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Banish the Clutter: 6 Tips for Zen Home Decor

You've powered through hot yoga and downed the largest green juice you could find. You even meditated during lunch – you’re embodying all things zen. But if you feel you can’t shake that nagging feeling of cluttered stress, you’re not alone. So many of us clean up our diets, our exercise routines, and our lifestyles, but we still lack a certain zen home decor. Many don’t think about their living space, perhaps because of a busy schedule, or perhaps because the space is technically clean. But if you feel like you need to rearrange your mind, start by rearranging your living room. Seriously. It will go a long way.

The phrase “zen living space” may conjure up images of incense burning, floor mats for mediation, and power crystals on the windowsills. And if that appeals to you, go for it. I, personally, would love it. But when it comes to the inside of your house, “zen” can just mean that it’s balanced, clean, and encourages you to relax. This may look different for everyone, but there are some key principles to help you get started.

Listen to Marie Kondo:

Often referred to as the “decluttering bible,” “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” written by Marie Kondo, is any beginner’s best bet in a quest for a serene living space. Her most popular tip? Put your hands on everything you own, and if it doesn’t spark joy or provide a service, get rid of it. This doesn’t mean throwing away your utility bill, but your ex-boyfriend’s sweater can probably go.

Don’t Hoard:

Kondo recommends putting the items you’ve kept – the joyful, service-providing items- where you can easily use and see them. So no more storing away junk in cabinets, desks, and closets. We’ve all heard the phrase “out with the old, in with the new”. When it comes to tidying your house, somehow getting rid of the “old” can make you feel new . Tisha Morris, 1 a feng shui expert in Los Angeles, gives the same advice to her clients. “Your clutter may be hidden, but your mind knows it’s there,” Morris said. “Removing clutter is crucial before you re-arrange.” Another tip from Kondo? Respect your belongings. Hang up your clothes, keep your things clean and put away. If not just for functional reasons, imagine the feeling of walking into your house after a long day to find clothes all over the floor. No, thanks.

Focus on the Room’s Function:

According to Morris, many people try to squeeze too many “functions” into one room. You should identify a room’s purpose- eating, entertaining, sleeping, or relaxing – and go from there. For those working with smaller spaces, Morris recommends buying multi-functional items, like a kitchen counter that rolls as a cart. “Be mindful when you buy. Does it serve the function that you need it to?” Morris said. “It’s easy to buy something just because it’s pretty, but it should be functional too.”

View Your Home as an Extension of You:

“Your home should support you, not challenge you,” Morris said. “Our home is a mirror of ourselves. I want a home I can love. It’s really a form of self-love and self-care.” In her opinion, clutter or issues in certain areas of the home can point to trouble in certain areas of your life. “I approach homes and spaces as almost a health tool,” Morris said. “If you want to attract love, I might take a look at what’s happening in your bedroom.” She said that “blocks” in certain areas are largely subconscious but could be as simple as removing photos of an ex. “Your home is a giant vision board,” Morris said. “Even just having really nice curtains you love can make a difference. A space you love, where you feel good – that’s energy.”

Think About Adopting… a Plant:

Keeping plants in your home can be beneficial in many ways – emotionally, mentally, and physically. Plants will clean your air and encourage healing, and some even claim that plants helped boost their mood. For some, plants in harmony with clean lines, neutral colors, and nice smells just help them relax. HealthLine has a list of additional health benefits that you can gain from keeping plants indoors.

Don’t Underestimate Your Nose:

Certain smells help us relax because we associate them with a sense of safety or security. Some smells, like lavender, help a large number of people relax, simply because aromatherapy is powerful. No one wants to walk in the door and smell last night’s dishes in the air. Your home is your sanctuary, and you should associate it with peace, tranquility, and relaxation. Consider some scented candles or an essential oil diffuser to help ease your body and mind into a peaceful state.

Do you have a story about rearranging your living space? Or maybe some tips on where to start? Share them in the comments below!

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