Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Stressors to Eliminate from Your Home

Home is a sanctuary. The place to retreat and escape the stress of daily life. It is where you relax and rest. “Sometimes our home adds unwanted stress to our life,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

What are common household annoyances that could be getting under your skin? Read below to reclaim your home and sanity.


According to Psychology Today, when our home is filled with unnecessary stuff, it bombards our brains with excessive stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime. This makes it harder to focus and relax and inhibits creativity. It can also create frustration because we cannot always find what we need. If clutter has evaded your home, tackle it one space at a time. Toss it or get organized. Get someone to help and make it a fun process.

Neglected lawn and garden care

Facing an overgrown lawn and weeds day in and day out is overwhelming. Simplify your yard. Get rid of high-maintenance plants and replace them with more manageable options- be realistic. If something is dying try revitalizing by repotting, trimming or adopting a strict watering schedule. If there is no hope, call it quits. Create a weed control solution, annual mulching can help minimize weed growth. If necessary, hire someone to help.

Make your bed

Try to incorporate bed making into your daily routine. You might be familiar with retired Navy Seal, Admiral William H. McRaven’s graduation speech on the importance of making your bed every day. It is not OCD; it can actually reduce stress and start your day off with a sense of accomplishment.

Aspirational Items

“Most people have an item in their home, that despite their best intentions, sits unused,” Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency. Whether it is a guitar, ill-fitting jeans or treadmill, free up the space in your home and the guilt in your mind, by selling or donating the item so it can no longer taunt you.

Unpleasant smells

Bad odors can keep you from entering into your happy place. Clean out your refrigerator, pantry, trash cans and empty your litter box. Buy a scented candle to light, a plant or fresh flowers or open a window for some fresh air.

Poor lighting

Access to natural light is optimal but not every home is well-lit. Create an ideal lighting environment with a variety of light sources.  Ambient light is your primary source of lighting. Accenting lighting highlights a focal point and task lighting prevents eye strain, it includes lighting for a work area such as a desk or the kitchen.


Mirrors have often used to make a small room appear larger. However, many people report getting stressed out by mirrors. Perhaps they can be reserved for the closet or bathroom to prevent unnecessary anxiety.

The right homeowners insurance can provide peace-of-mind. Contact GreatFlorida Insurance to find the right coverage for you and your family.
Ellsworth Buck
Since 2003, Ellsworth has served as Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, a network of independent, franchised insurance agents located throughout Florida. During his tenure he has helped the franchise grow to more than 100 independent locations state wide. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Florida Insurance industry and is a graduate West Virginia University, earning his M.B.A in 1984. He lives with his wife in Stuart, Florida. For more information visit:

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