Your home should be your sanctuary, a place where you escape the outside world and it’s distractions. Not only should your home make you feel safe and protected, but it should also be a place where you recharge and feel rejuvenated. Mindful living is a way of being, where we create peace and contentment within ourselves, but it can also be used to create a physical space where you feel rested, calm and relaxed. Your well-being and your home are intricately linked, so creating conditions that foster happiness and make you feel revitalized is essential.
7 Tips For A More Mindful Home
Mindful design is about bringing awareness and attention to the things that we usually take for granted. The key is to create meaningful interactions with everyday objects and your surroundings. Mindful design is not necessarily about aesthetics, its more about your experience with the design.
Is it useful, relatable and satisfactory? We see examples of this when designers take mundane objects such as sidewalk railings and turn them into art. In Japan manhole covers are painted with beautiful designs, and their sidewalks are covered in trees. What can you do to implement this type of design and make a more mindful home?
So whether you are looking to create a more mindful space, or attempting to implement mindful design into your home, the outcome should be to create a space where you promote joyful experiences and moments of reflection. Mindful homes make you feel uplifted and get you ready to tackle the outside world. Below are 7 tips to help you create a more mindful home.
1. Get uncluttered
Declutter your home and declutter your mind. I don’t know about you, but when my home is a mess I feel terrible. It took me a while to understand how my physical space affected me emotionally, but after some self-reflection I noticed that I would get anxious when I saw my kitchen sink full of dishes. If there is crap lying about everywhere it can make me physically tired too. You cannot achieve peace and tranquility when your home is full of rubbish.
I started slowly going through my things and decided if I had not used something in 6 months I would throw it out. Get creative with storage space as well, use floating shelves or storage boxes you can place under the bed for items you don’t use often. The less you have the less there is to clean. Which brings me to another point.
A clean home puts you in a better mood. If you clean on a regular basis and organize your stuff well, you will automatically feel better. When my home is tidy I immediately feel more in control, and I actually enjoy coming home after a long day at work.
Do not underestimate how a small change can make a big difference. Why not add a fresh coat of paint and make an accent wall? Brighten up your home by up-cycling an old piece of furniture, or by adding new handles to a cabinet? Rearrange your bedroom or living room furniture so you create a space that is more open and airy. Place sentimental objects out in the open so you can be reminded of them. Make your home a space you enjoy spending time in, a space that evokes feelings of contentment and fulfillment.
3. Add natural elements – buy plants
Most mindful homes are filled with plants, so bring nature inside. Not only do plants neutralize toxins and filter the air, but they have a calming and healing affect on the body and mind. If you live in a city and do not have the luxury of going out in nature then this is a must!
Here is a list of some of the plants I have in my home, they’re easy to maintain and probably won’t die on you:
- Snake Plant or Mother-in-laws tongue. This hardy plant gives bursts of oxygen at night, it doesn’t need a lot of attention and will grow almost anywhere
- Pothos is an indoor plant that purifies the air and will absorb certain toxins. It looks great in a hanging basket.
- Aloe is easy to grow and it has medicinal properties.
- Peace Lilies are wonderful flowering plants that I keep on my bedside table. It reduces the level of mold spores and absorbs many harmful vapors in my home.
4. Painters choice – Colour is everything
Colour has a powerful effect on your mood, it influences your thoughts, emotions and behavior. So choosing the right colour when it comes to design is very important. Ultimately, you want to select and use colours that induce relaxation and creativity, colour in mindful homes create harmony between your walls, floors and furniture.
Blue is a very calming colour and can make you feel centred. White makes rooms feel spacious and more open. Yellow has an uplifting quality, while green can be restorative or remind you of the outdoors. Personally, I prefer to use different colours in different rooms. My sitting room is painted blue, because it makes my home feel serene and cozy. On the other hand my bedroom is painted grey because it makes my mind feel less cluttered. Get creative and experiment, changing a wall colour is as good as a holiday!
5. Increase natural light
A healthy amount of sunlight can improve your mood, make your home more comfortable and economically sustainable. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant, it improves circulation and boosts your immune system and energy levels. Take these steps to increase the natural light in your home and feel the benefits:
- Cut back bushes or trees that block the light from entering your home.
- Open your curtains during the day.
- Use wall mirrors to reflect light through the room.
- Install skylights or replace solid doors with window doors
- Use candles
- Paint window trims white or make sure you use light interior paint colours.
6. Eliminate noise
If you live in a city or a noisy area consider buying a white noise machine. You can also sound proof a room by buying rugs, putting up curtains or using a draft blocker. One of my rooms faces the road, and while its not always busy I decided to put a little water feature in the room to make it feel more relaxing.
Technology can be seen as another type of noise. With all the gadgets and devices we surround ourselves with its easy to see why they can make our lives feel a little cluttered. Now many of us can’t live without them, so the trick is to learn how to live in harmony with them. Mindful homes and technology can coexist.
Ultimately, you need to exercise a little self-control. Try avoid using your phone or laptop before you go to bed or as soon as you wake up, try reevaluate your morning routine. Become aware of how reading certain content online makes you feel. Does scrolling through Instagram make you feel anxious or depressed? Learn to unplug and set boundaries with your devices. Instead, spend more time with people and less time with screens. Get out in nature, listen to great music and enjoy the little moments in life!
7. Create a mindful space
Many mindful homes have a dedicated sacred space for meditation or yoga. However, your mindful space can be whatever you make it. Many people just create a safe space to relax and reflect. Personally, I made myself a reading nook, and use it for all my mindfulness activities. You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to mindfulness, it could be a cozy corner, your favorite chair or a space in your garden or on the balcony.
Mindfulness asks that we become fully aware, and engage all the senses during practice. So, the important thing is to personalise your space, and make sure you inspire your senses.
Sight: Add your favourite throw, artwork or a sentimental piece to your corner. Surround yourself with books you love or motivational quotes.
Touch: Add a luxurious rug or get a comfy cushion, better yet, buy yourself a meditation chair. Make sure its comfortable.
Smell: Invest in an aromatherapy burner, candles and incense.
Sound: Make sure you have a device you can play some relaxing music on, or where you can listen to guided meditations. Add a water feature or get a meditation bell.
It doesn’t matter how you decide to decorate your sacred space, there is no right and wrong. The ultimate goal is to create a space where you can go to feel calm, relaxed and motivated. Mindful homes should inspire you!
“The real meditation is how you live your life”
Mindful homes are not about what they look like, but rather about how they make you feel. You want to live in a home that makes you feel comfortable, where you can relax and let go of your daily stress. If you are constantly worried about whether your furniture will get scuffed, or if someone is going to break that vase, then you are not living in a mindful home. Your furniture, wall colours and even your trinkets need to work for you, and engage you in a way that promotes healing and mindfulness.