When we come back to our homes after a long day at work, most of us just want to relax. Many people now work in very busy, high-pressure environments which can leave them feeling tired and drained. Coming back home should be a relief after a hard day – but if your home doesn’t provide you with the right environment, it could actually make you feel worse. We need downtime in our lives to be able to properly function, but if even your house is making you stressed, what’s a girl to do?! It’s not uncommon to find it hard to relax when your house is messy or unclean. In fact, this is a common trait amongst many people. Many of us need to clean our homes before we can start a specific task, just to make sure we’ve got it out of the way. But there are actually other aspects of your home that can affect how easily you are able to relax. If you’re in serious need of some R&R, here’s how you can make every room in your house into a relaxation haven.
When we need a place to retreat to, most of us immediately think of our bedrooms. It’s where we lay our heads for the night, so with that in mind, it should be the ultimate centre of relaxation…right? Wrong! Many of us are suffering from an inability to chill out and get a good night’s rest in our bedrooms. We all know the consequences of not getting our recommended 40 winks, so putting some time into redesigning your bedroom with you in mind can make a huge difference to your life. Start with the colour scheme. There’s no real recommendation for what colour you should paint your bedroom – it all depends on personal taste. However, the general consensus is that you should stay away from colours which are overly garish, as these will only stimulate your mind. A cluttered bedroom also hinders your ability to be able to relax, so invest in some clever storage options such as under-bed storage. One of the key aspects of being able to truly relax in your bedroom is knowing you are in total privacy. If you’re in a close-knit apartment block, or if you are overlooked by a neighbouring house, you need to block out the windows on an evening. For a personal touch, consider getting some made to measure curtains to add both style and practicality to your room.
The kitchen is normally the social hub of our homes. It tends to be where people gather at parties, and there’s nothing better than holding a dinner party with good friends. But for all these raucous events, the kitchen can also be a place to find your inner zen. A lot of people find cooking exceptionally therapeutic. If you can spend your evening cooking some healthy food and find it a mindful activity too, you’re already on your way to a relaxing night. But often, your kitchen can throw up issues that turn cooking from a chilled-out activity to a very stressful one. A lack of storage, excess mess and inability to find what you need all contributes to this. Of course, the kitchen is probably the hardest room in the house to keep clean. But if you’re planning a night of cooking, make sure you have plenty of anti-bac wipes and kitchen roll on hand to sort out any spillages. Making sure your kitchen is organised will also help you hugely. You can buy plenty of kitchen storage options such as tins and mason jars so that everything you need has its own place. If you’re redesigning your entire kitchen, you can get counters that have secret storage underneath them and even extra pull-out worktops. Pop a digital radio on one of your shelves and you’re ready for a calming evening of good food!
Who said you should have to wait until a special occasion to treat yourself to a spa? You should be able to create the spa experience every day in the comfort of your own home. One of the most important aspects of a relaxing bathroom is appropriate lighting. Due to the dangers of electrics and water, most bathrooms just have one major light fitting in the middle of the ceiling. Whilst this is vital for safety, it can also mean that you have a choice of just two light settings: off and on! If you find that you need a lower light to relax in (most of us do) see if you can invest in a ceiling light that has a dimmer option. Lower light signals to our brain that it is time to start getting sleepy, which gives us that calming, cosy feeling. If your electrics don’t allow you to install a different type of light, go old-school and adorn your bathroom with lots of candles. Buying a drawer organiser can also help you keep track of all your bathroom products, so you always have what you need right at hand. There’s nothing quite like sinking into a hot bubble bath after a long day, so don’t hesitate to make your own at-home spa today.