Home. House. Space of shelter. Safe haven.
It is the place where we take refuge from the stressful daily grind of work, a place to relax and recharge our batteries. Place to enjoy our own company and the company of those we like and love the most.
Unfortunately, this idyllic scenario does not always happen. Sometimes we come home to find dishes to be put away, clothes to be ironed, dust to be cleaned, a messy bed, and the list goes on and on. Easily, we return to a feeling of frustration and stress. It is necessary to remember that the house should serve us, not the other way around. We cannot become slaves to our homes.
Today we share with you 10 suggestions for you to be even happier at home! Are you ready?
Create Storage Systems
Can you imagine a cluttered library with no categorization of books by subject and area? It's the same in our house!
Organize everything by category and sections. We will give an example of the clothes closet, but then you can replicate this model for all the area and rooms in your house.
Inside the closet we can have: summer clothes, winter clothes, mid-season clothes, shoes, bedding, among others. But it is also very important: we often have clothes we don't wear, clothes we don't like, clothes that no longer fit us, and the list goes on.
The first step is to discard what is no longer necessary. It can be hard to give up something that we went to so much trouble to buy or that has sentimental value associated with it, but in the future you will thank yourself for having the courage to rethink what you really need and discard everything that is too much. And you don't have to throw it away, you can always offer it to someone or donate it.
After all the accumulated "junk" has been eliminated, think strategically about your closet:
Which pieces do you use the most? Put them in the spotlight
Organize by colors, patterns or textures. When it comes time to choose the look of the day you will also save time.
Use and abuse of boxes. You can use transparent elements so you can see what's inside or put labels on them.
Think that everything you have in a given space, clothing closet or otherwise, should have a purpose, either aesthetic or functional.
Create lists of priorities and tasks, whether daily, weekly, or monthly. This way you'll get a more comprehensive view of what there is to be done and you'll be able to prioritize what makes the most sense for any given moment.
Over time you'll realize what needs to be done every day or what you can do only once a week, or twice a month, or even once a month.
If you can't do everything on the lists for the day or the week, don't overwhelm yourself. The next day is also a day! Then make up for it to create a routine that makes the whole process easier for you.
Add Plants in the different locations
Contact with nature is great for a relaxing moment.
Plants have a very positive impact on homes. Being surrounded by plants reduces stress levels and can even stimulate creativity. In addition, plants release oxygen and moisture that improve the quality of the air we breathe.
There are only advantages to having plants in your home! But if you feel you don't have much time to take care of them, you always have the option of buying plants that require little maintenance and care.
Ambient Light Quality
Did you know that a dark and poorly lit house can negatively affect your mood?
We should let in as much natural light as possible.
A bright space will bring us a sense of peace, we are happier and in a good mood.
At the end of the day and in the evening, it is important that we create a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere indoors. Using different well-distributed lighting points can make all the difference in making your space more welcoming. We also recommend yellow or natural light for spaces such as the living room and bedroom.
In our article "The Importance of a good night's sleep" we indicate that several studies show that light colors are considered by chromotherapy to be calming and contribute to a deeper sleep. And that the most indicated color for bedrooms is blue, because it is a color that has tranquilizing properties and acts on the nervous system and the entire muscular system.
Thus, we can conclude that colors influence our perception of a space and our state of mind. It is important to find out which tones help us calm down and with which we identify more, using them on walls, furniture, or in decorative elements.
The color of spaces is very important for us to feel that there is harmony in a given environment.
Always make the bed
The bedroom is the last place we see at the end of the day and the first upon waking. It should be the most immaculate place possible.
If we wake up and see a pile of clothes on the armchair or the floor, we will immediately feel frustrated, won't we?
This is a place to feel peace and decompress. The best advice we can give you is: always make the bed!
The room will look much tidier right away, and it's always nice to come home and see the bed made!
Flavors & Candles
A smelling home gives us energy and always gives a feeling that the house is clean.
Find out which essences and aromas you like best and you can use them in diffusers, perfumes, incense, scented candles, or others.
You will see that it will make a lot of difference in the atmosphere of your home.
Cleaning and organizing the house is a job for all the members who live in it. It is necessary to instill this "obligation" from an early age to all members, including the youngest.
Involving children from the very beginning in tidying up and cleaning the house will help because they will realize that they are part of it all and that they are not mere spectators. Instilling the habit of tidying up after playing, is great for them to feel the responsibility for all their habits.
Think that if the tasks are divided among everyone (mainly by the adults, of course) it becomes easier for everyone.
Create a "Safe Space"
Define a zone or moment dedicated to peace, where no electronic devices are allowed and where you can relax, listen to music, exercise, or read a book. You decide.
The excessive use of some technologies can cause some stress inside the house, since, despite cohabiting, we end up not having time to enjoy family moments.
Make a habit of having "unplugging" moments on a daily basis, or at least a few times a week. This will help you feel more energy for other tasks.
Although it is the last suggestion, we believe that it is one of the most important.
If you live as a function of your home, where you feel exhausted, frustrated and with a sense of guilt because you didn't accomplish all the tasks you had on that list or simply because you think the house is not clean or tidy... Re-evaluate your expectations.
Nowadays, it is difficult to have a 100% immaculate house, always clean and tidy. That may be the dream, but it certainly isn't the reality, at least when we don't have the availability to hire someone to do it for us.
The best feeling may be lying in bed or sitting on the sofa with that feeling of duty done, because the house is clean and smelling nice. But, a house with several people will not always be like this.
Our recommendation is that you always do small tasks that will help you in the process and decrease the feeling that everything is messy, such as: not leaving clothes untidy, putting away the sofa cushions and blankets after you use them, washing the dishes or putting them in the washing machine, putting away your shoes and coat when you get home, and many others.
These small tasks will bring a feeling of peace and a sense of order since everything is not scattered in the corners.
We know that every day unforeseen things happen and that nothing can be calculated down to the millimeter. We won't always be able to do what is ideal or recommended, but we maintain that these suggestions will help you have a more harmonious life at home.
But remember, there will be unforeseen things and your house won't always be perfect, but as long as it's the exception to the rule, it's all right!