As many people around the globe are mostly staying at home to protect themselves from the pandemic and to help contain the virus, it’s essential to keep the house a source of calm and tranquillity. The little changes you make throughout your home can turn it into a place of retreat to help you feel at peace during these times of anxiety.

Here are some ideas to make your home suited for an extended stay and a sanctuary to relax while the outside world is in distress.

1. Light Candles

A home that smells pleasant is welcoming. Something about the warm glow of a candle can astonishingly remove all of stress and worries. Putting out candles with calming scents, like lavender and rosemary, can add a dose of atmosphere to every room in your house early in the morning and throughout the day.

2. Make Your Bed Every Day

While making your bed every day may seem like a small act, it has many benefits and will give you a sense of productivity right when you wake up. Make sure to keep your bedding clean by washing it once a week, and set aside time to make your bed every single day.

3. Take on a DIY Project

Now is the perfect time to tackle that DIY project you’ve been putting off for so long. Occupy yourself while adding a burst of color into your home by painting a table bright! Happy colors such as coral or yellow can boost your mood in an instant and brighten up any space.

4. Learn to Knit

If you’re looking to learn an easy new skill, consider knitting. Research has shown that needles and yarn can help ease anxiety and reduce depression, and sitting still to knit relaxes your body, lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension.

Even if you’re just a beginner, there are already a lot of knitting stitches you can try, like a headband or a winter shawl. Once you become a pro, you can even make blankets – which is also an excellent way of adding a bit of cozy-feeling texture to your home (while taking your mind off of current events).

5.Declutter Your Home

Declutter Your Home
Making your home clean and clutter-free is an excellent way of promoting productivity and reducing stress while you are at home. Consider removing unnecessary items and adding something organic, like a few plants.

Use this time to evaluate all your stuff. Declutter one room at a time. Keep the ones that “spark joy” and get rid of all the things that don’t.

6. Take a Bath

A good warm bath can lift your mood, improve your blood flow, and help you relax after a long day. Gather all your essentials and turn your bathroom into a private spa. Create the perfect calming scene by adding a scented oil, aromatic bath salts or rose petals to your bath, lighting a few candles, and putting on relaxing music.

7. Invest in New Bedding

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential in strengthening your immune system and diminishing stress. This current stay-at-home situation is an excellent excuse to buy those linen sheets and pillowcases you’ve been coveting, and make your bedroom feel like a five-star hotel. Whatever hue you choose, high-end beddings can significantly improve the quality of your sleep and give your bedroom that cozy feel.

8. Clean Your Windows

Do you remember the last time you cleaned your windows? Dirty windows are not just unsightly, but they also prevent natural light from getting in your space. Natural light increases vitality, lightens your mood, promotes better sleep patterns, and encourages physical activity, so make sure you’re getting as much of it as you can. Cleaning all the windows in every room in your house, especially in your living and bedrooms, is a simple task that can turn your home into a brighter space.

9. Swap out Your Lighting

Choosing the right lighting for every room in your house is essential to ensuring your comfort. One easy way to make your home cozier is to swap your light bulbs for the softer, warmer bulbs. Warmer lighting not only makes your home cozier and more relaxing, but it also promotes better sleep.

10. Play Soft Music

Playing soft background music throughout your home can give it a more serene ambience. Whether you use a classic turntable or use your smart speakers to play classical music, putting on quiet tunes can help you alleviate stress and concentrate better (if you’re working from home).

11. Set the Table

It can be easy to fall into the habit of taking your dinner to the couch and having it while enjoying Netflix. To create a little more structure to your days, it will help to keep your table ready for dinner and establish a set meal time every evening. A minimalist setting table setting is the trend these days, which is also highly encouraged so you can practice social distancing even at home.

12. Upgrade your Bathroom

Upgrade your Bathroom
While it may not be possible to do a bathroom remodel right now, there are a few simple things you can do to make your space feel cozier, like bringing in some live plants such as eucalyptus or aloe vera. If you want to give your bathroom a hotel-like feel, try pulling out a few of your very best towels and set them out on a vanity instead of stacking them in the linen closet.

13. Rearrange Your Bookshelf

Reading books are a great distraction during anxious times, plus they also make for lovely decor. Use the extra hours to give your bookshelves a beautiful makeover. You can update it with paint, or add texture by covering the back with a patterned fabric. You can also create a new system that will help you categorize your favorite reads easily.

14. Tidy Up Your Office

If you’re working from home more than usual right now, make sure to keep your workspace tidy to increase productivity and lessen stress. If you cannot keep your space color-coordinated, you can still make it cozy by keeping clutter-free and clean. Consider adding a few desk objects that can lift your mood, like a plant or a candle, to make your workspace a little more inviting.

15. Rearrange a Room

If you’re getting tired of your home after spending days inside, why not give it an easy makeover by moving furniture around? You can give your room a subtle but effective update by switching the direction of your couch or table.

Find simple ways to readjust things in your home to keep everything feeling fresh and new.

Upgrade your Bathroom

While your home is your sanctuary, it can be taxing to spend days inside. By making a few small changes, you can create a space that you love, and one that welcomes peace in times of uncertainty.

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