The High Value of Charming Cottage Gardens for Highly Stressful Lifestyles

cottage bench arbor
Relaxing, just looking at it. photo via southernlagniappe.blogspot.co

The efficiency of modern technology requires career driven professionals and business minded individuals to work at a faster pace in order to keep up with the trends. This should not be a problem for a motivated and dedicated worker until the body gives in to stress and results to breakdown. Everybody needs a break from the hustle once in a while and one way to get some peace and quiet is to spend some time in an idyllic place like a charming cottage garden or a nature resort of your choice.

Cottage Garden Resorts or Villas are some of the practical choices for quiet relaxation. These quaint venues exude an atmosphere of leisure where you can leave all your cares away and simply indulge in the lush colors of nature, the fresh scent of flowers, the cool garden breeze and a pleasant landscape. You can lazily spend your morning or afternoon sitting on a bench with your favorite novel, paint the landscape in a propped up easel just like the old days or sip some English tea and scones while chatting with a friend or a loved one. A weekend or a day spent in this environment guarantees to melt your stress away.

There are two ways to avail of an R&R escape to a charming cottage garden. One is to purchase vacation packages in chalets or garden cottages and the other one is to set up your own English garden right in your own backyard. Those who are looking for more leisure activities are best left to book vacation packages in out of town locations. However, for those who just want to enjoy an afternoon off from the daily chaos then the backyard will do.

There are several advantages of having a cottage garden in your backyard. First is the convenience and accessibility. You don’t need to book reservations for anything in order to enjoy a quick R&R. All you have to do is step into your backyard and bask in the tranquil environment of your garden. Second is the therapeutic effect of tending your own garden. Sometimes, doing something routine and ordinary can help us clear our minds and make better decisions. And, third is the cost efficiency benefit. Those who stress themselves out to earn a living for the family need not worry about expenses since you can easily build an English Garden in your own backyard without costing an arm. Plus, you also get to save on booking garden get away vacations that you can already enjoy in your own home.

Time spent on creating charming cottage gardens are well worth it, if only for the stress relief that it brings. It can also be ideal venues for cozy afternoon parties with a few close friends. The value of these quaint landscapes shouldn’t be easily underestimated as it can contribute to taking care of both your emotional and social well-being.

lovely garden photo
Eye-catching. photo via http://www.jerseyplantsdirect.com

The Clean Cut Benefits of Having a Mudroom at Home

Homemakers who are constantly bothered by the dirt and clutter that kids often bring in to the house should consider adding a mudroom or a really organized entryway/entry hall. As the name implies, the mudroom contains mud and other outside elements to prevent it from spreading inside the house. This may either be just a small area or a tiny room near the entry way. Most houses in farm areas and snow-prone areas have a mudroom situated near the entrance of the house or by the kitchen. However, other modern houses and apartments also get to benefit from installing one in their homes.

 
The most obvious benefit of having a mudroom is to aid in maintaining cleanliness in the house. You don’t have to run after the kids with a mop whenever they come home from a soccer game or a rainy day. The dirt, dust or mold can be contained in a small space and tackled at the end of the day. Since you are able to maintain clean surroundings in your home, you are also able to protect your kids from disease causing germs and bacteria. It also serves as an easy storage for shoes and jackets especially during spring, fall and winter. (Imagine our mudroom in winter after the kids – I have 3- played in the snow.)
entry hall or mudroom
I would like our mudroom to look like this because for now, ours is chaos. photo via http://www.homebunch.com
 
Another benefit is that it could provide additional storage for you by simply installing wire racks, pegs or shelves. It can be a good place to put the usual stuff that are left cluttered around the house like coats, umbrellas, sports gear and others.
 
Those who have kids that are active in outdoor sports may find that investing in a well equipped mudroom is well worth it. These kids are sure to bring in dust and mud from their shoes, clothes, bags and sports gear on a regular basis.
 
Before investing in your mudroom, you must first assess the needs of the family members. Most city dwellers would simply need to contain minimal amounts of dust or mud from entering the house. Thus, a small area near the entry way with a coat stand, umbrella bin and some mats will do. Others who often have to deal with a lot of these outside elements need to seriously consider the design and layout of their mudrooms.
 
Aside from providing ample storage, make sure that the materials used for your mudroom is durable, moisture proof and easy to clean. The most common flooring materials used for this type of rooms are vinyl, stone, tiles or concrete. Those who have family members that come home with shoes and gear caked with mud may want to have a sink and floor drain installed too.
 
In the fast paced world of today, modern homemakers need every help that they can get to efficiently manage their homes. Having your own mudroom can help you manage the cleanliness in your house and give you more time to perform other tasks.
Organized entry hall
More space for shoes. *google image*