Are you finding it difficult to relax and quiet your mind? Perhaps the state of your personal space has you a bit on edge.
We all need some personal space. Having a space we can consider personal where we can unwind, recharge our energy, and express our individuality is good for our health and happiness.
Even if we don’t realize it, our surroundings have an impact on how we feel. We all need some personal space, and if our space is cluttered, dirty, or just plain ugly, that can cause stress. What we see day in and day out is going to influence how we feel. One of the simplest things we can do to improve how we feel on a daily basis is to beautify our personal space so that being in it feels good to us.
Transforming a space to one of positivity may not necessarily have to be expensive or a huge undertaking. Start small with perhaps one room of your home or just a section of a room such as your office space. The idea is to create a space that can be your own personal place of tranquility.
An inexpensive first step may be to simply clean it up. A good cleaning can often make a huge difference. A clean space is calming and inviting. Nothing like a dirty kitchen to squash our desire to cook a meal! 🙂 Self-care is key to our health and happiness, and sometimes finding our way to wellness involves removing things from our lives that don’t contribute to our happiness and well-being so that we can focus on the things that do.
If you are having difficulty cleaning because you are overwhelmed by clutter, remove anything you don’t absolutely love or that doesn’t serve a purpose in your life right now. Make a place for everything you are keeping, and give away the rest.
Josh Becker, creator of BecomingMinimalist.com has a great book, The More of Less and step-by-step course to help people remove clutter from their lives. The course comes with access to a supportive online community of fellow De-cluttering students who are simplifying their lives along with you. You can find the course here: http://becomingmin.wpengine.com/
Once clean, one way to quickly and easily beautify a space is to add living plants. Plants not only help clean the air, they provide instant beauty and connection to the natural world. Also, because they are alive, caring for them can provide a special sense of fulfillment. If you need a new hobby in your life, growing indoor plants might be fun for you.
As with other items of decor, keep it simple when decorating with plants. Depending on the size of your space, one or two plants may be all you need. If you want more because you love them or you are growing them for fun, then go for it! It’s your space. 🙂
How to decide where to place a plant…
When I’m decorating a room, I place my plants first because they have to have adequate light in order to thrive. Other decorative items can be used in spaces that don’t get the best light.
Prime space for many indoor plants is right in front of a window that gets good morning sun. Strong afternoon sun might be too much for some plants so you’ll need to keep an eye on them, and move them if needed. Adjusting the light by closing blinds in the afternoon during summer may be an option.
There are many plants that can grow in the low light conditions typical of many homes and offices. If you don’t have space right in front of a window, work your way back from the windows, and look for other available spaces that still get some sunlight. The farther away you get from windows, the less natural light there will be for your plants. In these areas, you will need to use plants that can tolerate low light conditions.
When deciding on where to locate plants, look for empty spaces that could use some color. Trees or other large plants soften the look and feel of a room, and can be used to fill corners and other large spaces that have good light. Several smaller plants can be placed around large ones to create an attractive grouping.
Small potted plants can be used on table tops and desks. Trailing plants can be placed on the top of bookshelves, wall units, or elevated plant stands. Avoid placing plants on top of or right next to televisions, computers, office machines, or other electronic devices. The electro-magnetic energy given off from such machines is not good for plants, and it can also be a safety hazard when watering especially if children help water plants.
There are many attractive plant stands available now that can accommodate a good number of plants. They are available in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, and can be used in corners or directly under windows. Some are lightweight and easily portable or come in sets of multiple sizes that nest together for compact storage when not in use. Yard sales, thrift stores, and consignment boutiques are good places to find plant stands, pots, and baskets at bargain prices.
To help you get started choosing specific plants, check out some of my favorite indoor plants here:
Many of these plants are commonly available at plant nurseries, garden centers, or even grocery stores. Use the list to help you determine which plants might be the best fit for you and your space.
Tip: Take some photos of your room with a few close ups of the various locations you are considering placing a plant. Bring your photos and your list with you when you shop for your plants. Your photos will help you visualize the plant in your space.
You might also want to take some measurements. For example, if you want a rectangular plant stand to go under a window, you’ll need to know how large it can be to fit the space. Also measure the distance from the floor to the windowsill. The plant stand must be tall enough so that your plants will sit above the window sill, otherwise they won’t get light.
If you’re shopping at a nursery or garden center, these items will also help the salesperson better assist you in selecting plants, pots, or other items to meet your needs.
I would love to see your before and after photos, and hear about how your project worked out. Please share in the comments below.
Thank you, and Enjoy!
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