At Coal and Cove, we believe your home life reflects your lifestyle and influences your well-being. By simplifying your routine with practical home solutions, you get more time to enjoy life a little more.
With the shift to working from home, people were forced to make a transition from life in the office to working from home. From purchasing home office supplies to recreating unused areas into a home office, people have gotten creative with the new normal.
But it’s not as easy for everyone. People still struggle with this new type of “home work.” Work-life balance has gotten worse—lines are blurred when it comes to working hours, personal and professional obligations have become a balancing act, and stress is on the rise.
Since everyone is spending more time at home, it's important to maintain the upkeep of our living (and working) space. Home should be a place you feel comfortable and at ease, a place where you can relax and unwind. Make your place actually feel like home.
The best way to do this is to simplify your daily routines so you don’t have to worry or stress over the small stuff and have more time to focus on what matters. Here are a few common tips that will help make the best of your home life.
1. Establish a routine (and stick to it)
This one sounds pretty straightforward but a lot of people mess it up by not sticking to their routine. For example, your waking up routine can be something like this: wake up (at the same time everyday), brush your teeth, take a shower, make coffee, THEN check your emails.
Some people think mixing it up will help them multitask, like checking their emails right after they wake up—it doesn’t. If you were to get an urgent message that required your attention immediately, it’d throw off your morning routine and you’d start the day stressed before work hours even started.
2. Declutter Your Home
It’s hard to let go of things that we’ve had for a long time due to the sentimental attachment. It could be old clothes, childhood nostalgia, outdated tech, or decorative knick knacks. You don’t have to throw away all of it, but if it doesn’t enrich your living space or daily routines, it’s best kept out of sight.
Decluttering your home helps you feel more organized, comfortable, and focused. It makes your home seem restful and restorative, as you don’t have to worry about unfinished tasks laying around.
It’s best to start in the rooms you spend most of your time in (such as your bedroom) and then work towards other areas of your home. Simple things like throwing away (or donating) old clothes you don’t wear anymore will free up space in your closet, making it easier to pick out clothes. Clearing your work desk of loose files and papers would provide you with more room to plan and execute on your current projects.
Removing out all these small things add up, allowing you to be at ease without mental strain or distractions.
3. Functional Organization
While decluttering helps remove unwanted and unnecessary items, functional organization of items makes your daily routines more practical and efficient.
Making small adjustments to the placement of your items makes a world of a difference. For example, hanging your keys, jacket and everyday carry essentials near the door, or putting all your commonly used kitchen tools and utensils in a designated place near your usual prep and cooking areas.
By organizing most commonly used items in practical and accessible areas, it makes your daily routines more efficient and hassle-free.
4. Simple Decor
Similar to decluttering, it’s also safe to keep the decor and design of your home simple and clean. Filling in empty space with too many decorative items and trinkets can make your place seem excessive and overbearing, causing visual strain and fatigue.
While novelty items can be visually striking, it's best to use them sparingly, as most of them may not fit the overall appeal of your home and end up turning into clutter.
Liven up your home by adding splashes of color through furnishings and simple decorative items that are appealing but also practical. Alternating color schemes with the seasons is a popular way to keep your home fresh and vibrant. Common seasonal rotations can be made for bed sheets, blankets, towels, and sofa throws.
Having a simple but visual appealing home helps brighten up the mood and atmosphere of your living space, which gives you more energy to do the things you enjoy.