Mindful Living: 5 Tips to Create a Sense of Serenity and Sustainability in Your Home
For those who want to lead more mindful lives, your home is the perfect reflection of just how mindful you are. If it’s been a long time since you moved in, you most likely fumble through your day and through your home in a similar manner: with little to no awareness of your surroundings. We’re simply used to the way things are.
To the uncomfortable sofa in the living room, the worn-out kitchen cabinets, the leaky faucet in the bathroom. We go about our day too busy to pay attention to these and a myriad of other imperfections.
Mindful living empowers you to take a second look at your home and start making meaningful, purposeful changes. These alterations can help you modernize your home with contemporary touch-ups, or you might need to consider more sustainable design solutions. Here are a few practical tips to get you started.
Declutter your home
Mindfulness calls for recognizing when having too much of everything causes you stress and aggravation. When you have too much furniture, too many digital gadgets, not to mention too many clothes and shoes. Too much cookware, and your kitchen will likely feel restricted and tiny, no matter its actual size.
Start your pursuit of mindfulness by eliminating clutter from your home. Give away the items that you’re not using, but that are still in good condition. You’ll help someone save up, and you’ll prevent your own wastefulness. Rethink the layout of your home to see if you have too many clunky items taking up space or too many purposeless things just collecting dust.
Infuse your space with comfort
Now that you have removed what you don’t need and you have all that space to play with, you can think about various creative ways to add layers of coziness to your home. Consider adding eco-friendly rugs made of durable materials that complement your existing home décor, but that you can also use indoor and outdoor alike. Cozy, yet functional, sustainable rugs can make your rooms feel more inviting than ever.
In addition to rugs, light curtains and the occasional throw pillow won’t disrupt your mindful approach, on the contrary. They’ll add softness and color to your home in a cost-effective way, and you’ll always be able to change how you arrange them to adapt to each season.
Please your senses with fragrance and lighting
To truly enjoy your home, you can benefit from those intangible, but irreplaceable details such as lighting and scents. In rooms where you spend most of your time, introduce different, yet sustainable light sources such as the main light and complementing lamps and mood lighting, too.
Scented candles can do both: they can provide the perfect atmosphere while at the same time adding a lovely aroma to your space.
Blend form and function in the bathroom
Since we spend so much time in our living rooms and kitchens, we often leave the bathroom as the last room to redesign with serenity in mind. With your new attitude of greater mindfulness, this can change. The bathroom need not be a wasteful room, you can remodel it to be more sustainable and more functional. The initial investment might seem substantial, but the savings you’ll create with more sustainability will pay off over time.
Focus on changing the lighting and water fixtures. These are the most wasteful, yet functional elements that can either bring you stress or peace of mind, depending on your choice of models. Pick water-saving faucets to reduce water waste, and introduce LED lights that are eco-friendly and last longer.
Reconnect with Mother Nature
Your home might be small and cozy, or spacious and airy, but there’s so much you can achieve with some greenery. Low-maintenance, durable potted plants and flowers not only add to the aesthetics of each room, but they cleanse and purify your indoor air, and above all, they instantly bring a touch of tranquility to your space. The scent and the hue of your plants paired with clean air they provide will give you that feeling as if you’re in your very own hidden oasis.
Perhaps you can start off with a few smaller pots to see how you manage. Then, you can even rethink your kitchen design to make room for a vertical garden where you can grow your very own spices and herbs. You can even try growing lemons indoors, as well as cherry tomatoes – both of which add color to your kitchen and help make it more purposeful.
Introducing serenity and sustainability in your home means that you are actively looking for ways to improve your lifestyle as a whole. It allows you to eliminate pent-up negativity, stress, and chaos, and restructure your environment to inspire a sense of peace and satisfaction.
It might begin with a bit of remodeling and redesign, and it will likely take some time before you’re able to look at your entire environment and be satisfied, but look at it as work in progress. With new sustainability solutions arising every day, and new ways to weave comfort into your home, you’ll always be able to upgrade and adapt in order to enjoy your home in all its beauty and peace.
About The Author: Sophia Smith is a lifestyle blogger, graphic designer, fashion enthusiast, and interior design consultant. She is very passionate about eco-friendly and green topics, sustainable fashion, eco beauty, and conscious business. She tends to live an eco-friendly life and focus on minimalism. Sophia’s other hobbies center around her love for yoga, wellness rituals and living in balance with nature. She loves sharing meaningful content that inspires people.
Sophia has contributed to a number of publications including Eco Warrior Princess, Women Love Tech, Carousel, Savant Magazine, Whytt Magazine, Read Unwritten, Sivana Spirit, Best Self Media, Sheeba Magazine, Love Happens Magazine, Cause Artist, Awaken, and Literally Darling.
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