13 Tips for a More Peaceful Home will help you strategize on creating an environment that leaves you rejuvenated and happy.
“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with the beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage.” – Thomas Kinkade
I recently moved into a peaceful home that was totally loved by the previous owner. She and her husband had the cottage built 30 years ago and raised their family in it.
Lots of love went into that home, and you can still feel the happy energy that surrounds the walls.
Every person I see in my neighborhood comments how lucky I was to get Miss Martha’s house. “She loved that house so much,” they would all say. Indeed, she did.
Now, I love that same peaceful home. It took me seven months of searching to find the perfect house in a not-so-big budget. I had a long list of wants, and this time I wasn’t going to settle.
Even if you don’t have your dream home yet, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise either for a peaceful home. There are some simple ways to transform any space into a more relaxing space to live.
Today’s world is a stressful place. All you have to do is turn on the news for a few minutes, and your mood can turn sour within minutes.
Our homes are where we can decompress and nourish ourselves so we can be our best selves. It’s time to “love up” our homes just like Ms. Martha and create a peaceful home where we all long to live.
Why You Should Create a More Peaceful Home:
1) Our homes are where we can showcase our creativity, feed our family, foster better bonds with family members and friends, and relax from the chaos of the world. We start and end our days there, and creating a peaceful home will ensure a happier life.
While putting together a more peaceful home might take some time to identify the things you will have to incorporate in your house to provide a more tranquil environment, the benefits will be worth the time you take.
2) When your peaceful home is put together the way you want it, you’ll have more energy to devote to activities you really want to do. A chaotic home can turn into something that zaps all your energy and time.
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Here’s the 13 Tips for a More Peaceful Home:
1) Declutter your home.
While I’m not minimalist in decorating, there’s something to be said about having clutter-free rooms. You also want to make sure your storage spots aren’t jammed-pack either because they can create internal anxiety every time you have to retrieve something.
Recently I moved across the country. I had planned on having an estate sale before moving, but because those types of businesses were closed down, I ended up selling some things and then packing my truck with everything else.
I remained in my old house for a week getting repair work on it done, and it felt so freeing to have everything gone. In my new house, I’m way more selective of what goes into it, and everything else gets donated or sold.
Unfinished projects used to cry out for my attention every time I entered a room. Now those unfinished projects are gone, and I’m able to concentrate on what’s important to me.
I think I will always be a work-in-progress in regards to clutter, but I’ve learned a valuable lesson that will help me keep things more orderly.
If you’re having trouble parting with things, keep in mind the happiness you’ll bring someone else who would treasure the item you no longer need.
According to the Washington Post, recent studies have shown a link between disorder in the home and stress. You can find that article here.
2) Add houseplants to every room.
In the Cozy Living Group, I share lots of pictures of cabins, cottages, and campers. I know for sure is that if the photo has a lot of houseplants, it will get a lot of likes.
There’s something about having plants surround us that brings a more tranquil environment to any home.
Instinctively, we crave nature. By bringing the outdoors inside, we can satisfy that craving and bring natural beauty to our surroundings at the same time. Adding more nature indoors adds up to a more peaceful home and life.
If you have a black thumb, start with plants that need little care to survive and work your way into becoming a master gardener. Please make sure you look at how much light each plant needs and place them in the optimal area to help them thrive.
3) Surround yourself with things you love.
As time has gone on, my decor tastes have changed. There are a few things that have remained consistent, however. Almost every room of my house, you will find toleware lighting, primitive furniture, pine furniture, transferware dishes, and vintage paintings.
Old paintings are one of my favorite things to collect. I love to look at the painting and imagine someone sitting down a century before me painting their masterpiece.
Most of the paintings I collect are of trees or flowers. At my desk, I have a painting with magnolia flowers and another painting of a forest covered with snow.
Finding things that bring you joy and tranquility and putting them in your home is a must in today’s world. For me, finding treasures from a bygone era makes a house a home.
4) Make your home as cozy as possible.
I love all things cozy living, so of course, this idea would be one of my suggestions. Your couch and chairs should be so comfortable; you never want to leave them. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have the best seating available.
Before I moved, I sold my antique couch because there was no way it would fit into the truck. It was huge. I tasked my sister with finding a new sofa for me because she was living in the same area that I was moving to.
She ended up finding a used couch from someone that kept their home immaculate. This couch would have cost me over $2,000 to buy new. Instead, the sofa cost $250. Deals can be had; you just have to take the time and be patient for the right piece of furniture.
Adding comfy pillows to your couch and chairs will also make the places you rest even more desirable.
5) Your refrigerator and cupboards filled with food you crave.
When you first move, getting your kitchen organized becomes a priority. Finding the right utensils, ingredients, and serving pieces make things feel more like home right away.
I made my first homemade pitcher of iced tea a week after I moved into my new house because I couldn’t find everything I needed. My English Breakfast lavender iced tea sweetened with honey was worth the wait. Nothing else compares to making a recipe just the way you like it.
My sister brought over take-out pizza one day, so we didn’t have to cook because we were unpacking. One of my dogs, Bennett, had learned to opened the refrigerator at my last house and used to help himself to a snack now and then when I forgot to put something heavy in front of the fridge.
When my sister left the house, she went to the refrigerator and boxed up a few slices of pizza to take home. Bennett was obviously watching her. I walked my sister out to her car, and when I got back, I found Bennett trying to figure out how to open up the new refrigerator and grab himself his own slice.
Bennett wanted to feel at home and have a little comfort food at the same time. I don’t blame him. Unfortunately for Bennett, the new refrigerator is a lot harder to open, thank goodness. He’s just going to have to wait for mommy to spoil him with special treats instead.
Once I unpacked all my kitchen boxes, I spent one entire day arranging the kitchen the way I like it. Since I moved across the country, I didn’t take a lot of food items – so I made a list of my favorite staples to have on hand.
After I stocked up my pantry, my kitchen finally felt like “mine,” with most of the ingredients I need to make my favorite dishes.
I’m a big believer in making most food items from scratch. Not only does it taste better, but you control the ingredients that go into your food.
If you ever worked in a restaurant, you realize how much salt goes into the food you’re served in most places. No, thank you. It’s so much better for your health and budget to make your own food and freeze some of it when you lack the time.
Lining up my blue-tinted antique Ball jars filled with dried beans, lentils, oatmeal, and spices on my primitive kitchen side table is a welcoming sight every time I enter the kitchen.
6) Create a peaceful home by making “rooms” in your yard.
This idea of creating more peace at home is probably the one most overlooked.
Whether you have a large yard or a small one, you can easily create outdoor “rooms” that turn your outdoor space into your version of heaven.
It’s worth the time and energy to plan what you would like to include in your yard to lead to a more tranquil environment.
I’m crazy about herbs, so I will be adding an herb garden to my backyard. Part of the herb garden will be my tea garden. If you want to learn more about how to create your own tea garden, check out my article about it here.
Adding seating areas throughout your garden will entice your family and friends to enjoy your yard more and soak up the sun and fresh air. Rocking chairs on a porch always add more coziness to any home.
7) Use mirrors to reflect light for a more peaceful home.
Mirrors add magic to any room. They can make an area seem more light and airy, bring nature indoors by reflecting the outdoors through windows, and candlelight dancing in front of a mirror is breathtaking.
I’m a sucker for antique mirrors. There’s something about a chippy frame paired with a time-worn mirror that adds beauty to any room it graces.
Feng Shui experts recommend placing mirrors opposite beautiful views. You want to be mindful of where you position a mirror. Reflecting on a cluttered desk or corner of the room isn’t the best use of your mirror.
You could also use mirrored vanity trays dotted throughout your home to reflect candlelight or a small vase of roses.
8) A peaceful home means turning your bedroom into a sanctuary.
The definition of sanctuary varies from person to person. We all like different things.
There are some factors for creating a peaceful home bedroom that most of us love. Your bed is an investment that will pay you back in spades.
Make sure your bedding is also comfortable. Adding a blanket at the end of the bed in case you get chilled looks cozy and is convenient at the same time.
Try to make your bed every day. I’ve started doing this without fail, and it does make a difference in creating a sense of peace.
Not getting enough rest can disrupt your entire life and even alter your personality. Making sure your bedroom is a cozy retreat from the world is something that should be a priority.
Whether you like a minimalist look or lean towards a room filled with things you love – getting the basics down for a restful bedroom is easy.
Having the right bedside tables will allow you the space to put your beverages, place the right lamps for reading easier, and even someplace to rest your book when you’re ready to go to sleep.
I used to have a side table that was the wrong height, but I used it anyway because it looked good. When I finally found the perfect side tables at the right height, they reminded me how annoying the other ones were to have. Make sure you don’t clutter up the tables because that will cause you anxiety.
You only want to place things on the side table that help you relax after a long day. A special photo that tugs at your heart is the perfect accessory for your nightstand.
The color of your walls should be something that soothes your soul. I opted for white because my primitive furniture gives my room accents of color in the soothing shades of pale green and blue.
If you want to paint your walls, blue or green are good choices because they have been scientifically proven to relax you. Make sure you pick the colors you want to decorate with a restful night’s sleep in mind.
Keeping electronics out of your bedroom will help you wind down. The last thing you want to do is turn on the news before drifting off to sleep, so use your bedroom to decompress by reading or journaling for peaceful dreams.
9) Include aromatherapy in your peaceful home.
Bringing the scents that soothe your nerves is easy to add to your environment. Isn’t it amazing that the whiff of one scent can bring back a happy memory instantly?
One of our family’s next-door neighbors had a large lilac bush. Whenever I smell lilacs, it instantly transports me to my childhood home.
Think about how much power you have, creating a relaxing environment with the perfect scents.
Adding aromatherapy can be done to create a peaceful home with diffusers, scented candles, sprigs of dried herbs tied with string, using cleaning sprays with essential oils, and even simmering potpourri on your stove.
You can change the scents to complement the seasons, or just use your favorite smells to compliment every room.
I love this article on The Science of Scent: How to Strategically Influence Your Brain.
Another way of using aromatherapy in and around your home is by having fragrant flowers and plants near your doors. When I walked through the pathway of my old house, my leg always brushed against my lavender plant and released its fragrance.
How about making your own DIY Lavender Linen Spray? You can find out how here.
10) Use sound to create a more tranquil environment.
Sound is another way to create a peaceful home.
When I left my house the other morning, I heard the crowing of a rooster near my home. While driving out of my neighborhood, I finally found the house that had the chickens and rooster.
The chickens were free-ranging in the front yard of a cute brick home. While some people might be annoyed at the sound of a rooster crowing, I love hearing them. It could be that I’ve turned into an early bird.
Most people immediately think of music when they think about using sound as a calming ingredient to a comfortable life. While playing your favorite music is a great way to invite your mind to relax for a while; it’s not the only way.
The gurgling sound of water from a garden or indoor fountain will soothe any weary soul.
I also love the sound of wind chimes dancing in the breeze and the creak of a front porch door. How about the whistling of a tea kettle? That’s one of my favorite sounds.
11) Lighting is an important element in a peaceful home.
Natural light is such an essential part of well-being. You’ll want to make sure you don’t obstruct your windows as much as possible to let the sunlight stream through.
Keeping your windows sparkling clean will make everything shine a little bit more. I like to have light and airy curtains on my windows because they are the jewels of my house. I’m fortunate that most of my windows give a view of the trees that surround my cottage.
If any of your windows showcase a gorgeous scene, make sure you let them be the shining star in your rooms. Don’t clutter the windowsills with knick-knacks, or place furniture that blocks them.
Since I get up most mornings before the sun shines, I don’t need black-out curtains, but you may want to have those if you have a hard time sleeping with the light.
Having an adequate number of lamps in your rooms is a process of fine-tuning your needs. I had canned lighting installed in my living room and kitchen, so I didn’t have to worry about being able to see during the winter months.
Italian toleware lamps and chandeliers are some of the vintage items I collect. Time-worn treasures seem to warm any room, so finding vintage lighting that appeals to you is worth the effort. Just make sure the wiring on the lamp is safe.
Dotted throughout my new home are teacup nightlights that create a beautiful accent to light the way throughout the downstairs area.
Taking fairy lights and putting them in clear vases is also a beautiful way to add a warming glow to any room.
Of course, there are also candles. Oodles and oodles of candles. I use both battery-operated and real candles. They add so much ambiance to create a perfect peaceful home.
12) A fireplace is the perfect accent to a peaceful home.
A fireplace is the very definition of cozy living. There’s something so grounding about sitting in front of a fire and watching the flames on a cold winter’s night.
Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can buy an electric fireplace and add it to any room that needs a little warmth.
On YouTube, you can even watch 12 hours straight of relaxing fireplace sounds like the crackling of the wood-burning. Sometimes I put it on in the summer months because I love my fireplace so much.
One of the people watching the video said she was reading a book with her cat on her lap, and it was the perfect end to a trying day.
13) A peaceful home includes your very own nook.
We all want to carve out our very own space in the world. Your home should have one corner of it dedicated to you.
Whether that means having your small writing desk or a comfortable chair with your books and knitting standing by, you should have a place to relax whenever the world gets to be too much.
I know someone with a tiny home, but she wanted a spot in the house to write the novel she always dreamed about writing. She turned a small closet into her writing nook, and it felt like a luxurious office.
It was a place where she could tap into her creative side and start a dream she had on the back-burner.
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