Self care ideas for your home are just the thing to prepare for winter. Heading into fall and the celebration months is the perfect time to make some easy changes to lift your spirits and enhance your home in preparation for the holidays. Guess what, you don’t have to spend money to brighten your home and feel productive as we head from pandemic isolation and anxiety to returning to the world and pleasures we all have missed. Smell autumn in the air and start spreading the joy of a new season with new possibilities. Give your home some love. It will love you back.
Our self care ideas for brightening your home are so easy you’ll be surprised at the difference they make.
Here are 5 self care ideas to brighten your home during isolation or rebirth
1. Brighten your home with some new lights
Maybe you have a lightbulb that burned out over the summer and you just haven’t gotten around to replacing it. Maybe you didn’t have the time to go out for a new bulb – now’s your chance. Order a bulb online and have it delivered to reduce your need to go out and replace it yourself. Try a different kind – switch from a yellow bulb to something whiter. The room will really brighten up. It may even look a little larger.
This may also be your opportunity to try out that new lamp you haven’t put up yet – or if you don’t need any new lighting, tie back your curtains to let in the natural light. Open the blinds. Open the windows to let in that fresh air. It’s a wonder what fresh air and some light can do for your mental health. Get the light now while you have it. Get some fairy lights for those holiday celebrations.
Painting the walls can also be brightening. It has a deep positive impact on your mind. Sometimes we tend to get bored seeing the same old color and the other times, the color wears off. You can also paint the walls so that the room feels as new as a fresh day or if you wish you can get a wall paint test so that start off with some data about the color scheme and palette of the room.
2. Rearrange your furniture
You don’t have to spend any money doing this and it can be a great workout. Move the couch around in the living room. Switch the armchair around with the coffee table. See which positions offer you the most room and play around with the space you have. Nothing is set in stone – if you’re worried about not liking the new arrangement, make sure you take a picture of how you had the room prior to moving everything around.
If you’re in love with how your furniture is situated, look at your photos on the walls or other decor. Could they use some straightening? Dusting? Rearranging?
3. Brighten the home and find a new favorite fragrance
Staying in the same space can feel dull – especially when you get used to the scent. It can feel stagnant and old. But after switching up the scent in my bedroom, things felt newer, fresher. Whether you use plugins, sprays, diffusers, or candles, take the time to see what other fragrances you have lying around. Maybe you’re still using that winter scent – switch it out for something more summery.
If you’d prefer something more natural, open the windows and get a fan going to usher in the smell of early spring. If it’s particularly chilly, try finding some flowers you can pick and add them to your home. Nothing brightens the kitchen table like a vase of freshly-picked flowers.
4. Clean up
It sounds so simple, but it actually works. Whether there are dirty dishes in the sink, the dishwasher is cleaned but needs to be unloaded, “the chair” in you room is packed with folded laundry to be put away, the closet is overflowing, the table is cluttered with mail and other random documents – you get the picture. This is one of the important tips in 100 Tips For Growing up. You’re home now and are running out of excuses to tackle that cleaning chore. Just dive in and don’t think about it. Play some music or your favorite podcast and get it done. Clutter can lead to anxiety. Well, so can procrastination. It’s amazing how much better you’ll feel once you have that open space – and how much brighter your home can be without the clutter!
Now, the problem is to keep it clean.
5. Plant something
Not everyone has a place to do some gardening outside and not everyone has seeds lying around. But you can send away for a packet of your favorite flowers and herbs to plant in your house. Determine what’s safe for your home – is this plant pet-friendly? How much sun does it require versus how much sun do you get indoors and how often? Based on that information and requirements, buy a packet of seeds and get planting! It not only brightens up the home once everything has sprouted, but depending on your choice, you can freshen up the scent inside as well.