In this guide, we’ll look at how to Zen your home.
Our houses and apartments can either help us relax or make us stressed. Clutter, mess, and bad decor can cause bad moods, stress, and the general inability to feel Zen. This was recently proven.
Jeanne E. Arnold, Anthony P. Graesch, and Enzo Ragazzini (researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families) found that cluttered houses cause higher levels of stress compared to cleaner ones. They wrote their discoveries in the book, “Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century”. 
Essentially, their research shows that clean rooms with positive decor can help improve our mental health. And I’d have to agree.
Speaking from personal experience, any time my room or house is a mess I find it hard to focus. When my house is in a state, I feel stressed. And really, compared to some options, cleaning your home is a very easy way to feel better. Indeed, one of the fastest and easiest ways to have good mental health is to clean, organize, and decorate your living area.
That’s why I often advise my meditation students to Zen their homes.
How To Zen Your Home To Make It Relaxing
When I say, “Make your home more Zen”, what I really mean is to make your home relaxing. We want to create a relaxing space that makes us feel positive and happy.
Here’s how to make your home Zen.
1: Create a meditation space
Create one room in your house for meditation and relaxation. It’s somewhere you can escape to when you need to, somewhere you can just sit, meditate, and unwind.
Essentially, create a relaxation room at home that you can go to when you feel stressed. I personally love having a space to meditate in. It’s good to know that even if all goes to hell, I’ve got that special place at home for Zen.
2: Use your home décor for relaxation
One of the best ways to Zen your home is by using relaxing home décor.
Try these tips:
- Go with earthy colours. Use browns, greens, whites, and beige.
- Have scented candles at the ready for when you need to relax.
- Get rid of any clutter and go with minimal décor.
- The most calming colour for walls is blue . Use it.
- Introduce relaxing textures, such as soft carpets.
- Use a lot of open space.
- If any item in your house or apartment makes you feel negative, get rid of it
- Any items showing or suggesting nature are a good thing. For instance, pictures of natural scenes, and patterns such as cushions with leave patterns on them.
3: Make a yoga room
I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me more relaxed than a good yoga workout, which is why I created a yoga room.
Just like your meditation studio, your yoga studio is a home Zen space where you can get into your flow by rocking your Sun Salutations. Of course, you can combine the two rooms and have a “Meditation and Yoga Room”.
Make this room so beautiful that you want to go in it every single day. That way you will meditate and do yoga every day. And those are two of the best ways to relax at home.
4: Introduce natural sunlight to make your house peaceful
So much has been written about the importance of natural sunlight for mood. And we all know we need vitamin D.
Here are some great ways to get more sunlight indoors:
- Avoid dark colours, which absorb sunlight
- Wash your windows so more sunlight gets in
- Add skylights
- Use solar tubes
- Trim trees that block the sun
5: Positive natural vibes
If you’re anything like me, you will absolutely love going for long walks. Why? Because being out in nature, surrounded birdsong, the sound of the wind rustling the leaves, the bright green foliage, and a clear blue sky, is utterly relaxing.
Take all of that natural goodness and pour it into your house. This will make your home more relaxing by far.
Here’s some ideas to Zen your home with mother nature:
- Decorate rooms with relaxing artwork depicting natural scenes
- Place plants strategically so you’re always around greenery
- Install a water feature
- Get a pet
- Place stones and pebbles around the house
- Start growing some indoor plants (A NASA study revealed that spider plant and golden pothos were the most beneficial.  This is backed by research conducted by the American Society of Horticultural Science, which shows spider plant, golden pothos, and snake plant “reduced ozone concentrations in a simulated indoor setting”. )
6: Use the KonMari Method
The KonMari method is a system created by consultant Marie Kondo, who wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
The KomMari method is about simplifying home décor by removing items that don’t bring joy into your life. I personally removed a bunch of old unorganised papers, files, and other items that I no longer needed, and it gave me a sense of space that made me more relaxed.
7: Relaxing home decor and mindful reminders
Let me spin the situation on its head for a moment. If you want to Zen your home, what you really want to do is create a home that makes you peaceful yourself. The best way to do that is to place items around the house that remind you to relax, be mindful, meditate, and do all the other things that make you feel Zen.
Here are items that remind you to be peaceful and relaxed:
- Buddha statues (or a statue of your deity or an inspiring figure that has a positive influence on you)
- Photos of yourself when you were totally relaxed and feeling just groovy
- Inspiring quotes that remind you of what really matters in life (you know, stuff like love and family)
- Gifts from friends and family (which will remind you of all the wonderful people in your life)
- Meditation crystals (which remind you to meditate and have tons of great health benefits)
8: Zen garden
Hands up who loves the garden? I know I do. But one thing I love even more than my regular garden is my Zen garden.
If you’ve never heard of a Zen garden, take a look at that link above and I will show you what a Zen garden is and how to create one. You might also like to create a garden meditation area.
9: Remove most mirrors
In a report in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy, researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry in London showed that volunteers who look at their reflections in the mirror for up to ten minutes at a time gradually become more depressed and anxious about the way they look .
So, you might like to remove unnecessary mirrors.
Those are my best ideas on how to Zen your home.
When you make your home more relaxing you create your own little haven, a space where you are reminded to take it easy, to have inner peace, and to be relaxed.
1: The Link Between Clutter and Depression, HouseLogic, https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/cleaning-decluttering/clutter-depression/
3: Interior Landscape Plants For Interior Air Pollution Abatement, John C Stennis, NASA, https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf
4: Effectiveness of Houseplants in Reducing the Indoor Air Pollutant Ozone, Heather L. Papinchak, Jay Holcomb, Teodora Orendovici, and Dennis R. Decoteau, American Society For Horticultural Science, https://journals.ashs.org/horttech/view/journals/horttech/19/2/article-p286.xml
5: Looking In The Mirror DOES Make You More Anxious About Your Looks, Daily Mail, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2097717/Looking-mirror-DOES-make-anxious-looks.html