Now more than ever, we all need a relaxing home. We’re 6 weeks in here in California and everyone needs a few tips to relax as stress builds. Sheltering in place has caused so many of us to slow down and remain within our home environments day in and day out. We’re all striving to find new patterns of normalcy, but that doesn’t come without some difficulties.
Virtually overnight, our homes have become a catch-all space to live, work, eat, and play, and the all-encompassing nature can make peaceful moments feel few and far between. While these moments are understandably overwhelming, I’m excited to highlight some intentional ways to add tranquility to your space in the meantime.
In light of the stay at home orders, I’m sharing my tips for a relaxing home to shelter in place — so you can keep your cool while cabin fever kicks in.
TIPS FOR A RELAXING HOME TO SHELTER IN PLACE
FOR MAIN LIVING SPACES
Call it spring cleaning, quarantine cleaning, or whatever you’d like, but the first way to eliminate stress from your environment is to declutter. This means setting aside a day (or several) to work through your main living areas and thoughtfully curate the items taking up space within your home.
When it comes to styling, I encourage you to take everything off your coffee table, console table, and shelves and start over fresh. Keep only what you really love, and create a “donate pile” for the rest. Another styling tip for a more tranquil environment is to try color blocking your books. It’s much more visually soothing to the eye and can have a transformative effect in your space. I’m also loving the trend of turning books with their pages out, spines in, for a clean and cohesive vibe. Similarly, try eliminating busy patterns throughout your house to help the overall styling read cleaner and put an anxious mind at ease.
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I’ve previously covered the importance of designing your master bedroom, but sheltering in place sometimes requires a more simplistic approach. During this often stressful time, I think the little things can go an incredibly long way to maintaining a tranquil environment. Take time to regularly clean and press your bed linens, and if you’re in the mood for some online shopping, try sourcing a luxurious throw blanket or a new lumbar pillow to freshen up your bedding look.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to reorganize bedroom nightstands from the inside out. Try adding a few new elements to your nightstands like a carafe of water, a beautiful candle, a framed photo, a tray for hand creams and lip balms, or my personal favorite, a Vitruvi diffuser.
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FOR OFFICE SPACES
For many of us, workspaces have temporarily transitioned into our homes, causing us to rethink how our surroundings impact productivity. I find it’s nearly impossible to work well in a cluttered or stressful environment, so I recommend taking every step to add some order to the chaos.
Whether you’re working from a designated home office or from your dining room table, a well-organized space is going to help promote better work habits all throughout the day. Just like the other surfaces in your home, start by removing everything from your desk and adding back the necessary elements. File away any non-essential papers and utilize bins and desk organizers as needed.
Along with a clean desk space, try to work from a room with plenty of natural light if space allows. Windows will help give you a sense of connection to the outside world and can be such a mood booster during these seemingly long days.
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TIPS FOR A RELAXING HOME ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE
Now that we’ve covered creating more serene environments in the living room, bedroom, and office, I have a few bonus tips that can be implemented practically anywhere in your home.
Start by adding fresh greenery or flowers for a botanical touch in every room. Skip the store and forage from your own yard with seasonal blooms or greenery of any kind. Whether you add greens to your workspace, nightstand, or kitchen counter, you’ll be amazed at how impactful this small addition can be.
Lastly, as you’re restyling any room or surface, take photos along the way. This will allow you to see things more clearly and edit accordingly. Sometimes all you need is the perspective of a camera to help bring a more harmonious approach to your design.