Cleanse Your Home, Cleanse Your Mind

Keeping your home free of stagnant energy will help you live with lightness of being.

August is the fall of the summer, and autumn right around the corner. With luck, this summer you have spent countless hours bathing in sunlight, or adventuring in new territories. Now is the time to spend some time inside your home, take a look around, and begin to cleanse all the corners and surfaces to ready yourself for the last third of the year. Having a clean and pure living environment is clinically proven to increase brain activity, calm your nerves, and improve overall productivity.

Minimalist Living
Minimalist Living
Photograph Courtesy of Wartaku

 

 Clearing Clutter

Clean and Minimalist
Clean and Minimalist
Photograph Courtesy of Style Caster

 

The first step to minimizing clutter, and maximizing peaceful, clean energy in your environment, is to discard any of the following items from your surfaces and drawers.

  • Old Magazines + Newspapers  – If you have stacks of old magazines and newspapers lying around your coffee tables or bookshelves, toss them into the recycling, and clear space for new projects and books!
  • Receipts + Bills + Documents – Have you already logged or filed necessary information from any receipts, bills, or documents you’ve been saving on your desk or in your kitchen drawers? Throw them all into the recycling bin! Anything that you truly need to save for your personal files or taxes should be neatly organized and placed in a file folder or cabinet.
  • Clothing – Take a long, hard look inside your closet, boudoir, or dresser, and remove anything you haven’t been wearing regularly (seasonal clothes aside).
  • Books – Do you have stacks of books that you have already read? Pick your top three, and donate the rest. Trade collections with your best friend, create a neighborhood “Take One, Leave One” bin, or find a coffeeshop with a bookshelf and leave them for someone else!
  • Medicine + Vitamins – Check the expiration date on all of your bottled medicines an supplements, and discard anything old, or anything that you are no longer in need of.
  • Makeup + Perfume – Cosmetics and toiletries expire also, and usually aren’t of the same quality after spending too much time laying around in a drawer. Go through everything an toss out those mostly empty compacts of powder or dried up mascaras!
  • Jewelry – If you aren’t going to invest in basic jewelry pliers or a small repair kit, it’s time to discard all the broken jewelry that you have cluttering up your drawers.
  • Old or Unused Electronics – Do you have a drawer for old cables, phone chargers, cell phones, or any other obsolete electronics? Get rid of all of that! Donate to your local Goodwill.

 

Setting Intentions

Creating an Altar
Creating an Altar
Photograph Courtesy of Free People
Fire Elements
Fire Elements
Photograph Courtesy of Free People

It is of utmost important to the balance of your mind and your home to dedicate an area of your space to setting intentions. Find a coffee table, bookshelf, or atop your mantle to place powerful items of significance, peace, abundance, and prosperity.  Here are some things you can get started with:

  • An Altar Cloth sets the foundation for the space you are creating, reflecting all that is within you.
  • Salt is an important ingredient to place in a bowl on your altar, as it is protective, purifying, and represents the Earth’s energy.
  • A Chalice represents the Mother Goddess, or divine feminine energy, and is used to hold ceremonial drink, or salt water.
  • A Wand can be made from any organic material, and is used to direct and channel energies in and around you.
  • Candles are used to invoke and hold the power of each cardinal point, and are used to balance the masculine and feminine energies.
  • Bells or Singing Bowls call upon healing energies on your altar, clearing any stagnant energy, and can signify the beginning and ending of your personal practices or rituals
  • Powerful Stones like crystals and minerals each vibrate at their own frequency, and hold unique significance than can represent different feelings, intentions, and affirmations you would like to focus on.

 

Homes that Feel Cleansed

Organization Inspiration
Organization Inspiration
Photograph Courtesy of Wartaku
Clean, Open, Pure
Clean, Open, Pure
Photograph Courtesy of Wartaku
Warm and Zen
Warm and Zen
Photograph Courtesy of Wartaku
Bright and Earthy
Bright and Earthy
Photograph Courtesy of Wartaku

 

Learn about Feng Shui and how to set intentions in your modern home!

Taking Steps Towards a Life of Minimalism

Decluttering your home and work area can greatly increase mental clarity and inner peace. Your surrounding environment has a profound effect on the way you perform simple daily tasks, the way you process information, and the manor in which you exchange energy with others.

Having less around you will give the possessions that you do have more meaning. You will have less to clean up and organize around your home, and less to transport if you are moving or traveling. To live with lightness of Being begins with lightening your load.

De-cluttering can be extremely overwhelming. Where to start? It is immensely helpful to begin by tackling categories instead of trying to start with an entire room. Begin with clothing, then books, then beauty products, then kitchen items, etc.

Treat your belongings as if they had feelings; would you want to be thrown on the floor, messily shoved into a drawer, or chaotically crammed into the back of a closet? Give your things space to breathe, thus making them easy to locate and access.

Step 1: Make a mental inventory of everything you own, then compartmentalize.

Do you have to spend hours searching for a particular item? Do you spend even more hours organizing and reorganizing what you own just to keep it in a maintainable order? Do you have several versions or colors of the same items or articles of clothing? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to downsize. Let go of guilt associated with buying or receiving a gift of something that you end up never using or wearing; just get rid of it!

Clutter Art
Clutter Art
Photograph courtesy of Flickr

 

Check out this awesome de-cluttering flow chart by MakeSpace!

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Once you have purged an adequate number of things, find some simple storage containers to help keep your belongings neat and separated.

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Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane

Step 2: Be extremely mindful with future purchases.

Before you rush to the sale rack and start piling everything with a 50% off tag into your cart, ask yourself if you really need any of those items. Will the items prove to be completely useful? Will they bring you more joy than clutter? Do you already have another version or color of the item, or are the items you already own in need of replacing? Make sure that if you do buy something, that it is of the highest quality to your standards. This will ensure its longevity, and the likelihood that you wont tire of it after a short period of time.

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Instead of buying new items, host a clothing swap or household item swap with your close friends, make it an evening of wine and exchanging gifts! You will discard so many items that need to go, and probably end up with some amazing and meaningful treasures in return!

Regularly practice expressing gratitude for every item that you own. Hold each item in your hand, and observe whether it sparks happiness, and whether it serves as a valuable tool in your daily routine. The more conscious and grateful you are of the belongings that you own, the less you will desire to own more.

You will save money by restricting your urge to purchase new items, and prevent the buildup of clutter. Save room in your life for spontaneity, gifts, and give yourself a budget for traveling instead! Life is about experiences, not possessions. It’s time to make scarcity of belongings turn into prosperity of living.

 

Step 3: Evolve beyond your nostalgia!

Do you have drawers of old concert or movie ticket stubs and wristbands? Maps and brochures from hotels and destinations you have visited? Notebooks full of recipes and notes, hand-written letters, or stacks of magazines you saved for one particular article? It’s time to let all that stuff go. Unless you are going to dedicate the time for making an organized scrapbook or other creative way to display your collection of memories, there is no use having such things lying around taking up space and making your environment appear cluttered.

Go through all those drawers and shoeboxes and decide what really holds value and use to you in this point of your life and your future.

Scrapbook Inspiration
Scrapbook Inspiration
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Ticket Stub Coffee Table Idea
Ticket Stub Coffee Table Idea
Photograph courtesy of Custom Made

 

 

Need somewhere to start? Try this 30 day Minimalism Challenge courtesy of The Culture Trip.

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Luminous White Rooms

There is something ethereal and elegant about surfaces bathed in white.

The pure and clean essence of white gently washes over us with grace and sophistication. We are reminded of far off islands like Santorini, Sardinia, or Mykonos, where one can walk on white pathways under bright white cupolas. One will feel as if they are spending their days in a spa, with a calming and serene sensations transmitted by the interior elements of their own home.

White allows your living space to be a blank canvas to feature accents of artwork, plant life, or colorful woven textiles. A room with a bright and neutral color palette can make a smaller space appear much larger and create a mood of openness. Windowless rooms can become seemingly airy instead of stifling. A palette of whites will make a space seem naturally cleaner and tidier, so even an unmade bed can appear intentional. With white, you can fluidly feature other patterns, textures, and colors without the risk of making the area appear cluttered.

Stroll through these lavish white interiors, and take a deep breath of the lively freshness that they invoke.

Pompoms
Pompoms
Photograph courtesy of Style Caster
Suspended Lounge
Suspended Lounge
Photograph courtesy of Home DIT
Chic Scandinavian
Chic Scandinavian
Photograph courtesy of Homey Oh My
Costal Life
Costal Life
Photograph courtesy of The Home Scene
Monochrome Bath
Monochrome Bath
Photograph courtesy of Domain
Moucharabieh
Moucharabieh
Photograph courtesy of Architecture Art Designs
Indian Filigree
Indian Filigree
Photograph courtesy of Alabaster Trader
Lacy Crown Molding and Walls
Lacy Crown Molding and Walls
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Bohemian Brights
Bohemian Brights
Photograph courtesy of Loom Brand

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Photograph courtesy of Decoholic
Costal Cottage
Costal Cottage
Photograph courtesy of One Kind Design
Scandinavian Style
Scandinavian Style
Photograph courtesy of Scandinavian Home Designs

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Photograph courtesy of Decoholic
Luminous Loft
Luminous Loft
Photograph courtesy of Feed Puzzle
Beach Modern
Beach Modern
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Monochrome Modern
Monochrome Modern
Photograph courtesy of Blog Lovin

 

See how these Scandinavian Homes utilize bright white palettes for more modern home decor inspiration!