Home Is Where The Hassle Is: What To Do When Your House Is Stressing You Out

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We’re living through unprecedented times. We’re all a little bit more worried about our health, our income, our job security, our families, friends and loved ones. The fragility of the world around us is more apparent than ever now. The status quo that we all assumed would be unshakable throughout our lives has been shaken like never before in living memory. Not since World War II have we all felt so affected by something that we have absolutely no control over. Many of us have lost jobs. Most of us have lost income. And all of us have been reminded in no uncertain terms about our own mortality. Whatever your circumstances, it’s more than likely that the world has become a much scarier place for you. 

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Your home should be a refuge from the world and all its problems. It should be a place where you can shut out the doom and gloom of the outside world, kick off your shoes, let down your hair and enjoy the company of the people you love the most. But for many of us, the home is actually exacerbate the problem rather than mitigating it. Especially after we’ve all spent months quarantined within our own four walls. 

In this post I’ll guide you through some of the things in your home that could potentially be adding to your stress, anxiety and low mood in these uncertain times. We’ll also share some practical tips that can help you to fall in love with your living space all over again…

Where did all this stuff come from?

The simple fact is that most of us have too much stuff. It’s a consequence of living in a society that treats shopping like a leisure activity rather than a means to acquire the stuff we need. I hate to break it to you, dear reader, but shopping is not a hobby. And when we use it as our only way of spending a drizzly Saturday afternoon, the fleeting thrill of a new purchase can quickly become outweighed by the negative impact on your wellbeing. At worst, you’ll find yourself spending more than you can reasonably earn and debt may drag your finances down. At best, you’ll end up with a home that’s full of more material possessions than you know what to do with. 

Over time, they can start to exceed your capacity to store and impinge on your living space. And your once treasured belongings become clutter. Clutter is damaging to our wellbeing in a number of ways. It prevents the home from looking clean and tidy. It can prevent you from being able to relax and elevate your stress levels. It can also make your home harder to keep clean. Clutter makes it hard to get rid of dust and properly clean surfaces, so your living space may feel dirty and unwelcoming.

It’s time to invest in better storage solutions so that clutter no longer intrudes on your eyelines. Take a look at these best priced Legacy Furniture beds. Many of which either have built-in storage or matching storage solutions. You should also consider having a purge of your personal possessions, seeing what you can either sell online or donate to a charitable cause. 

A clutter-free home is a happier home. 

More nature, less of everything else

Of course, your possessions don’t have to become clutter to have a detrimental effect on your wellbeing. Sometimes if our interior décor uses a lot of synthetic materials it can actually make us feel less relaxed in our own homes. Plastics, synthetic materials like nylon and polyester, chrome and vinyl… they all look and feel wrong to our bodies. Even when they are made to look like their more natural counterparts. 

However, natural materials like wood, stone, cotton, wool and ceramics have a more pleasing look and feel to us. We subconsciously accept them as more natural. And we’re psychologically predisposed to feel more relaxed and at peace when we’re surrounded by nature. Which is why we should, where possible, eschew manmade materials in our homes for more natural alternatives. Sure, they may cost a little more. But the pleasure and relaxation we derive from being among them is far greater, and they’re likely to last for much longer making them a worthy investment in your wellbeing today and in the future. 

Smell your way to a happier home

Speaking of man-made materials, you should avoid the use of harsh chemicals in your home wherever possible. There’s no cleaning product you use that does a better job than natural substances like baking soda, lemon juice and white vinegar. Furthermore, you should avoid using spray and plug in room deodorizers. These are full of all kinds of nasty chemicals including formaldehyde, acetone and acetate. All of which can be damaging to your health. Furthermore, the artificial fragrance of French vanilla does absolutely nothing to combat the source of the odors. 

That said, you shouldn’t underestimate the impact that your sense of smell has in making you feel safe, relaxed and happy at home. Obnoxious odors from the kitty litter tray, your partner’s smelly shoes and laundry that never quite dried properly can all detract from the relaxing ambience of the home. 

I recommend placing a bowl of activated charcoal or baking soda near to spots that you know are likely to be smelly more often than not like the shoe rack or the litter tray. And if you’re looking for a natural pleasant smell there are all kinds of essential oils that can brighten up the scent in your home.

My personal recommendations are a warming, calming scent like sandalwood in the living room, something fresh like citrus in the kitchen, mint in your home office to stimulate concentration, and sensuous jasmine or cinnamon in the bedroom. 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All thoughts are my own and no other’s. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC

 

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