Winter is right around the corner, and days have already gotten shorter and cloudier. Saying goodbye to the sun so soon can feel like a major bummer with many of us already struggling with quarantine anxiety. The good news is that there are a few ways you can help to keep the winter blues from sending you way down in the dumps this season. Here are five small changes you can make to your space to help stay on the bright side.

Put up some art

Many of us are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving us to struggle with work-life balance and motivation. If you’re struggling with inspiration, consider putting up some new artwork around your work area. Up to 94% of survey respondents said they believe art makes their workplace more welcoming and 61% said it stimulates creativity.

Add greenery

Plant parenthood has become a major trend in recent years, especially among Americans aged 40 and younger. There’s a good reason for that. Not only does owning a plant give you a sense of responsibility and satisfaction when it grows but it also helps to reduce stress levels. In fact, science shows that greenery can help to improve cognitive function and even elevate your mood. Fortunately for those without a green thumb, you may not even need a real plant to experience these benefits. Other studies have shown that the presence of artificial plants can also help to reduce stress.

Give yourself a tiny remodel

You don’t need Joanna Gaines to give you the home of your dreams. A simple, minor kitchen remodel can actually have a return on investment of 82.7%. Consider swapping out your kitchen hardware for newer, modern handles and knobs. Removable wallpaper can also give you that instant backsplash you’ve been hoping for. Changing up your space, even in the smallest of ways, can make you feel happier to be there.

Set up a light therapy box

Light therapy can be incredibly beneficial for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder. However, keep in mind that you don’t need to be in a bad place to get yourself a light therapy box. If it helps make you feel better and it’s in your budget, using light therapy can definitely be worth it. A light therapy box mimics outdoor light. It’s best to turn it on in the early morning and in the late afternoon during the winter months when the sun isn’t present. While 91% of consumers would rather buy from an authentic brand, you can find light therapy boxes at a wide variety of price points. Just be sure that the light therapy box you choose goes up to 10,000 lux.

Keep clutter to a minimum

When we’re not feeling our best, we can often let our spaces become cluttered with laundry, trash, and dishes. Instead of trying to keep everything clean when you don’t feel like moving around a lot, consider setting up multiple areas to place things. For instance, if trash build-up is a problem for you, consider setting up multiple mini-trash cans around your home for each room. If laundry tends to build up at certain parts of the house, consider keeping a hamper there. By making your space work for you, you can help to keep clutter at bay, which will help to make you feel better in your own space.

Winter can be a challenging season, and this year it’ll certainly hit our moods even more. By following the tips above, you can help keep the winter woes away so you won’t have more stress than you can already handle.