How To Bring Peaceful Energy To Your Home
By Emma Williams
If your work and everyday obligations leave you overwhelmed and exhausted, it is time to look for ways how you can bring some peace and tranquillity into your life. While practising mindfulness and trying out a new diet and exercise routine can be of great help, perhaps you need some bigger changes in your lifestyle.
For example, the way your home is organized and decorated can also play a big role in how you feel. Even though some people claim they thrive in messy environments, an untidy space can only have a detrimental effect on your mind. What you need to do, then, is breathe some new life into your living space and create a home that will truly let you relax and recharge your batteries.
If you are not sure where to start and what to do, listed below are some useful suggestions that can help you bring peaceful energy into your home. Take a look.
Thoroughly declutter your home
A lot of people don’t even notice how stressed out they are due to the clutter that is all around them. We tend to buy décor pieces just for the sake of aesthetics and overstuff our living space with items that we don’t use regularly. These things only make us feel trapped in our own homes and it is no wonder that we cannot relax properly.
The first step towards bringing some peace into your home is understanding which items you don’t need and learning how to let them go. For this, you will need to go through all your possessions and decide whether you see yourself using them in the near future. You can start with your closet and getting rid of the clothes you have not worn in over six months. Either sell them online or donate them to a local charity. If you haven’t put them on in such a long time, you don’t need them. Then, move on to your kitchen and toss out all pots, pans and utensils you don’t need and those that are broken. Do the same with the ingredients and products that have expired without you even noticing because you don’t use them. You can restock your pantry and fridge with healthy items you will use on a regular basis. Of course, you cannot forget about the bathroom as this is where a lot of us go to relax by either taking a long bath or a steamy shower.
Finally, you need to declutter your bedroom and living room. It can be very hard to relax and fall asleep if you are surrounded by various things that are out of place. Keep your bedroom clean and tidy to be able to get the needed eight hours of sleep. The living room is usually the biggest problem that we have to tackle when it comes to decluttering seeing as how it is typically full of mementos, décor pieces and knickknacks we buy without thinking. Everything that has a place in the room should go back there and the rest needs to be disposed of.
You will quickly see how having a house that is decluttered will make you feel much better.
Start turning your home into a tranquil place
Having a clean slate in front of you makes it much easier to work on transforming your home into a tranquil and peaceful space. For example, you can begin by introducing a soothing colour palette. In case your current aesthetic includes a lot of bright and vivid colours, consider something more earthy. Various shades of brown, green, grey and blue can create a real natural feel that is sure to help you relax, so feel free to choose a hue that makes you feel calm and relaxed. Apply it to the walls, furniture pieces and décor, depending on your budget and what you can afford to change.
Then, in addition to a new colour palette, you should also think about using natural materials as a way of connecting to nature even on those days when you don’t have plenty of time to go outside. If possible, install natural flooring options such as recycled hardwood, bamboo or natural stone. If not, you can always go for linoleum or laminate tiles that are now made in such a way that they resemble the look of stone or wood but are a much more affordable alternative. Moreover, seeing as how it is very beneficial for our health, look for a way to maximize the amount of natural light in your home but don’t forget about adding some elegant window awnings in order to prevent heat from entering your home and making it unbearably hot.
On the other hand, if you cannot afford to renovate most of your home so that it is full of natural materials, try going outside and spending as much time as you can really taking in your surroundings. You can even create a little outdoors meditation spot. Besides finding a part of the backyard that is quiet and private, you need to make it comfy and ensure you are also protected from the elements. However, maybe you’d prefer to spend your time outside with friends and family. In that case, create a chill zone where you can lounge and vent about your stressful day at work or discuss your future plans together.
Add soothing touches to reach serenity
After you have dealt with the biggest parts of this undertaking, it is time to focus on the details that will really make your home a peaceful oasis. There are so many things to consider here but what you choose to implement will depend entirely on your preferences.
To boost your comfort and make it easier to relax, place warm blankets on your sofa, get comfy throw pillows, put a soft rug beneath your feet. In addition to natural light, implement some warm lights for evenings and nights. It is also recommended to cut down on your use of technology. Disconnect by putting your phone on silent and keeping the TV out of your bedroom.
Some people feel more relaxed in complete silence while others need background noise to function. However, if you can’t stand silence but feel distracted by white noise and city sounds, you can consider drowning them out with music. Seeing as how music has many health benefits, this can be a win-win situation. When it comes to the type of music, you should play whatever makes you happy. Different types of music work for different needs, so you can have everything from jazz instrumentals to the current chart-toppers playing in the background.
To bring in some peaceful energy into your home, you can also consider turning to scents. Regardless of whether you prefer scented candles, essential oils or burning sage, cleansing the home with scents is a great way to prepare the space as well as your mind and body for the practice of meditation and relaxing which can become a routine thing. Clary sage, lavender, frankincense and sandalwood are just some scents that can help ease your meditation. Plus, even if you are not big on meditation, this habit can still offer stress relief and increase positive energy, which is something we can all use in these trying times.
Something else you can think about adding to your home is a Himalayan salt lamp. They are very easy to find nowadays and they blend in nicely in any home. These chunks of salt are very aesthetically pleasing, which is a big bonus as looking at pretty things can lift our mood. In addition to being used as a low light lamp thanks to its soft and calming glow, its primary function is actually purifying the air by trapping various pollutants. What is more, it also promotes better sleep and eases allergy and asthma symptoms.
Of course, we cannot forget about plants when it comes to creating a soothing environment. Not only does greenery have multiple health benefits but it can also make your living space more beautiful. From flowers in warm colours such as pink, yellow and orange that boost focus and energy to those in cool colours like blue and lavender that help calm us down, the options when it comes to pretty flowers abound. To purify the air, get peace lilies, bamboo palm or English ivy and experience all the perks of having plants in your home. If you don’t have enough time to take care of them, go for low-maintenance varieties or turn to artificial flowers and plants – they might not be able to purify the air but they still have a positive effect on us.
Last but not least, you can put up some inspiring décor around the house. While clutter needs to be avoided, motivational posters and art depicting nature can be very uplifting. Furthermore, photos of your friends and family will have the same effect. Even though décor should be minimal, it’s okay to display the things that make you happy.
When this chaotic world leaves you stressed out, it’s important to have a tranquil oasis where you can escape all the hustle and bustle, at least for a little while. The above-mentioned tips will help you turn your home into that safe space by bringing in the much-needed peaceful energy.
Emma Williams (Twitter) is an Australian writer with a master‘s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. She spends most of her time redecorating and participating in house projects. As a great nature lover, her biggest pleasure is spending time in a small cottage by the river.
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