It’s the perfect time to make your home more comfortable. If you haven’t already, making your home a calming space to be in is life-changing. It’s amazing how much your mood changes with your environment. Once your place is clean, your soul is clean, and you’ll never want to go back.

“According to a recent study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, people who described their homes as cluttered, messy, and full of unfinished projects were also more depressed, tired and stressed out than those who described their homes as restorative and clean. In addition, a clean room just helps you sleep better! And getting enough rest is crucial to your happiness.”

-Cleancult

Our surroundings often tend to reflect and influence our mental health. So making things as clean, calming, and happy as possible is essential when we’re spending so much time inside. 

If you’d love to make your living space an extra-lovely place to live, keep reading for some great tips on how to make your home more comforting:

Add Plants

Bring the outside inside with some stunning plants. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are always other types of plants that are close to impossible to kill! You don’t have to be a seasoned plant mom to keep succulents or even fake plants alive. (Although real plants tend to be more helpful because they help purify the air.)

Additionally, treat yourself to an elegant bouquet of flowers. You deserve it. And just spending a couple of dollars extra on fresh flowers at your grocery store can give you the same-mood boosting benefits as a potted plant. And you won’t have to worry about keeping it alive for too long.

You can also practice your florist skills by learning how to arrange beautiful bouquets of your own to save on fresh flowers.

Consider Your Lighting

Do you have a bunch of bright white lights around the house? If so, these could be overstimulating you and making it difficult to fall asleep at night. And blue lights especially keep you up all night, which is why we recommend blue light glasses while working on your computers, smartphones and other screens.

But your lighting doesn’t just impact your sleep. It can also affect your overall mood at night. Getting a light dimmer or decorating your walls with some elegant string lights can be a great solution (and no, string lights are not just for college dorms). They can dramatically change the look of your room and take it from simple to majestic really quickly.

Alternatively, you could also light some candles around the house. Bonus points if they’re your favorite scented candles. Just make sure that you make fire-safe choices when lighting candles or any other fire-related things around the house.

Make the House Smell Good

This ties in with getting scented candles. But you could also grab an essential oil diffuser.

Of course, there are also many other options for making your home smell wonderful. You could grab incense, make some fresh-baked goods in the oven, or even spritz around your favorite air freshener. You can also make a fabric-freshening spray by dissolving Downy Unstoppables or a similar product in warm water in a spray bottle. 

The options for how you can improve the way your home smells are endless.

Add Comforting Embellishments

What makes you feel happy and comfortable? Those are the things that you should include around your house. Go crazy and splurge on comforting throw rugs, pillows, and blankets to accessorize your home.

Here are some ideas on how you can make your home cozier:

  • Create a comfortable meditation nook in the corner of your home.
  • Add plush pillows and blankets to your couch or favorite armchairs.
  • Make your bed extra comfortable with the highest quality blankets.

You can also consider adding some fun wall hangings that add your style and personality to make your home more comfortable.

Make Your Bed

Yes, it’s important to actually make your bed every day. It can be annoying, but the differences between a made and unmade bed are vast.

For one, you’ve got to have a great place to sleep. You need your full eight hours a day, and a comfortable, clean place to rest will make it a lot easier. With a continually unmade bed, you’re stuck with your acuminated Dorito crumbs on the sheets, and your piled face grease on the pillows, and whatever other unsavory details. Cleaning your bed frequently is just the clean thing to do, and it will make you happier as soon as your done.

Making your bed is also a great way to begin other activities. Once you’ve bothered to get up to make it, you’ll be in the mood to clean the rest of your room. And after that, you can do your laundry, or you can iron your wrinkly shirts, or you can start that book you’ve been putting off. Once you’ve done this one task, it’s a lot easier to begin a lot of other wellness activities.

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”

-U.S. Navy Admiral William H. McRaven

So there you have it. Once you start with these improvements, your home will be much more comfortable in no time. And remember, cleanliness is next to godliness. Once you’ve achieved those standards, it’ll seem much more simpler to reach for other health and wellness heights. Marie Kondo once said, “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change.” And we can’t agree more.

Are you interested in more wellness content? Check out this article about creating a unique self-care routine.