Your home is your refuge. It’s where you can retreat from the world to relax, destress, and renew your senses after a long day. Since our days begin and end at home, creating a peaceful environment is an important way to bookend your day. Here are our top tips for transforming your home into a serene retreat.
Start with decluttering
Clutter drains our time, money, and energy. Decluttering and organizing allow you to truly relax in your home. You don’t have to create a complicated organization system; just get your home organized enough that you can find everything you’re looking for without an extensive search. Here are some common organizational challenges and how to fix them.
Keep surfaces and floors clear
Get into the daily routine of clearing all the surfaces and floors in your home. Removing piles so your surfaces and floors remain clean and clear will help you stay present in the moment and not constantly think about all the tasks you need to manage.
Calm entryway chaos
The entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house. If the first thing you see walking into your home is a messy entry, you’re less likely to feel relaxed. Start by designating a place for everything in your entryway: a rack or tray for shoes and boots, hang coats in a nearby closet and place a small table near the door to place your keys, mail, and bags as you walk in. Creating a calming entryway will flow through the rest of your home.
Embrace the power of plants
Nature is restorative – that’s why people often feel refreshed after spending time outdoors. Bring that restorative power inside your home with plants. Not only do plants boost your home’s appearance, but they also create a sense of well-being by lowering levels of anxiety and stress, boosting mood, attentiveness, and memory, and increasing productivity and creativity. While real plants have a greater effect, you can still experience some of these benefits with no-maintenance artificial plants.
Your sense of smell is powerful. It can bring back long-forgotten memories and help de-stress. That’s why aromatherapy is popular. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to activate smell receptors to send messages to your brain to ease stress and anxiety, boost relaxation, and even improve sleep. Here are some common scents that can reduce anxiety and improve mood and productivity: rosemary, lavender, peppermint, ylang-ylang, lemon, bergamot, and lemongrass.
Music also has a profound effect on our emotions. Listening to music can lower your heart rate and cortisol (stress hormone) levels and release endorphins. The right music can energize you, help you focus or process angry emotions, and even quiet your mind and make you feel more relaxed. Find the type of music that relaxes you, whether it’s nature sounds, light jazz, easy listening, or classical and incorporate it into the background music to create a peaceful environment.
You can create a calming and peaceful home that gives you a respite from a hectic life in a new Hayden home. If you’re ready to say hello to a new home in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington contact us today to find the home that’s right for you.