Mindfulness is more than just a trend for 2020, it's a lifestyle. Dr. Dawn has partnered with Dunelm to offer her top tips on keeping a happy and mindful home.
Walking in and shutting the door behind you is one of the simplest pleasures in life. Creating a warm and inviting home where you can relax is not a new concept, but we're being to understand how important it is to your overall wellbeing. Dunelm has parterned with doctor and TV personality Dr. Dawn Harper to create a series of top tips on how to keep on top of domestic chores for a more mindful and restful home.
Create a warm welcome
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On entering your front door, a traipse of shoes, socks and other quick outfit changes littered from the morning is never a good way to unwind. Dawn says: "You want to start your evening within a sanctuary, so invest in shelves or boxes, along with extra coat hooks near the front door, to house all of the options you might need for quick weather changes this season.
"Before going about the rest of your evening, avoid extra time cleaning by investing in a dirt-trapping door mat, keeping the rest of your flooring perfect and free from further mess."
Kitchens are the quickest to become cluttered, with a fifth of people admitting their storage solutions are in disarray, and almost 80% of people battling with constant crumb sweeping. "With the amount of pots, pans, utensils and cutlery required for just one meal, drawers and cupboards are particular mess-magnets, so optimise storage space with removable boxes and baskets, making items easier to find and transport from room to room."
Dawn adds: "For larger households, consider a designated basket per family member, and make them personalised for added style and a fun craft activity for kids. Not only does it encourage tidiness, but also makes everything easier to find – if you find a rogue toy, just pop it in the basket!"
Organised living space
If you like to unwind with the latest box set, a new film release, or scroll through social media, don’t let the increasing amount of technology in your home overwhelm you. Dawn advises: "Investing in an attractive basket or container for a coffee/side table to keep remotes and chargers organised and accessible" – and you don’t have to skimp on style either.
The environment we spend most time in has a huge effect on our levels of relaxation, and décor is a huge factor in keeping this as an ongoing mindset. "Cushions and throws keep the room cosy and coordinate while faux flowers and plants are also a great way to put a spring in your home’s step, without the required upkeep."
Ensure a stress-free sleep
"Prepare for a relaxing sleep with a scented candle and dim lighting, considering blackout blinds or curtains for the summer months when the sun’s light can disrupt usual sleep patterns. Similarly, try a digital detox before bedtime, as both natural and unnatural light disrupt the sleep hormone, and therefore is the key to being well rested."
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