When you’re a mom, life is hectic and sometimes, it can be stressful. Our homes can provide a base to relax and unwind, but what if your home is more frantic and frenetic than serene and soothing? If you’re always on the go or you struggle to switch off, here are some steps to minimize stress at home.
Decluttering, storage and quick, easy tidying
We all know that moms don’t have hours to clean and tidy every day. If clutter is getting you down or you’re tired of trying to wade through stuff to get to the couch after a long day, there are solutions. Start by planning a decluttering operation. Set aside a few hours and tackle each room, creating a series of piles of items you want to keep, donate, sell or throw away. Decluttering frees up valuable space and it can also be cathartic. Take a look at sites like Simple Lionheart Life for ideas, inspiration and quotes to help you sort through your home and combat stress. Once you’ve decluttered, the next mission is to find a home for all the stuff you want to hang onto. If you’re short on space, investing in innovative storage is a fantastic idea. You can use wall-mounted units and furniture with concealed storage to provide solutions if you don’t have much floor space and use tubs, boxes and racks to make tidying away children’s toys and books quick and easy.
Creating areas to rest and relax
We all want our homes to be welcoming, sociable spaces where we can spend quality time with our children, friends and families, but it’s also important to make space for rest and relaxation. Your bedroom, for example, should be a peaceful haven, which makes you feel calm. Choose soothing colors, add cozy touches and opt for soft lighting and get into the habit of winding down in the evenings. If you have the space available, make an adult-friendly living area where you can watch TV or movies, read a book or listen to music without worrying about tripping over toys or having to stare at bright walls filled with pictures of cartoon characters. Even if you only have a corner of the living room or kitchen, it’s beneficial to have a sanctuary to retreat to when stress levels are rising.
Managing your time
Moms are always in demand and it can feel like you’re being pulled in different directions all the time. If a lack of time is a problem, prioritize time management and look for ways to save time and make life easier. Don’t be afraid to say no to invitations or requests if you’re already busy, ask for help and take advantage of modern technology and services that offer convenience. Online shopping and food deliveries, for example, can eliminate the need to pack the kids into the car, sit in traffic, navigate the store and drive home.
Life can be stressful when you’re a parent. If you’re struggling to wind down, your home doesn’t feel relaxing or tranquil, or you feel like you’re always rushing around, take these tips on board.