November 5, 2018
It’s finally November, meaning it’s almost the end of the year once again! With the new year coming, why not get started on one of the essential necessities in your life, your HOME! We’ve talked about home improvement in the past, but in this month’s segment, we will be focusing on ways to create a more relaxing home by changing things around the house! We will focus on four key ideas on improving the relaxation capability in your home!
Create a more relaxing bedroom
- Remove all clutter on your bedside table and your dresser. Put away any clothes that are left out or that are hanging from doors or behind doors.
- Don’t leave the house without making your bed.
- Consider purchasing a new mattress if yours is well worn.
- Purchase sheets with a high thread content. They need not be expensive, but the higher the thread content, the softer the sheet.
- Keep windows unobstructed to let in natural sunlight when you want it, but be sure that you can pull a shade or some drapes so that same wonderful sunlight doesn’t wake you from a deep sleep before necessary.
- Hang art and photographs that remind you of happy moments.
- If you have the space, create a sitting area with an oversized chair or couch – where you can read or watch television without having to sit on your bed. There should be a lamp – either table or standing – right there to ensure proper lighting when the sun goes down. Keep magazines and books on a small table as long as they are not work related.
Create a more relaxing living room
- Consider your furniture placement. Where’s the focal point? Is it a fireplace? A large bay window? Place furniture where you will have a relaxing focal point. Keep it grouped together in a comfortable and intimate setting. Consider colors that are natural or white. Bright colors and loud fabrics are jarring and energizing – keep the brights where you want the energy to be. Textures should be soft to the touch as well as visually.
- Toss a few extra pillows onto the couch.
- Keep blankets nearby, in a basket, or trunk, or ottoman that doubles as storage.
- Keep a lamp nearby for nighttime reading.
- Bring plants or fresh cut flowers into the room.
- Let the light shine in. Open drapes and shades to take full advantage of your room’s natural sunlight.
- Keep magazines and books on the coffee table or create vignettes that evoke a sense of calm.
Create a more relaxing bathroom
If you are fortunate to have a large bathtub or Jacuzzi you are already halfway there! Nothing says relaxation like a long, hot soak in the tub. This small room can easily be turned into a little haven.
- Unless you live in an apartment and have neighbors who can peer in, let the natural light shine in if you have windows in your bathroom. In the evening or during the night consider placing dimmers on your lights. I think this should be mandatory in all bathrooms!
- Place a small table near the tub on which to place a book, cup of tea or wine glass.
- Place soft, machine washable area rugs on the floor, and one near the tub.
- Replace your shower head for a massaging one.
- Hang art on the walls, just be sure not to hang valuable photographs or paintings that could be damaged from the humidity.
Create a more relaxing kitchen
Now, the idea of a relaxing kitchen may sound like an oxymoron as it is, after all, the hub of the house. It’s where life is lived, nutritious meals are prepared, where friends and family gather, and where memories are made. So while we don’t necessarily want a relaxed kitchen, we may prefer one that is harmonious and organized – devoid of chaos and clutter. I know that I work best in an organized and clutter-free kitchen.
The more organized the kitchen the calmer the space will be.
- Keep like items with like items. All spices should be kept together, with the ones frequently used most accessible.
- Organize and clean out your cupboards and pantry from time to time. Toss items that have been sitting around for a while that are opened and not finished, such as crackers, cookies and cereals. This is a good time to check your supply and replace items that are running low. Do the same with your refrigerator where items that have expired tend to sit far too long. Wipe down all shelves.
- Create a coffee bar area. In one area, keep your coffee cups or mugs, coffee, sugar and coffee maker.
- Keep a snack drawer for the children. In the refrigerator designate a specific area for the children where they can access healthy snacks such as fruit, yogurt, cheese and juice.
- Keep your workspaces clutter-free. People have a habit of dumping mail, magazines and whatnot on their counters. These piles grow and grow over time and tend to get pushed from one spot to another. Designate one space for paperwork that is not on the counter.
- Consider your prep areas? Where are they? Are your prep tools such as cutting boards, knives, measuring spoons, etc., all within reach, or do you have to walk across the room to get what you need?
- Do you have a table in your kitchen? Make sure to keep that clutter-free as well. The table can be used as additional prep space, but a clutter-free table ensures that the family can sit together at the table without having to clear it off in a frenzy before each meal.
Our lives these days are busier than ever. We spend more time in our offices or on the road than we do in our own homes. Our lives have become so fast paced and frenzied that we really need to make a concerted effort to slow down. For many of us this no longer comes naturally, and we must force ourselves to relax – to really stop and smell the roses. A home that is disorganized, chaotic and full of discord is not a relaxed one. These are a few simple and very basic steps that we can do to make our homes more harmonious and peaceful to return to at the end of a busy day.