Sometimes making a few small changes to your space can make a huge difference in the way you feel. Check out some easy tips on how to make your space more peaceful.
It's easy to feel like your in disarray when your space feels cluttered. Do a quick tidy-up. Throw all clothes in a hamper, wash the dishes in the sink, and make sure everything is in it's place! Even if you just take the time to straighten the piles of paper mounting on your desk, it's a start, and will make you feel so much more at peace. And, set a timer! When you set timers, you have intentionally dedicated a certain amount of time to solely focus on the task at hand. It's amazing how much you can get done in 20 mins!
Take a cue from the Danish and add in a little Hygge in your space. Hygge is a Danish word that means "cozy". They practice it in many ways, but an easy way to add a little bit of cozy-ness in your space, is finding a favorite candle, and actually burning it! It's easy to feel like you have to save that candle for a special occasion, but adding that small step in your routine is a great way to celebrate you! My favorite candle is Elysian Garden by Voluspa.
Add in some light! This may mean switching out your blackout curtains, adding lamps, washing your windows, or simply switching the bulbs in your current light fixtures for better bulbs! There is nothing worse than a bright house that looks like a walmart. That will not foster the calmness you are seeking. Look for bulbs that say warm or soft light. Stay away from flourecent, cool whites, or LED lights. If you're willing to spend a little extra dough, invest in either Hue or Lifx light bulbs where you can create any ambiance you like! When looking for curtains, make sure if you need privacy that you are specifically looking for "light filtering" and not "sheer". Give your windows a quick clean, you might be surprised at the difference it makes!
Take stock of the things you keep around the place. Do you have things in your home that bring back bad memories, that someone gave you but you just don't like, or old things you're hanging on to just because? Get rid of them! The more joyful things you surround yourself with, the more joyful you will feel.
Add a little life! Houseplants have been proven to improve air quality and they are pretty to look at! If you're like me and have a black thumb, download the app Koubachi to send you little reminders to water your specific plant (they literally customize it based on the plant you have). Or, buy an Aqua Globe to keep your buddy hydrated.
Carve out a little place to read or meditate that isn't your bed. Make sure it's cozy and inviting. This has to be a place you want to be. It should stay clutter free so the space is always available when you need it.
Enjoy the peace!