Increasing the vibe in your home right now is probably more important since we began COVID-19 isolation measures here in Australia. A lot of us are working from home, schooling from home and generally spending more time at home. I’ve put together a list of 8 ways that you can easily improve the vibe right now in your home that are cost effective and easy to implement.
Decluttering is a great way to improve the vibe in your home right now, because having an ordered home has been shown to improve your health and well-being. Start out by sorting everything into three piles – those that you use all of the time, those you use not very often and those that you don’t use at all. Pull out those pieces or items that you use all of the time because these you’ll be taking with you. Keep these aside ready for the move.
Next you’ll want to sort through all of your not-very-often used pieces or items and decide whether you don’t use them very often for a reason – think Christmas or Easter decorations, family heirlooms and so forth – or whether you’re hanging onto them because there’s an emotional connection.
Once you’ve sorted through everything then it’s time to sell them, give them to family or friends who might need them or donate them to a charity. Either way, throwing them out should be the last option because even if you don’t have a need for it, someone else does!
Don’t be hard on yourself during this process. If you can’t make the break with some particular pieces or items, even if you really think you should, read on to the next step because I’ve got a way to help you out with that! You can read more about decluttering in our latest ebook How to Downsize in Style. Sign up to our newsletter to receive your free copy!
Improving your mood lighting will create a relaxed and calm environment enhancing your general health and well-being. In the living room make sure you’ve got at least one lamp for when you’re watching TV at night, and at least two if you’re entertaining guests. If you’re working in a large space then consider how the mood lighting will work in each area individually as well as a collective. If you’re working in a small space then opt for floor lamps that have a narrow articulated arm so it can serve more than one purpose. Wondering what the different types of lighting are available then read our article All About Lighting.
Get set for the change of season and pack away those summer cushions, rugs and accessories and bring out your winter one’s ready for the colder months ahead. You’ll probably find that a touch of spring cleaning will naturally take place improving the vibe even more!
Get your green thumb on and get gardening! There are so many studies that show the benefits of having an indoor garden and I can certainly say that since I began my foray into indoor gardening a few months ago I’ve learnt a lot about plants and I’ve also learnt a lot about myself. I know, it sounds odd, but there is something fascinating about how plants develop and grow, the gentleness of it all allows me to show more gentleness towards myself in a way. One lesson I learnt from my neighbour, who is a mad keen gardener of orchids, is to not overwater. She told me 100mm of water per week for the plant should do the trick and with this rule of thumb in mind, I’m happy to say I haven’t lost a single plant yet!
Inspire yourself for when travel becomes the norm once again and make your own vision board with all of the places you’re going to visit. Or enlarge and hang one of your own travel snapshots to remind yourself of the good times. Whilst you can’t travel, you can still dream and inspire yourself to plan for your next adventure.
Set up a designated work station or home-schooling station. With more of us working from home, and home-schooling, we each need a space we can claim as our own. If you’ve got the space, set up an individual area for each member of the household that doesn’t need to be cleared away in order to have dinner. If you don’t have the space, get yourself a large basket or container so that you can easily pack up when it’s required. Keeping everything in one basket is going to contain how much mess you can make and you won’t lose anything either in the process.
Do something simple that will bring joy to your life. Read a book, take a bath, cook, sit in the sun, paint your nails. If we do something that brings simple joy to our lives then we will attract more of that joyful energy back towards us. Simply by being in a more joyful state will improve the vibe in your home right now without any effort.
A daily meditation practice will improve your general health and well-being that in turn improves the vibe in your own home. I won’t go into the ins and outs of meditation because I’m a complete novice however, I will tell you that for my own experience when I meditate my energy lifts, I feel less stressed, I don’t sweat the small things, I want to pat my dog, I want to cook and feed myself good food, I want to clean the house, make the bed, scrub the floors, I want more sunshine and less TV. It’s like caring for those plants of mine, just a little each day makes a big impact.
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