It’s one of the best feelings in the world to come home to a space that makes you feel relaxed, grounded and comfortable. Your home should be a place filled with good vibes, whether it’s a tiny apartment or spacious abode. It always makes me anxious to come home to a cluttered space, so I like to make a point of keeping it as organized and stress free as possible. Luckily there are a number of things you can do to create a stress free home with minimal effort!
Baking always makes me feel relaxed and stress-free. I don’t do it enough. It takes you away from your phone and other distractions, and allows you to focus on one thing only – whatever it is you’re baking! For the (Canadian) Thanksgiving long weekend I made these vegan pumpkin cheesecakes by Jillian Harris. They are soo rich and delicious, I could eat them every day! Plus, they’re the perfect dessert for fall.
There’s three parts to the recipe – the pumpkin filling, maple coconut whipped cream, and the graham cracker “crust”. Drooling already? Here’s how to make them!
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
- 3/4 cup puréed pumpkin, canned or homemade (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt.
- 2 cans coconut milk, chilled overnight (my favourite brand to use for this is Thai kitchen)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup vegan graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tbsp vegan butter, melted
Hone in on your decor style
Your home shouldn’t be a place where you just throw some furniture together. Make it stylish, make it you. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on décor, but start collecting pieces that are totally in line with your style. When you decorate with pieces that feel like “you” you’ll feel rejuvenated and comfortable when you step through your front door.
Make your bed every morning
Did you know making your bed can actually help you make better habits in your daily life? It’s a simple task that may seem unimportant, but it sets the tone for the rest of your day. Think about how comforting and stress-free it feels to come home at night to a bed that’s already made and ready for you to jump into, rather than sheets that are twisted like a tornado hit them. Making your bed also encourages you to keep the rest of your room tidy and helps make your room look organized and well-styled. It’s hard to be stress-free when you’re surrounded by disorganization, and a made bed is a simple way you can feel relaxed and grounded.
Create a reading nook
I don’t know about you, but reading has taken a back seat over the past few years, embarrassingly to things like Instagram and Netflix taking up most of my “down time”. But I DO try to read as much as possible, and I’m making an effort to make it a bigger part of my daily routine. Creating a cozy reading nook for yourself can help you relax and get lost in your book. Keep the TV off and your phone in another room so there’s no distractions whatsoever.
Related post: 7 Books That Should Be on Your Fall Reading List
De-clutter your space
Clutter is the source of so much stress! You can always tell when I have a lot going on and my stress levels are high if there’s clutter all over my room or apartment. It means I don’t have time to put everything back in its place or throw out the things I don’t need. But de-cluttering is one of the biggest things that can help make your home stress free. Everything feels so much more organized when you only keep the things you really need and when everything is in its place.
If you have a small space, invest in things like wicker baskets and pretty hooks for your scarves and hats, and organizers so everything has a designated spot.
Let in Natural Light
Natural light is good for your soul. Open as many blinds/windows as possible to let the light into your home. It’s an instant mood booster and makes you feel better all around. When it’s dark, it can make you feel down and sluggish, but natural light will make you feel comfortable and happy. It’s a no brainer.
Bring the outdoors in
Plants, succulents and flowers are a great way to make your home into a stress-free haven. Houseplants make your space feel more peaceful, plus, they also make for great décor. They can also purify your indoor air and help boost your mood, so they’re overall a great addition to any home. I’m especially loving the fiddle-leaf fig plant these days, now, if only I could find one at a reasonable price point!
What do you think about these ideas to create a stress free home? Is there anything you would add? Let me know in the comments below!
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