If you are at the stage in life when you would like to reduce stress and live a greener, healthier life, your current living arrangements might not suit your lifestyle choices. If you would like to make sure that you are able to enjoy your life and benefit from the little luxuries life provides, you will need to choose your next home or development carefully. Below you will find a few tips on how to make your home more relaxing and stress-free.
Don’t Rush Buying a House
One of the things people do wrong is that they feel under pressure to get on the property ladder, and choose the wrong place or type of accommodation. Chances are that you will need to see at least a couple of dozen homes and do your research before you will find the one that will make you happy for the rest of your life. Rushing the decision will end you with a less than perfect house, and you are likely to lose money if you decide to sell and move on in a couple of years.
Don’t Overstretch Your Budget
Another mistake many young buyers make is that they spend beyond their means. If you can’t find the perfect property for your budget, you might be better off waiting for that bonus payment or making sure that you can afford the payments before you take out a huge mortgage you will be struggling to pay every month. You will end up increasing your stress levels and getting overworked, not having the time to enjoy your home environment.
Find the Right Balance Between Personal and Spacious
You will need to make your space personal and create some relaxing areas, where you can chill and unwind. Anything too cozy and lacking space and light, however, will achieve the opposite results. You don’t want your new large accommodation to be impersonal, but – on the other hand – you need the space for the things you want to surround yourself with. You have to find the right balance and consider how much it will cost you to heat up the large open spaces before you commit to a modern open-plan home.
Utilize Natural Light
One of the things that make us happier in our homes is natural light. No matter how stunning your fixtures are and how efficient your home is, nothing can replace natural light in your home. It will improve your mood every day, and save you money on your heating and electricity. If you get the chance to complete home improvements, you can even install energy efficient large windows that collect solar energy and help you generate your own electricity.
Buying a house will inevitably increase your family’s carbon footprint. If you would like to live guilt-free and reduce the stress knowing that you are contributing towards global warming, you can make your living environment more guilt-free. Install sustainable surfaces, flooring, and upcycle furniture. Instead of using materials that are hard to recycle, you should opt for sustainable and long-lasting materials. Most sofa and mattress fillings are hard to recycle, so you will need to choose wisely.
Create Relaxing Outdoor Spaces
Instead of just focusing on getting your interior right, you might also want to pay attention to the outdoor spaces your new house offers. A meditation garden with a waterfall might be a good place to gather your thoughts or take a step back from your busy life and de-stress. A flower garden, a pond, or a hideaway nook, a garden room with natural light can create the right balance between indoor and outdoor living.
Add Little Luxuries
You will also need to tailor your home to your needs and preferences, If you enjoy water and clean spaces, you can create a bathroom that lets you create a spa day at home every now and then. If you would like to create mood lighting in the bathroom or the living room, so you can chill and have a tranquil night in when you feel stressed, include these elements in your plan. Add smart home features as well, so you can avoid wasting energy and manage your carbon footprint.
Choosing only organic and recyclable materials and cleaning products to surround you in your home is a good way of feeling better about yourself and doing something good every day. You can grow your own fruit and vegetables, try homesteading, or even keep animals that will take care of the fertilization of the soil in your garden. Did you know that you can get or hire goats to take care of your lawn, instead of burning fossil fuels and cutting it every week to look perfect?
Make Your Home Sustainable
If you have found your dream house for sale, you can create a plan to make it fully sustainable. Talk to an energy expert and a structural engineer, so you can find out whether your roof will support solar panels, or if you need to get the house rewired for installing sustainable renewable energy solutions. Find a way to collect rainwater, or get your own well, if you can get permission, so you are not using chemical-filled water, and can reduce your impact on the natural environment. Not to mention that your plants will prefer rainwater instead of the one from the tap.
Insulation and Waste Matter
If you don’t want to worry about your wasted energy and resources, you can take care of your own recycling and choose biodegradable and sustainable insulation materials. There are some organic and effective insulation sheets that work just as well as glass fiber, and you can create your compost bins to create your own fertilizer or even natural gas to use for heating.
Feeling good in your home has a lot to do with your values. Your new house should not only support your lifestyle but also make your life more stress-free. If you would like to do something good for the world, make sure that you consider some of the above ideas before buying or renovating your next home.
*This is a collaborative post between MyBrownSparklez and an Affilliate