There are so few genuinely peaceful places in the world where you can hide from the daily stress and let your mind truly rest. Your home should be one of these rare places and, as obvious as that may seem, it can sometimes become just another source of discontent. To ensure that your home is your oasis of calm in a world of chaos, here are three tips to get you started.

  1. Decorate Thoughtfully

Life can be unrelenting and hectic at the worst times, meaning that when you get home, you rarely want to spend your precious downtime on chores like tidying and cleaning. To prevent the stress that often comes with knowing you must tidy but being too exhausted to do so, decorate and organize your home in such a way that your future self will thank you. Set aside some time dedicated to one big tidy that will stem the need for smaller, more frequent and irritating sessions later on. Once you’ve cleared your space, it’s time to decorate! Your home should be a place of relaxation and calm, so choose soft, comfortable furniture and colors that please your taste. Take inspiration from interior design websites and magazines but remember that your own style is the most important as this will provide you with a space tailor-made for making you happy.

  1. Avoid Disaster

Part of setting yourself up for peace is anticipating potential problems. By future-proofing your home, you can avoid many issues including weather damage, rot and even disasters such as fire and floods. Not only should you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, but invest in security equipment to protect your home from thieves. Although it doesn’t sound as fun as choosing a comfy armchair or painting the walls a fresh color, it will give you greater peace of mind while enjoying your own home. To avoid having to constantly spend money on replacements for essential homewares, invest in quality that will stand the test of time. For example, solid garden fences will last you much longer than something flimsy and easily blown down. Look to buy online, and soon your home and garden can be protected from the unexpected.

  1. Embrace Nature

It’s almost an entirely universal feeling that nature makes humans feel more tranquil and at peace. Even if you live in the busiest city, you can still incorporate nature into your home for some added serenity. Learn which plants are best suited to your local climate and research how to look after them. If you have a garden, let your lawn bloom with a wide variety of flora that will give the impression of abundance and bounty. Don’t be afraid to let everything grow out of control unless they are physically damaging your brickwork or other important objects. Letting nature run riot can soothe the mind as it pulls you out of the frantic nonsense of everyday life and gives you the chance to reflect on what is most important while caring for another life form.