With all the stress that our eyes go through every single minute of every single day at work or anywhere else, there is nothing more refreshing than to go home to a place where our eyes won’t have to work that much. That, however, isn’t really the case with many of us.
More often than not, our homes are also loaded with visual stimuli that further stress our eyes out. Clutter, see-through cabinets, differently-coloured walls—all these are visual stimuli that overwork our eyes and cause us stress.
The typical knee-jerk reaction to this is to want to get rid of visual stimuli that overwork our eyes at home altogether. However, aside from not being possible, too little visual stimuli can still stress us out. The best way to not overwork the eyes is to strike a visual balance for any room within your home. In short, you should make a room easier on the eyes, and here are some tips on how to do just that.
Minimise clutter at home
We all have stuff, but sometimes, we just have too much stuff. It gets even messier when we have kids. Toys, clothes, shoes—they’re just all over the place, and seeing them that way is just too much visual stimuli that overwork our eyes. To relieve yourself of visual stimuli that overwork our eyes, make an effort to minimise clutter at home and keep most of your stuff out of sight. It would help if you have adequate storage for all of them.
If you there’s no way you can keep all your stuff behind closed doors, put them in storage bins that look simple so they won’t be much of a visual stimulation even when in plain sight.
Sweat the small stuff
You might think that things like Lego pieces, small tools or a few clothes-pegs are too small to become visual stimuli that overwork our eyes. Small things, however, tend to add up over time, and before you know it, these small things are already overloading your eyes with visual information. The best way to deal with small things is to have special drawers or cabinets made for them, so they’re out of sight when not in use, but accessible when you need them.
Only important stuff should be on display
When putting stuff on display, you can make a room easier on the eyes if you only display things that you consider to be important. What’s important to you, of course, would be a highly subjective thing, so whatever you choose to display, make sure that the items you pick have simple shapes and colours. It’s also important that you arrange them symmetrically. If your favourite things are more complicated in shape and colour, we recommend that you display fewer of them at any given time.
Paint your walls and cabinets the same colour
It is common for home owners to paint their cabinets in a colour that makes it stand out from the wall. How about painting them the same colour? With the cabinets practically disappearing into your walls, your eyes won’t have too much to process anymore, and you’ll make a room easier on the eyes.
When your cabinets have see-through doors—glass ones, for instance—you can see everything inside it even when it’s closed. Even worse are cabinets with open shelves. If you want to be spared from visual stimuli that overwork our eyes, we suggest that you put opaque doors on cabinets that don’t have shelves, and put up curtains inside those with glass doors so you can block the view of what’s inside, albeit partially.
Stress may be a practically unavoidable thing in our lives, but we can, at the very least, reduce the amount of stress that we go through if we make a room easier on the eyes.