Is your home stressing you out? Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a place to relax and unwind, not a place that stresses you out. For me, home is where I regain energy from the hustle and bustle of life that often leaves me feeling drained. But, if your house is cluttered, messy and unwelcoming to you, it is more than likely adding to your stress.
Allow me to share a few simple tips to transform your home into the tranquil space it’s meant to be.
Bringing the outdoors inside with live plants improves air quality and can be beneficial physically. Researchers have found a link between houseplants and a person’s emotional state. Evidence shows workers are more productive when their office is filled with greenery and plants can help hospital patients tolerate pain better. Consider bringing plant life in to help create your indoor oasis.
Color theorists have shown that certain hues bring energy and excitement while others can help us feel more relaxed and calm. According to Houzz, “color can have a huge impact on our experience of a space.” Color is personal, so it’s important to spend time getting familiar with how color affects you and choose your home colors with intention to create the sanctuary you crave.
Too much clutter can affect your emotional state. Researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families discovered a link between clutter and depression. Among their findings were “a link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female home owners and a high density of household objects. The more stuff, the more stress women feel.” Men don’t seem bothered as much by mess which accounts for increased tension between tidy wives and not-so-tidy husbands. Women associate a neat, well-kept home with a happy, successful family. The more clutter that piles up, the more anxiety women feel. Don’t let dishes pile up, pare down items on the flat surfaces in your home, remove the magnets and the clutter on your refrigerator…purge and de-clutter your home until your heart feels content!
Apply one or all of these tips, chip away at the chaos surrounding you, and enjoy your new found oasis!