Once you know how to Zen your home, it will be so much easier to relax in your house or apartment. In this guide we’ll look at how to make a Zen home.
Of course the main benefit of this is sheer relaxation. Relaxing is something a lot of us struggle with. I personally find it difficult sometimes to de-stress. And the sad truth of it is this: One of the main causes of stress is your house or apartment.
Of course, we love our homes. But clutter, mess, and just plain bad decor can cause bad moods, stress, and the general inability to, you know, chill out.
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 discovers in the book, “Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century”. 
Speaking from personal experience, any time my room or house is a mess I do find that it is harder to focus and certainly my messy house does make me feel more stressed. When I simply clean up I immediately start to feel more relaxed.
That’s why one of the best ways to relax is to make your home more Zen.
What Does It Means To “Zen Your Home”
When I say, “Make your home more Zen”, what I really mean is: make your home a relaxing place to be in. And, importantly, make your home a place that inspires you to be relaxed and to have inner peace. Ultimately it is the effect that your living space has on you that matters.
Your accommodation can make you stressed. Or it can make you relaxed.
Being in our house or apartment will make you stressed if it is a mess or if there are sources of negativity lying about the place. Those “sources of negativity” could take many forms. For instance, maybe you have a bunch of bills on the kitchen table, or maybe there are photos that remind you of painful memories. Or they could simply be things that you no longer need, things you could clear out to make more space in your home.
A “Zen home” is a home that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful.
So, how to make your home more Zen. Let me show you the ways.
How To Zen Your Home To Make It Relaxing
1: Create a meditation space
This one room will be a place at home to relax. It’s somewhere you can escape to when you need to, somewhere you can just sit, meditate, and unwind.
Essentially, you are creating a relaxation room at home so anytime you feel stressed you can go unwind and find your inner peace. 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 home décor for relaxation.
Try these tips:
- Go with earthy colours. Use browns, green, white 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 that make your feet feel good.
- Use a lot of open space.
- If any item at all makes you feel negative in your house or apartment, get rid of it
- Any items showing or suggesting nature are probably a good thing (this could be actual pictures of natural scenes, or patterns such as cushions with leave patterns on them)
3: Make a yoga room to relax at home in
I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me for more relaxed than a good yoga workout, which is why I created a yoga room.
Just like your home-meditation studio, the home-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 some 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. And why? Well, surely it has something to do with being out in nature, being surrounded by birdsong, the sound of the wind rustling the leaves, the bright green foliage, and a clear blue sky.
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 feel 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, remind you to be mindful, to meditate and to do all the other things that make you feel Zen.
Here are some relaxing items for the home 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 also 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 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.
Your living area is where you should feel the most peacegul. So make sure it’s relaxing!
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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