This month JAM Organizing presents another informative post from a guest blogger. Enjoy!
One of the greatest side effects of the modern, fast paced lifestyle is stress. With rushed mornings, long work days, and late evenings, many of us feel like we spend our lives in a state of chaos trying to keep up with our to-do list. But did you know there are specific ways we can foster a calming environment that will help us relax? By integrating soothing elements into your surroundings at home, you can transform the way you begin and end each day and create a space that promotes peace and serenity.
1. Eliminate Clutter
One of the biggest threats to a calm state of mind is living in an environment that is full of clutter. Not only does a disorganized home cost us time spent looking for missing belongings, it drains us of energy and may even cost us money. In addition, living in a space that is visually disorganized takes a toll on our mental state and triggers stress and anxiety. To create a calming space, it’s essential to declutter and organize. Begin by sorting through your belongings and eliminating the things you no longer need. Introduce storage solutions for the items you plan to keep. Keep your belongings organized by putting smaller items in bins and baskets on shelves and inside cabinets or drawers. If you’re having trouble getting started, let us help you.
2. Use Music to Reflect Your Mood
Did you know that music has the ability to affect our entire mood? To create a space that promotes serenity, choose to play calming music that you enjoy while you are home. Create playlists to suit your different moods. In the morning, listen to music that energizes you. In the evening, choose tunes that will help you wind down. White noise machines are great options when struggling with sleep or reading a book. Not only is it beneficial to play music while at home alone, it also can boost conversation and encourage a state of comfort with your guests.
3. Choose Calming Colors
One of the key ways to create a calming environment is to choose the proper color scheme. Color has the ability to influence our mood so be sure to keep this in mind when determining the hues, you’d like in your home. Residential painters recommend yellows to energize, reds to encourage appetite, and bold blues to encourage productivity. To create a peaceful space at home, opt for light blues and greens as these colors are known to be relaxing and restful. If you prefer decorating with neutral colors, paint the walls with a warm neutral like beige or cream and introduce oceanic hues with furniture, pillows, rugs, and wall hangings.
4. Create Zones
One thing that all functional spaces have in common is that they are made up of designated zones for different tasks. When working to establish a calming environment in the home, first determine the purpose of each room. By knowing exactly how the space in your home will be utilized, you’ll be able to decorate more effectively and stay organized. Not only will this help with space planning, it will also make you more productive and focused. One essential zone in a calming home is an area for activities that release stress like meditation or yoga. Create a clear zone for these stress-relieving activities and your home is sure to feel more relaxing.
5. Introduce Texture
The most effective spaces are those that satisfy all of the senses. Along with being visually appealing, calming environments also appeal to our sense of touch. To do this, incorporate pillows in a variety of textures, opt for a high pile rug, choose wood furniture with grain, and select artwork that can be touched like macramé or fabric wall hangings. If you have a creative spirit, browse Pinterest for some DIY crafts that can help increase the senses of your space.
If life outside the home is stressful, use these tips to give your home a calming makeover. Not only will following this advice make your living space a more relaxing place to be, it will help you begin and end each day with a feeling of peace and serenity.
Thanks again to Haley Kieser of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for this month's post!
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