Your home should ideally be a relaxing and even rejuvenating environment. It is your respite away from the rest of the world. If you are like many others, this, unfortunately, may not perfectly describe your current home environment. When you spend time in the space, you may regularly feel uncomfortable, irritated or stressed out. There are several reasons why this may be your experience at home, and these tips will address some of the more common reasons for your issues.

Incorporate More Sunlight into the Space

Natural sunlight can improve the ambiance in your home with stunning results. It can make your home seem more cheerful, inviting and relaxed. At the same time, it may help you to feel both invigorated and peaceful. This may be accomplished by simply pulling open the blinds in some cases. If your windows are covered by vegetation, doing some yard work outdoors may improve the indoor environment. It may also help to clean the windows so that more sunlight can filter in.

Deep Clean Your Home

Your home environment may feel stuffy and unpleasant if your home is dirty. Doing some spring cleaning to remove clutter is a great starting point. This step may take a few weekends to complete if your home is very messy, but the end result may be a more relaxed feeling throughout your home. You can then focus on deep cleaning your space, including scheduling professional carpet cleaning or even hiring a maid service to spend a few hours scrubbing down your home from top to bottom. Your home may look and smell better as a result.

Update the Decor

Some people will follow these steps and may still not have an ideal home environment. A common cause for this may be outdated décor or decorative elements that do not foster a sense of relaxation and tranquility. Incorporate soft materials and textures into your décor. Remove bold, dark colors, and replace them with more peaceful hues. Lighter shades of green, blue and yellow may produce the desired feeling in your space.

Your ability to relax and enjoy your time at home is essential to your quality of life. If you have determined that your home is rather uncomfortable to spend time in, analyze it carefully to determine if any or all of these tips may produce desired results for you. Even making a small change in your space can have a major impact, so considering starting with a small gesture and regularly improving the space going forward.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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