What does the word “home” mean to you? We all interpret this word differently and assign various meanings to it. However, the most common interpretation of “home” is a place where you can relax, be yourself, and enjoy your time. And with the task of balancing your work, social, and family life a difficult one, you need a place to feel at ease from time to time. That is why it is so important to improve the qualities that bring happiness into your home. Not only is it a way to get away from it all and unwind but your quality of life will improve, putting you in a better state of mind to tackle all your tasks.
Maybe you have just moved to a new house and think that it is not quite perfect just yet? Or perhaps you simply feel like your home is missing something and your mood is being negatively affected. Whatever your situation, setting up your home to maximise happiness is beneficial for everyone. Here are six ways you can optimise your home for happiness.
- Light Up Your Life
Light is one of the biggest players when it comes to boosting your happiness. There is evidence that light increases your serotonin levels and is useful for protecting against mental and physical disorders. Sunlight induces happiness, improves concentration levels, and alleviates stress.
The effect of light is instantaneous—just think about the difference between a well-lit room and a dark one. Switch heavy, dark curtains for the light, breezy kind and make use of reflective surfaces such as mirrors. This will maximise both the light intake of your home as well as make any room feel so much more airy and larger.
Natural light is your best bet for improving happiness so your windows will play an important role here. If you are able to invest a bit more time and money, opt for installing new window types that allow for plenty of light to enter. If this is not possible, give your windows a good cleaning—you’ll be amazed with the difference this makes!
- Bring The Outdoors Indoors
Nature is another important factor on your mood. Plants are known to reduce stress levels by making you feel more comfortable and relaxed as well as sparking creativity and productivity. You can experience these benefits just by taking a short stroll through the park or forest. However, why not bring some of that greenery into your home? Now you can enjoy the stress-relieving benefits at all times.
You might think that taking care of plants is difficult and will increase your stress levels instead. Luckily, there are many plants that both purify the air in your home and require little to no care, including spider and dracaena plants. This way you can enjoy the benefits of having a plant without having to worry too much about looking after it—some plants do not require a lot of sunlight or water!
- Calming Scents
Another way to reduce stress is to introduce nice scents into your home. While there is little evidence about the actual physiological effects, studies have shown that aromatherapy does improve your mood. The effect it has on your mood depends on the scent so keep this in mind when using scents.
Easy ways to incorporate scents into your home include oil diffusers, candles, soaps and lotions, and natural cleaning supplies. Try using lavender scented essential oils for a calming effect or rosemary to feel refreshed. Better yet, go for the real thing—grow some plants at home for an improved, healthy environment. If your home is smelling nice, your mood will immediately improve!
With so many ways to introduce scents into your home, you can enjoy the numerous benefits in any form you like. Essential oils are easy to use and relatively inexpensive while natural cleaning supplies have multiple benefits: a clean home without any harsh chemicals. Take advantage of these scents and experience increased happiness!
- Colour: The Instant Mood Changer
Similar to light and scents, a can change your mood significantly. The colour you choose can alter the general feel of the room, so much so that the design you choose for your home and coordinating colour palettes plays an important role in setting the mood.
Painting your walls a neutral tone is perfect for your bedroom as it is calming and can prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Vibrant colours work better for rooms that you want to energise—think red or green—while blues can take you down a notch and lower blood pressure. Yellow conveys positive thoughts and certain shades of orange can bring warmth into the room.
Introducing colour is not just restricted to the walls. You can add splashes of colour to your furniture, cushions, curtains, and accessories instead. Coordinate with the other items in the room, as well as the mood you are looking to achieve, to improve the way your house makes you feel. This is a great opportunity to be creative!
- Clear Out Some Things
As some people say, a cluttered home reflects a cluttered mind. If your stress tends to follow you home and you feel overwhelmed at the end of the day, this could be a result of having too much clutter lying around your house. Studies show that having a lot of stuff in your home diminishes your ability to focus and process information, as multiple stimuli compete for your attention.
Your mess causes stress so take the time and effort to get rid of the clutter. Instead of getting all of this done in one go, try breaking it up by working through a small area or room a day. You can build up momentum this way rather than overworking yourself in one day.
Not only will you have the mental health benefits, there are other reasons to declutter. It results in a cleaner home—think of all the dust that gathers on the item piles—and frees up time and money. You will have less to clean, and you can sell the items you don’t need for extra money. Finally, if you are relocating to a new home, decluttering is an important step in the moving progress as it is a great opportunity to reduce your moving costs.
- Designated “Happiness” Areas
Part of maintaining happiness is reserving time for activities that you love. These can include hobbies such as cooking, gardening, and photography. Regular physical exercise is important in leading a healthy, happy life as well. Also, simple things such as spending time with your friends and family are vital.
To encourage and facilitate these activities, designate specific areas in your home. For example, if you love to cook, make sure your kitchen is set up in a way that is conducive to cooking. A well-equipped, organised kitchen will make it easier to use and in turn boost your happiness. Set up a small alcove or room as your improvised home theatre if you have regular family movie nights. Perhaps you can allocate some room as your personal yoga space. If you are an avid crafts fan, consider using a room as your dedicated crafts space.
Having these specific areas for things that make you happy make it much easier to actually do those activities. For example, having to move around furniture to make space every time you want to work out or have a game night with your family can actually demotivate you. A house that is properly set up helps facilitates your hobbies and pastimes.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post