Your home is your sanctuary. It’s the place where you may find yourself working more often, and the place where you also need to relax and unwind. The pandemic has given rise to the need for people to upgrade and renovate their homes to adapt to the changes in their lifestyles. There are many ways to add purpose and value to your home while also increasing its curb appeal. We present some easy ways to update your home and create a haven for both work and relaxation.
Clear the Clutter
It’s often said that a clean environment promotes a clear headspace, so get rid of all the clutter. If you find this challenging, take it one step at a time by removing, or organizing, a few items each day. Get rid of the things you haven’t used in months, and use containers to store the things you need, so you know exactly where to find them.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
Working from home makes it more challenging to maintain the fine boundary between personal and work life. Instead of answering your emails from your bedroom, allocate a space in your house as an office where you can do your professional work. By creating a distinct area where all your work items are organized, you can avoid distractions and increase your efficiency and productivity.
Also make sure that your home’s electrical system is well-maintained and capable of running any home office equipment you have. If you’re uncomfortable with electrical work, contact a professional. You’ll be able to relax knowing that your home’s electrical system is safe and functioning properly.
Create a Calming Environment
Scents have a powerful way of calming the mind, which is why aromatherapy is so popular. Calming aromas stimulate your olfactory senses, sending messages to your brain to relax. Place some scented candles, incense sticks, or reed diffusers around your home to help you get through the day, or pick fresh flowers for a more natural scent. Fragrances such as rose and lavender promote good sleep, while peppermint, sage, and rosemary can help energize you.
The sounds in your home can also greatly affect your mood. Even if you don’t have a stereo system, use your monitor from Monitors with Built in Speakers to set the tone for your day. You can play upbeat music in the morning to get your energy flowing along with your morning coffee, and play some relaxing acoustic music in the evening when you’re trying to relax before bed. Take advantage of all your senses to create a calming space when you need it.
Add the Outdoors
Houseplants have psychological and physical benefits that can increase your health and happiness. They improve the air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity, and producing oxygen. For your office space, choose indoor potted plants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. Smaller plants can add life to your windowsill or mantle, or fill a bowl with water to hold water plants.
Create a Wellness Space
It’s easier to motivate yourself and get into a certain headspace for an activity when you’ve set up a dedicated space for it. If you want to get into the habit of meditating every day, corner off an area of your room to lay some cushions, and add some scents for a relaxing atmosphere. Likewise, to motivate yourself to exercise, create a home gym with some weights and mats. Alternatively, you can create a space to get away from it all, so you can relax and unwind.
Make It Yours
Ultimately, you reap the benefits of spending a little time and effort upgrading your home. Let it reflect your personality and be a space where you truly feel comfortable. Invest in a great monitor that will help you get your work done and play music to set the tone for your day.