When you wake up in the morning, your home should make you feel energised and motivated to seize the day — and at night, it should feel like a sanctuary where the rest of the world melts away.
One study found that 73% of people who are happy with their home are also happy with their life.
Now that we’re all spending more time at home, filling your space with positive energy is more important than ever. Read on for science-backed tips to bring happiness indoors.
This first step is key. In order to feel calm and safe at home, your space needs to be organised. Our minds naturally associate cleanliness with health, whereas clutter promotes anxiety. Reduce stress with the art of tidying up.
In the morning, put things away as you get ready. This lets you return home (whether through the front door or as you move from your home office into ‘home mode’!) to a nice and orderly house.
If you are struggling with how to get rid of important clutter, utilise storage baskets underneath beds and install hooks in closets to double the storage space in your home.
Choose a Scent
Smells trigger our memories and emotions more than any other sense. Because of this, you should find a scent that brings you joy and calm, one that your mind associates with positive memories.
Bringing scent in can be as simple as setting up candles in the living area and placing scented soaps in the bathrooms.
Unsure of what scent triggers good feelings for you? Light floral and vanilla are both popular mood enhancers. Lavender scents can help you feel calm and drowsy, perfect for evening when you’re trying to relax and get ready for bed.
Set Up Outdoor Social Spaces
One great way to bring positivity into your home is to make it a place where you can commune with friends and family (when you can!) and you can turn your outdoor space into another ‘venue’ too.
Invest in an outdoor grill so you can easily host barbecues in the garden. Use garden furniture and lighting to make it a really comfortable space for your household and, when you can, guests.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
It’s estimated that we spend a whopping 90% of our time indoors — and it’s impacting our health and Vitamin D levels. At the very least, it’s recommended that we get 10 to 30 minutes of sunlight a day.
You won’t get Vitamin D whilst indoors but do take advantage of the natural light that pours into your home. Open your curtains in the morning to let light in.
Large mirrors are great for reflecting light into dark-lit areas of the home to boost brightness.
Your living space should promote joy and happiness, and make you motivated to reach your dreams. Remember that consistent and small routines are what will change your life, and most of these start with healthy habits at home.