There is nothing like coming home from a long, stressful day to a place that lifts your spirits and makes you feel at ease. In fact, 73% of people that are happy with their homes are also happy with their life. Now, more than ever, creating a happy home is essential, as many Americans are confined to their living spaces as a part of social distancing. If you’ve been feeling stressed lately, bringing positive energy into your home will transform your space into a safe haven where the rest of the world melts away. Check out these tips for how to bring positivity into your home!
Choose A Scent
Smells have been known to trigger memories and emotions more than any other scent, which is why choosing a scent that brings feelings of joy and happiness for your home is so important. Whether you are using a favorite scent from your past or choosing a new one altogether, there are plenty of ways to use scent in your home:
- Decorate your living room space with scented candles. Popular scents such as vanilla and light floral are known to boost moods.
- Scented plug-ins are a great way to bring your favorite scent into the bedroom.
- Use scented soaps and bath bombs in your bathroom so you can soak in the tub.
- Buy aromatherapy kitchen soap to make washing dishes a relaxing and joyful experience.
Take it from Marie Kondo: the art of tidying up really works! Messy clutter can cause feelings of stress and anxiety, so it’s important to clean up your space and establish a “home” for every item in your home. Studies have shown that it’s easier to fall asleep and get a full night’s rest in a clean room.
Here are some tips for getting organized:
- Get into a routine of putting everything away before you leave in the morning. This lets you return home to a clean and organized home.
- Donate clutter. There are tons of tricks for getting rid of barely-used items, such as donating any clothing item you haven’t worn in 6 months. Find a system that works for you and embrace the minimalist mindset when it comes to things.
- Place clutter that you can’t get rid of, such as Christmas decorations or keepsakes, in large storage bins out of public view.
Utilize Natural Light
Take advantage of windows and other sources of natural light in your home. This will help you get the recommended 10 to 30 minutes of sunlight a day to help prevent Vitamin D deficiency. Other benefits from sunlight include boosting your energy, helping you sleep at night, and circadian rhythm regulation.
So what are some of the best ways to utilize natural light in your home?
- Place large mirrors in rooms where light is scarce to help reflect more light into the space.
- Use curtains or blinds on the window for when privacy is needed, but open them up when you are spending the day at home to let the light shine in.
- Install daylight-tinted bulbs in spaces such as a home office or garage to help boost your productivity.
Set-Up Social Spaces
Making your home feel welcoming and inviting to visitors is another great way to spread positive energy. After all, it’s the relationships in our lives, not the things, that bring us the most joy.
Invest in social spaces in and around your home. Not every room has to be set up for visitors, but choosing one or two spaces and optimizing them for entertaining will help make your guests feel at ease.
Here are some ideas for social spaces:
- Set up a grill in your backyard to encourage backyard barbecues.
- Invest in a large table so all of your guests can dine together.
- Consider getting a pet.
- Set up furniture so that guests face each other.
Use Organic Shapes
Avoid sharp lines when decorating your home and instead embrace curved shapes. Humans are naturally weary of sharp lines and patterns, likely due to its association with a stress response to associate sharp things with danger.
Foster feelings of safety and security in your home by instead of embracing curved furniture and patterns.
Here are some ideas for utilizing organic shapes:
- Display a curved headboard rather than a square one in your bedroom.
- Use circular pillows on your couch.
- Hang round objects such as frames and mirrors throughout your space.
- Try ditching a traditional square area rug in favor of a circular one.
Making your house feel more like home will make you happier and more at ease. There are so many benefits to investing in your space and using design tricks to inspire these feelings of joy. For more ideas on how to bring positivity into your home, check out our visual below from The Zebra!