Self-care is trendy. But it’s not just another hot topic that will be here today and gone tomorrow. Taking care of ourselves is perhaps more essential than ever. In our digital world with almost constant stimuli, it takes diligence to slow down and control ourselves. Otherwise, we feel burned and lacking in inspiration. The good news? We can all make some changes to our homes to make self-care a little easier. Here are some of our best tips.
Make room to relax
This is probably a breeze, but it’s easier said than done. Can you think of any area of your home that is truly free of distractions? The bathroom comes to mind, and this is probably a big reason why so many people who regularly practice self-care are great at bathing. But if you’re not a bathing person and you do not like spending time near your bathroom, make sure you create space elsewhere.
This could be a large and cozy chair in which a comfortable throw is added and a table with a scented candle. Or maybe it’s a place in your backyard where you can admire your favorite view from your home. Wherever you choose, devoting a space to self-care can make it easier to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and check with yourself.
Then top up
Part of the reason why self-care is probably due to the fact that everyone likes an excuse to sit in their PJ, eat snacks and binge TV. And while this can be an effective practice for self-care, especially if you’ve burnt the candle on both ends and you’re completely exhausted, do not stop here. Solid self-care should leave you rejuvenated and inspired. Create a space in your home to recharge your battery by doing the things you love.
If you are an artist, cut out a mini-studio space. Do you like training? So empty the garage or convert a spare bedroom into a home gym. If the family time recharges you, set up your living room with games and movies that everyone loves. Building in spaces where you can pursue your passions makes you more likely to do exactly that. In addition, physical space can be a visual reminder to make time for your hobbies on a regular basis.
Simplify to simplify cleaning
One of the best ways to take care of yourself is to make sure that when you are at home, you are able to relax. Walking through the front door and seeing a pile of dishes, dusty shelves and an overflowing laundry basket is not ideal. Now, we’re not necessarily saying that you should push everything under the carpet. But there is something to be said to be able to use the principle out of sight, out of mind. If you feel the need to clean up when your body or your mind scream for you to slow down, it may be time to rethink your home.
This can be as simple as investing in a laundry basket to hide dirty clothes or a rather flat clothesline so that the worktop does not look so bulky. It may mean more work now to create less work in the future, though.
Think through the things that are more boring to clean. Simplifying the design of your home could mean simplifying your cleaning. If your shelves are full of small objects that are annoying to dust, it may be time to separate them from some of them or at least put them in storage. If your grout looks never clean, take the time to re-grout now you can save yourself from a headache going on for years to come. Pay attention to what taxes you hold most to keep your home, then act on how to change it.
Fill for yourself
What kind of items do you have in your home? How do they make you feel? When you look at that art on the wall or that chair in the corner, are you full of joy? Otherwise, it may be time for a home makeover. Your house or apartment is the space where you will spend more time. Fill with the things you love and you’ll get more fun from where you live and your life in general.
This can – and probably will – take time. Enjoy the process of hunting for really special items. You could stumble into a secondhand shop that a friend could give you with them. As you build your own collection of objects that bring you joy, you will create a more meaningful and life-filled home. In short, you are building self-care in the very fabric of your living space.