Our living space is our own sanctuary, a place where we can escape our troubles temporarily and leave behind any drama in our personal or professional life, or both. Therefore, it is important that the space gives us a sense of peace instead of making us feel restless. Here are 5 simple tips to make your living quarters a better space to be in to bring you peace and relaxation:
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Having many thoughts in our minds can be overwhelming, so similarly, having too much stuff in our living space can give us the feeling that we are all over the place and our life is in a mess. This is similar to the minimalism movement where “less is more”. To make your house or room a more welcoming space, clear out the stuff that you wouldn’t need. While parting with our possessions can sometimes be difficult, the results can be liberating. However, decluttering may be difficult for children, since they see all toys as precious. In such cases, organising toys properly would be a more sensible choice than discarding them.
2. Use an essential oils diffuser
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Do you know that our olfactory can have a large influence over our moods? Catching a whiff of perfume can make us feel pleasant, while smelling a durian can cause some people to cringe. Based on this, it can be very calming for both adults and children to be in a pleasant-smelling living space, especially when the day had been stressful. Investing in an essential oils diffuser can make a huge difference at home, since it can vapourise essential oils into small droplets for inhalation. Furthermore, it has been known that inhaling essential oils can offer other benefits such as lifting out moods or increase focus.
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It can be frustrating when our things are all over the place. Looking for things becomes a chore, and there is no sense of aesthetics in the mess. Take time to organise your things so that the space become neater. In fact, decluttering can also make the task of organising much easier.
4. Wipe down surfaces after use
Besides being organised, having a clean space is just as important. It prevents dust from accumulating on surfaces and puffing up in the air, which can spell trouble for those with allergies. Whenever you get the chance, wipe down the surfaces with a microfiber cloth with a simple soap solution, which can either be store-bought, or better yet, something DIY (a simple solution of water, vinegar and essential oils). Making this a habit can also mean an easier time when doing your weekly proper cleaning of the house.
5. Put plants indoors
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Having a green addition inside the house can be a breath of fresh air, literally. However, choosing the right plants are also important as well. Get plants that help to purify the air and improve the air quality. Over time, this can mean better health since you are breathing less of air pollutants and dust. If you are concerned about the carbon dioxide that the plants give out at night, you don’t have to worry because the small amount of carbon dioxide would not alter the composition of the air significantly. If you think you are someone who can’t take care of a living being well, feel free to use fake plants to add to the pleasant aesthetics of your place, but take note that they do not provide the same benefits of real plants.
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Having a house that is peaceful and relaxing for you and your family doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. The key thing is to be consistent in organising, cleaning and be aware of your surroundings. Take some time during the weekend to make a conscious effort to put everything back in place and to reset your space to its former glory. It does not take too much time or effort, but it will definitely make a world of a difference.