Create a wellness sanctuary with these simple steps to a home you’ll always want to go home to.

Saturday is my day for entertaining, for making big meals and opening up my home to others. Recently, when my aunt and uncle joined us, her response warmed my heart.

“Oh, I like your house! It feels like home.”

How can you create a home that feels like … well, like “home”?

Create a wellness sanctuary with these simple steps to a peaceful home you'll always want to go home to - and others will want to visit, too.

A place that you want to come back to every evening after a long day at work …

Where you truly feel safe and comfortable, and can really relax and unwind …

Where friends and family can drop their worries at the door and join you for a peaceful visit …

A place and a space that makes you feel peaceful, calm, and well.

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If you come into my house, the first thing you’ll hear from me is that you should make yourself at home. And I mean it.

Here are some simple and cost-effective ways that you can make sure everyone feels at home.

One of the biggest health enhancers, and one that it took me years to understand, is to clear out all the junk. Get rid of that stuff you no longer use, and de-clutter your living space.

This will immediately give you a sense of spaciousness and relief, and will help you feel more peaceful. You could sell some of that stuff online and make a bit of extra cash, thus increasing the wellness of your wallet, as well as your home!

Or you could donate your unneeded possessions, passing them along to bless someone else. That’s usually what I do. Over the years, I have received enough very welcome gently-used gifts that I am happy to pay it forward when I have something that is unnecessary for our family but too good to throw out.

Develop a system to organize your paperwork and necessary items.

When you can’t find anything, or you stare constantly at a pile of bills, mail and other paperwork, any sense of peace and harmony in the home is strained or lost.

Keep everything off the floor except furniture. One of the lessons we try to impart to our children is that nothing belongs on the floor except … the items that belong on the floor.

Furniture, bookcases, appliances, and the big wooden rocking chair my father made – yes!

Toys, books, papers, cups, bags, clothes, or towels – no!

Food, crumbs, dirt – definite no!

At least twice a day, we scan the house for items that have dropped on the floor and need to be picked up. (And with six people in the house, it’s amazing how often that happens. I could increase the number of times we do it!)

A messy floor makes the entire room look disorganized and out of order.

Have comfortable furniture. Have you ever been in a house where the furniture seems designed purely for looks? It’s gorgeous but you can’t imagine snuggling up on it to watch a good movie. You don’t want that to be your home! Choose furniture that lets you put up your feet and relax.

Have you ever heard the expression “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”?

Well, it’s not!

I mean, really, as Erma Bombeck said:

Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven. — Erma Bombeck

With that said, having a clean living space is much healthier than being surrounded by germs and harmful bacteria. When your home is clean, it smells good and feels fresh and healthy. All of this contributes to a feeling of wellness for everyone in it.

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Speaking of smells – eliminate toxic chemicals in favour of natural essential oils. Your family and guests will appreciate the difference, even people who don’t realize that essential oils are better. My husband was an essential oil skeptic until I cleaned out the chemical scents!

Citrus adds a fresh, invigorating feeling. Lavender is calming. Frankincense and myrrh both promote a meditative air.

Use a simple oil burner or just put a few drops of water in a spritzer bottle full of water and spray it in the air.

Another way to increase your comfort level, and your capacity to relax, unwind and de-stress in your home, is to add “ambience”: soft music, soft lighting, candles, and beautiful art pieces can all add to a feeling of calm and tranquility. This isn’t to everyone’s taste, though, so do so carefully, and make sure that they never add to the clutter.

Color schemes affect our mood: for example, blues and greens are calming, whilst reds, corals, and maroons make a room seem cozy and warm. Keep this in mind when redecorating.

Set aside a room, or even an area, to devote to your spiritual health. No matter what the Divine Source means to you, it is important to have a sacred place for prayer, contemplation, and meditation. This could be an altar or war room, depending on your belief system.

Years ago, I had a friend whose father wouldn’t allow living plants in their house. He had a strange idea that they used oxygen and that it was unhealthy to be close to them. I’ve never know anyone else who believes that, and the truth is that living plants keep the air oxygenated. They also keep nature close to you, and scientists are beginning to see that we actually have an innate need for regular doses of nature. Having even a few living plants in your home helps a lot!

If your water isn’t tasty, use a water filter. It’s a very simple change, but good tasting water means that you’ll drink more.

Keeping some windows open whenever possible will help the circulation of fresh air and will keep your home from getting stuffy and from feeling oppressive and claustrophobic.

Growing herbs in the kitchen will again bring a little bit of nature in from the outside and will help you connect to the earth in an immediate and practical way. Not to mention bringing some wholesome nutrition to your kitchen table.

Natural light in your home, as much as possible, can help you feel better, but keep in mind that you cannot absorb vitamin D through glass. If you’re getting most of your sunlight through glass, be sure to take vitamin D supplements.

Remember to laugh, spend time with, and hug those you live with, to increase the good vibes in your home.

If you live alone, invite family and friends over to share a meal.

Put a few of these into practice and you’ll soon love your home – and so will everyone else!

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