Taking the time to spruce up your space is an important part of well-being. The environment that you live in and spend the most time in should be one that is uplifting, inviting and has a calming feel to it. You should never feel stressed or depressed because of your space. When you spruce up your space, you allow for your area to serve you through boosting productivity, improving overall health, and the way you feel each day.
Letting go of things you no longer need gives a sense of ownership to what you do have and allows for personal growth. It can be an energizing, freeing, and uplifting experience getting rid of things that you don’t need anymore.
Having an organized space increases the functionality of the area, making it easier to find what you need and reducing anxiety. Knowing what you have (and where it all is) gives more value and importance to the stuff you own. Not only does it feel good to get rid of things you no longer need but it also helps you focus on the future and stay on track with your goals. Letting go of the past is a wonderful emotional release when decluttering.
Having living plants adds an exceptional amount of health benefits through interacting with your mind, body, and spirit. Plants help purify the air, boost focus, makes it easier to breathe, and improves overall health.
According to research done by NASA, up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are filtered every 24 hours by plants, removing toxins from the air. When plants go through photosynthesis, oxygen is produced, and carbon dioxide is absorbed. This makes cellular respiration easier because there is fresh air circulating, allowing for breathing to flow freely. Proper oxygen flow in the body makes brain function (focusing, memory, etc.) occur at better rates.
Open the blinds/curtains every morning to allow for natural light to come in. Allowing for natural light helps improve sleep, reduces the chances of depression, boosts vitamin D levels, increases productivity, and helps vision. Sunlight is a free way to spruce up your space and can make all the difference.
Natural light from the sun is the best way to absorb vitamin D into the body which helps with bone growth and prevents diseases such as cancers and depression. The New York Times conducted a study that showed that there were 40% higher sales at checkout counters that were beneath natural light. This is because sunlight suppresses our melatonin output, naturally energizing the body. The body finds a pattern with this and allows for melatonin to be released in darker areas, improving sleep patterns at night. Sunlight boosts dopamine levels, which aids in pleasure and happiness as well as healthy eye development.
Salt lamps rock. (Get it? Because it’s a salt rock…). Salt lamps seriously have all the best health benefits out there. They boost positivity, aid in sleep, increase blood flow, and cleans the air, all while being so cute.
Salt rock lamps send out negative ions to the surrounding areas which helps promote blood flow in the body. Good blood flow means good for everything else. It aids in the quality of sleep, ability to breathe, brain function, and energy levels. Salt lamps make you feel good in the present, but they also have long-term health benefits such as reducing the chances of heart disease and blood clots.
Read my blog post on Why You Need a Salt Lamp to learn more about their benefits and how they can help spruce up your space!
Using a diffuser helps cleanse the air and helps balance emotions and ailments. Diffusers are a safe way to freshen up what a room smells like without the worry of fire and smoke residue.
Essential oils (100% natural and pure) can be used for just about anything you can think of (cooking, cleaning, smelling, etc.). Using a diffuser in your everyday environment will uplift your mood. They not only smell good but there are different oils for your different needs and emotions. Need the air cleansed? Add some tea tree and lemon. Have a headache? Throw in some peppermint and eucalyptus. Not sleeping well? Lavender and chamomile.
Making your bed first thing in the morning is a strong way to start off your day. Having a made bed reduces stress, increases productivity levels, improves mood, and makes it easier to keep the rest of your room tidy.
When your bed is made each morning, you feel a sense of accomplishment. It looks better and reduces the stress of having something that needs to be done/cleaned up. Committing to a healthy habit such as making your bed creates a pattern in your mind and makes it easier to commit to other things later on. Knowing that you can complete this task daily for yourself will help you get into the routine of feeling good and taking further steps to feel even better. When your bed is made, you are less likely to throw other clutter on to it and keep the rest of your space organized.
Get rid of clothing you no longer wear. Donate it to people who need it and let yourself feel grateful for what you have. Letting go of the old makes way for the new all while reducing stress and mess.
Organizing your closet reduces stress in the mornings, making it easier to find and decide on attire. When you keep your closet in order, it reduces stress and maintenance. Having so many clothes that you don’t wear is a waste and makes it difficult to appreciate all the little things in life that you do have. Plus, it makes shopping less fun when you have so much stuff!
Reorganizing is a great way to spruce up your space. It makes things feel new and exciting without having to spend a lot of money. Moving things around and playing with different styles and placements can be a fun way to see what feels best and most inviting to you.
Moving things around and switching it up can trick your brain into thinking that you have a new room/space. It can keep you on your toes and mindful of the things you have. When you reorganize and try and shift what you have, you become aware of your space and even find things you thought were long gone. This makes room for decluttering and tossing out the stuff that no longer serves a purpose.
Invite lighter colors in your area to reflect the natural light and find a theme or color palette that excites you. Having a refreshing scheme for your space makes it more positive and productive.
Keeping a cohesive theme/color palette to your area makes it aesthetically pleasing and easier to organize. When all your stuff flows together, it makes it easier to get rid of odd and end items that serve no purpose. It also makes your area more inviting and less cluttered leading to contentment.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be this big thing that takes up your whole Saturday. When something seems dirty, clean it up. The more you clean and organize, the better you will be regarding health, productivity, and time.
Keeping your space tidy and regularly cleaning makes it easier and prevents everything from piling up. Try dusting once a week and picking up the random items on the floor before bed each night. This will help you feel productive. Keeping up with everything on a regular basis will save time in the long run but will also save your health. Living in mess and dirt weakens the immune system, making it easy to become ill.