You’ve practiced The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Now what? It’s time to make your home a sanctuary. Your home should be more than the place you eat, sleep, and store your stuff. It can be your quiet refuge in a busy world. We’ll show you how to create a serene resort spa feeling in your home in five easy steps.
1. Make Your Bed
Don’t wait until after you brush your teeth. Make your bed the moment you get out of it – every morning. Take time to smooth out the edges and fluff the pillows. It will immediately add a luxurious feeling to your bedroom. More importantly, it’ll make you happier. I once asked Gretchen Rubin, creator of The Happiness Project and author of Happier at Home, what’s one simple thing we can all do that will create more happiness in our day? Her reply was simple: “Make your bed.”
2. Tidy Up and Create Empty Space
I’m not talking about picking up dirty socks off the floor and putting dishes in the dishwasher. I’m talking about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’m one of the millions of readers out there who will tell you: This. Book. Changed. My. Life. Kondo’s technique is different. You have to be willing to let go … it’s hard at first but so worth it. When you’re done sorting and discarding by category, you’ll be surrounded only by things that “spark joy” in your life. And don’t forget about empty space. Make sure your home has lots of it. Don’t feel compelled to clutter up every nook and cranny. Leave some walls blank, a couple of shelves empty, and a few tables completely clear … openness creates tranquility.
3. Add (Air)plants
Most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, and most of the indoor air we breathe is stagnant. Plants purify the air by removing indoor pollutants – it’s a scientific fact (NASA said so). I recommend adding aloe vera, snake plant, and bamboo palm to your home. They’re among the best houseplants when it comes to cleaning the air, they don’t drop a bunch of messy leaves, and they’re super easy to care for. But my very favorites are air plants – light and elegant, they’re beautiful when displayed in a glass bowl or in a window like the one pictured above.
4. Use Aromatherapy
Sure, that cinnamon-scented candle smells delicious, but it’s not aromatherapy. Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils (in the air or on your body) and can have a big impact on your mood because when inhaled, scents activate the limbic center of our brain. Essential oils like lavender and lemon can reduce stress when inhaled through a diffuser. So get yourself a diffuser, and choose two essential oils you like – one to energize you in the morning, and one to relax you at night.
5. Set Up a Sacred Spot
This last step is very personal – your sacred space is the heart of your home as sanctuary. It can be an altar with statues of whatever spiritual icons matter to you. Or a quiet corner for your meditation cushion. Or a cozy chair facing a window with a peaceful view. Or a side table set with candles and photos of loved ones. Or a couch next to a bookshelf filled with your favorite books. Or a little water fountain gurgling quietly by your bathtub. Or a craft table dedicated to whatever gets your creative juices flowing. Or an herb garden planted on a window ledge. Whatever it is, create a space in your home that’s just for you … a space you can enjoy every day. A space that isn’t about working or watching TV or being distracted by your computer or tablet or phone. A space that makes you go ahhh . . .
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