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Using Aromas to Make Your Home More Comfortable

All kinds of elements go into making your home comfortable. The way you decorate your home, the colours, textures and furnishings all have an impact on how pleasant a room is to be in. They are all important because they have an impact on the ambiance of a room and, therefore, on how you feel when you are in that room.

However, something has an even bigger impact on the way a home feels. The way your home smells. Humans are super sensitive to smell. Far more sensitive than many people realise. In fact, our sense of smell is the most heightened of all of our senses.

Using Aromas to Make Your Home More Comfortable | UK Lifestyle Blog

Studies have shown that a single smell can bring memories and the associated feelings flooding back. How food smells plays a big role in whether we want to eat it or put it in the bin. For humans aromas are an important part of our world and have a big impact on how we feel and they can be used to help to make your home more comfortable and functional. Studies show that aromas can trigger 75% of human emotions.

As a result, there are many opportunities to use aromas to make a home a more relaxing place to be. Modern aroma chemicals make it possible for any smell to be re-created, so there are many different fragrances out there for you to experiment with.

To get you started and coming up with ideas, here are just a few examples of how you can use aromas to enhance your home environment.

Relax in the bedroom

If you are having trouble sleeping, consider introducing the aromas of chamomile, lavender, jasmine, bergamot or rose and sandalwood into your bedroom. They have all been scientifically proven to help people to relax. It is best to try one aroma at a time. Everyone is a little different, but the most effective is lavender, therefore, it makes sense to start with that one first.

Be more productive in your home office

Certain aromas have been proven to stimulate the mind and to improve concentration. Using these in your home office or the area where your kids do their homework will help you and them to focus and to remember more.

Peppermint and rosemary both improve concentration. Basil also improves concentration and is a memory booster. It is particularly good if you are feeling fatigued. It can lift the spirits and make it easier to concentrate.

Refresh and clean the air in your living room

Not all aromas have to come from scented candles or air fresheners. You can tap into the power of the natural aromas given off by plants.Adding some large plants to your living room is a good way to lift your mood, make the room look better and to clean the air.

Good options are bamboo, Gerber daisies, Chrysanthemums, scented Geraniums, Jasmine and Eucalyptus. All of these plants grow well indoors, cleanse the air and smell great.

Energising fragrances for the gym

Citrus scents have been proven to have an energising affect on most people. You can buy lemon, orange and grapefruit scents, or opt to have a couple of citrus trees in your gym or exercise room. Several of the dwarf varieties will grow well if placed near a sunny window. The gym is also a good place to use eucalyptus and peppermint fragrances.

2018-01-08T03:34:21+00:00 July 28, 2015|Home Decor|

4 Tips to Make an Early Morning Run a Routine

Most of us who are conscious of our health realise that waking up early in the morning and going for a run is beneficial for us. Staying fit means making sacrifices, but the result is in your favour alone. However, fitness goals never bear fruit for the majority, as we feel too lazy to hit the snooze button and get out of bed in the morning.

Getting out in the fresh morning air not only gives our lungs a fresh breather, but gives us a fresh start to the day. Putting our body into physical action early in the morning clears the head, gets the blood running, and prepares us for the day ahead. So what must you do to turn this once-a-week habit into an everyday ritual?

4 Tips to Make an Early Morning Run a Routine | UK Lifestyle Blog

Sleep Early

This sounds like basic advice but it’s also the most important to rule to waking up early and on time in the morning. As long as you are pushing your sleep late into night and devoting that time instead to the internet or television, you will never find yourself changing your habits. As the saying goes – early to bed, early to rise – it’s time to really follow it up now.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

In order to wake up fresh in the morning, it’s important that you’ve had a comfortable sleep at night, which means there would have to be no distractions. Turn off all electronics as they seriously disrupt the quality of sleep, and if you’re not too accustomed to sleeping in pitch dark, leave the curtains open. This way, when the early morning sun shines in your room, it gives you a reason to wake up.

Get Organized

Waking up for a run and making it a routine isn’t as easy as it sounds because it essentially means that now you should be putting your life into perspective. You may have a cheat day where you don’t have a schedule, but most days, you should have a set sleep routine and a time for everything so that no task is left unattended.

Befriend Someone for a Run

If you don’t have anyone from home who is willing to accompany you on the run, then try to befriend someone at the park you go to. Having someone to share an early morning run will be motivational in itself and reason enough for you to wake up and show up. It creates a challenge and you’ll realize whether you are better off at changing your habits or not.

Setting goals for yourself, investing in comfortable running gear and choosing a pleasant location are all things that can help you make early morning running a routine. However, be mindful that unless you are willing to change your own habits for the better and realize that the benefit of it is only to you and to your health, no one can motivate you to make the change.

2018-01-08T03:34:21+00:00 July 28, 2015|Health|

These Amazing Ideas Have Made Cleaning My House So Much Easier

Don’t get me wrong here, I love owning a home of my own, but what I don’t enjoy is the cleaning that comes with it. I hate mess and dirt, but the problem is that I also dislike cleaning.

You probably think that if that’s the case, why don’t I hire a cleaner – am I right? While hiring a cleaner is a great idea, I would feel funny about someone else doing my cleaning. I know I would be paying them, but even so, hiring a cleaner just isn’t for me. I may not like cleaning, but it is an important part of taking care of your home, so I guess I am going to have to learn to love it.

A friend of mine used to suffer from the same problem, how she got around it was by making cleaning easier for herself. So I thought I would ask her to share her top tips for making chores and cleaning easier, and this is what she said:

Invest in good-quality cleaning supplies

Don’t make the mistake of skimping when it comes to cleaning supplies, you will find it much easier with the right equipment. The essentials for cleaning your home properly include a good vacuum cleaner and a mop.

When it comes to choosing a mop, the only way to go is with a steam mop, they are amazing. To read up more about steam mops and how you can use them, have a look at You will also need some cleaning products, such as antibacterial spray, bathroom cleaner, and kitchen cleaner.

Clean as you go

Don’t let the mess in your house get out of control, as this will just make cleaning ten times harder. Instead, clean as you go, so as soon as you make a mess, clean it up. By cleaning as you go, you won’t have lots of cleaning to tackle at once, just small amounts throughout the day.

For instance, if you cook dinner while the food is cooking clean up the mess. Put rubbish in the bin, wipe the surfaces and wash up anything that you have used – it isn’t hard. You will find it much easier to keep on top of the housework if you do this, as there will rarely be large amounts of mess for you to deal with.

Do one chore each day

As well as cleaning up the mess you make on a daily basis, you also need to tackle things like the floors, windows, and washing. You will find it easier to deal with each of your cleaning tasks if you assign each task to a day, instead of trying to do everything at once.

For instance, on Mondays you could vacuum, Tuesdays wash the floors, and Wednesdays do the laundry. On Thursdays, you could clean the windows and bathroom, on Fridays vacuum again, and on Saturdays dust and do more laundry. On Sundays, give yourself a day off of cleaning. By assigning a couple of chores to each day, you will find it easier to manage your time and keep your house clean.

Cleaning your home might be an annoying job, but unless you want to live in filth, it’s necessary. I have found that by making cleaning easier for myself, that it is more enjoyable. You may not like cleaning, but trust me on this, if you make it easier, it won’t seem as bad.

2015-10-29T20:24:39+00:00 July 25, 2015|Home Decor|
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