Organization: Root Health, Nutrition and Wellness
Authors: Veronica Rechten, MS
Publish Date: 2/5/24
In the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding tranquility within the walls of our homes has become an essential pursuit. Transforming your living space into a haven of calm and intentionality can greatly contribute to your overall well-being. Below, we'll explore practical tips and mindful strategies to create your serene sanctuary!
Declutter and Simplify:
A cluttered space often leads to a cluttered mind. Begin your journey to a more intentional home by decluttering and simplifying your surroundings.
Once per day: set yourself a 30min timer for a quick tidy: put away clutter, throw in a load of laundry, and take care of dishes
Once per week: set yourself an extra hour on your timer and add in bathroom cleaning, vacuuming and changing bed linens.
Once a month: pick a day and make a list of some deeper cleaning that may need to be done: cleaning the fridge, washing the floors, and bagging up anything you want to donate.
REMEMBER: If you don’t live alone, everyone should be involved. Even little kids can help with clutter!
Mindful Decor Choices:
Consider the impact of your decor choices on your mental state. There are easy steps you can take to create a soft atmosphere in your space:
Opt for natural and calming color palettes, such as soft blues, greens, and neutral tones, which can evoke a sense of tranquility. This can be as simple as painting a wall, or getting some inexpensive covers for pillows you already own.
Incorporate elements from nature, such as plants (also great for purifying the air in your home), and natural materials like wood and stone, to bring the outdoors inside.
Scent is part of decor! Using a diffuser and trying out different oil blends is a great way to curate what smells help you to feel calmer, and more at ease in your space.
Decorate with items you love, even if they don’t make your home look like a magazine!
Designate Purposeful Spaces:
Define the purpose of each area in your home to create a sense of order and intentionality. Designate specific spaces for relaxation, work, and socializing. This is especially important if you work from home. You don’t have to have a home office to designate a space in your home that’s for work (Maybe a kitchen table that’s rarely used for eating, or a fold-out desk in the dining room corner etc.). By leaving that space when work is done, you are letting your body know that it’s time for rest and to turn off "work-brain" for the day.
It can be controversial for some, but keeping TV watching to one specific room and leaving the bedrooms for sleep is so helpful in signaling to your mind and body that it’s time to sleep when you’re in bed.
Establish Rituals and Routines:
Create intentional rituals and routines that bring a sense of calm to your daily life. Whether it's a morning meditation, an evening gratitude practice, or a daily walk around your neighborhood, establishing these routines can anchor you in the present moment and foster a mindful approach to living. Consistent rituals can act as grounding mechanisms, helping you navigate the challenges of daily life with greater ease.
Some Ritual ideas:
Take 5-10 minutes upon waking to meditate on the day and what your hopes and intentions are for it
Light a special candle after dinner and turn off overhead lights. Lamps are your friend when you're trying to wind down for the evening
Have a cup of herbal tea while getting ready for bed
Use the last hour of the day for reading something that’s just for fun
Make a simmer pot of herbs and spices on Friday nights to let the aroma and heat signify the start of the weekend
Do a 10 minute stretching routine, followed by a balanced snack in the afternoons whenever possible
Adding love, intention, and a calming atmosphere in your home may feel difficult, especially if you're a busy person with a lot going on in your house. Give a few of these tips a try and see if they can help you love your space, and your time at home just a little bit more!
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