1. Open the windows. Let the bad vibes out and let some fresh, cleansing air in. 
  2. Play some music. Make it happy with a beat you can dance to, soothing or vibrant. Your call.
  3. Put a funny movie on. You don’t even have to watch it, but the laughs coming out of your TV as you go about your business will keep you cheerful company.
  4. Bake something that smells delicious. Cinnamon rolls, apple pie; you don’t even have to make it from scratch. Cookie dough from the supermarket will have the same effect. It’s the warming, welcoming aroma you are after, not the taste. (Although that will be great too).
  5. Print some of those happy memories out of your phone or hard disk, and put them in a pretty frame to remind you of the good times in your life. No frames? Maybe a heart shaped collage on the wall or fridge.
  6. Install a pot plant or a bunch of flowers in your living room, it’s nurturing greenness will not only please your eyes but also clean the air.
  7. Have a quick clean – nothing major, just 5 minutes of dusting will make for a happier home.
  8. Light a scented candle. 
  9. Declutter for 10 minutes. Walk around with a laundry basket and fill it with stuff that is harshing your good vibes – it might not be your job to put the stuff away, but clearing those socks out from under the coffee table will improve your view.
  10. Update the couch with some bright cushions and a throw to lift your spirits.
  11. Print out or make some colourful or inspirational artwork and put it where you can see it every day. 
  12. Change your sheets! Not my favourite job but everyone loves clean sheet day, yes? 
  13. Give the windows and mirrors a quick going over with a damp microfibre. Removing grime and smudges will improve your outlook considerably. (literally and figuratively) 
  14. Plan something fun, like a short holiday or even a day out. Having an adventure to look forward to is fantastic for the soul. 
  15. Have some friends over for an impromptu get together and fill your home with love and laughter. Let these good memories soak into the walls and into you. 

6 thoughts on “15 ways to de-stress your home

  • 03/10/2015 at 1:46 AM

    I really love this post, but it doesn't talk about one of our 3 prompts. We would love to have you on board as one of our lovely Friday Reflections writers, You left such a perfect comment on my blog, if you could write that in your post it would fit exactly what we are after. You are welcome to blog about any one of the three prompts, and the add our badge to your post, just copy the code and attach. Then link up with us, we are here every week, and have 3 new prompts every week. If you have any questions email me any time Mac@reflectionsfromme.com or tweet me a message @macglanville Thanks for coming by though, and I do really love the ideas, I love lighting candles xx

    • 03/11/2015 at 2:38 AM

      Hi Mackenzie, thanks for stopping by! Obviously I need to read the rules of your link up a bit more closely, please forgive me. xx

  • 03/10/2015 at 11:49 AM

    Some lovely ideas here. The first thing I do every morning whatever the weather is open my bedroom windows a little to let the fresh air in. I'm always baking too so my house usually smells of something nice. Just 13 more things to go before I have a totally stress free house 🙂

    • 03/11/2015 at 2:40 AM

      Oh I hear you on the fresh air! One of our dogs has the worst breath, and closing our small house up at night is something we regret in the morning….I don't know if these ideas are enough, I'm thinking that winning the lotto might be the best way to destress right now! xxx

  • 03/17/2015 at 12:03 PM

    Thank goodness for this list! I read it early in the day then by mid morning the day had turned to sh#t. Broken down car, uni daughter stressed to the gills, bills arriving thick and fast. Then I remembered your list I walked into the lounge lit a beautiful candle I have and went outside to hang out washing. When I finally got back in the candles perfume had filled the whole room and straight away I felt so much relief. Thank you for writing this list it made my day. P.s love a sheet change too. Ox.

    • 05/27/2015 at 2:25 AM

      Kerrie! I cannot believe I missed this lovely comment for so long. Thank you Gorgeous, for such lovely words. xxx

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