Life gets chaotic. Sometimes it gets too chaotic. And when life gets hectic, you might find yourself daydreaming of calming tropical beaches, but unfortunately, sometimes it’s just not that easy to get away. That’s why I believe it’s important to create a no-frills retreat in the most accessible place, no passport required: your home.
I suggest finding a quiet corner to designate as your in-house-oasis. Even if it’s not an entire room, be sure your in-house-oasis has a different feel than the rest of the house. If it’s just a section of a room, I suggest investing in a lightweight screen to separate it from the rest of the area. Also make sure your oasis is away from technology, including telephones, computers and televisions. And resist the urge to check work email or bringing your blackberry or iphone.
To add to the relaxing atmosphere you can paint the walls a soothing color. Experts recommend pale blues and greens or neutrals such as taupe, beige or brown. Make sure you avoid loud energetic shades such as bright yellows or reds. If you do add color, keep it monochromatic so vivid contrasts aren’t distracting.
Next get rid of clutter. Then set up a big, comfy armchair and a small table that’s just big enough for a steaming mug of tea, or a plate of food and a lamp. Less is more when decorating for stress relief. You can also add serene family photos to the walls so you’ll be surrounded by the ones you love. Also consider placing candles in the area. Choose scents such as lavender, sandalwood or sage which can have a calming effect on the mind and body.
Now sit back and relax, because you deserve it!
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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI
2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900