Finding peace and creating a happy home is one of the most important things in life. Our house is where we most spend most of our quality time, and it deserves to be peaceful in every aspect. Here is a list of things you can do to achieve that goal and have the best home you can.
De-clutter your home
Our homes can easily get cluttered up with useless things if we just accept everything in, and that can only bring more stress. At least once a year you should take the time to look at what you have, the objects you own, and decide if it should stay or not. The method most used is: if you haven’t used it in the past year, get rid of it. It applies to almost everything, including clothing, objects, utilities and etc. There are various ways you can start de-cluttering your house. You can choose to spend 5 minutes every day on this task, fill a trash bag or a goodwill bag every week or throw away one item a day. Choose what works best for you!
Have a Place for Everything
Every object you own should have its own place to be, to avoid having things laying around the house making the place less organized. Have a place near the front door you can leave your dirty shoes, have a small bowl to leave your keys, have a proper place for kitchen utilities, magazines, purses and backpacks, random cables, cds, small objects, everything. Creating the habit of putting everything back to its rightful place after using will save you time when you try to find it again and will avoid stress.
Take a Few Minutes to Organize
Before leaving the room, clean up the mess. Make your bed after getting up, set aside the dirty clothes after taking a shower, do the morning dishes before leaving to work. Take a few minutes, it can be only 3 or 5 minutes, to organize the room before you depart it. This way, the next time you enter the room, it will be clean and organized and ready to use, instead of being messy when you’re already too tired from work to clean it.
Use Colors in Your Favor
It’s no secret that colors have the power to affect your mood, and you should take that into your advantage. In the kitchen you can use more warm colors like red, that accentuates hunger and contributes to family socializing. On the bedroom, it’s better to choose calming colors like blue or turquoise. On the home office, it’s better to use more neutral colors with only a few colored focal points. Beware of overusing colors so it doesn’t overwhelm you: mixing bright ones with neutral colors like white, gray and black is always the best choice.
Display Happy Moments
Displaying different memories around the house is an easy way to lift the spirit and make it a happier place. Photos, paintings, children’s drawings, concert tickets… Display whatever brings you happiness. When you’re angry or feeling sad, seeing these displayed memories can bring you a calming feeling, and make you remember of good moments and forget the bad things.
Break Bread Together
Having more frequent family gatherings is a great way to unite yourselves and have a peaceful home. Have breakfast together whenever you can, dinners and Sunday lunches. Choose the time to share good news, how was each other’s day and leave the complaints and bad things to another time.
Build and Honor Good Habits
Having rituals and habits can only bring benefits to the house, especially when raising kids. Create some that your family can easily follow, nothing too rigid that would bring stress. You can start with some lighter ones like weekly pizza nights, take the kids for ice cream every saturday, watch a movie together every sunday night. Simple rituals like these can make your family’s bonds stronger and create a happier and peaceful environment for your house.
These were some simple steps on building a more peaceful home you can easily adopt, with just some effort and encouraging. Having a serene and happy home and family is the base of our lives, so don’t settle for less: make it happen and create the environment you want to live in.
Article written by Isadora Guidoni, also a writer for homeyou.com, a company that connects homeowners to reliable, affordable and professional contractors for their home improvement projects. Check more on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.