Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Home is our place of refuge, the place where we can recharge and refresh ourselves before heading out for another day at the office whether that is driving to town or walking down the hall to our desk. Our home is also our safe zone especially when it comes to our health. We implement things that help us maintain and protect ourselves against illness such as easy to clean surfaces and materials that hinder the growth of bacteria. Multiple companies are dedicated to the health of their customers which is why they continually develop products that can not just limit the spread of disease but increase the overall wellness whether physically or emotionally. Both work together to help keep us in good health. Let’s discuss some great products that can be utilized in your home to increase the wellness for yourself and those you love.
Have a landing zone
Most of us know what a drop zone is in a home but a landing zone may be a new term for many of you. While they share similar qualities, a landing zone refers more to the direct coming and going in a home. This is a place with a designated place to take off and put on your shoes. When you keep your outside shoes at the front door it prevents the many germs from entering your home especially the areas such as the kitchen and bedroom. When designing a landing zone, think about some of the things you will need including a place to sit so you can take them on and off as well as a storage area for them. It might also be a good idea to keep your house slippers there too so you can immediately put them on and reduce the contact of any germs on your bare feet. It is also recommended to have the things you tend to use on a regular basis such as keys, sunglasses, and even coats stationed nearby as well. A landing zone can help increase your wellness by limiting the amount of germs that enter your home through our shoes. Gather a few more helpful ideas in this article from Houzz on landing zones.
Limit your clutter
Clutter can be one of the causes of stress and even anxiety as it slowly begins to take over your home. This is why it is important to invest in items and even designs that help you stay organized. But before you can get things organized you need to decide what you really want to keep and what can stay. Clothes, books, and even dishes can pile up and leave you feeling overwhelmed by lack of space. Once you have made the difficult choice to declutter it’s time to consider implementing a plan and certain things to help you keep it that way. Extra drawers in kitchens are a great way to couple items together such as utensils, platters, and even pots and pans. Built-ins make it simple to display books nicely while having them organized and easy access too. Large baskets and furniture with hidden storage is another great way to retain a calm, clean environment. To avoid running into the same problem again. Consider having a yearly clean out where you purge items you haven’t used in the past year, you can even donate clothes and toys to local nonprofits allowing others to benefit from the things you don’t use. Often peace of mind can come from a home that is free of clutter.
These continue to remain a popular choice with homeowners as we love the chance to spend some time outdoors enjoying the beauty and calm of nature. Having a place to sit is a must so consider a patio set that is large enough for the whole family to enjoy together. Taking a break from the four walls of your home can promote wellness since nature’s color palette is soothing and welcoming especially if much of your time is spent looking at a screen. Having a place to just sit and let the warmth of the sunshine spread over you can instantly lift your mood and even ease tensions from a stressful meeting. Consider adding some raised flower beds and exchanging your traditional back door with glass ones. This allows you to enjoy the sunlight in your home plus the beautiful view of your outdoor area. Creating such a space can be as simple as purchasing some patio furniture or you can build your own private oasis for your family to just escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday. An outdoor space is one area that can really improve the overall wellness of your family. Talk to a designer about what options are available for you and your little haven.
Check your bathroom
Our bathrooms are a regularly used area in the home and can also be a place where mold builds up due to the humid environment caused by our showers. This is why ventilation is an important consideration when looking for increasing the wellness of your home. If your home is older it might be a good idea to check on the efficiency of your current fan since it might not be doing as good of a job as it used to. Newer models will also run better and use less energy which saves you money. Be sure to run your fan when you take showers since it will reduce the chance of mold build up. Once mold has begun it is harder to remove and will impact your air quality. If you don’t have one already it is a good idea to install one. Also having a window is a good option or even combination since you can easily let in some good fresh air periodically.
Real plants for fake ones
While we all enjoy the perks of fake plants, namely that we never have to water them, they can be a dust trap not to mention build up of allergens. Neither of these are good for air quality and when you add a fan blowing or AC vent stirring it up and spreading it throughout the home it creates an urgency to remove them. Replacing them with real plants not only rids you of dust and allergens but they also clean the air for you. This is a great help to increasing the wellness in your home. Even if you don’t want real plants, perhaps due to a pet, designers still advise getting rid of fake ones to help with the overall air quality in the home.
Home products increase wellness in the home
Your home is one of your most valuable assets because it is your haven for those you love. Choosing the right products can assist you in increasing the environment of wellness in your home which in turn gives you more peace of mind. Spend some time evaluating your home and looking for areas that could use some improvement. Let your home be the best it can be for everyone. Come visit our showroom and browse the many products we have available and speak to one of our staff members on how we can help recharge your home.