Have you just moved into a new place? Well first off, congratulations! Your adulting. Now you just need to figure out how to make your home a sanctuary.
This sounds great, but you might be wondering where to start? Well here at GirlCrew HQ, we have some tips on how to make your home a sanctuary. And don’t worry, you can make your home an oasis without breaking the bank.
Clear the Clutter
If it doesn’t make you happy, throw it out. That’s the ethos from the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō. Put everything into 3 piles, keep, maybe, charity. The things you wear or use every day, obvs a keeper. The ones you are unsure of, think about if you’ve worn it in the last 6 months, or if it’s of any real use. If not, put in the charity pile. I did this recently with shoes. Yes, with shoes. I had a gorgeous collection but because I have a fear of doing a bambi, I had to part with them. Regular clean outs are essential for creating a calm home environment.
DIY Your Space
Especially when you are renting, it can be hard to make the space you live in homely and your own. Pinterest has some great ideas when it comes to DIY-ing your place. From making your own platform bed or making your own hanging shelves it’s an easy way to bring some personal touches into your home. On top of that, you’ll have the smug satisfaction of a job well done.
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Wall art can be a great way to express your style when making your home a sanctuary. If you are renting and don’t want to put holes in the wall, you can buy sticky wall hangings from any hardware store. Then you can hang your favourite pieces of art on the wall. Etsy is awesome for finding unique prints or even try Irish company the Jam Factory who support local artists with their pieces. Hanging up with your favourite photographs is a nice way to make your place more homely too. Surround yourself with good memories.
If you can’t paint the walls due to your landlord being uncool, paint your favourite furniture unique colours. How cool would it be to walk into your kitchen with purple chairs and a yellow table. OK not the best colour combination but different nonetheless! When you’re thinking about how to make your home a sanctuary, think about you. It’s important to be honest with yourself about what you like. If you love cosy comforts, then a minimalist pad might not be the aesthetic for you.
When you move into your own place, money is tight. The temptation to go to Ikea or even Penneys to get yourself some cheap bits just to furnish your place is understandable. But those pieces might not last. One way to source long standing pieces of furniture especially, is to go vintage. Lots of markets offer vintage furniture that is truly unique and something no one else will have in their place.
Keep the TV out of the Bedroom
I truly believe in making the bedroom a no tv zone. When I was unemployed or sick, I would stay in bed all day watching tv. And I wouldn’t get dressed at all. At least when I got up to watch the tv in the sitting room, I was up. Which benefitted my mental health in the long run. I was up and thought ‘ hey it’s midday, I should really get dressed’. Maybe that’s just me but I think it’s good for sleep too. Reading before bed is better and then your brain settles down and relaxes.
House plants are a nice touch to make your place feel abit more homely. Put your plants beside a window with access to lots of natural light. This gives you an excuse to take a couple of minutes every day to water them and more importantly take a breather. Doing this can make your home feel more like a sanctuary where you can relax.
If you want more tips from others, check out the “Staying In” group on the GirlCrew app. What are your tips for how to make your home a sanctuary? Let us know in the comments below and if you have any gorgeous pics of your own sanctuary, make sure to tag us @GirlCrewHQ