According to a 2021 survey of 2,000 homeowners by online interior design company Modsy, the pandemic made 60% of respondents realize their homes were disorganized. More than 3/4 (77%) were so stressed by their at-home surroundings that they undertook their own DIY home redesign projects. I can totally relate!
With many companies opting for the hybrid or fully virtual mode, many homeowners want to feel great about their living space. Here are some tips that can help you easily upgrade your space for your health and sanity, without overwhelming you with expensive ideas that will break the bank at a time where everyone is scraping every penny they have.
Assess Clutter Hotspots
In addition to a mess of craft project supplies and copious amounts of kids’ toys, there are a few other types of clutter that quickly build-up (for example, hats, gloves, and masks in your entryway and toiletries on bathroom counters), and it’s likely there are similar spots in your home. Go one by one and finding a solution for each, like a wall-mounted basket for masks, a new shelf in your bathroom, or storage baskets that are stylish yet functional and can be elegantly hidden. Make a list of them. Fine-tuning these small pain points will make everyday cleaning so much easier.
Cook Down The Pantry & Detox Your Cleaning Supplies
Clean out your cleaning supplies to make finding what you need easier. When it comes to the kitchen pantry, there are all sorts of stuff lurking in the dark corners of most people’s cabinets, like a random gluten-free bread mix, dried white corn, and canned mussels. Make it a point to cook through some of it, and also strive to better organize the staples your family regularly uses. Decant the things that come in plastic bags into upcycled glass jars, so you can actually see everything you have and there are no clumsy bags taking up space.
Do A Desk Refresh
Like most of us, the ‘office’ corner of your home has probably gotten a lot of use these past few years. Frankly, if you have not already with the work from home here to stay, it’s overdue for a refresh if you no longer look forward to sitting there. So, take everything off of your desk and go through every drawer to make your workspace feel like it’s getting a fresh start too. Hang some new wall art above your computer to give you a new view and spark of creativity in your home office.
Get Interior Plants
Adding interior plants to just one room of your home or office can work wonders for air quality, removing up to 60% of airborne molds and bacteria. A team of Japanese researchers found that interior plants help regulate the environment, acting as a natural humidifier during particularly dry seasons. Actively caring for and observing an indoor plant can help reduce work stress while supporting overall mental health. The presence of an interior plant is thought to be instrumental in inducing periodic mindfulness breaks, which can help to relax the mind, lower the heart rate, and improve sleep. Some studies reveal that regular exposure to living green interior plants can boost concentration, memory, and creativity. Students and employees with a view of natural flora have also been found to enjoy higher self-esteem, greater productivity, and less irritation from symptoms of seasonal allergies and asthma.
Adding interior plants to just one room of your home or office can work wonders for:
- Uplifts moods
- Relax The Mind
- Lower The Heart Rate
- Sharpen Focus
- Boost Memory
- Helps Creativity
- Restful Sleep
- Improves Air Quality
- Natural Humidifier
- Removes airborne Molds & Bacteria
- Reduces seasonal Allergies & Asthma
Start with a small interior plant like a jade (it’s hard to kill!) and a fern, and set a goal to have at least one interior plant in every room. You can add an orchid as it’s found to unlocks science-backed health and wellness benefits. Orchids are in a class of houseplants which can offer a variety of positive mental benefits, including an uplifted mood, sharpened focus, and more restful sleep. Orchids just might be one of the best-kept secrets to achieving balance and better health.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room. It’s one of those simple bedroom design upgrades that makes a huge difference. So, whether you want to jump on the bold colours trend or decorate with neutrals, simply giving your walls some fresh colour can refresh your room and give you a new perspective on the space.
Add Natural Lighting
Natural lighting can do wonders for a home. Not only does it create a warm and inviting atmosphere, but it can also provide a range of health and wellness benefits. Bringing natural light into your home can help to elevate your mood, boost productivity, and even promote better sleep. Here are some of the benefits it can do for you and your home.
Improves Your Mood
One of the most notable benefits of natural light is its ability to improve your mood. Studies have shown that natural light can increase serotonin production in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter that controls mood, sleep, and appetite. By bringing natural light into your home, you can create a more uplifting and positive environment that can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Another benefit of natural light is its impact on productivity. Numerous studies have found that exposure to natural light can improve cognitive function, enhance concentration, and increase productivity. This is particularly important for those who work from home or spend a lot of time indoors. By incorporating natural light into your home, you can create a more conducive environment for work and study.
Promotes a Healthy Sleep Pattern
Natural light can also promote better sleep. Our bodies are naturally attuned to the cycle of day and night, and exposure to natural light during the day can help to regulate our sleep-wake cycles. This can lead to a more restorative and restful sleep at night, which is essential for overall health and well-being.
Reduces Your Energy Bills
In addition to its health benefits, natural light can also help reduce your energy bills. By increasing natural light in your home, you can reduce how often you use artificial lighting, which can help lower your energy consumption and help you save money on electricity.
Increase Natural Light in Your Home
Bringing natural light into your home can also have aesthetic benefits. Natural light can highlight the beauty of your home’s architecture and décor, creating a more visually appealing space. It can also create a sense of spaciousness and openness, making your home feel bigger and more welcoming.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to increase natural sunlight is by incorporating mirrors around your home. Mirrors reflect light around a room and can also make spaces appear larger than they actually are. If you have any dark areas in your home, such as a staircase or hallway, you should place a mirror nearby in order to direct light into the room and brighten the space.
Install a Skylight
If you are lacking light in a kitchen or bedroom, consider installing a skylight which will create a spotlight effect. On average, a Velux skylight costs around £500 to £2000, so it is a fairly significant investment. However, it is worthwhile if your home is especially small and dark, as it will enable you to brighten your home while also reaping the many benefits of natural light.
The Gist of it
With so many of us WFH whether fully or in hybrid mode, we want to feel great about our space. I for one have embarked on so many DIY projects to make my house feel like home. Check out this interior steel door upgrade for example. Such update have great impact on mental and physical health. They don’t have to be a large investment, like adding natural light, a fresh coat of paint, interior plants and more. What ideas do you have that can improve your home’s appearance while being beneficial?
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