(StatePoint) Life is busy and loud. A home used to be a relaxing, calming haven to hide away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But with televisions in every room and a constant connection to the outside world through tablets, laptops and smartphones, finding a fortress of solitude, or even a room of quiet, has become a near impossible task.
If you long to create more serenity in your home, consider taking the following steps:
• Organize. Just looking at a cluttered room can make one anxious. If you find that even after you organize a space, it is hard to maintain, come up with a daily routine to simplify the process.
For example, sort and process your mail and bills first thing when you get home so papers don’t stack up. Once regular organizing becomes a habit, it will be easier, less time consuming and increase serenity.
• Set the mood. Your home is the one place you have complete freedom to set the mood. Different colors can evoke different feelings. So paint your walls in stress-reducing colors, such as something in the blue family, or a muted green or lavender. Use soft lighting and a musical soundtrack to help you reach your happy place.
• Insulate. Perhaps the most tangible step you can take to find quiet is to insulate your home’s interior walls, ceilings and floors to reduce noise transfer between rooms. Look for insulation that provides a high sound absorption against low frequency ranges, which are the most difficult to block.
For example, stone wool insulation, such as Roxul Safe ‘n’ Sound, is made from natural stone and recycled content. Resistant to water, rot, mold, mildew and bacterial growth, it is not only an excellent acoustic barrier, it doesn’t burn, and can add valuable time for evacuation in the event of a fire. More information about insulating the interior of your home can be found at www.Roxul.com.
• Design. When decorating your home, take into consideration the size and feel of a space so you can scale your furniture and decorations to fit the room appropriately. For example, a sofa that worked in your last home may feel too small in your current living room, making the room feel off balance.
Nothing beats the tranquility of a peaceful home. Whether you are annoyed by clutter, a snoring family member, fighting children, bagpipe practice, incessant vacuuming, dog barking or your noisy washing machine, there are small steps you can take to create calm, quiet spaces in your home.