How to Give Your Home a “Vibe” Makeover
Working from home used to be an employment perk offered by progressive companies. Now it’s becoming much more commonplace.
With most of us confined to spending much of our time at home, cabin fever is something to watch out for.
If you find yourself feeling uninspired or jaded by the monotony of staying indoors day in, day out, it’s time to give your home a “vibe” makeover.
Here’s how you can invigorate your home energy and atmosphere with a few simple but effective tweaks.
Now that you’re working, exercising, relaxing, and sleeping in the same place, it’s important to compartmentalise your living space so you’ll at least have a change of atmosphere when doing different things in different rooms or designated areas.
If space is an issue or you live in an open plan studio, you can partition off the space with screens, bookshelves, tall potted plants, and furniture. The goal is to break up your home into clearly defined areas so you’re not doing everything in one place, which can feel suffocating after a while.
#2 Play with colour
Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to revitalise your home. Alternatively, you can also add a pop of colour with bright artwork, colourful furnishings such as throw pillows, curtains, and rugs, and even home appliances.
Plants and flowers add a lovely touch as they’re not only soothing and pleasant on the eyes but also keep your indoor air quality fresh.
#3 Declutter and reorganise
It’s natural to accumulate clutter when we’ve lived in the same place for a period of time. Notice how you always feel much lighter and more relaxed after cleaning out the junk? If staying indoors is getting you down, why not do a spot of decluttering?
Take the opportunity to clear out the junk and reorganise your storage space. You might find things you could donate to charity and benefit those less fortunate. Not only will you feel a sense of achievement from decluttering, but you’ll also feel good about helping out those in need.
#4 Infuse your space with scents
Our sense of smell is the most sensitive of our senses, which explains why scents tend to affect our mood and state of mind so greatly.
The smell of fresh-cut grass, blossoming flowers, and ocean breeze remind us of hot summer days, while the scent of citrus makes us feel more energetic and productive.
Scents are a highly effective way of invigorating a space. There are so many options to choose from these days: scented candles, oil diffusers, air mists, fresh flowers. You could even opt for an open window overlooking a herb garden—how amazing would that be?
#5 Make it green
Just because you have to stay indoors doesn’t mean you can’t bring in the outdoors. Whether they’re miniature plants like succulents and cactuses, leafy potted plants or exotic flowers such as orchids, having elements of nature in the home instantly livens things up and ensures plenty of fresh air.
#6 Keep it light
It can be challenging to stay upbeat during the dark and cold winter months, particularly when we’re hunkering down indoors for an extended period.
Besides positioning your desk near a window and keeping the shades up during the day to maximise natural light, you can also use warm lighting and reflective surfaces such as mirrors, glass bowls, and chrome lamps to brighten up your living space.
#7 Unplug from the web
The constant tracking of COVID cases and fatalities takes a toll on our state of mind. While it’s important to keep an eye on the latest developments, unplugging from the web at regular intervals during the day helps keep our sanity in check!
Working from home and staying isolated is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and those most vulnerable amongst us during this pandemic, but it’s important to recognise when cabin fever starts to set in.
Part of unplugging can also mean coming up with new ways to spend your time. Think of new hobbies or interests whether that be drawing, sewing or grilling. Try out a range of ideas until you find something where time seemingly flies by!
Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.