After a crazy day at work, you need a welcoming place to relax and unwind. While a trip to the spa would certainly do the trick, it’s not the most convenient (or realistic). But that doesn’t mean you can’t create a cozy home. Here are a few ways to transform your home for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Clear the Clutter
Experts say a cluttered home makes it hard to decompress. If yours is more of a clutter shrine than a peaceful sanctuary, then it’s time devote some energy to clearing it out or hire a home organizer to help. Start by gathering excess items and dividing them into four piles: donate, sell, store and toss. Set boundaries for your piles. If you haven’t used, worn or enjoyed an item in several months, it’s time to part with it.
Make an effort to keep your space tidy. A cozy home doesn’t have to be spotless, but having a place for everything — like a decorative and functional mail holder or a hook to hold your purse — can make a huge difference.
Embrace a Fireplace
Nothing says cozy home quite like curling up with a good book next to a fireplace. The dancing flames and crackling logs bring a settling, peaceful ambiance to any space. If you’re considering installing a fireplace, research the type and style that’s right for your space. Questions to ask your contractor may include which fireplaces require the most maintenance, adds the most value to your home and how much it will cost.
Turn to Nature
Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors in as a way to add to your cozy house. Start small by adding plants. Grow an herb garden in the kitchen, hang a plant from the ceiling or place a potted plant on a table. If you’re up for a larger project, consider replacing a small window in your living room with French doors or a sliding door. It’s a great way to let more light and fresh air in, and provides access to your outdoor living space.
Relax Your Scent-es
Transform your home into a serene setting with the use of home fragrances. Choose a scent that you like, but soft, subtle smells can be most calming. Avoid overbearing fragrances and opt for something mild, like white linen candles or fresh flowers. If you’re looking for a natural approach, try aromatherapy. Use essential oils in a diffuser or spray bottle to cast a tranquil spell in your home. Try chamomile, cedarwood, clary sage, jasmine, lavender and rose.
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