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Creating a peaceful home can feel like lifting a weight off of your shoulders. Whether you organize a desk or de-clutter and decorate your entire house, you'll feel more relaxed every time you're in the area. You can follow these strategies for creating a simple, organized home, and then take steps toward creating an atmosphere that aids home relaxation. But once you have your home the way you want it, you’ll want to hold onto the sense of peace and order you’ve created.
It’s easy for busy people to backslide into messy surroundings after a few weeks, so the following steps may be needed to guard the gains you’ve made. You can do this in three ways:
This sounds like the obvious solution to having a mess, but it’s not always easy to do when you have a busy life. However, if you keep a schedule and clean a different room of the house every few days, and do a ‘clean sweep’ before you go to bed each night, you can keep your surroundings clean with minimal effort.
As you accumulate new things, be sure you’re also regularly donating and tossing things you no longer use. (Many decluttering experts recommend the "one in, one out" rule, where you get rid of one thing every time you bring in something new.) Also, be sure everything you own has a ‘home’, so you can put things away quickly and find things easily.
Hire a Helper
You may also want to have someone clean your house once a week or twice a month, which will help you feel like you’re not alone in your efforts, and make it easier to keep things clean the rest of the time.
Having peaceful surroundings can give you a sense of peace that comes from having a haven from the outside world. Beyond simply clearing the clutter and maintaining the lack of mess, you can create features in your home that can help you to feel more at peace. Here are some additional tips for creating and maintaining a Low-Stress Zone in your home:
Create Peaceful Zones
If you haven't already, you may want to continue organizing and decorating your space as time goes on. Perhaps you can create a place for journaling or meditation, perhaps a home spa area in your bathroom, or a space for yoga practice in your living room. Think of what areas you would have in an ideal vacation spot, and see if you can re-create them in your home.
Use Your Machine
Do you find dinner, conversations, and leisure time interrupted by the phone? If you want some peace in the evenings, don’t be afraid to let phone calls go to the answering machine or voice mail. It might feel strange at first to just let calls go unanswered when you’re home, but you may be surprised by how much stress you can avoid when you’re not jumping up to get the phone all the time when you’re trying to rest. Be good about getting back to people, and they shouldn’t mind.
Avoid Telemarketers and Junk Mail
If you haven’t already, get yourself on the Do Not Call list. This can greatly reduce or eliminate annoying calls you receive from telemarketers.
And if you find yourself buried under an avalanche of junk mail, writing to these people would be a really good idea. You can really cut down on the amount of mail you have to sort through and shred, which will also reduce more stress than you may realize.
Automatic Bill Payment
Another thing you can do to cut down on mail and save yourself time is to sign up for automatic bill payment. Many of your bills can be deducted from your checking account each month, or at least paid online, which will cut down on time spent writing checks mailing letters, and money spent on postage.
Don’t Stress Over a Little Mess
If you have small children or another situation that makes keeping a clean house especially difficult, give yourself permission to have a little clutter. While it’s great to have minimal clutter, sometimes stressing about an inevitable amount of mess can cause more stress. So, work toward order, but don’t obsess.