As we are in month 13 of a Global Pandemic that has required many Americans to stay home, you may be feeling restless and uninspired. If you've been in a rut, you're not alone.
Large retailers like HomeGoods and Target, have reported a 30% sales increase in their home décor items to accommodate the need to turn our homes into a workspace, learning center, and gym.
If the need to create multipurpose spaces has left you wanting (or let's be honest, needing) a little home refresh, here are five low cost (and even FREE) ways to improve your space while also improving your mood.
Improve your mood in these 5 easy & low-cost ways:
What is it with a clean, well-organized home that makes us feel so satisfied? A recent study showed that women who describe their living space as "cluttered" or full of "incomplete projects" were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than those who would describe their home as "clean" and "restful".
The appearance of our home, whether cluttered or clean, has a direct correlation to our mood. My family knows all too well how I just cannot cook in a dirty kitchen (I know, I know, it sounds like an excuse to get out of cooking, but it's really true!). A sink full of dirty dishes, pet hair all over the furniture or when that "catch-all" we call a table has just become unmanageable, it can all be contributing factors to our mood.
So, get to cleaning up the mess. Better yet; start by focusing on areas you’ve not attended to for a long time, for instance, under the bed, sofas, and fridges.
Change your perspective
No need to pack everything up and start house hunting to find some peace and relaxation. The simple act of rearranging a few pieces of furniture or adding some small touches of décor can have a big impact on your mood.
Place your furniture in a way that makes sense for you and that creates an environment that provides the best energy to support whatever that room is used for. And it doesn't have to be a big change either, just shifting your existing pieces slightly can make a difference.
Our master bedroom is not quite the "master" I would love, but we're working with what we have. A few weeks ago, I decided it was finally time to reclaim the dresser in my bedroom and we hung the TV on the wall instead. After my wonderful husband hung the TV, I changed out the lamp and added a few candles (we'll talk about those next) and it felt like a whole new space.
Invite new scents into your space
As a candlemaker, I know a thing or two about the significance scent can have on your space but it might not be for the reasons you're thinking. Aromas affect our moods, work performance, and behaviors in a multitude of ways and that's because our brains are wired to associate a scent with a specific event or feeling we've experienced in our lives.
When our sense of smell has so much impact on how we feel, trying out new scents is an easy way to improve your mood at home. Perhaps the scent of fresh-baked cookies conjures up childhood memories at your grandparent's house, which leaves you feeling warm and cozy or the bright scent of citrus instantly reminds you of lazy summer days by the pool with a margarita in hand and you feel happy and energized (regardless of the snow falling outside your window).
The possibilities are endless so just start experimenting with a few new and unexpected scents. I've recently begun testing a unique Blackberry & Sage scent that I am just loving and I believe you will too (be on the lookout for that in an upcoming Simply Vela release).
Pops of color
We all have natural reactions to color—a clear blue sky can make you feel more peaceful; a bouquet of daffodils, more optimistic. So it's no surprise that the colors in your home can have an impact on your mood, too.
Here are a few tips to get you started and just remember, humans are more comfortable in spaces with color than in those without. A beige world is under-stimulating—and that can be stressful.
- Red & Violet Colors - These two stimulating colors boost your energy level by causing your body to pump out more adrenaline.
- Green & Yellow - Want to feel more upbeat? Bring in the colors of sunshine and spring fields.
- Blue - Blue is a very soothing hue—its the color of the sky and the sea—and we can all use soothing touches of it in our hectic lives.
- Spider Plants - Spider plants have been found to remove 95 percent of formaldehyde in the air, in addition to improving oxygen levels and removing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
- Pothos - Pothos also removes formaldehyde from the air, in addition to xylene and toluene, both harmful air pollutants, and these are great for low light conditions.
- Aloe Vera - Aloe plants are a type of succulent that not only look good, but have medical benefits as well. The gel from aloe plants contains natural antioxidants and can improve dry skin, burns, and acne. Make sure you put your aloe plant in bright, indirect sunlight and let it dry in between watering's.
Just remember, the desire to boost your mood at home should be a process you enjoy, so find what works for you. Share your best mood-boosting tips below!