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How to make a happy home

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As we experience less sunlight and spend more time inside, daily life can begin to feel more stressful — but that doesn’t mean we have to check relaxation at the door. Keep reading for tips on how to ensure your home comes equipped with a no stress zone.


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How do I make my home a “no stress zone”?

If you’d like to turn your home into a “no stress zone”, it’s best to start simply at first. While you may reach a point where you want to deck out your home with as many creature comforts as possible, a quick reorganization can be just as effective.

To make your “stress-free zone”, it’s important to start with the basics and add or change features over time. Needs and desires can change, so feel free to make adjustments down the road to get the best use out of your living space.


One way to get started is to go through each room in your home to see if you can find or create the types of stress-free spaces below. Ideally, you can create a happy, comfy place that has the features below. 

Offers you privacy

It’s great to have a place to entertain guests, and it is equally important to have a low-traffic hideaway that is just for you. When you want to relax after a long day, this can be your best bet for getting some peace and quiet. The ideal spot for this is a room in an unused part of the house, or a spot that isn’t easily seen when someone first enters your home.

Provides natural light

Natural light is a simple way to make a room more inviting and feel closer to nature, especially if you live in an area with long winters. Consider rearranging furniture or cleaning/changing your window treatments to really let the light shine through.

Keeps away the clutter

Clutter seems inevitable, but it can be a lot more manageable when you limit it to a couple designated places in your home. Doing so keeps most of your home clutter free, and it makes it easier for you to periodically go through your items and put them away in one sitting.

Rests at a comfortable temperature

A key factor for bringing calm into your home is to avoid the low-grade agitation of a room that never seems to be at a comfortable temperature. If one room in your house is frequently too warm or too cold, consider the following:

  • Adding insulation to your door(s)/window(s) to make your fan or heater more efficient
  • Using part of the room to make a microenvironment, instead of trying to keep the entire space warm/cold
  • Changing your light bulbs
  • Having certain clothes you wear in that space, like a super comfy onesie (hey, it’s your house!)
  • Repurposing your room into off-season storage or a food pantry

Is designed for relaxation (and doesn’t remind you of work or to-do lists)

A great way to put the pause on life’s high tempo is to make sure there are not work-related equipment, to-do lists, or endless notifications crying out for your attention at every turn.

Decide which parts of your home will be non-working spaces, and promptly remove any laptops, business cards, etc. from the area. Have a set block of time when you turn off notifications as well so you can escape and just be.

Supports how you relax

While some homeowners prefer to relax in a tech-free environment, certain electronics like a sound machine or a calming lamp, may be the best way for you to get some quiet time and refuel for the week ahead.


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Customize your “no stress zone” with these relaxation corner ideas

Somewhere in your home exists a space that would make a great relaxation corner. In your relaxation corner, adulting is optional, so fill it with things that make you happy, and don’t be afraid to indulge your “nerdy” side. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Games and crafts
  • Colors and patterns you find appealing
  • Comfortable furniture, like a bean bag or a chaise lounge
  • Something sentimental (this is a place where you can let your guard down)
  • If your corner is a space inside a space, delineate the different zones with items like area rugs, curtains, or a plant shelf

Once your “no stress zone” is ready, use it as you like: color, read, take a nap, play an instrument, water your plants, play with a pet, or just sit and take deep breaths. Don’t be worried about making your “no stress zone” a space that only you have access to — you can invite others to join you in relaxation, too. Just remember: Self-care is about you.

There’s nothing like feeling relaxed in your own home! If you want even more peace of mind, discover how America’s Preferred Home Warranty can help with the burden of unexpected and expensive repair costs. Check out our coverage guide or call 866.394.8767 today to learn more.

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