If I’m lucky, I get to a spa about once a year. It’s not a high priority for me to do on a regular basis. While I love a good massage, I know there a million other ways to spend my money.
The relaxing atmosphere, on the other hand, is something that every mom could use a little more of. These little things are inexpensive to introduce and easy to add into your normal routine. Wondering how to make your home feel like a spa? Let me show you.
And if you’re lucky, one of your kids might be willing to give you a foot rub for a small bribe. Some links in this post may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn from qualifying purchases by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I also participate in other affiliate programs for other retailers. Originally posted January 11, 2017.
How to Make Your Home Feel Like a Spa
1. Use Scents
You know how you walk in to a spa and you instantly exhale, your shoulders release their tension and you let out a sigh in the best possible way? A lot of that has to do with the smell. Lavender is the most common scent you’ll encounter.
To bring that spa feeling into your home, look for ways to infuse your home with lavender goodness. My husband gave me this Hundredth Acre lavender soy candle for Christmas and it’s my fave!
It smells amazing and there is something so decadent about burning a candle when you are a mom! Maybe that is in part to feeling like you have to hover around it to make sure your kids don’t reach over it or try to light their homework on fire.
Calming scents to get that spa feeling at home:
- Ylang ylang
- Clary Sage
You can also try my Good Vibes room spray.
2. Make Your Own Spa Water
Water even tastes better in a spa, amIright? Spa water is so delicious. Literally all they do is pop in some cucumber and lemon slices and BOOM. Magical spa water. This is super easy to do at home. You just have to remember to do it.
The size of my fridge means that making a large batch of this is out of the question. But you can make this, a glass at a time, by just adding a few slices of your favorite citrus, herbs and cucumbers. The flavor will not be quite as intense since it won’t have as much time to infuse as a large batch.
But it’s a great way to jazz up a plain glass of water and get you hydrating! You could always make a mason jar full the night before so it has time to get extra flavorful! But remembering to do that, on top of making sure homework is done and dinner gets cleaned up is added work.
Often what I will do is make a mason jar in the morning and pour my first glass. Then I refill the jar. That water infuses more while I drink the first and the flavor becomes more intense as the day goes on. It’s delicious.
Infused Water Combinations Like a Spa would Serve
3. Relax with Some Tea
There’s only been a handful of times where I’ve had multiple treatments or spent several hours hanging out and enjoying the spa and all it has to offer. On those occasions, sipping on herbal tea was SO relaxing! My go-to teas are usually English Breakfast or Earl Grey.
I usually grab those when I need a little pick me up late in the afternoon. But an herbal tea is super calming. It’s a great way to wind down. So make your tea, step away from the electronics and really use the time it takes to drink it to cocoon yourself in a calm bubble.
You can sip like you’re at the spa while you’re at home too. Quietly. These teas use organic ingredients, that smell AMAZING! and taste delicious too.
Create a Spa Environment at Home
4. Create an Intimate Space
It might be too much of an undertaking to make your entire home feel like a spa. So find one area or a portion of an area that you can control and make it feel calm and quiet. Neutral colors are a good place to start. Add in some candles and diffused lighting. Put out a diffuser.
Don’t forget the “Kids Keep Out” sign. Kidding. (not kidding)
5. Light it Like a Spa
There is NO harsh light at a spa. So mimic that at home by not using overhead lights but using soft light bulbs in lamps instead. The softer light will let you relax. And it will help disguise the dust bunnies you’ve been meaning to vacuum up.
I’m certainly not suggesting you spend all day in a dimly lit house. But for those minutes, half hours or hours that you want to recharge, soft light is better.
6. Cozy Textures
Now let’s talk about robes. It’s the quickest way to make your home like a spa. But for me, a robe on a weekday or in the middle of the day is just weird. Of course, wear one whilst you are getting ready in the morning but then you’re fully dressed and probably need to be for school pick up.
Relaxing in robes is best on weekends when you don’t have to be anywhere and can lounge and enjoy yourself. #robelife. Choose a robe that is extra cozy so you can really snuggle into it.
Also, invest in a few plush towels. Whether you are washing your face or taking a bath, a big fluffy towel is a great way to feel like a spa.
7. Find YOUR Happy Place
I find most spas to be on the colder side. But for me, I want to feel cozy and comfortable. Depending on what time of year it is, I would adjust the temperature to what I prefer (like, I don’t want to be sweaty in my robe, but I also don’t want to be freezing. I like to be cozy).
Also, pan flute music can take a hike. Whatever music you love and puts you in the most relaxed mood is what you should play. My Summer Sunset playlist works for all kinds of situations and makes me so happy. But if Metallica makes you happy, do you!
I realize that the spa-like atmosphere you’ll create at home is in no way as luxurious as what you’ll find at an actual spa. Do what you can to find little moments for yourself, where you can transport from your normal mom duties to a place where you can get a little bit of me time and practice self care. I love to make my home feel like a spa!
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Now you know how to make your home feel like a spa! And it’s easier than you probably thought! Use these simple tips to create the perfect atmosphere for your relaxing time outs.