Tips For Creating A Calm Home + Amy Victoria Diffusers

Our house is a very busy house, and maintaining a sense of calm in it is one of my constant challenges.  I’m determined to get on top of this in time for Christmas.  One thing that seems to add to our house stress levels is the clutter and ambience.  Daddy is a bit of a stress head anyway, and trying to keep everything calm is a real challenge.  The girls can often disturb the calm in the house too by emptying a container of toys of the floor or just by doing what siblings seem to do best, fight!

I’m hoping that by working on making the home calmer, that in turn the family living in it will also be a little calmer and stress free.

Add A Calming Scent To Your Home

We were recently sent a gorgeous Amy Victoria reed diffuser to try out.  The fragrance we were sent was the Lavender and Rose, and it’s a really lovely scent.  We’ve been using it for just a couple of weeks now, and it seems to be blending into the family home a treat.  The Amy Victoria reed diffuser is beautifully packaged, making it the perfect gift for Christmas or a special occasion and contains only the very best essential oils and natural ingredients.

We have a open plan living room and dining room, and I’ve placed the diffuser in a spot in the dining area, but the lovely calming scent still makes it through to the living room.  It’s been a real godsend to be honest, as my husband doesn’t seem to like candles.  They make hime cough and he often finds the scent over powering.


With the Amy Victoria diffuser you can control how strong the scent is by the number of reeds you add to the bottle.  We are only using 3, but it’s really effective and provides the perfect amount of scent for us.

Declutter The Hall And Entrance To Your Home

The porch and hallway in our house always seem to be cluttered.  It doesn’t create a good first impression and certainly doesn’t set a good mood for us as a family.  I’ll be finding a place of all the items that have taken up home here and creating a sense of calm for us to walk in to.  It might mean a few trips into the loft.  I’ll also be nagging Daddy about putting his coat away properly, at the same time as I’m telling him to not leave wet towels on the bed.

Get Enough Storage

One of our biggest problems is storage.  I thought I’d found the toy cupboard to answer our prayers back in September and placed an order.  Unfortunately it’s only just come into stock, but I know it’s going to make a big difference.

We have toys everywhere, in different boxes and buckets but the problem is the girls can see them.  This means that they just pull out what they want when they want, and before you know it you’ve lost the living room floor.  The toys are going to be sorted and put out of sight, so that one thing can come out at a time.  I can’t tell you how excited about this I am.  It will make being at home and working here so much easier.

Have A Good Clear Out

With Christmas soon upon us, it’s time to identify the toys, clothes and any other gadgets that aren’t in use and send them off to charity or the waste tip.  I’ve had my eye on a few things that need sending away, and I can already feel how therapeutic this will be.

A Place For Everything

One of my biggest challenges is getting the whole family to buy into creating a calm and stress free surrounding for us to live in.  we have that issue of shoes and coats being flung everywhere when people come home, so it’s time to try and get everyone into good habits.  Hopefully getting some good habits instilled in both Daddy and the girls will help to bring a sense of calm to our home.



This will be my project for next year.  We currently have a decor of browns, reds and creams.  I find it all a bit dark and glumly at this time of year so I think it’s time for a change.  I want more pastel shades, with grey being the base colour.

Perfect Lighting

I’ve come to notice that our lighting isn’t great and certainly doesn’t promote a calm atmosphere, especially at night.  Daddy has a preference for watching TV in the dark, but there are times when lighting is required.  I’ll be looking out for a new table lamp to add to the living space to create a more homely feel than using the ‘big light’.

What are your tips for creating a calm home?

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Zena is a 40ish year old Mum with 3 kids and UK travel blogger who is keen to pursue her passion for exploring despite being a busy parent. She’s also partial to coffee and chocolate.


  1. Tracy K Nixon
    November 23, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Tea light candles, dimmer lamps and soft lambs wool throws and cushions!

  2. Tricia Cowell
    November 23, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    It is difficult at the moment having a calm home with a toddler and teenagers living with me. I find sitting down having a family meal and chatting about the day helpful. This diffuser sounds wonderful and I would love to try it

  3. laura banks
    November 23, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    i create a sense of calm with some candles and chillin music

  4. Holly Gibson
    November 23, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I love having candles and the heating on and a blanket

  5. Shelley Jessup
    November 23, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I love keeping my senses happy so nice room scent, cashmere blankets, tasty food & drink etc

  6. Lucy Major
    November 23, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    I like to have some mood lighting, nice smelling candles and some fluffy blankets

  7. iain maciver
    November 23, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    dim lights, some candles ,and some soothing music

  8. Michelle Ferguson
    November 23, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I light some nice candles and snuggle on the sofa watching a good film

  9. Annabel Greaves
    November 23, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    You need soft lighting, cosy furnishings and relaxing music

  10. Emma S
    November 23, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    I keep a sense of calm by using lavender and keeping things in order

  11. Jane
    November 23, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Trying to keep everything in order and decluttering regularly.

  12. Andrea Fletcher
    November 23, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Nice candles and a cosy throw.

  13. Rachael G
    November 23, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Lots of candles, soft fluffy blankets and snuggly cushions all help I think.

  14. Lori Mckillop
    November 23, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    After all the toys are tidied away an nice clean, dim lit living room with lots of scented candles 🙂

  15. Jo Jones
    November 23, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Mood lighting, a cosy fire, good company & ditch the mobiles!

  16. Danielle Spencer
    November 23, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I’m most calm in my house with my PJ’s on, blanket, slippers, pets (when they behave!) cuddles and candles

  17. amy bondoc
    November 23, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    i always find candles in the evening relax me and im always burning scented oils, especially lavender ones

  18. Karen Barrett
    November 23, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    We are very organised and each have roles to help our family and home a happy one

  19. November 23, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I light candles, put a good film on with good snacks and a cosy blanket to keep cosy

  20. Mel Turner
    November 23, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I have the Christmas tree lights on while watching Christmas films

  21. Michaela Smith
    November 23, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    I light some lovely candles 🙂

  22. Katie Skeoch
    November 23, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Soft furnishings & ambient lighting are always a winner & make a living room cosy

  23. Rebecca Nisbet
    November 23, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    sending my daughter to bed lol then its calm.

  24. melanie stirling
    November 23, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Scented candles,soft music and the lights off are my top tips.

  25. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 23, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    To create a sense of calm at home soft lighting is essential.

  26. Carole E
    November 23, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Scented candles, real fire, soft music and mood lighting

  27. Emma Rawlinson
    November 23, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I try to keep the house tidy from clutter, use lamps rather than bright lights and put on some chilled music (usually Smooth fm)

  28. Margaret Gallagher
    November 23, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Lamps soft furnishings warm colours and beautiful scents make for the perfect setting

  29. Sophie D
    November 24, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Low lights, warm rooms and a good book

  30. Jennifer Haden
    November 24, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Having a decluttered and clean home can really take away the stress and make everyone feel alot calmer 🙂 x

  31. Katherine Johnson
    November 24, 2016 / 10:22 am


  32. Jen Schofield
    November 24, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Fairy lights rather than bright main lights and a cosy blanket

  33. Lindsey Stuart
    November 24, 2016 / 11:19 am

    I love little lighting, I think they make the home cosy and homily looking, And I always have several candles lit in the dark evenings, cosy throws and furry shaggy cushions and rugs! I just feel very comfortable being in a room full of all these textiles.

  34. laura stewart
    November 24, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    plan your day x

  35. Kay Broomfield
    November 24, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I like to have scented candles lit during the evening which helps me relax after a hectic day at work.

  36. Helen Tovell
    November 24, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    To create a sense of calm in our house the kids have to be out

  37. Stacey Carnell
    November 24, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Candles, nice smells and a fluffy throw 🙂

  38. Christine Lockley
    November 24, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Scented candles, curb the clutter, deal with post and newspapers so they don’t end up creating piles

  39. Anthony Harrington
    November 24, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    we have lights on dimmer switches, have flowers and home fragrances and a chill-out music playlist.

  40. Jo Carroll
    November 25, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I can only feel real…true peace – if I switch off my mobile and unplug the phone 😉

  41. Jennifer Toal
    November 25, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Low lighting a hot bath pyjamas lying on the sofa

  42. Leanne Bell
    November 25, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    I would love to create calm by decluttering – I can never totally relax knowing that I have things to do in the house.

    Generally a cup of tea and slice of cake and a catch up on my emails chills me out x

  43. bella smyth
    November 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    After ive sent the kids to bed i light a few candles and dim the lights

  44. Corinne Peat
    November 26, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Dim the lights, some relaxing music and some nice smelling candles burning out of the reach of the kids.

  45. purpleshoes
    November 26, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    keep things tidy and minimalist

  46. sarah m
    November 26, 2016 / 11:47 pm

    I use candles, diffusers and soft lighting! I also have throws to keep me cosy for those days in on the sofa with a film and cuppa x

  47. Jo Glasspool
    November 28, 2016 / 12:28 am

    I try to keep my home clutter free, as I find this helps.

  48. Sarah Armstrong
    November 28, 2016 / 5:51 am

    meditation. calm mind, calm home

  49. Andrea Smith
    November 28, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Having the lights down low and the tv/music low helps to have a sense of calm in the home.

  50. Harriet
    November 29, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    I like to have a few candle around my bath.

  51. Solange
    November 30, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Dim the lights, light some candles and put on some relaxing music.

  52. Kim Neville
    November 30, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Candles burning and cosy blankets

  53. clair downham
    November 30, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    kids to bed light candles glassof wine and good drama

  54. jo liddement
    November 30, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I like to have scented candles and lamps rather than overhead lighting.I used to have an aquarium and that was very calming to look at.

  55. Beky Austerberry
    November 30, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Besides arranging the occasional sleepover for my tween/teen. Scented candles create a sense of calm.

  56. Susie Wilkinson
    December 4, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Time on my own (the dog’s allowed to stay!) chilling out under a warm fleecy blanket with good TV and a takeaway, all my favourite things!

    December 7, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I use candles to create a relaxing atmosphere at home and try not to have things we don’t need laying about the house

  58. frances hopkins
    December 8, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I wish I knew, I try lots of things, nice smells, candles etc, nothing works in my house

  59. Hannah Wood
    December 8, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Got to be so good candles.

  60. Faith Paul
    December 12, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    nice smelly candles, pjs on and snuggled up on the sofa wrapped in my blanket

  61. Heather Morrison
    December 12, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    We turn off the TV and sit on the couch with a cuppa and the candles lit for 10 minutes a day. IT works wonders for ridding the house of negativity xx

  62. Sara Goodman
    December 16, 2016 / 4:46 am

    My favourite music teamed up with gorgeous candles, you can’t go wrong!

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway 🙂

  63. Richard Tyler
    December 16, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Snuggly sofa, lots of warm fluffy blankets for cuddles in winter nights

  64. carole n
    December 18, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    a sense of calm can come from peace and quiet in the house

  65. Susan Hoggett
    December 18, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    candles, cosy fire glowing, throws and cushions, comforting scented candles burning

  66. Hazel Murphy
    December 18, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Soft lighting and low music.

  67. Julie Scattergood
    December 19, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Declutter. There’s nothing (for me) more anxiety-provoking than being surrounded by too much ‘stuff’.

  68. Lisa Wilkinson
    December 19, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    When everything is tidied away we put low lights on and light a nice fragrant candle and play some chilled out tunes

  69. Kat Allinson
    December 19, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I like to dim the lights, light some candles and put the fire on so it’s lovely and cosy

    December 19, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Kick partner out of the house and put some old music on while entering comps online

  71. Keshia Esgate
    December 19, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    keep the room tidy and uncluttered with plenty of light

  72. Jo McPherson
    December 19, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Everywhere tidy and clean, low lights and scented candles

  73. December 20, 2016 / 12:10 am

    Candles lit, lights off and fire place going creates a calm and cosy atmosphere.

  74. claire little
    December 20, 2016 / 12:47 am

    get my kids babysat for a while that always creates calm.

  75. Hayley Burrows
    December 20, 2016 / 12:50 am

    Candle and domed lights, and a film 🙂

  76. December 20, 2016 / 1:17 am

    Calm music, soft lighting and comforting homely aromas all help. But with 3 aged 4 and under thats not always the case.

  77. Charlie Brunton
    December 20, 2016 / 1:29 am

    I like everything to be put away in its place, no clutter! I love candle light and soft white lamp lighting. I’ll burn candles when I really feel like relaxing!

  78. Tammy Neal
    December 20, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I like to have some mood lighting, nice smelling candles and some fluffy Blankets xx

  79. Lucy Chester
    December 20, 2016 / 7:19 am

    I light some candles, build our real fire and get a good book and relax on the sofa all on my own

  80. Sarah Wilson
    December 20, 2016 / 10:37 am

    My tips would be to de-clutter, use candles, and get a dimmer switch for softer lighting.

  81. Amy Dacre
    December 20, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I love the Hygge Nordic method!! Lots of fur candles and serenity. Lots of warm snuggly nights with good food and good movies

  82. Jamie Millard
    December 20, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    it’s all about lighting for me. From soothing moodlight colours to less harsh main lights.

  83. Annette Haden
    December 20, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    An Amy Victoria Reed Diffuser & dimmed lights

  84. Alisa Moore
    December 20, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    I have a variety of mood lighting and candles

  85. Lauren Old
    December 20, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    I like to play relaxing music, light some candles or have an air freshener and light the fire

  86. Karl Borowy
    December 20, 2016 / 6:35 pm


  87. Donna W
    December 20, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    I like to turn off the tv, play some relaxing music and light some candles.

  88. Sheri Darby
    December 20, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Turn down the volume on all TVs etc and have a warm aroma permeating the house

  89. Rebecca Beesley
    December 20, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    your clearing the clutter tip is a good one and that is my favourite way of keeping calm at home

  90. Natasha R-M
    December 20, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Lamp-light, a real fire, soft throws, candles and some teddy bears.

  91. Diana
    December 20, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Clean and tidy rooms, lovely smells and some lit candles. Oh, no loud noises 🙂

  92. Natalie Crossan
    December 20, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Amy Victoria Reed Diffuser and soft lamp lighting

  93. AG
    December 20, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Candles or anything with your favourite fragrance, either telly off and some music or telly on with your favourite easy to watch film or show. My favourite to watch is Joy of Painting.

  94. Ruth Wollerton
    December 20, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Cuddling up with my boys surrounded by aromatic candles and diffusers relaxes and calms me.

  95. Michelle Wild
    December 21, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    My purring cat, after she has prodded and scarred my legs trying to flatten her place, is rather relaxing.

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