5 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Sanctuary (Without Redecorating)
It's no secret that your surroundings have an unparalleled effect on your mental health and well-being. Just look at the popularity of décor philosophies like feng shui and hygge, not to mention the soaring success of texts like Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. What's more, a study published in the journal Environment and Behaviour found that a clean, stress-free environment can also lead to healthier eating habits. So if your goal is to use your home as a vessel for both health and happiness, abide by the following five golden rules, as outlined by Real Simple:
"Make the bed every morning. What seems like a simple chore can actually set you up for a more productive day."
"No devices at the table. Disconnect while eating together as a family. Bright screens will… inhibit good conversation throughout your meal."
"Open the blinds or curtains. Natural light can immediately give your mind a boost of energy and help you get the day started on the right foot."
"Fill up what's empty. Don't leave a finished roll of cardboard next to the toilet—change it out for a new one. You'll save the next person aggravation on their bathroom break."
"Wash dishes after every meal, or at least before bed. Waking up to a full sink of dirty dishes can cause bad smells and bugs."