Nothing feels better than getting home after a long day at work, kicking off your shoes, and relaxing. But to do this, you must make your home feel like a place you want to occupy. The worst feeling after a long day is coming back to a house that makes you feel anxious. We accumulate a lot of things, even over the course of one year, but most of them will not matter. When you get a new bag, you might be happy for a few weeks, but then it will just be another bag in the pile. The key is to buy things for your home that you need, that make you feel good, and most importantly, that make you comfortable. There’s energy in items—in everything we collect—so choose them wisely. Whether you live in a small apartment or a big house, there are some essentials that every woman should have around her home to make her happy.
Ever walk into a room and it just feels cozy but you don’t know why? Next time, pay attention to the plants. If you have room, buy a couple plants, place them by the windows, and see how your mood changes. Plants make us feel good because they bring us close to nature. The next best thing to a walk in the woods is plants in your home. But plants do much more than look pretty and remind us to appreciate the earth. Many plants purify the indoor air and get rid of toxins in our homes. Some great examples are Boston Ferns, Peace Lilies, and Rubber Plants. They remove formaldehyde in the air and provide a safer environment for you to live. Keep in mind that if you can’t take care of watering your plants, choose ones that require less attention, like succulents. They love sunlight and don’t require much water.
Honey has great medicinal properties, and it relieves your sweet cravings when you are looking for late night chocolate. A spoon of honey will get you your fix without all the added preservatives that come with most candies and chocolates. It can also be used as a sweetener for coffee and tea, or as a spread on bread or fruits. It is also good to have a jar of honey around the house because it soothes sore throats and reduces coughs and is excellent for getting rid of allergies. Because honey has anti-inflammatory properties, it acts like a natural vaccine because of the small amounts of pollen that are in it. Honey has often been labeled as a remedy for different ailments and diseases, including cancer! Just make sure to use it sparingly (it is sugar after all) and always, always buy pure, raw, unprocessed, organic honey. After all, you do want to get things right.
13 Scented Eye Pillow
I don’t think there’s a person in America that doesn’t relate to eye strain, red eyes, itchy eyes, or some type of eye problem in general! This is especially true if you live in a polluted city, work outside in the elements, or have to stare at computer screens all day. Thankfully, they are remedies for sore eyes, and a scented eye pillow is one place you should start. Taking time to rest and nourish your eyes is important. Often overlooked, our eyes tell us a lot about our health. There are a lot of nerves that run through your head and affect your eyesight. When you apply slight pressure to the eyes, it can relieve stress immediately and make you feel calmer and happier. If you have insomnia, an eye pillow can also help you fall asleep faster. Lavender pillows are calming, but if you don’t like the scent, there are many different scents that you can try. If you want to splurge, get an eye pillow with small beads inside that can be heated up. The heat stimulates your eyes to produce natural oils which help relieve red, dry eyes.
12 Toaster Oven
The toaster oven: perfect for making days-old meals taste fresh again. Ever try to microwave old pizza and it still tastes old and stale? Well, the toaster oven will make your old food crisp, melty and delicious once again. Stop wasting money throwing out food you think you will never eat again and give the toaster oven your leftovers. Kidding aside, the toaster is a great way to heat up food quickly when you do not need the whole oven. From toast to chicken fingers to meats and cheeses, this device is a miracle worker in the kitchen. Besides utensils and plates, you will be using your toaster oven more than anything else in the kitchen if you buy one that works efficiently. You get a lot for your money, too, as they start at only $60 and the cheaper ones work really well. There is no need to spend $200.
11 A Cozy Blanket
Actually, get a few and throw them on your bed, couch, and anywhere else that you lounge. Nothing is better than coming inside when you are cold and wrapping up in a big, fluffy, cozy blanket. They are also great for snuggling with your partner, wrapping your sleeping dog, and even relieving stress. Do not decorate your house for others; buy items that make you feel comfortable. There is nothing worse than coming home and feeling like you are in a museum or a house where everything is so perfect you do not want to touch anything. There is an art to 'cozy' and it involves lots of personal things that remind you of peace and tranquility. Adding soft pillows, throws, sheets, and blankets is a great way to look forward to coming home and relaxing. Seriously just envisioning all of the blankets and throws is making me feel more relaxed!
If you don’t read, get a bookshelf anyway and fill it. Maybe you’ll become inspired. Nothing says home like a curated bookshelf of classic novels. Perhaps it’s the smell of old books or the way each book makes you feel like there are many little stories all living within your small space that makes books the perfect stress relievers. Bookshelves fill empty wall spaces and absorb sound. They make homes feel lived-in. And if you aren’t well-read, it’s time you start. Reading has been proven to keep the mind sharp and curiosity alive. Plus there are so many great stories written that it would be a shame for you not to experience them. With all the different genres of books, find what you are interested in and start there. There are also many stores that sell old books for a $1 or less, so you can fill up your bookshelf quite quickly and not have to spend a lot of money.
When you go to a hotel, one of the first things you will notice is that they usually have nice, thick, long curtains. Not only do curtains block out light in the mornings, but they make a room feel incredibly private and cozy. Think about your memories from childhood. Most likely you hid under blankets or in closets full of clothes. The feelings you remember should be ones of security and warmth. Curtains do the same thing, just in larger spaces. Privacy is really important these days and it’s great to feel like you can go to sleep, cover your windows with plush curtains, and feel safe. Curtains also block out sound, which is great if you live in an apartment building. If you really want to create a place that is free of sounds (even your own), buy large rugs or have wall-to-wall carpet installed. There's nothing worse that hearing your own shoes on the hardwood floors all day long.
8 Family Photos
Personalized items, especially pictures of loved ones, help to make a house a home. They also remind you of all the good memories that were worth framing. Being able to feel like your family is close is instrumental in helping to calm an anxious mind. Also, have family photos visible that relate to a specific day where you were really happy. Every time you look at the photos, it will bring back great memories. If you’re really not one for hanging personalized photos and prefer artwork instead, then at least keep an album of photos on your computer and make sure to go through it often. Just when you start to forget about some of the things you did or places you traveled to, looking at old photos will motivate, inspire, and help to raise your mood. Now that everything is digital, it’s very easy to create and store pictures in different folders, and even share them so everyone can add their own.
7 Silk Pillow Cases
Silk pillow cases let your skin breathe, and they also prevent wrinkles because they allow your face to slip easily. Plus, they might help you sleep better. The cool sensation of silk prevents it from causing you to sweat in the hot summer months. Have allergies? Silk is dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic if not made with dyes. It is also gentler on sensitive facial skin because it allows your skin to stay hydrated, instead of soaking up all the moisture in your skin like with cotton. Silk pillowcases are also gentler on your hair and prevent your hair from tangling during the night. When you are getting $80 blowouts, you want to make sure you keep your hair looking great! This applies for people with extensions, too. If your hair breaks easily, silk will also protect it much better than other fabrics. When you sleep well, you feel well.
There’s no doubt women like to catch their reflections in mirrors, and that’s not a bad thing. If that makes you feel better, then go for it. But mirrors do much more than allow us to adjust our hair and makeup. Mirrors are great for making rooms seem much larger than they are. They add depth almost instantly. But be strategic where you place them. You want the mirrors to reflect the scenery that makes you feel best. If you have a water view, put a mirror on the opposite end of the room so that it will reflect that view and make it seem like the water is on more sides of your home. Mirrors also reflect the light so if you’re hoping to create a space that seems brighter, find out where the sun enters your rooms and place mirrors where it will hit. Try experimenting with odd-shaped mirrors instead of the classic round of rectangular.
Candles are perfect for creating moods with lighting. For those of us who sit in a brightly lit office all day, it is great to come home and relax by turning down the light. People have always been fascinated with fire, and a flickering candle will put you into a trance if you let it. This is great for when you are stressed out from work or are trying to get over a fight, a breakup, or a tragedy. Candles also create a nice ambiance when you have guests over or want to get romantic with your partner. Scented candles are even better and let you get wrapped up in your own fantasies. A lot of people have decorative candles, but candles are meant to be used, so try to light one at least one a week. You will be surprised at what a mood changer they are. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
Sweatpants are the new hoodies. Or at least partners. There is nothing better than coming home after a long day in heels and putting on a comfy pair of sweatpants! There is nothing like waking up in sweatpants. There is nothing like going to the store in sweatpants. There is nothing like leaving the house in sweatpants on a cold, winter day and not being cold! Every woman probably owns a pair, but if you do not…whhhaaaaat? You are missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. The best things about these miracles are that they feel great, are not tight, can be worn with all sorts of underwear, do not discriminate against Uggs, and are perfect when you are feeling bloating during that time of the month. think of all the food you can eat too and not feel like your pants are cutting your air supply. Has this inspired you to google “comfy sweatpants”? Because we really all could use a new pair, or three.
Blender are like toasters—you can make so many things in them if you get creative. The only difference is that you have to splurge to get a good blender. You don’t want to get a cheap one that breaks when you put in some ice or a carrot. Having the ability to literally grind anything you want into liquid is the whole reason to buy a blender in the first place. Blenders easily make soups, smoothies, sauces, creams, milks, cocktails, and even, breads! In this day and age, it’s important to be making your own food with organic, whole ingredients, since everything is so processed in the supermarkets. If you’re on a diet, it’s imperative that you make your own food, and doing it in a blender is not only fun, but you can completely control the ingredients. The best part of a blender is that you can mix in ingredients that you don’t like (some veggies) and you won’t even notice them.
2 TV Cabinet
There’s no doubt that electronics contribute to our stress and anxiety. Being plugged in 24/7 can be a blessing, but also a curse. Doctors have said that your bedroom should be free of all electronics if you want to sleep more easily, but that is not always possible for most of us. That’s why a TV cabinet is great. It creates an illusion that the TV is not in the room when the cabinet doors are closed. Try experimenting with one, and on the days where you are feeling stressed, close the doors and don’t watch TV that day. Grab your eye pillow and think of your bedroom as a sanctuary, separated from the rest of the world. You’ll be surprised at how relaxed you feel when the TV is off. Try doing meditation or something that grounds you in the moment. And put your phone on silent or leave it in the next room!
Everyone likes fruit, at least some kind. Fruit is great to have around as a snack so you do not feel the need to buy chips, chocolate, or something else that will do harm to your health. Fruit is healthy. And it is surprisingly filling. One banana is sometimes enough to make you feel full and satisfied. Fruit-filled baskets also make a kitchen feel like a home and provide food for guests in case they drop by. If you buy fruit at your local farmer’s market, you can get it cheap and more importantly, organic. Try buying some of your favorite fruit and only eating that when you feel hungry for a snack. There are ingredients in fruit that make them mood-boosters. They also contain a lot of natural vitamins that are essential for a healthy body. It is always best to get your minerals and vitamins from food, rather than supplements.