You know what I absolutely love?
Relaxing on the couch in the evening with a good book, the glorious scent of a fall candle (Bath & Body Works, holla), and the sound of a thunderstorm rolling in.
But believe me, I’ve been so envious of those picture perfect living rooms I see on TV or on Pinterest.
Because these days, I’ve been busier than ever. Life gets in the way and sometimes I don’t even have time to just chill! Y’all with me?
But you gotta make time. It’s so important to just sit back and unwind after a long day.
Relaxation is more than just putting your feet up and sipping on wine. I’m down for that though.
Relaxation has tons of benefits for our bodies such as:
Helps manage anxiety.
Promotes peaceful sleep.
Slows heart rate and lowers blood pressure.
This is why you should focus on chilling out, maxin, relaxin all cool. (And shooting some b-ball outside the school..) sorry once I get started with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air it’s kinda hard for me to stop.
No time to relax? Well, that’s on you. Make time. Put yourself first for just a few, kay?
It should be easy to simmer down in your own home.
So here is how to make your place more relaxing and inviting, so that you’ll just want to kick back and forget the days hardships.
1. Get rid of clutter.
Clutter is annoying and just not pretty to look at.
I hate clutter.
But sometimes I have a hard time getting rid of it.
I am not an organized person in the least. My kitchen table is a catch-all. Everything that doesn’t have a place goes there. Mail, my purse or work bag, and just a bunch of random crap.
I hate looking at it. So I clean it off and it looks amazing for about 2 days. Sometimes it doesn’t even make it to two. Whoops.
The solution to this problem would be to purchase some sort of organizer like one of those cube shelves. Which will be happening in the near future.
So if clutter gets in your way, think about where these items need to go. Do they have a home? Put them away.
Is storage an issue at your place? (I feel you sis/bro)
Throw things out you can part ways with to eliminate all the stuff just existing or create your own storage for it. Like the cube organizer I mentioned.
Papers lying around that you don’t want to throw away because you know once you do, you’ll immediately need it for something? Raise your hand if that’s happened to you way more than once!
This folder has come in handy. Or if you need something bigger, try a file cabinet or a plastic drawer organizer thing. Whatever it’s called.
Do your best to get rid of clutter. This will make such a huge difference and you will feel a million times better and more relaxed already.
2. Add more pillows and soft blankets
Only serial killers don’t like comfy pillows and warm, fuzzy blankets.
Add a few more to your couch or chairs, then you’ll be able to cozy up and relax much easier.
Play around with fun colors to make your space even more inviting!
3. Add plants
Plants are great because they can help purify the air and add more oxygen, which will help you find a way to relax much easier.
Breathing is pretty important, right?
Plus, plants are nice to look at.
You can incorporate plants even if you have a black thumb, like me.
I’ve got a cute little aloe plant on my coffee table and I’ve maybe watered it like twice and it’s never let me down.
My favorite scent to fill my home with is a fall, woodsy type scent. And basically any Christmas or fall candle. Love em.
The way your home smells can set up how you feel immediately when you walk in.
Add candles, plug-ins, or even an oil diffuser.
I got this one on Amazon, and I’m pretty pleased!
I don’t care what anyone says, fluorescent lighting is horrible.
And to be honest, I’m not really a fan of overhead lighting either.
I find myself able to relax much better in a room with soft glow lamps, especially if they’re color controlled. We’ve actually got the Philips Hue in our living room and it’s super nice. I love being able to change the color to what suits me that day.
Candles also create a relaxing glow, and so do Himalayan pink salt lamps!
Natural light is pretty awesome too, so open the blinds! Adding a mirror will reflect natural light and make your place feel brighter.
Believe it or not, color can play a huge role into how you feel.
Bright colors like red or yellow might make you feel more energetic, which is the opposite of what you’re looking for if you want to just chill out.
Think blues, greens, grays, or white. These cool colors will help you kick back way easier than warm colors!
7. Have an electronic free zone.
Designate a cozy area in your home where no electronics are allowed.
When you’re ready to wind down, grab a cup of tea and a good book and go to your spot. Leave your phone in another room and the tv off when you’re chilling in your relaxation station. Corny? Nahhh
8. Rearrange your furniture.
Sometimes just changing up your furniture placement can make a huge difference.
Arrange it in a way to keep traffic away from your relaxation areas.
Having a new furniture arrangement can boost your mood and make you feel accomplished.
No, I’m not a designer. ..Unless you’re Joanna Gaines looking for a design assistant, hit me up girl!
But I do like a relaxing space, and I’m sure you do as well. So try to incorporate some of these ideas into your living space and then you won’t ever want to leave.
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