Need a little inspiration to make your home more tranquil?
Get started with these simple cleaning and organisation tips to transform your home into the perfect zen space.
Literally defined as “a confused or disordered state or collection", clutter is highly stress inducing and extends from an over-accumulation of things in the house to confusion and even a feeling of suffocation.
The first step in taking on your clutter is to ask yourself: "does this item serve me anymore?"
Work through the house repeating this question, detaching yourself from material objects that are no longer of use in your life. Organise paperwork, old photos, and other important items into tidy boxes that can be neatly stored.
2. Let in the light with a window wipe down
Natural light will make your home feel bright, spacious, and more connected to nature. Spend some time cleaning your windows, windowsills and frames to let as much light in as possible with clean uninterrupted views to the outside.
Replace thick, heavy drapes with softer toned curtains that can easily be tied back during the day to allow more sunlight in. Place your bed close to a source of natural light for a more peaceful sleep.
3. Go green
Bring the outside in by filling your house with indoor plants. Living plants provide a calming feel to any home via their soothing tones of green and also clean the air and provide fresh oxygen.
Avoid high-maintenance plants or those that give off unpleasant scents. Good zen picks are simple bonsai trees, hanging terrariums, and indoor palms.
4. Earthy tones
Zen stylists will always opt for natural colours, in soft neutral tones, including the likes of white, grey, beige and pink beige. These colours offer a spa-like ambience, inducing relaxation and calmness.
Cool blue hues and other pastels are also popular, with black accents to keep that modern feel. Soft colours will aid meditation, especially in the bedroom, where it’s important to switch off from the day’s busy activities and succumb to deep, relaxing sleep.
5. Create a zen corner
Select one area of the house and turn it into your zen corner. This space should be completely free of clutter, clear of any electronic devices, with good natural lighting and a selection of indoor plants.
Place a recliner, day bed or even beanbag in the space and if there’s room a yoga mat to encourage asana practice and meditation. A handful of novels stacked neatly to the side will entice you to put away the mobile phone and spend some quiet time nose-deep in literature.
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