Your home should be the place you look forward to being in. It should induce calm and relaxation after a stressful day at work or a long day at play. Certain aspects in a home can make or break its calm quotient, however, so if your home doesn’t invoke a relaxing vibe, the following tips may help.
A CLEAN HOME IS A SERENE HOME
A house full of clutter and mess will never feel calm and relaxing, plain and simple. Too much clutter and chaos lead to stress and anxiety, so take control of your space and begin tidying it up!
FIRST, SET GOALS
Before you begin purging your unwanted and unnecessary stuff, take a moment to figure out the goals you hope to achieve in your space. For instance, does a gallery-like, minimalist design give you the calming vibe you want, or will you need lots of soft and cozy textures and elements to bring about the serene atmosphere you desire? Deciding what instills calm in your life will help you determine what stays, what goes, and what elements you need to bring in to achieve the level of relaxation you want in your home.
If you share your space with a spouse or roommate, you’ll want to take their opinions and preferences into account as you go about updating your space. Compromise is the key word, here.
MAKE DECLUTTERING EASY
Many people have a hard time getting rid of stuff, which is why they put it off for as long as possible. Decluttering your space, however, is the first step in making it a serene one.
If you have trouble letting go of things, start by getting rid of things you know you don’t want or need anymore. If you’re unsure of something, set it aside for a decision later, and don’t let it derail your decluttering process. As you continue getting rid of stuff, you’ll notice a positive change in the energy of the space and probably better understand what to do with the items you set aside earlier.
GET CREATIVE WITH STORAGE
Once you’ve gotten rid of all your unwanted and unused stuff, the things you have left can rise to the surface and become part of the décor. Get creative with storage options to make these items seem important rather than just a bunch of stuff.
For example, if you have a collection of African masks, don’t scatter them all around the house. Instead, group them all in one place to create an impressive and eye-catching display. Use open storage solutions like bookshelves or hang things on the wall to create a display that demands attention. Use closed-storage options to store utilitarian items, so all the attention rests on the items you enjoy most.
MANAGE THE DAILY GRIND
Each day, our homes are inundated with an onslaught of items like packages, keys, purses, jackets, shoes, etc. Having a place to put these items will help your entryway and the rest of your home feel and look less cluttered, and therefore more serene. Place a table or cubby near the entryway door for family members to place these items to keep them organized and easily accessible.
A clean home is a serene home, so take some time to declutter yours to create the calming, relaxing atmosphere you crave when you come home at the end of the day.