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Momming is stressful.
Having a few zones in your house that actually relax you, even if you only get to spend 10 or 15 minutes of time there a day, will make you feel so much better just to know that it’s there.
Transforming a place in your house into a space that is actually relaxing can help when you come home from work or just help you recover from a busy day at home. There are plenty of ways to help give your home that cozy feeling, so here are some tips to get you started.
#1: Chuck In Some Soft Throws
There’s nothing like curling up on a comfy couch, with a good book, a mug of tea, or even a game of Candy Crush on your phone.
When it comes to adding a cozy feeling to the space, it’s a good idea to invest in some throws that you can place strategically on the sofa and around any other seating area.
Throw blankets are a great couch accoutrement to make things that much more tempting. My favorite is this guy, who looks classy on one side, but retains his fuzzy splendor on the other.
Speaking of throws, a throw basket is also worth having to help keep everything in order, rather than it all being a mess of throws on your couch at the end of an evening.
Something like this guy, placed near one of the arms of the couch can be a fantastic place to put the blankets. It eliminates the need for complex folding, which (in turn) triples the likelihood that your progeny will actually put them away.
Talking of soft furnishings, don’t forget pillows or features like a rug to help with insulating the space.
#2: Add Blinds Or Curtains To Keep Warm
Weirdly enough, it’s the windows in your home in your home that are going to lose the most heat
Installing some blinds or curtains can keep in the warmth but are a great touch to add that cozy feeling to a space. There’s nothing like closing the curtains or blinds and shutting out the world. Even though it’s simply a bit of material between you and the window, it can help you feel more protected in your home. There are plenty of companies who can help you tailor these aspects of your home.
Try out custom curtains or blinds that are suited specifically for your space.
#3: Dim The Lights with Lamps
It’s all about mood lighting when it comes to a room and a great way of giving your space that relaxed vibe is to add to some lamps. Ceiling lights can be a bit invasive and not something you want in the evening. Instead, as your body is winding down, you want the option of a dimmer light.
That’s where side lamps or other types of softer lighting can be very handy. You can get lights that have a dimmer switch, and that will likely work just as well. However, there is something nice about having a soft light by your bed at nighttime.
If you want that candlelit feel but don’t feel like leaving your bed/couch/seat to light eight million objects on fire, try some of these guys.
I have these ones in my bedroom and it’s actually pretty fantastic to get a “room full of candles” feel without the hassle of lighting an actual room full of candles. Plus, with kids, you really want to minimize the number of things that are on fire at any given time.
#4: Create An Atmosphere With The Senses
With our senses, they are powerful, and therefore, you want to use these senses to help create a certain atmosphere of coziness within your space. This might be by lighting candles and having a fragrance for the room, but (as we already discussed) fire and kids isn’t always a happy combination.
We have these guys all over our house (literally, I think at last count we probably have five of them) and they’re wonderful.
I fill them with water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil each morning and our house smells absolutely fantastic.
Having a distinct smell to your cosy room can help you relax way faster.
Decluttering is a huge part of any cozy space, because you will be too busy looking at all the amassed piles of garbage sitting around your house.
If you need help decluttering, I've written extensively on the subject and I actually have a 14 Days to a Spotless House eclass that will take you through it step-by-step, but the basic principles are simple:
If you haven't used something in six months, you probably don't need it. Donate it to Goodwill and get it out of your house.
If you haven't used it in the last week, it probably belongs in a drawer/shelf/bin and not out in the open.
By decluttering your cozy space, you're freeing up not only your countertops are other surfaces, but the portion of your mind that is constantly thinking about how messy things are.
You are never going to want to sit down and relax if you don't have something comfortable to sit on.
You don't actually need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on luxury is sofas or other furniture, but having even one cozy chair will make a huge difference in your likelihood of inhabiting the space.
If you have kids, a bean bag chair or other floor-friendly seating is actually going to be way more tempting for their tiny bodies, for some strange reason.
Whatever your choices, having comfy seating is going to make any space waaaaaay better.
Unfortunately, you have to curtail your space to your actual daily activities, not vice versa.
It doesn't matter how much time you've spent on Pinterest looking at meditation or Zen Gardens, if you have toddlers that are highly likely to throw anything they find on the floor, placing flat stones and water hazards (in the form of soothing fountains) on your floor is likely to end in disaster.
However, if you make a cozy room with a shag rug and plenty of things to sit on, likely they will bundle those hoes up in a blanket and cuddle with you while you actually get to read a book.
Do some soul-searching and figure out exactly what type of relaxed, cozy space will best fit your life.
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Liz is a wife, mom, blogger, coder (and unabashed digital nerd), PhD student (and huge psychology geek), workout masochist, and occasional human being. She founded The Stay Sane Mom after marrying into the role of stepmom to a preteen girl (and Instagram addict) and shortly thereafter having her first bio kid (now a toddlernado supreme). Her goal is to provide tools and support to help other capable, sleep-deprived, soul-hungry moms master their domains so they have the time and energy to be more than just 'mom'.
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