How To Design A Healthy Home
by Lea Emery on 4th February 2019
Although we may put a lot of time and thought into picking out a new couch or painstakingly choosing a paint colour, we rarely take a step back and think about our home in the big picture. Especially if we’ve been there for a little while, it’s easy to get complacent about what our space is doing for us. But your home is where you spend so many hours of your week, so it’s crucial that it’s a happy, calm, and healthy space.
If you want to create a calmer, more healthy environment in your home then it can be difficult to know where to start. But a few simple tweaks can start to create a healthy home that can be productive, calming, restorative, and whatever else you need it to be. Winter is a great time to reset and prepare for spring, so here are some tips to get you started.
Declutter And Streamline
You’ve heard it before, but only because it’s so true — if you want to have a healthy mind and body, keeping things neat and tidy is essential. You can go the full Marie Kondo method and only keep things that spark joy or, more realistically, you can just try to keep the mess at bay. Having a designated space for everything in your home can make a huge difference. Try to maximise your storage space in a way that not only gives everything an assigned place, but makes it easy to see and accessible. If you can’t see your extra toiletries or those jumpers stuffed in the back of your closet it can not only be stressful, but it can mean you end buying the same things over and over.
Going green is a great way to create a space that’s healthier and more relaxing. Some designers recommend avoiding paints and finishes with VOCs (volatile organic compounds), as well as focusing on energy-efficient products. Using more natural fibers, like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and eco-friendly cloth, is better for the environment and creates a more soothing, healthier space for you. It’s also worth investing in some greenery and plants which not only have a relaxing quality but can work as natural air filters for a healthier home.
Create A Designated Workspace
Whether you work from home or not, having a productive space in your home is crucial. It not only provides a place for focus, it also prevents work from creeping into other areas of your house. When constant availability can feel like it’s taking over your life — and those emails and texts don’t stop coming — it can really help to have a separate space. Investing in ergonomic furniture that will help keep your back and neck healthy is important, especially if you spend a lot of hours on a laptop or computer. Introducing a plant helps to create a peaceful and productive space, as can using certain colours to promote creativity and productivity — red, green, and blue can do the trick. Even if you only use your home workspace for surfing, keep your phone and laptop there when you're not using them, it will keep you from defaulting to technology and help make the rest of your home a more peaceful, healthy space.
Encourage Healthy Activities
The way your home is set up can give you a lot of subconscious clues about how to spend your time. If every bit of your furniture is pointed at TV, you’re probably going to default to watching TV. So try to set up your home in a way that encourages healthy behaviours. A little TV is fine, but do you have spaces where it’s easy to read a book, spend some tech-free time, or even practice a little yoga or mindfulness? You don’t need a lot of space or a home gym, even a tiny corner can do the trick if you create the right atmosphere. You can also make sure your trainers or walking boots are readily accessible — rather than buried in the back fo a closet — to encourage you to go outside for that walk or head to the gym.
Check In With Your Needs
If you’re looking to make your home a healthier, less cluttered environment, it can be difficult to do it all at once. Some people love a huge purge, while others need time to come to terms with a makeover or change. So keep checking in with yourself — how is the clutter? Are you really wearing those extra clothes? What can you reconsider or improve? If a big change doesn’t work for you, that’s OK — little and often can do the trick, too.
Creating a home that’s organized and mentally calming will naturally translate into a healthier environment overall. Stick with minimalistic and natural products but, above all else, try to keep your technology in a certain area — or at least create a tech-free zone. That can make all the difference.
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