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Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

 

Welcoming friends or family into your home can be an amazing experience. There is something truly special in letting other people be a part of your most personal and private space, a real pleasure in sharing it with those who are dearest to you.

That being said, providing them with more than just the most basic of necessities can be stressful, especially if you don‘t plan it right.

In order to relieve you of at least some of the stress that is usually associated with preparing to welcome houseguests, I‘ve compiled a list of eight handy tips to consider and take care of before the doorbell rings and your guests step into the house.

Make sure that you have the essentials ready

There are some items that your guests will simply not be able to do without and it is extremely important to have those bases covered. You might want to write them down and check the items off the list one by one, so as to rest assured that nothing is forgotten during the hustle and bustle of preparation.

The necessary items include fresh bed sheets, curtains or window coverings of  some sort, towels, a functioning light, a wastebasket, an additional blanket in case the nights get chilly and a shelf or a drawer for your guests to store their belongings in. Providing them with a fan, a clock and some extra toiletries is also a good idea – for more in-depth info I‘d recommend this guide on TidbitsAndTwine.com

Clear the most important issues up in advance

Do your guests suffer from any allergies that you should be aware of? Are they on a specific diet? Do they have any other preferences or dislikes concerning food or their surroundings?

Being aware of any food they might be allergic to is the crucial part of a stress-free weekend.

Nothing can ruin a joyful stay like a trip to the emergency center because you didn‘t know some of your guests was allergic to, say, kiwi or peanuts and you mixed some into that gorgeous cake.  You can read a more detailed plan on welcoming guests with allergies on WomansWeekly.com here.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and take the time to ensure that their individual needs are attended to. If the houseguests have small children, you can try and track down some baby gear to borrow for the duration of their stay, as well as make sure that there is something in the fridge that the children can eat.

Get a quality air mattress

If you are not able to offer your houseguests the comfort of a guest room, or even if there is no futon or daybed available at your apartment, do not lose any sleep over it. A good air mattress can be just as comfortable, if not more so, as the aforementioned options.

However, before you invest in one, there are some key issues that you should consider. Choose a size which will comfortably fit within the free space that you have in your apartment, while also allowing your guests to have a good night‘s sleep. If you have elderly guests coming over, buy a high-rise air mattress – the low-rise variety will be difficult for them to get in and out of.

Pay attention to the weight capacity of your preferred air bed, especially if some of your guests are heavyset. Make sure that your mattress has a built-in pump or, even better, a secondary ‘never-flat‘ pump, which automatically inflates the mattress if it loses some of its pressure during the night.

The topic of choosing a good air mattress can easily be a topic on its own, but the full scope of it is beyond this article – my go-to resource about choosing a good air bed is TheSleepStudies.com.

Create a welcoming and homely environment from the very start

Remember that the first impression is always a lasting one. Even if the guests are arriving late, make sure to light some candles in their room, provide a cozy place for them to sit down and relax at after the journey, as well as some beverages and snacks to munch on.

Give your guests a brief house tour

If they are new to your home show the guests around your apartment once they arrive. Let them know where they can find extra blankets, toiletries, dishes and anything else that they might need. If there are any quirks that they should be aware of – such as a toilet that has to be flushed in a certain way, – point them out as well.

Respect their privacy and their sleeping schedule

This is particularly important if the guests are staying in your living room. Take extra care to provide them with as much private space as is possible under the circumstances. If they prefer heading to bed early, allow them to do that and retire to your bedroom in the evening, leaving them to rest undisturbed.

Let them help you out with some small tasks around the house

Helping you wash the dishes or set the table is a way for your guests to repay you for your hospitality. Do not preclude them from doing that if they offer their assistance. In fact, doing chores with them can be a great bonding experience.

Relax and let things go

Some additional chaos and clutter is unavoidable in a situation where there are more people inside your house than usual.

Do not let the stress overtake you. Just relax and enjoy the company of your guests – the mess is only temporary and you will miss your loved ones after they leave.

A good day for everyone

This is pretty much all you need to know in order to be an incredible host. Your guests are sure to feel happy and grateful as long as you put these tips to use – and they will return the favour once the tables are turned and it is you who is stepping over their threshold!

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Planning a Birthday Celebration for Kids – Tips and Ideas

By Guest Blogger, Ian P.

Planning a Birthday Celebration for Kids – Tips and Ideas

 

If your wallet is thin but there’s a child’s birthday coming up, of course that a birthday party is in order, no matter the circumstances. However, you don’t have to spend a mountain of cash to make your kid happy. Try to skip the pricey off-site party and opt for hosting a birthday party at home. It may involve a little more work, but the important thing is that your kid will be happy all the same. We’re going to give you tips on how to throw a kid’s party on a budget and give you some ideas for fun and games for the guests that come.

 

Choose a theme

Although a theme is not really imperative, if you want to go the extra mile, you can try to make a themed birthday party:

        If your child is 3-5 years old, a simple theme such as bugs, butterflies or cars can make a huge difference.

        6-8 years old can be Princess, Pirate themed, or any fantasy they love, such as Harry Potter or the like.

        For children over 8, they’ve probably developed a more personalized taste, so you can even try and consult with them about the theme and what can be possible to achieve.

 

How to organize a birthday party on a budget?

Now that you’ve determined the theme, it’s time for planning. If you do this correctly, you can throw an awesome party and everyone will enjoy.

        If you want to save some expenses, saving on food can help you a great deal. Believe it or not, the time of the party can make or break your budget. If you throw you child’s party around lunch or dinner time, naturally, people will assume there will be food. Instead, have the party at a time when you know people will come after lunch or dinner. That way you can easily get away with having a cake and something festive to drink.

        If you want to save money, time and stress altogether, don’t invite a bunch of kids. That, plus their parents can be a nightmare to take care of. A general rule of thumb can be to invite as many kids as much as your child has years. Or, simply limit it to the closest friends your child has (or the ones they talk about most often), not the whole class in school or kindergarten.

        Many people also spend a mountain of cash just on birthday party decorations, when in fact they don’t realize that children don’t even pay much attention to it. The only thing they are interested in are balloons and maybe party hats – that’s enough to make them feel festive and special, and you can even hand those out to each kid to take home, since it’s not costly.

 

What about entertainment?

Instead of the built-in entertainment of a bouncy house or gym full of trampolines, play some super fun party games or plan a craft that is both age-appropriate and fit to the theme of your party. Arts and crafts can always be a fun activity for children, and you can also match it to the theme of your party!

Were you thinking how to catch your child’s birthday party in essence? A Photo Booth Hire Wollongong might be a right solution, as children will be thrilled to stand in line and take silly photos, for a party that will be remembered.

Besides that, you can turn to numerous classic outdoor kid games that all guests would enjoy in, such as Kickball, Hide-and-Seek, Tag, Red Rover, Hopscotch and many others. Avoid lapses in activities, that’s when kids chase each other screaming, or run upstairs. Since kids trickle in at different times, offer simple opening activities and ease them into something more serious.

 

Conclusion

In the end, you don’t have to do everything by yourself. If friends or family aren’t an option, you don’t have to spend a fortune on the event coordinator – you can simply hire a babysitter or two to help. Kids will love to have them at the celebration and you’ll appreciate the much needed extra pair of hands. Your part doesn’t have to be better than others – the goal is for everyone to have fun, and that’s all that matters.

 

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Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Moving home can be one of the biggest upheavals any one of us can face. Not to mention the most expensive purchases we can make in our lifetime. But moving home can often provide us with many different possibilities. Experiences in living in different places, and the chance to make new friends and change our lifestyles. However, there is no hiding from the fact that it is completely stressful. So as summer seems to be a popular time for people to think about or even move house, I thought I would share my top tips to help take the stress out of the situation. I hope it helps you in the future.

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Pack specifically for each new room in your home

Packing up your existing home may feel daunting, but unpacking is a whole new ball game. Especially if you have a different layout or different rooms to consider. This is why it’s important to pack up your old home with your new home as your focus. This means that unpacking will be easier and more organised, as will unloading and putting boxes into your new place. Make sure you clearly label any boxes and furniture with new home rooms, to ensure there is no confusion at the other end.

Pack an emergency box for when you arrive

Moving house isn’t normally done in a day. Of course, you may get there, but the unpacking can take further days and even weeks to complete. However, there are things you will need more or less straight away, so it’s important to pack up an emergency box for when you arrive. Include a change of clothes, toilet paper, a kettle, a toaster maybe. Some mugs and plates to eat and drink from during your first evening. Anything you think you might need for the first 24 hours, should be in these boxes. It makes it much easier rather than panicking looking through boxes in your new home.

Consider using a removal company for ease

With heavy furniture to move and a lot of boxes, you may want to consider the help of a removal service to do some of the hard work for you. Looking online will help you determine a local moving company to help you out. They can help transport large items of furniture safely, as well as help with some of the manual work like transporting boxes. This could be useful if you have children or family pets to look after during the moving process.

Take as much time as you can

It can feel overwhelming once you are in your new home and the urge to start unpacking everything can be huge. But try and take your time during this process. Once you are in, you have plenty of time to design your rooms, and ensure that you unpack things properly.

Remember to keep positive throughout the process

Finally, it is important to remain positive throughout the process f moving. Positive thinking can help elevate stress levels as you visualise everything going to plan, rather than facing problems.

I hope these tips help you take the stress out of moving home.

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Hiring Help: How To Know When You Need It

Hiring Help: How To Know When You Need It

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You have to admit; life can get pretty hectic at times. And as much as we’d all like to think that we’re Superwoman and can handle it, sometimes it’s all a bit too much. When you have work and home, kids and a family to consider, you can often feel like you’re running around trying to get everything done 24/7. But you don’t have to feel that way. Instead, you should think about how you can get help. Trying to do it all yourself can often lead to burnout. So it’s important to realize that asking for help isn’t a bad thing, but a blessing in disguise.

Getting A Cleaner

Making sure that your home is always kept clean and tidy often feels like a never-ending job, and that’s because it is. Sometimes, you can handle it, and that’s okay. But when you’ve got work, kids and other responsibilities to do, you may have to admit to yourself that enough is enough. If you’re getting up at five to get the cleaning done, then getting on with your day, you could be putting too much pressure on yourself. So hiring a cleaner for a few hours a week could save your sanity.

Hiring An Assistant

Sometimes, it’s not your household responsibilities that are getting on top of you, but everything else. If you have a busy working life, whether you run your own business or consult part time, you may find that it’s not easy to keep track of everything you’ve got going on. So, hire someone. You’ll find that personal assistants as discussed on quintessentiallypeople.com could save you. Hiring someone could take a lot of pressure off, so that you can put your mind to more important things.

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Getting Help From A Nanny

Or if you feel like you can’t outsource any of your business or social work that you need to get done, you may need to get a little help with the kids. If you’ve got to be driving here there and everywhere to pick your kids up from school and take them to practice and rehearsals, it can take a huge chunk out of your day. But if a nanny does it, you should be able to steal some of your time back to get work bits done too.

Proving Home Care

It may be that your familial obligations extend past your husband and children. Sometimes, you also have older family members to care for too. That can definitely put a lot of pressure on you. So, instead of struggle, looking into senior care options like seniorsforseniors.ca that can ensure your family is taken care of. Plus, their care will be specialist and will ensure that your family member is happy.

Hiring A Gardener

Finally, you may also want to think about getting yourself a gardener. With everything that you have going on inside the home, with family, and at work, you may struggle to get outside and keep your outdoor space in check. So don’t pressurize yourself about it, just hire a landscaper instead. That way, your garden will look gorgeous all year round, and you won’t have to give it a second thought.

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7 Common Home Cleaning Mistake You Need to Avoid

By Guest Blogger Alyssa W.

7 Common Home Cleaning Mistake You Need to Avoid

It’s nice to come home to a house that is clean and smells nice, isn’t it?

 

We spend a lot of time and energy in ensuring that our tiny abode is tidy and neat at all times. We want our loved ones to come home to a cozy and inviting place. We also want to live a good impression to visitors when they come to our place.

 

However, are we cleaning our home right?

 

Below are some of the most common home cleaning mistakes that you need to avoid:

 

  1. Cleaning without a plan

So it’s finally weekend and cleaning your house is on the number one spot of your to-do list. Off you go with your vacuum, sponge, brushes, etc.

 

While it is important that you set a day on when you will do your home cleaning, it is also more important that you create a cleaning plan. Cleaning without a plan will cost you more time and effort plus your work may tend to be repetitive.

 

Plan which area to clean first so that you maximize your general cleaning time.

 

  1. Only looking at eye level

Everything looks sparkly clean so we assume that our house is already 100% germ free.

 

One of the most common cleaning mistakes that we have is cleaning based only on our eye level. Whilst it is important that everything should look clean and in order, there are lots of germs and bacteria that are not visible on our naked eye.

 

Make sure that you disinfect effectively, especially on areas that are more prone of germs and bacteria such as kitchen sink and bathroom.

 

  1. Not reading directions before usage

Most of us are guilty of this mistake.

 

We’ve been using a certain product or tool for a long time that we think we know how to use them properly. We disregard what’s written on the manuals or labels and use it according to what we think is right.

 

The manufacturer has spent lots of time and resources in researching their product. Get the most out of your cleaning tools by taking a few minutes to read the directions.

  1. Making use of chemical air fresheners

We want our home to smell nice and inviting so we make it a habit to constantly spray air fresheners.

 

Let’s be mindful though when using chemical air fresheners as it has negative effects. Some air fresheners have toxic ingredients that can be poisonous and can accumulate in our body that may lead to diseases over time.

 

Use natural air freshener instead such as lavender oil, rosemary, scented wood blocks and cinnamon sticks.

 

  1. Using wrong tools for cleaning

Brush is one of the most go-to tools that we use for cleaning. For sure, we can use it for almost everywhere.

 

While it is convenient to use one tool on almost all types of cleaning jobs, we should make it a point to use the correct one. This is to ensure that we get maximum cleaning result and efficiency. Surely, you can’t expect a top rated steam cleaning machine to make your bathroom immaculately clean.

 

  1. Cleaning windows on a scorching day

Cleaning your windows is not ideal on hot sunny days.

 

Why?

 

Because glass cleaner is easily dried up during hot days which results to streaks formed on your windows. It is ideal to clean your windows either in the evening or late in the afternoon.

 

  1. Using too much cleaning product

 

When we see a stain in our sink, it’s tempting to bombard it with lots of cleaning product. More is not actually advisable as you are just wasting the product, plus using too much will just create a build-up in the surface. Use the recommended amount in its packaging.

 

Now that we are aware of the cleaning mistakes that are commonly used, it’s time to remove them from our cleaning habit and get more efficient result in cleaning our home sweet home.

 

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6 Simple Tips on Saving Money while Cleaning Your Home

By Guest Blogger Sammy D.

6 Simple Tips on Saving Money while Cleaning Your Home

There are a variety of ways to help clean your home that don’t include having to spend a lot of money.  Here we give you 6 tips to make your home sparkle and to keep your hard-earned money saved for a rainy day.

Clean Your Home Frequently

By maintaining a clean home daily, means that you won’t have to worry about deep cleaning your house with tougher cleansers which will save you money down the road. Regular vacuuming, mopping, and dusting of furniture goes a long way in having a clean home so that you won’t have to play catch-up with your cleaning later.

Buy No-Name Cleaning Products

Many no-name cleaning products work just as effectively as brand-name products but cost a lot less. Overall, the main cleaning components are the same in the cheaper brand, so your house will still have the same clean result.

Buy Cleaning Products on Sale or at a Cheaper Store

If you feel as though you prefer some brand-name products over the cheaper variety, you can still find a lot of these products on sale or save with the use of coupons. Knowing where to shop for these preferred products can also cut your costs, as some stores charge more compared to others. Try visiting a dollar store to get some great deals on brand-name products that you love.

Buy Cheaper House-Hold Appliances

When choosing a product to aid in cleaning your home, the more expensive ones are not always the ones that allow for the best clean of your home. Research online if you are unsure, and see the ratings of some less expensive options.

For example, a budget vacuum cleaner can often clean as well as a more expensive model. For under $200, you can purchase a vacuum cleaner that will serve you well for all of your cleaning needs. To save money, you can also choose to purchase a vacuum cleaner that works on carpets alone and sweep any hard floor surfaces in your home.

When wanting to wash your floor, buying products where you are having to constantly purchase replacements of disposable wet pads can add up quickly. Instead, buy a cheaper, reusable, and washable soft fabric mop head to wash your floor.

Choose Multi-Purpose Cleaners

If you feel like you have to purchase a specific cleaner for a unique task, keep in mind that each individual cleaner adds up to a lot of clutter and a lot of extra cost. Although you may not be able to clean your mirror with the same product you use to clean your toilet, there are a lot of multipurpose cleaners out there that are great at doing just that, cleaning multiple areas of your home. They will also save you wasted money on specialized products that are often increased in price.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

By making your own cleaning products, not only are you saving yourself some money, but you are also creating a product that is better for the environment, and in turn, better for you.

The internet is full of websites that will provide you with a list of ingredients of what you need, and also include how-to directions to aid you in making your own cleaning products. These can include all purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, glass and mirror sprays, deodorizers and even stain cleaners.

The ingredients needed to make these products are relatively cheap and can also be bought in bulk from a variety of stores.

Don’t feel as though to keep your home looking its best requires that you spend a lot of money. Save your money and try some of these tips to keep your home clean and keep your money in your wallet.

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Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

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Energy prices are rising, and that isn’t good news for the average homeowner. Keeping the finances out of the red isn’t easy as it stands currently, but higher energy bills only make it harder. The result is that the majority of people are looking for ways to cut their expenses in half. Unfortunately, there are so many tips on the Web that finding the ones that work is difficult. In fact, it’s almost like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, this post has put together the great and the good of energy cutting tips.

Here are the commandments that you need to implement in your household.

Go Green

Run of the mill homes burn fossil fuels to keep warm. Although it’s effective, it is also expensive and bad for the environment. The obvious solution is to implement eco-friendly methods to help save the planet and your bank balance. Take the kitchen appliances as an example. On an average day, a family can use these devices dozens of times. Some don’t even turn off at all, such as the fridge. By turning them down, the amount of energy they use is a lot less throughout the week. By the end of the month, this should reflect in your bill.

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Switch Providers

Almost everyone picks a supplier and never changes. The reason is the hassle. Apparently, it is too much bother to pick up the phone or browse the internet. The truth is that it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is click on a comparison website and input your search. The results then appear, and you choose the one which seems the most beneficial. Quite simply, they do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to worry. Because energy providers are rivals, the discounts they offer to new customers are significant.

Maintain The Boiler

The boiler is without a doubt the biggest culprit when it comes to energy bills. Most of them are outdated and use energy as if it grows on trees. Thankfully, there are ways to get it to tow the party line. For starters, you can replace it with a newer model. Yes, this is expensive in the beginning, but the savings are quite remarkable after a couple of years. Or, you can use experts like Heat-line to prevent heat loss. The electric heat tape that they sell, for example, regulates water temperatures so that it doesn’t keep on heating and cooling down. If this doesn’t sound appealing, you can do it yourself with a furnace cover or foil.

Replace Light Bulbs

Standard light bulbs are remarkably inefficient. In essence, they produce more heat than they do light. That means the majority of the energy is wasted on needlessly. It’s almost like throwing money down the drain. By installing CFLS bulbs, there is no reason to lose money any longer. These are eco-friendly bulbs that have a much better light to heat ratio. Sure, they are not as bright, yet they get brighter with time.

Follow these commandments and there won’t be any nasty surprises.

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Everything You Need To Do Before Handing In Your Keys

Everything You Need To Do Before Handing In Your Keys

Getting ready to move home? If you are moving out of a rented apartment, you will need to make sure you do certain things so that you get your deposit back in full. Not sure you’ve done everything? Just make sure you can check everything off this complete checklist for moving out before you hand your keys back to the landlord!

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Contact All Utility Providers

About a month or so before you move out, you need to let all your utility providers know that you are going. You might be able to simply move your account over to your new address with some companies. However, with some, such as electricity and gas, you might be required to close your account completely and open a new one once you are in your new home.

Change Your Address On Documents And Contracts

As well as informing all your utilities, you will need to let a few other companies that you have updated your address. They will then be able to change your address on many official contracts and documents. For example, your bank is one of the first organizations you tell and then they can change your address for all your banking. Remember to get your address changed on your driving license and inform your employer.

Clean Your Old Apartment

Before you leave your old apartment, you need to clean it so that it is in the same condition in which you found it. If it is messy or dirty, then there is no way you will be getting your deposit back! That’s because your landlord has the right to use the money from the deposit to clean the apartment. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you might want to use the Whizz exit cleaner service. You can then be confident that the apartment has been cleaned up to a professional standard.

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Fill Out The Inventory

You will have probably had to fill in an inventory when you first moved into the apartment. This will just have been a list of different household items and furniture, and you will have had to tick off all the ones in the flat. You now have to revisit the list and tick all the items that are still in the flat. If there are any pieces of furniture or appliances that are now missing or broken, your landlord might use money from your deposit to replace them for the next tenants.

Clear Out The Entire Flat

It’s a good idea to remove everything from the flat, even items that you might think the next tenants might find useful. That’s because your landlord might not realize you’ve left these for the next occupants, and they might remove them. If they do remove anything after you have left, they will be within their rights to charge you for the removal. So don’t expect to receive your deposit back in full!

Now that you have this complete checklist, you can get organized before moving day and handing the keys over!

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How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

 

For many people, yoga is the one thing that keeps them healthy – body, mind and soul. While it is all about finding the time to slow down, be still, and listen to your inner self, a lot of us just don’t have as much time as we would like to head down to the yoga studio. Have you ever thought how much simpler life would be if you could just create your own personal yoga studio? Here is a simple guide on how to create a designated yoga corner at home.

Do I need a yoga space at home?

Having a yoga space at home is not just a matter of convenience. Sure, sometimes when you are tired after work, or it’s raining outside, you just don’t feel like leaving home and heading down to the studio. But it’s not just about what is easy. Don’t be discouraged thinking your home is just too small. Your studio doesn’t even have to take up an entire room. Just choose one corner of a room where you feel pleasant. It could be in your bedroom, living room, or, if you enjoy fresh air, even your garden. Your yoga corner will affect the energy of the space making you feel calmer whenever you see it. It will also remind you to take the time to practice and meditate more often.

Prepare your space

Whether you have chosen an entire room, a rarely used corner or the outdoors, your first step should be not to add objects, but to declutter. Yoga is all about clarity and the free flow of energy. Too many objects, especially inconsequential ones, will staunch this energy flow. For optimal energy, you can consult the rules of Feng Shui. Take a look at your space: anything that distracts you and disturbs your sense of clarity and calm needs to go. For starters, clear out all the mess and all unnecessary objects, and get quality gym flooring.

Decorate and supply

Apart from your yoga mat, there’s very little supplies that you actually need. Depending on the type of yoga you practice, you might also need beads, a pillow or a singing bowl. If you like meditating to certain sounds, relaxing music, or practice guided meditation, try to set up your sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible. You could paint the walls a soothing color, or choose a corner by the window if you feel that looking out the window helps you stay connected to nature and your environment.

Finishing touches

Choose the details you want to add carefully and sparingly. Don’t give in to temptation to clutter the space again. Choose a few details that you love seeing and that will instantly help your mind go into a meditative state. A lot of people choose a potted plant and perhaps a drawing or a painting that speaks to them. A small statue of Buddha is also found at plenty of home studios. If you have children and would like to teach them how to practice mindfulness too, you could make calming glitter jars together and keep them in your home yoga studio as well.

Having your own tiny studio, or even just a corner of your home where you can practice or meditate could help you use your time to the fullest, even when you are too busy or tired to leave home. Actually, setting up this space doesn’t take too much money or effort at all, and it will bring you many relaxing hours enjoying the calming, beneficial effects of yoga at your own home.

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