8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Relaxing and Productive
Home offices aren't always the most relaxing places. But with a few simple and inexpensive changes, you can turn your Meridian, ID home office into an oasis of calm — making you more focused and less stressed. Whether you want to de-clutter, bring in more natural light, or create spaces for hobbies, here are eight easy ways to make your home more relaxing and productive.
1. Change the Layout
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice of arranging space for better energy flow. To apply it in your home, create a layout balanced with five elements: water, fire, earth, metal, and wood.
2. Add Plants
You don't need to live in a greenhouse to enjoy nature. Plants help purify indoor air and make you feel happier while increasing productivity. Choose a few of your favorites, such as bamboo palms or fiddle leaf figs. Alternatively, select a succulent or other easy-to-care-for plant.
3. Install Natural Light
To make your home more relaxing, consider maximizing natural light through windows by removing dark drapes or painting walls in a lighter color. If you want a space that fosters creativity, sitting near natural rather than artificial light can boost your mood and productivity.
4. Clear Your Workspace
If you work from home, a dedicated workspace away from distractions is key. Having an area that's free of clutter and ready for work is vital for getting things done. This doesn't mean you need an expensive desk in a separate room. Even a large coffee table or space on your dining room table can make a big difference.
Start by decluttering anything that doesn't spark joy. That might mean a set of dumbbells or a seldom-used treadmill. Then tackle items in miscellaneous piles: small appliances, spare chargers for devices, or mail you don't need to keep.
6. Create a Hobby Space
To make your hobby a relaxing escape, create a designated space in your home where you can do it. It could be a corner of an unused room or even just one part of a room already used for another purpose. The key is to have enough privacy to get lost in your project for hours without distractions to boost your mood and creativity.
7. Create an Adult Wellness Space
Making a wellness space helps you stay on track for fitness goals by reinforcing healthy habits, such as meditation or yoga. A wellness space can be any area of your home dedicated to relaxation, whether an entire room or just a corner of your bedroom. Transform a corner into a zen oasis with simple additions, such as soft lighting, soothing colors, and fresh flowers.
8. Focus on Floors
Thicker flooring, such as hardwood or laminate, can provide extra padding underfoot. If you're looking to create an open-concept floor plan for your office, update your floors with fewer transitions. Removing a wall between two rooms, for example, can transform the atmosphere of a space.
Relax and Be More Productive
Regardless of what space you're trying to make more comfortable, these tips can help you relax and become more productive. Visit Capell Flooring and Interiors, specialists in creating new spaces and flooring in Meridian.
-Guest Writer: Patrick Young