If you’ve got a busy and bustling work and family life to contend with, no doubt there are times when you’ve felt worn down and stressed out.
As April is Stress Awareness Month, now seems like a good time to look at what you can do to make your home a less stressful and generally more pleasant place to be. After all, a more spacious and relaxing home environment can do a lot to help you rejuvenate and recharge yourself after a tough day.
Here are our top five tips for de-stressing your home environment.
- Think about whether you have the space you need. If you’ve been living in the same place for a few years, you’ll have noticed how easily the home can become cluttered – particularly for those with young families. If there’s a fundamental lack of space in your home, then you should consider addressing it. A loft conversion or extension can provide valuable additional space, thereby giving you more room to unwind.
- De-cluttering is key. Of course, it’s easy to let those little chores around the home slide – procrastination is particularly tempting when all you want to do is recharge your batteries. Nevertheless, it is important not to put this sort of thing off. If you’ve got items scattered around your home that aren’t serving any particular purpose, it is worth thinking about either getting rid of them or at least storing them out of the way until you need them again.
- Décor is also important. The decoration of your home can have a major effect on its overall vibe, and this in turn can have an effect on your mood. If you’re looking to create a relaxing and mellow atmosphere, it’s best to stick with muted, natural tones. Greens, blues, whites and greys are well suited to the purpose. You should also give plenty of thought to flooring. Soft rugs on hardwood floors are great for creating a relaxing vibe.
- Consider lighting. A dark and gloomy room is hardly likely to set you at ease after a challenging day at work. This is why it’s so important to harness natural sunlight where you can. If you’re having a loft conversion carried out, you should give careful consideration to the placement of skylights. Not only will this bring natural light into the converted loft space, but it’ll also provide some impressive views looking up towards the sky. A Juliet balcony could also help to make the space lighter and airier.
- Create a dedicated space for quiet relaxation. Sometimes it’s hard to get away from the demands of work and family, and make some much-needed time for yourself. If you’ve got a spare room, it’s a good idea to set it aside as a dedicated space for relaxing in. A converted loft can serve this purpose particularly well, providing a spacious sanctuary where you can read, listen to music or just chill out for a spell.
These are just some of the measures you can take to render your home more relaxing, more welcoming and, well, more homely. We all deserve some respite from the hustle and bustle – and, by taking a few simple steps such as those listed above, you can ensure that your home provides it.