5 simple ways to prepare your home for the perfect self-care evening

We share five ways to prepare your home for a self-care evening filled with relaxation.

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Reimagining your space with self-care in mind can be hugely impactful. These days, so many of us get wrapped up in responsibilities and lose sight of truly nurturing ourselves, so having a sanctuary to unwind is so valuable.

Building 'transition rituals' is also key for combating that nagging sense of worries escalating. Before settling in for the evening, take just 5-10 minutes to write down any lingering obligations or stressors so your mind feels "emptied" of that mental clutter. 

As the day winds down and evening approaches, creating a serene and calming atmosphere in your home is essential for unwinding and relaxing. Whether you've had a busy day or simply crave a moment of tranquility, here are five delightful ways to transform your space into a relaxing home for a soothing evening.

1. Declutter for Peace of Mind

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We've all been there - coming home to a cluttered mess is anything but calming. As the old saying goes 'a cluttered home is a cluttered mind'. 

Eliana Coca, Owner of E.C. House Cleaning, suggests taking time to purge and properly store our belongings allows both the home and the mind to feel open, clear, and relaxed. 'This can also establish functional zones and containers so you know where to find what you need, giving back a sense of control.'

She recommends starting by decluttering countertops and surfaces: 'I like to do a sweep through each room to donate, shred or consolidate items. Out of sight is mentally out of mind! Bonus points if you corral clutter into concealed storage.'

Eliana Coca
Eliana Coca

Over two decades ago, Eliana Coca embarked on a bold adventure from Brazil to the United States, driven by a passion for excellence and a desire to make a difference in people's lives. Today, as the proud owner of E.C. House Cleaning, Eliana's commitment to providing unparalleled service and exceptional quality has made her a household name in Massachusetts. 

2. Dim the Lights

Lighting plays a huge role in affecting our moods. During the day, bright natural light energizes us, while soft, diffused light helps us transition into evenings of relaxation. There's an art to curating the right blend of overhead versus accent lighting, bulb temperature, and placement of floor and table lamps. This creates visually soothing gradients that relax both eyes and nerves. 

Establish' intimate zones' with floor and table lamps, and install voice-activated mood lighting in any room with smart bulbs, like these from Amazon. Dim, flattering lighting sets the tone for relaxation and self-care.

‘I'm a strong advocate for using candles as they can play a pivotal role in fostering a relaxing evening ambiance, infusing your space with an aura of romance and serenity,’ says interior designer, Nina Lichtenstein. ‘Don't underestimate their power; light one or more candles to enhance the tranquil atmosphere.’ 

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Nina Lichtenstein

For close to a decade, Nina has showcased her in-depth construction and design expertise on projects spanning the North East. A mother herself, Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves its daily needs while also nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant family homes. 

3. Indulge in Sensory Experiences

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Now that physical clutter is banished, turn to aromatherapy for 'mental decluttering'. Brew a pot of herbal tea and diffuse essential oils like lavender, bergamot or chamomile throughout your home. You can also make use of scented sprays, such as the Olous Aromatique Room Spray from Aesopor start a simmer pot on the stove. These subtle scents can lift the mood instantly.

Enhance the tranquil ambiance by playing soothing music. Choose instrumental tracks, classical melodies, or nature sounds to create a peaceful atmosphere. Music can calm the mind and soothe the soul, making it an excellent companion for your self-care evening. Consider using a wireless Bose speaker from Amazon for convenience, allowing you to move freely around your home while enjoying the calming tunes. 

4. Choose relaxing decor

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When it comes to colors and textures, these aesthetic elements subconsciously influence us on a deeper level. Warmer tones paired with lush materials have genuine restorative properties. But it's also about the artful blending of hues and finishes to transport us from the stresses of day-to-day life. Even perceived as minor details like florals or other patterns have been shown to stimulate neurochemicals associated with relaxation and well-being.

Simple acts like fluffing pillows, arranging throws for comfort, or even ensuring the bathroom is sparkling and stocked with plush towels can elevate the experience. Treat yourself to luxurious textures and fabrics that feel good against the skin.

5. Designate a 'relaxation space'

The final piece of the puzzle is designating a dedicated relaxation zone within your home where you can relax and unwind. Whether it's a window seat bathed in natural light, a plush reading corner with a comfortable armchair in your living room, or a cozy area rug by the fireplace, having a designated space for relaxation can make all the difference. Layer soft textiles like throws and cushions to add comfort and warmth to these spaces.  


What is a self care night?

A self care night is a dedicated evening focussed on your health and well-being. It’s a time to relax and recuperate after a long day. Concentrate on doing whatever makes you happy and relaxes you such as having a bath, or pampering yourself. 

Transforming your home into a sanctuary for relaxation doesn't require elaborate preparations. By incorporating these simple yet effective tips into your evening routine, you can create a calming environment that promotes peace and rejuvenation. 

Seraphina Di Mizzurati
Contributing Editor

Seraphina is a contributing editor at Homes & Gardens, writing Solved features on organizing and storage. She loves to decorate and also grow her own produce from her home in London. Her previous experience includes working at Women's Health and Fabulous Magazine.