A home should be where you can return to, hang up your hat, and let out all the stress accumulated through the day. For most of us however, when we come home, we feel worse than we did ever before. This issue was thought about by Swiss theorist and physiatrist , Carl Jung, back in the 19th century. He proposed that the home is of great symbolic and psychological importance. They serve as a direct reflection of ourselves. For example, someone whose home is neat, clean, and organized reflects from a person that is at peace; while someone whose home is in disrepair and unorganized reflects someone of a similar disposition.
If the latter sounds like the home you are living in, following the steps below, you can also live in a home that will increase your joy as opposed to taking away from it.
Tackle the Honey Do list
Go around your home and take note of everything that's broken, or old. Mauve its the fence posts you haven't replaced, or old and outdated light fixtures you wish were gone. Broken and old this hanging around a home will hang around your mind and keep you from focusing on yourself and being relaxed. The easiest way to deal with these issues is to call a contractor and have them fix everything that does not serve you around your home. The price you pay will be much smaller than the price you will pay from keeping your honey-do list open indefinitely.
Get rid of the excess
Clutter is bound to happen, but that does not mean it has to stay. Famous organizer Mari Kondo has devised one of the best regimes to declutter your home for the final time. “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too,” Kondo writes. “As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.” Her methods are simple and focus greatly on what in your home brings you joy. Following her regime can have your home clutter free, and your mind at ease.
Be mindful of color
While some people decide that they would like to use color theory to design their home's color scheme, the truth is that research around color evokes certain emotions is something we are taught as opposed to being a real science. The best way to design the color scheme of your home is in terms of what you find invigorating and what you find calming. For some people, yellow is a highly invigorating color making it a prime color for spaces like living rooms and kitchens. On the other side of the coin, some people may find blue to be very calming, making it perfect to design your bedrooms and den. The great thing about color is that no one can tell you what you feel is wrong, but you must be sure that what you feel is true. Once you have these colors picked out, decorating your home with intention will be very easy and at the end you will have the comfort you deserve.
Rearrange your furniture
Seating in your home can set you up for success, or ruin the entire flow of a space. Seating should be easy to get to, facing the main focal point, and most importantly comfortable! When you walk into your living room all seating areas should be facing each other, as well as the main focal point i.e television, painting, window. Seating that is disconnected from the line of sight of others or the focal point, will create a room without flow. This can add to the overall feeling of clutter even in the most organized of homes. Along with thoughtful seating in common areas, comfortable seating is just as important. A hard couch or a chair without support will make you and your family uncomfortable and will not be conducive to a relaxing stress-free environment.
Lighting greatly affects us mentally while we try to relax in our homes. Brighter and natural lights will invigorate but can also lead to excess stress if used in excess. Dim lights will relax you, but can lead to lowered productivity. It is recommended by experts and doctors that you utilize the most of your natural lighting as possible, as bright artificial lighting can lead to headaches and migraines in some people. To make the most of your daylight in common areas, hang up mirrors to reflect the light and bright up your room more efficiently. Also consider changing your fixtures to have a dimming feature so you can optimize your lighting at all times of the day!
Bring the outside in
Bringing the outdoors inside, by way of the house plant, can do wonders to keep a mind at peace. A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that active interaction with indoor plants—i.e. touching them, transplanting them, smelling them—can actually decrease our blood pressure and sympathetic nervous system activity, in term making us feel calmer and more relaxed. When choosing an appropriate plant for a room you must consider the daylight requirements, humidity requirements, and how often you will need to water them. Plants like the Snake Plant can thrive in low to no lighting conditions and require very little care. This makes them the perfect pick for someone to try out having plants for the first time. You should also consider the placement of your plant in relation to any pets you may have. Plants can be very poisonous to our little furry friends, and if they got into them it may not be a very stress-free situation.
In all there are many things you can do to create a more inviting and stress free home for you to enjoy. When all these steps are followed, even the most stressed out person will be able to enter their home and sigh in relief. To start your home transition with knocking out your home projects, give us a call here at Wood Construction and Remodeling at (855) 548-9663.