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Creating a Peaceful and Happy Home

Updated on August 4, 2009

A lot of times we are out at work, shopping or doing other things. At some point, we look forward to leaving and being in the comfort of our home. Home is important to our sense of well-being. It should allow us to unplug from the stresses of the outside world – A serene space. This can be achieved in many ways.

Inside the House

Fresh / Natural Smells

Freshly cut flowers or scented houseplants such as Jasmine or Hyacinth make the inside of a home smell as sweet as the garden. Alternatively, a burner with a few drops of Essential oils. You could experiment with them to see which one you like. (Lavender, vanilla, lemon, orange etc) See Link below for more. Air fresheners are fine but have chemicals, which coat nasal passages.


Candles offer a wonderful source of mood lighting. You might also want to fit Dimmer Switches, which increase your range of lighting options.

Positive Energy

Keep the middle of a room clear. This creates a sense of spaciousness and energy. In Vastu Vidya. It’s a principle that furniture placed in the centre of a room impedes the flow of energy. (Vastu Vidya is the ancient Indian spiritual tradition of architecture and placement)

Good Circulation

The concentration of Toxins can be more inside buildings than outside. Keep your home well ventilated – open windows regularly. It also reduces the likelihood of getting the flu or a cold.


Make the most of Colours e.g. Change your cushions to a colour that suits your mood.

Red – associated with fire.

Orange - spirituality, transcendence and is also good for meditation.

Yellow - linked with sunlight, promotes optimism.

Green – connect us with nature and gives a sense of harmony.

Blue – suggests openness, freedom and tranquillity.

Indigo – reminiscent of ocean depths and adds mystery to an interior.

Violet – symbolic of “the inner eye”, the centre of spiritual vision.



An Aquarium

The silent world of an aquarium can be soothing to watch. If you can not afford one, you could start with a bowl with a few Goldfish.

Landscape paintings

These bring a refreshing openness to a room.

Clear out Clutter

Sort out wardrobes, drawers, cupboards and throw out any accumulated rubbish. Be neat. Make the bed, hang up your towels, and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Put things back in the right place so the house stays tidy.


Take a few minutes each day to wipe off counters. You could do more at weekends. If that is not possible, hire cleaning help.

NB. For safety, ensure you have a smoke alarm and test it often.

Outside the House


The physical exercise and the involvement with nature help release tension. Enjoy the garden’s beauties while you work.

Grow your own Vegetable

Its nice to see something of your own making grow. You could also plant your own Christmas tree if you have the space. Talk to your plants. It sounds funny but a lot of people believe that plants respond to the human voice by growing healthier.

Water Features

Install a water feature in the garden, maybe a small pond. Water naturally has a calming effect.

** If you don’t have a Garden, you might consider buying flowerpots and put them outside the door or the balcony if you have one. You could also buy houseplants.


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Victoria - Me too. Time flies so fast. Thanks so much for stopping by. Best Wishes.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is nice! I need to remember to light candles more. I have plenty but I forget. I also need to declutter and clean, but i am too busy writing all the time. LOL. I need to try. Great hub!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Alex Jose

      Thanks Alex. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Remember to feed the fish everyday. lol.


      That's a lovely layout. Promoting the flow of positive enery. Something to do with "Feng Shui". :-)

      Thanks for stopping.

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      Donaisabella 6 years ago from Fort Myers

      Great advice. Our living room looks really big and spacious and most people say so when they visit, I have always wondered if they would say the same if the coffee table were in the middle of the living room. The middle of our living room is free of furniture, open and spacious for all of us to do what we wish whenever.

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      Alex Jose 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      O my god i never knew that an aquarium can do such magic and even a few other definitely buying one as soon as possible...loved this hub...take care have a nice day..i voted a thumbs up for this hub..

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks again Support Med.

      Totally identify with you about not wanting to part with things. lol. May you always find peace in your home. :)

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      I love the aroma of lavendar. I must say I have to work on the clutter as I need more storage space and need to get rid of lots of things I just don't want to part with, like some books and old movie tapes. I love books, and they are all over the place (but not in the middle of the floor...well.. at least not right now, LOL!). Voted-up/rated!

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Anamika,

      nice to hear from you. Thanks for your comments. So, you already live in a Peaceful Environment. There is no place like home. I like incense sticks too, particularly lavender, Orange and cinamon. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Anamika S Jain 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Well, I love everything clean and in order. I love to burn incense sticks as part of my space Clearing efforts. You have listed exactly the sort of environment i like to create myself.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for your kind comments Mary - very touching. The "revolving door" made me laugh. :)

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      Mary Marie Kelley 8 years ago from Columbus Georgia

      OH my goodness , that would be the perfect home for sure. I learned much from your article. It all makes sense,but for some would be an impossibility.I have yet to have a home with just the two of us . Instead I have a revolving door at our house with grown kids coming and going. You sound like a wonderful person inside and out. More power to you for trying to bring peace into lives a taking out th stress. We need more people like you in this world.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Fortunerep - its good for Karma.

      Something more Salmanali - Put a Swimming Pool or Jacuzzi in your Garden, so you and yours can enjoy it at night, while watching the stars twinkle above, with a bottle of Champayne by the side.....

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      salmanali123 8 years ago

      tell me some thing more

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I think i will move my coffee table out of the center of the room, I hate it it makes it look so smaller and I never use it, the three year old domiates it with crayons and coloring books. Maybe i will put it in a corner for her coloring table.

      great hub


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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Bingskee and Philipo - you don't have to do them all. Just choose the ones you can. Example, I don't have an aquarium. Even, if I did I'd forget to feed the fish. Lol. Also, Philipo, you are lucky, when I visit Nigeria, I pull fruits from the Trees, here I have to buy them and they are not as fresh.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Thanks for this piece. Needless to add however that the economic situation in most countries may not allow them to achieve most of these "luxuries" though necessities of life.

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      very ideal, Lady_E. in a simple home in the Philippines, all of these may not be achievable though we could improvise. :-)


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