Although the end to Covid-19 is almost within reach, people must still refer to their homes as an environment of comfort. The best way to lead a healthy and content lifestyle is to make changes that fit your personal needs. As new hopes of spring and anticipation for another year approaches, a refurbished home can escort the difficulties of the past and welcome in a fresh beginning.
Since people spend a lot of time at home, it is important for it to be organized to maximize comfort. Verywellmind.com states that clutter causes stress, so cleaning the house can be an effective way to maintain one‘s well being. It is also revealed that those with clean houses are oftentimes healthier, more efficient, and have lower stress hormone levels than those with messy homes.
The first step can be to clean the pantry, closet, garage, and area for online school or work. Starting with the pantry, it is important to mark expiration dates and sort remaining foods in baskets or crates to optimize space. For a working area, the key to organizing a clutter-free space to enhance focus would be to keep only essential items on the desk, use storage boxes to eliminate visual distractions, and make a labeling system to know where items are located. When organizing the closet, people should donate unwanted clothes that are in good condition to thrift stores, then neatly organize clothes by season.
After deep cleaning the house, it can be decorated according to personal taste. To relive positive memories, a gallery wall can be created in the home by hanging pictures of friends, family, travels, and other things that remind one of happy moments. Drawings, crafts, and fairy lights can also be hung to add a unique design. Some people even set up outdoor living rooms in their backyards to usher in excitement and the beauty of nature to their homes. Outdoor patio furniture and umbrellas can do the trick to expand the home into a stress relieving area which can boost the immune system and decrease symptoms of depression. Hyeon Jung Park, a mother of two high school students in Atlanta, states, “I enjoy redecorating my home during my free time to liven up the atmosphere. I want to make sure my children can enjoy quality time at home with family to make the best of this situation.”