3. Purge unnecessary clutter and embrace minimalism. This one is easier said than done, for sure. As an interior designer and vintage/antique lover, I am fighting a losing battle with having too many things. Just like our brain needs room to breathe, our living spaces do to. I’m not saying we all need to be total minimalists but I think it is important to inventory the things we do allow to take up space in our homes. Whether it’s clothes, furniture, tzchokes, electronics, whatever--- ask yourself these questions. “Does this object still have value to me?”, “Could someone else make better use of this item?”, “Would I buy this item in a store again today, even if it was full-price?”. Just like we shouldn’t hold onto negative thoughts that aren’t serving us, we should let go of the extra things that aren’t useful to us anymore.
4. If it costs less than $200 and will truly make your life easier, DO IT.. For instance, we have a nice but tiny kitchen/dining space. There are tons of things I would love to do to improve it (add a few cabinets, paint the cabinets white, new hardware, open shelving, etc.) but since it’s a temporary apartment, we just don’t want to spend the money on upgrades that we can’t take with us to the next place. That being said, I hated that our small appliances were taking up every inch of counter space that we had, and then some. (Our microwave had to go on top of the fridge -- good thing we are both tall!). So right before Christmas, I finally ordered this shelving unit from Sams Club. Now our microwave and toaster oven are off the countertops and we have plenty of open, easy access storage for our most used items, like our crockpots and canisters. I feel so much more inspired to cook now that I have enough clear counter space to work in! When you are just starting out, like we are, spending money can be pretty anxiety inducing. But if you have been struggling with an aspect of your home that just doesn’t function properly on an everyday basis, and you can fix the problem for less than $200 bucks, I say go for it.
5. Create a meditation space. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, it can just be one corner of your bedroom or even just one side of your sofa. Heck, you don’t even have to meditate --although I hope you give it a try! The point is to carve out a special space in your home that makes you feel calm and relaxed. A place where you can read, journal, pray, meditate and dream big. Basically, you are creating your “happy place”! Bring in comfortable throw pillows, candles, a small table to hold your favorite beverage and add life with some fresh flowers or a potted plant.
When you raise the energy level of your living space to match the positive vibrations of your new outlook, you’ll feel calm, collected and ready to make big changes in the new year!
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