Our homes have gone far beyond simply being spaces to shelter us from the elements and lay our head at night. They’re areas where we can have fun with friends, create memories with our family, be entertained, and — increasingly importantly — recover the energy we lose during the simple process of living life. We don’t always realise it, but it can be pretty hectic out there in the real world, and if we don’t have ways of building up our energy again, we’ll soon find that it all becomes a little too much! So let’s make sure your home has the full dose of peace and tranquillity you need to be at your best. Below, we take a look at a number of easy to enact ways you can give your property a calmness boost.
Set the Tone
Start as you mean to go on, that’s what they say. When it comes to your home and tranquillity, that means creating an entryway that reflects a calm tone and atmosphere. If you walk through the front door and everything’s a cluttered mess, then you’ll find it difficult to enter that zen state of mind. It’s much better to have a clear, bright, open hallway entranceway, one that transmits a feeling of calmness. Essentially all you need to do is avoid overloading the space with goods, get the lighting right, and keep it clean. Nothing complicated!
Essentials in their Right Place
Sometimes, it’s not necessarily the home that makes us stressed. It’s when we have to leave the house, but can’t because of dumb reasons, such as not being able to find our keys or wallet or whatever else. How many times have you had a stressful start to the morning due to issues like this? There’s a simple way to get around it — keep those essentials in one spot. You’ll find your mornings are much more relaxing if you know exactly where they are.
Clean and Organised
Don’t discount the little things — it’s the little things that makeup life. In the home, our happiness and tranquillity usually rests on the small matters. If things seem to be as they should be, we’re good; if they’re not, then we’re not. Cleanliness is one such issue like this. It’s worthwhile going beyond the surface, weekly clean that most of us take as acceptable. It’s acceptable, but it’s not going to add to your home’s tranquillity — it just prevents it from becoming a mess. Instead, look at going deeper, and giving the home a thorough clean. The difference between a clean and a spotless house might seem subtle, but it’s one that’s going to work in your favour.
Clear Home, Clear Mind
Before our mind makes the world, the world makes our mind. We reflect what we receive. If your home is full of clutter, or is otherwise chaotic, then you’ll find it difficult to fall into a state of contentment. Your mind will need to overcome too much stimulation. It’s much easier to unwind when we’re in calm surroundings. No matter what state your home is currently in, it’s possible to achieve this — but you’ll have to get rid of a few things too. If you’ve lived in your home for more than a couple of years, you’ll likely have way too many items cluttering up the space. And be honest, how many of them do you actually need? It’s much better to schedule a bin hire, collect the items that you need longer want or need, and have a clearout. Once you’re finished, and your living space is much more spacious, you’ll find that’s much easier to fall into that relaxed state of mind. Only an advanced Zen Buddhist can feel at peace when they’re surrounded by chaos!
But of course, it’s not like you’ll be able to throw away all of your goods. Some will be useful, some will be sentimental, some will just look cool. It’s fair! But it’s not like all of these items need to be on display, or jammed into a draw (which can be even worse). If you haven’t already, look at integrating smart storage solutions into your home. Storage has become a lot more advanced in recent years. Make the most of those innovative designs, and have everything handily nearby but also out of sight.
If you’ve got children, then you may long ago have given up on ever having a calm and peaceful home. Even if the kids themselves are well-behaved and generally easy going, the trail of destruction they leave behind once they’ve had their hour or intense play can be somewhat overwhelming to your home. So what are you going to do, not let your children play? Of course not. But you can localise their playtime to one room. They’ll be able to make as much mess as they like, yet it’ll only affect one area of the home. And if you can conveniently locate that room far away from where you like to unwind, you can relax even when they’re going mental. Win-win!
Feed the Senses
What makes us feel calm and relaxed? There are the obvious ones, such as, say, candlelight or a roaring log fire. But then there are the less obvious ones, the things that lay just beneath the surface. They can have a significant impact on how relaxed we feel — we may not even be aware of them until someone points them out. Our senses fall into this category. If our home has a pleasant smell, or an attractive lighting system, then our bodies will find it easier to be at ease. It’s always important to remember that, while we may forget it from time to time, we’re just animals, and we’re going to react in different ways to different stimuli. Make sure what you’re reacting to in your home are things that make you feel good.
There’s no denying that technology has had a positive influence on the world, but it hasn’t all been good. It can help us do things more quickly, learn best practices, and so on, but is it good for a calm state of mind? Not necessarily. Technology is used to make us more efficient, not to make us relaxed. It’s hard to feel truly at ease when there are beeping noises going off every few minutes, or when our eyes are scanning the bright lights and entertainment found online. As such, why not look at creating a tech-free room in your home? When you’re in that space, you’ll have to do other things, such as read a book or just let your mind wander. Though it might not sound that exciting, it could be just what you need after a long day of work.
In the Garden
There’s nothing better than waking up, opening the window, and smelling that soft, sweet spring air. It’s as good as life! And it gets even better when we know we have a space where we can enjoy it all day long. By transforming your garden into a space where you can sit and unwind, you’ll be adding another layer to the magic of your home. You don’t have to do anything dramatic (though the sky’s the limit!) — a simple patio, outdoor furniture, and a few plants will be all you need to get started when it comes to enjoying the outdoors on your own property.
The Power of Music
We should never underestimate the power of music. Everything can feel terrible, and then, bam, one song is played, and we’re transported to a better state of mind. It contributes to the mood like nothing else! As such, it’s worthwhile looking into setting up a sound system in your home, one that’ll allow you to effortlessly play music in the most important rooms of your home, such as your living room, kitchen, and maybe even bathroom, if the idea of taking a bath while listening to relaxing music sounds good.
Humans belong in the great outdoors, not inside all the time. Yet, it’s inside where we find ourselves all the time, be it at home or in the office. While our busy lives make it difficult to visit nature as much as we’d like, we can always get our fill — and make our homes more peaceful spaces — by bringing nature into our homes. And it couldn’t be more simple: just add houseplants! Studies have shown that just being around plants is enough to elevate our mood and make us feel more relaxed. Plus, not for nothing, they also improve the look of our home.
You can’t rely on the outside world to put you into a calm state of mind. It’s too fast, too chaotic, too everything out there for that. As such, our homes need to step up, and become places where we can refresh our energy, quieten our mind, and go deeper. By taking the advice outlined above, you’ll be on your way to having a space that delivers the tranquillity that we all need.