In the rush of day-to-day life, it can be difficult to find moments for yourself. But if this era of self-care has taught us anything, it's that having a place to retreat to is important to our overall health. From personal spas to luxury closets, here are five small sanctuaries you can create at home for a slice of serenity.
1. A hobby room
Whether your passion lies in crafting, music or gardening, it's nice to have a room that's dedicated to your pastime of choice. And with a hobby room, the sky is the limit. This haven can be tailored to suit your unique needs. For example, if you're creating a craft room, outfit the space with storage containers, easy-to-clean floors and a mess-ready table. If you're a musician, you can soundproof a room and furnish it with cozy couches. And for proud gardeners, you can install a shed and fill it with empty pots, watering cans and flowers. Think of the value you'll get from having a space to unwind and be creative.
2. A home gym
Sometimes it can be hard for avid exercisers to find time to do what they love – especially when the hustle and bustle of life gets in the way. If working out is important to you, a home gym may be the perfect sanctuary project. This space can be anything from a yoga or dance studio to a weightlifting and cardio area. To get started, make sure your flooring is up to the task. You may need rubber mats for floor work and heavy weights. You should also check your air conditioning to see if it can handle the heat. If not, you may want to add fans. And install full-length mirrors to give it a real gym feel.
3. A luxury closet
If you don't have the square footage to turn an entire room into a sanctuary, consider your closet. This neglected area is often filled with heaps of clothes and piles of stress – but it doesn't have to be that way. Instead of facing disorder every time you get ready, turn this underutilized room into a small haven. Start by cleaning up and organizing your clothes for an instant upgrade. Then, make the space feel special with a small chandelier, plush rug or armchair. And adorn the walls with fashion inspiration or family photos to give it character.
4. A personal spa
Much like your closet, your bathroom may not be living up to its full potential. Revamp this functional space by transforming it into a personal spa. This switch could be as simple as upgrading your towels or as complex as installing heated floors. Arrange relaxing candles on the counters. Invest in big, fluffy robes. Swap out your showerhead for a waterfall style. It'll be your favorite personal retreat in no time.
5. An upgraded garage
If you're a Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It, then you deserve a dedicated space. And if your garage is just a cold, desolate concrete slab, it may be time to turn it into a sanctuary. Start with insulation – and possibly a heating system – so you can tinker all year long. And ask yourself if a few rubber mats by your workbench would add significant comfort. Next, add a mini-fridge, storage shelves and a few decorative signs – and customize your new workspace to your heart's content.
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