made out of synthetic fur as its soft texture can help you achieve deep sleep. You can also consider replacing your usual bedroom curtains with ones that have bird prints on them to give it a more heavenly and majestic feel.
- Beach theme
If animals aren’t your thing, you can use the beach as an inspiration for redecorating your bedroom instead. However, you’ll need to repaint its walls with white as well as lighter shades of blue and green for it to exude a more tropical vibe. Instead of the usual rectangular pillows, you can substitute ones shaped like a starfish or scallop. You might also want to install a light brown carpet as a beach wouldn’t be complete without sand.
- Vintage theme
Compared to modern furniture and accessories, vintage ones usually elicit a sense of warmth to anyone who sees them. Go for bedsheets and pillowcases with floral prints on them as well as light pastel curtains with ruffles as décor. You’ll also need to buy a wooden bed frame, dresser, and nightstand with curved legs as they give off a more elegant and laid back vibe.
- Contain all your clutter.
Even if you redecorate your bedroom, you’d want to contain all your clutter in the living areas like the sala, kitchen, garage, and all other parts of your home that are currently messy. Controlling the amount of clutter in your household is mainly about letting go of all things that you don’t need anymore. Doing that even little by little can get rid of any depression or anxiety that you might have and help you achieve a sense of inner calm. Here are some easy clutter containment ways you can do:
- Fix your bedsheets, blankets, and pillowcases after waking up each morning.
- Put up racks on the walls of your house where you can hang your bags, umbrellas, and anything else you can put there instead of throwing them all on your couch.
- Consider installing additional racks as well where you can hang your pans and kitchen utensils.
- Sweep or vacuum any paper mess that your kids or pets might have left in your living room.
- Clear out all dirty dishes in your kitchen sink and store them in a covered dish organizer.
- Make your kitchen an injury-free zone by storing all knives and other cutlery in holders.
- Keep all your pots inside your kitchen cupboard when not using them.
- Place some houseplants in your living room.
Studies have shown that placing indoor plants in your home can reduce your stress levels and enhance your mood. The positive energy that they can bring to you can then manifest itself throughout your entire house to make it calmer and peaceful. Bear in mind though that not every plant that exists is fit for indoors. If you buy the wrong plant, it will most likely die if you attempt to put it in your home.
As you might want to spend most of your free time at home resting than regularly attending to an indoor plant, you can get yourself low-maintenance ones such as bromeliads, philodendrons, and succulents instead. However, even if they don’t require as much attention as a lot of other houseplants, you’ll still need to tend to them by doing the following:
- Water them but only if the soil where you’ve planted them is too lightly colored or parched.
- Place them in certain spots of your house that are well-lit during the day but not directly exposed to sunlight.
- Install a humidifier to boost your house’s indoor moisture that they’ll need to thrive.
- Feed them fertilizer containing equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium as well for them to survive.
- Put some ambient music on at night.
Any loud sounds on your TV at night might create more stress than you need in your life. Turn it off and play some ambient music instead – preferably ones without anyone singing or speaking on top of it – to help you ease into a more relaxed mood. As with the houseplants mentioned above, the destressing properties of instrumental ambient music can transfer into your house and make it more peaceful and calm.
You can either make a playlist of instrumental ambient music using Spotify if you have the time for that or tune in to an online radio station that exclusively plays tracks of that nature at all hours.
It’s quite ironic how a 2014 study found out that most people feel less stressed out at work than at home. However, that shouldn’t cause you to pack all your belongings and live in your office instead. It should motivate you more to make your home calmer and peaceful by doing the four ways listed above. After all, your home shouldn’t have to give you further stress than what you already get at whatever job you have right now.