Sometimes, the outside world is overwhelming, and our only respite is at home. But what if our house is equally as chaotic? Can we be helped? We asked our Instagram followers to share how they create a more peaceful home, and they delivered. If you’re seeking a more calm, centered place to unwind, these suggestions might inspire you enough to change your environment for the better.
Steps to a Peaceful Home
The following steps should cost you next to nothing, and you may even be able to make some money in the process. Take these actions at your own pace, so you don’t get overwhelmed. It might help to progress through these steps over a few months, or you might be so motivated and energized that you can complete this process in a weekend.
If you need an effective and easy way to get rid of excess belongings, try out the four-box decluttering technique. Once you’ve gone through a significant purging, considering keeping one “declutter” container on a first-floor closet where you can quickly add things that no longer suit you. Check the box once a week, and once it’s full, donate or sell the items inside.
Your goal in organizing your home should be to keep all the main surfaces clear. To do this successfully, everything needs a spot. Evaluate items that commonly get left on countertops, tables, and even the floor. Also, figure out areas of your home that regularly stress you out. Do your kids toys on the entryway floor freak you out daily? Find solutions for these clutter magnets like a camfaluged toy box, mail sorter, laundry hamper, or a tray for spices.
Once your space is sufficiently clutter-free and organized, it’s time to re-decorate. Be intentional with your decor choices and placing.
Consider the following:
- Paint rooms with calming paint colors.
- Designate some areas for creative spaces.
- Add a meditation corner with floor pillows.
- Dampen noise with textiles like rugs and drapes.
- Create outdoor spaces that feel like a sanctuary.
- Shop Etsy collections that are cozy-inspired.
The final logistical step to a peaceful home is to clean. Deep clean your home at the end of this process and then come up with a cleaning schedule so that your home feels fresh consistently. If you have a hard time maintaining a clean space, try to start with simple, attainable habits. For example, you could make your bed every morning or vacuum every Monday and Friday.
The next two sections include a compilation of activities and items that can help you find peace at home.
- Find time to be alone, even if it’s only for ten minutes.
- Play with a pet and act silly with them.
- Try out some breathing exercises.
- Read a book that interests you.
- Hang out with loved ones.
- Turn off electronics and appliances.
- Open the windows and air out the house.
- Rearrange your furniture according to feng shui principles.
- Open the blinds in the morning and shut them at dusk.
- Practice mindfulness by getting lost in a new hobby or activity.
- Warm dimmable lighting
- Accent lighting
- Comfortable chairs and cushions
- Fresh flowers
- Inspiring artwork
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These ideas are merely starting points. Pay attention to how each suggestion makes you feel because what makes one feel calm is not universal. It could be that having minimal decor and muted walls makes you feel uneasy, so tune in to what type of home works best for you. Hopefully, you’ll end up with a more peaceful home after some trial and error.