From calming fragrance to family fun: 6 ways to make your home into a comforting haven
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For many, working from home is a brand new experience.
So if, like the majority of us, you find yourself at home for the foreseeable future you’ll be looking for ways to make it as easy and manageable as possible.
And a good starting point is to make your immediate environment comfortable and comforting, and to find ways to make the best of your new situation.
We’ve rounded up a few ideas to get you started.
1. Create a separate work space
Creating a separate, practical work space is crucial
As every freelancer will tell you, it’s important to have a clear distinction between your at-home work space and the rest of the house. And never the twain shall meet!
You don’t want to find children’s toys or piles of washing in your home office, and nor do you want important work papers getting mixed up in the kitchen. So as far as possible set up your computer, files and stationery in a room or area where you can be slightly separate.
A door that closes is always useful for video conferencing, as is a good wi-fi connection. And don’t forget the importance of natural light.
And just as you would at your regular office, keeping things tidy and organised will ensure you can stay productive with a clear head.
2. Spread calm with fragrance
The Apothecary Calm collection (from £4) at Marks & Spencer
Scent is extremely evocative and has an amazing ability to send us back in time, bring very specific memories to mind, and help create a feeling of tranquility.
So fill your home with therapeutic fragrances to help ease away tension and anxiety.
The Apothecary Calm collection at Marks & Spencer uses a blend of sweet orange, fresh lavender, clary sage and earthy cedar wood essential oils to create a refreshing scent that will not only soothe but will raise your spirits too.
From an invigorating hand wash to a nourishing hand cream and a cleansing soap to a refreshing room spray, the Calm range is perfect for creating just that: calm.
3. Have some family fun
We often lament the lack of time we get to spend with our nearest and dearest, so now is a great time to make it happen.
And there are plenty of ways to have a good time together at home.
Your living spaces are the ideal spots to have some family fun together
Why not set up a family baking challenge or family book club? And of course all those old board games you’ve got lurking in the cupboard can really come into their own.
If you’re feeling creative then set up a scavenger hunt or get crafty with art projects. And of course a cosy movie night is always a good idea.
Allocate your living room to family fun, making it your place to come together and enjoy each other’s company.
4. Make your bedroom a haven
It’ll be no surprise, on the other hand, if you need some space to yourself here and there. So make your bedroom the ultimate haven where you can truly relax and feel calm.
First, clear away any clutter, then make your bed an inviting place to be.
L-R: Microfibre Bounceback 10.5 Tog Duvet (from £17.50) and Bounceback Pillow (£6) at Marks & Spencer
This clever Microfibre Bounceback duvet is ideal for this time of year and will retain its shape after use. With a soft microfibre cover, it’s light and comfortable and it’s crafted from certified recycled polyester, so is kind to the environment.
And to ensure a great night’s sleep invest in some pillows that will also keep their shape. These Bounceback pillows are non-allergenic and feature a hygienic microfibre cover, making them perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.
The hollowfibre filling is light but moulds softly against your head too, so you’ll have a deep, comfortable and supported sleep.
And for added peace of mind try some bedding that not only looks gorgeous and feels dreamily soft, but is naturally cooling too.
Antibacterial Bamboo Cotton Duvet Cover (from £32.50) at Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer’s Antibacterial Bamboo Cotton Duvet Cover, is elegant and understated and comes in four versatile shades. Made from a combination of bamboo and sustainably sourced cotton, it’s breathable, while the innovative StayNew™ technology means it will stay feeling and looking newer for longer.
Add in comforting details like cushions and fleece throws, plus a touch of low lighting, and you’ll look forward to retreating to your bedroom at the end of the day.
5. Bring the outside in
Cheerful daffodils will brighten up the whole home. Marks & Spencer clear vases from £5
Fresh greenery and flowers can make a huge difference to any room, so consider bringing the natural world into every corner of your home.
Springtime daffodils are a cheerful and easy way to brighten things up, while leafy plants and foliage will breathe fresh air into your space.
And if you have a garden, now is the time to make the most of it. You could even treat it as an extra room of your house.
From a family kick-about or work out, to some outdoor dining (when the weather improves), being outside will provide some welcome relief. And will be fun too!
6. Practise some self-care
Self-care means different things to different people but if you favour a touch of pampering, then your bathroom could become your new favourite room of the house.
Setting up an at-home spa is easier than you might think and taking a few minutes away every day to have a long languorous soak in a bath full of bubbles, or to use a face mask will be beneficial to your sense of wellbeing, as well as your skin!
So to give your bathroom the feel of a luxury hotel spa, think about kitting it out with a set of plush towels.
Antibacterial Cotton Bamboo Towels in Slate and Soft Pink (from £2) at Marks & Spencer
These ultra soft towels at Marks & Spencer are made from naturally antibacterial bamboo fibres and come in seven shades, from contemporary charcoal grey to soft and feminine pink.
Light a scented candle, put on some soothing music and relax.
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