Stress is a word we’re all too familiar with – many of us are pulled in different directions and deal with various pressures throughout our day. Although we may not be able to remove the stress from our hectic family obligations, work, or other responsibilities, we can certainly take the stress out of our home! Although our homes are supposed to be our sanctuary, the irony is that we’re often too busy (or stressed!) to make those little changes needed to turn it into the Zen-zone we deserve. Here are 5 easy ways to kick those negative vibes to the curb and create an oasis you’ll truly cherish.
Purge & clean
We put this one first because it’s the biggest task on the list, but also the most impactful. Clutter and chaos are big stress-inducing culprits, so tackling them will pay off big-time. Start by bringing an empty box into a room and tossing/recycling/donating items that don’t make you happy or simply don’t get used. Before you know it, you’ll feel a big weight off your shoulders. Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, it’s time to start cleaning, top to bottom. We don’t need to tell you what to do there, except you sure don’t need to shoulder the burden alone. Enlist your family members (even the little ones can help) or call on professional cleaners if time is too limited. Don’t forget that your fridge and pantry can use a ‘detox’ of their own, and you can replenish it with fresh, healthy goodness.
Light the way
Open the curtains and blinds and let in the natural light; it will instantly perk up any mood and help to take a dark mood away. Even throughout our cold, Canadian winters, it’s important to let that daylight in to the home. Consider your interior lighting – is it bright white ceiling lights? You may want to consider using more lamps throughout the home with warm-coloured bulbs to soften the glare and create a cozy feeling. What about paint colours? Are they calming and serene, or harsh and loud? Changing up a paint colour is an inexpensive way which really work wonders on improving the soothing vibes of the room. Finally, tiny sparkle lights in creative, clever spaces can be very chic and fun, and they can add that Zen feeling to any room in the house.
Bring nature indoors
The great outdoors are a natural de-stressor for most of us, and there are several ways to incorporate that positive energy into our homes for lasting effect. Having plants and flowers is always a good idea to clean the air and create calm, and you can always look at accents, fabrics and even artwork that are natural such as wood, cotton, copper and clay. You can also add a table-top water fountain feature to enjoy those soothing sounds.
You’ve purged, you’ve scoured, you’ve got warm soft lighting and natural, soothing effects. There are just a few more details to finish off your de-stressing project and your home will soon be the oasis you want it to be! - Soft blankets, pillows you can actually cuddle up with and plush rugs you can sink your feet into are amazing accents to incite calm.
- Find a proper home for every little nuisance such as bills, chargers and cords, lunch bags, and other clutter culprits that stress us out.
- Keep up with the housework so it doesn’t get overwhelming
– Set a regular schedule that works for you.
If you’re thinking of selling your home and need to get it ready to sell, good news! The steps you took to de-stress it will work like a charm when potential buyers see the calm, cool space you’ve created. We want every one of our clients to love and enjoy their homes, stress-free! If you’re thinking of buying or selling in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Grey County, The Blue Mountains, Meaford & the Georgian Triangle, you’ve picked the perfect location! All you need to do is connect with Clairwood Real Estate at 705-445-7085 and see how stress-free the whole process can be.