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Tidy Home, Tidy Mind - Top Tips from Dr Dawn Harper

Have you ever struggled to sleep because niggling chores are on your mind? Our new research has found out that almost a third of us are getting up in the middle of the night to tackle the housework, with 64% of us admitting we can’t relax in the evening if we haven’t cleared up after their evening meal. We’ve partnered with GP, television presenter and Dunelm ambassador Dr Dawn Harper to bring you her top tips to making your home a more mindful space.

Welcome home!

On entering your front door, a trail of shoes, socks and other quick outfit changes littered from the morning is never a good way to unwind. You want to start your evening within a sanctuary, so invest in shelves or boxes, along with extra coat hooks near the front door, to house all of the options you might need for quick weather changes this season.

Before going about the rest of your evening, avoid extra time cleaning by investing in a dirt-trapping door mat, keeping the rest of your flooring free from further mess.

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Baskets, baskets and more baskets

Kitchens are the quickest spaces to become cluttered, with a fifth of people admitting their storage solutions are in disarray, and almost 80% of people battling with constant crumb sweeping. With the amount of pots, pans, utensils and cutlery required for just one meal, drawers and cupboards are particular mess-magnets, so optimise storage space with removable boxes and baskets, making items easier to find and transport from room to room.

For larger households, consider a designated basket per family member, and make them personalised for added style and a fun craft activity for kids. Not only does it encourage tidiness, but also makes everything easier to find – if you find a rogue toy, just pop it in the basket!

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Create a liveable living room

Unwinding with a good book or magazine is a great way to shake off the day, so be sure to use shelving or storage racks to organise and make it easy for you to pick your relaxation technique of choice. Keep in mind that as the new additions roll in, be sure to pop old copies in the recycling to keep your lounge decluttered.

If you prefer to unwind with the latest box set, a new film release, or scroll through social media, don’t let the increasing amount of technology in your home overwhelm you. Invest in an attractive basket or container for a coffee/side table to keep remotes and chargers organised and accessible, without skimping on style.

The environment we spend the most time in has a huge effect on our levels of relaxation, and decor is a huge factor in keeping this as an ongoing mindset. Cushions and throws keep the room cosy and coordinated, with faux flowers and plants putting a spring in your home’s step, without the required upkeep.

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Finishing your day with a stress-free sleep

Prepare for a relaxing sleep with a scented candle and dim lighting, and considering blackout blinds or curtains for the summer months when the sun’s light can disrupt usual sleep patterns. Similarly, try a digital detox before bedtime, as both natural and unnatural light disrupt the sleep hormone, and therefore is the key to being well rested.

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