Everyone wants to be living their best life these days, and it’s only natural. While the idea of living a better life can seem daunting, it’s easier than you might think. Instead of one grand gesture, you can take and do a few simple things a day at home to start your path to happiness.
After all, your home is literally your home base. It’s where you begin your day, it’s where you come to relax, unwind, cry, laugh, and be yourselves. It’s an extension of who you are, and when everything at home is in order, you can be properly prepared to go out into the world. There are even scientific studies that show how a clean home can impact your mental health.
Here are a few simple things you will change your life at home, and have you well on the way to living your own life.
Make your bed
This quick, three-minute task can drastically improve your day. There have been countless studies that show how starting your morning by taking the time to make your bed can lead to a happy, productive day. It gives you a small sense of pride and accomplishment. So work it into your morning routine, and you’ll soon see the difference in your attitude.
Decorate your space.
You don’t realize how much decorating your space can change your mood until you’ve done it. When you move into a new space or house, sometimes personalizing it to your taste and aesthetics can take a back seat as you focus on getting all the other logistics smoothed out. Plus, no one tells you just how expensive it can be! That being said, you should make it a point to set aside some money to spruce up your place because it will make you feel like you have a haven that’s reflective of who you are.
Indoor plants bring the beauty of nature indoors and can improve your mental health. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. There are some hardy houseplants that thrive on a little neglect, such as the dracaena marginata. It’s an excellent plant for beginners and grows into a striking tree. The dracaena will grow to just under six feet when properly trimmed. If you’re looking for popular houseplant that’s inexpensive and easy to take care of, or doesn’t require direct sunlight and lots fertilizer, you’d be surprised how many options there are. Plenty of houseplants thrive in low light and will have your living room feeling cozier in no time.
Make your chores easier and more fun.
Coming home after a long day of work to a messy house is pretty depressing, and trying to stay on top of cleaning is hard. If you create a simple system for cleaning, it can make it a lot easier. For example, you can eliminate the step of adding a dryer sheet or fabric softener to your load of laundry by getting a set of dryer balls. They save a step, time, and are eco-friendly! Plus they prevent static cling and soften clothes, too. You can also start the habit of straightening each room by picking everything back up and putting it away before you leave the house. It takes a few minutes but you’ll feel less anxious about coming home when you know it’s clean and ready for you.
Make time for the fun stuff.
Society has taught people that if you aren’t busy, you aren’t being productive. This thinking has conditioned people to put things they enjoy on the back burner. You’ve heard the famous old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and while old-fashioned anecdotes can be cheesy, this one hits home. But it doesn’t have to be that way — playing is actually very important for letting off steam and relaxing. Schedule that coffee date with your old friend, go to a paint and drink class with your sibling, or finally go sky diving like you’ve wanted to do. Life can become dull and frustrating if you don’t squeeze in things that bring you joy. When you get back to your home after your adventure, you’ll feel even more grateful for the welcoming space you’ve created.
Drink more water.
This sounds ridiculous, but it can significantly improve your life. Humans are made of mostly water, and when you drink more water it can give you clear skin, and a better functioning brain. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning has also been shown to boost your metabolism!
Now, don’t you feel better already? Try a few of these things and you’ll start feeling happier and healthier right away.