Is your work-from-home job making it difficult to de-stress after a long day in your home office? Do you wish that your home could be a place of rest and relaxation instead of another anxiety producer? Maybe you’re trying to unwind after a lengthy ordeal, like applying for a New Jersey home loan. Whatever is going on, you’ll be surprised at how minor changes will reduce stress in your home life.
De-clutter, organize and throw away
You can’t expect to have a clear, serene mind without a clean, serene environment. Cluttered closets and floors strewn with clothing don’t exactly scream tranquility. Take a day to get rid of clutter, organize and throw out unnecessary items. You don’t have to aim for perfection, but even organized chaos is better than a total mess. Organizing includes diving into that paper pile you’ve had in your bedroom for the past month, too.
**editor’s note: eek! I have one of these piles in my bedroom right now!! **
Keep on top of the small things
On busy days, it’s tempting to keep putting off minor chores, like cleaning the kitchen or doing a couple of loads of laundry. Face it, though – most days are busy and letting these chores pile up just makes daily life more stressful. Instead of having to take one entire day to catch up on everything you’ve been neglecting, do a little bit every day. That small pile will never turn into a big, stress-inducing pile again.
Create a welcoming atmosphere
Stuffy rooms, low lighting and a lack of color isn’t going to cheer you up after you’ve put in eight hours at the office. During the warmer months, click off the AC every now and then and freshen up your home by opening the windows. During the chilly weather, light delicious-smelling candles. Open the window shades to get light in, even if it’s overcast out. Put fresh flowers in the most frequented rooms. Your home should feel like an escape!
When you’re running out the door for a meeting or to get the kids from school and you realize you haven’t eaten all day, it’s all too easy to grab a handful of peanut butter M&Ms or Fritos. Keep healthy snacks in the pantry instead. Separate bags of cashews into individual baggies and keep fruit you can eat on-the-go, like apples and bananas, on the countertop. Eating junk just drags you down and ruins your immune system. It’s only going to taste good for a second, but it’s going to make you feel like garbage all day long.
Create one calm space
Whether it’s your bedroom sans TV or the hammock on your enclosed porch, have one space that’s always free of clutter and distractions. You need somewhere to go when you just want twenty minutes to flip through a magazine, meditate or write in your journal. Then, only use this space to unwind and never hang out then when you’re paying bills or checking your e-mail.
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