How does your home feel? Is it your personal space where you enjoy spending time? Does it bring you peace and relaxation, especially after a long day at work? Your space at home can drastically affect your mood, but it doesn’t have to.
It is possible to bring more positivity into your life! A few small changes to your apartment can go a long way. Here are nine ways to update your living space that will help you usher out old, bad vibes and invite positive energy in. They will transform your apartment into a place where you will feel pleasure to be there and where you will noticeably breathe another air.
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Declutter Your Space
Since the Marie Kondo boom decluttering is hotter than ever! And I understand why: I can’t stand seeing piles of stuff everywhere, and I definitely cannot function in a messy room. A cluttered space promotes stress, leads to the inability to focus and impedes the flow of positive energy. That’s why it is important to declutter your home and get rid of things you don’t need.
If you find it hard to let go of physical items, just use the Marie Kondo method. According to this method, the first thing you have to ask yourself when getting rid of items is: “Does the item spark joy?” If the answer is no, then you should donate it or give it to a friend.
However, if you have an item, such as a piece of clothing, that doesn’t spark joy but is well used, you can change the way you think about the item. Those items can stay. You’ll probably be surprised by how much you can eliminate to help organize your living space, by using this method.
Once you get rid of all the clutter, you’re ready to organize your house. Put all the things in their place and sweep around your floors with sea-salt water. It is believed that mopping the house with salt water, will reduce the effects of negative vibrations. Finish off your big cleaning round with some nice home spray for a nice fresh smell and extra positive vibes!
Make Your Bed
It sounds like a little thing, but making your bed can have some great benefits that you may have never considered. In a commencement speech at the University of Texas, Former Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Admiral Bill McRaven , who authored the book “Make Your Bed: Little Things Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World,” told students that the importance of making your bed every day was one of the most powerful lessons he learned during his time as a Navy Seal.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
By completing a single core that you don’t have to do later, you will set the tone for the rest of the day. And nothing feels better than coming home and see your made bed as welcoming and reassuring as a hug, waiting for you. So, stop giving excuses and get fluffing those cushions!
Go Green! Add some flowers or plants throughout your home
It’s no secret that being in nature is better for your well-being than living in concrete jungles. Yet, most of us have to choose the latter to survive. So, if we can’t bring ourselves to nature, then why not bring nature to us?
Flowers and plants are instant mood boosters and the closest thing to nature you can put inside your own home. They radiate harmonious energy. Not only will their colors, promote focus or bring calming and positive vibes, they will also remove the toxins from the air in your home. According to a study by NASA, plants can reduce the number of toxins in your home by 87% per hour!
If we can’t bring ourselves to nature, then why not bring nature to us?
Besides, fresh flowers and house plants have aromatherapeutic properties, some similar to the benefits of essential oils. So, if you love the smell of fresh flowers, just put a fresh bouquet on your desk or at the dining table. Similarly, when you’re looking for a better night’s sleep, consider getting some bedroom plants that help with falling asleep to place next to your bed. By introducing fresh, green life or flowers into your home, it will feel more peaceful, energetic and organic.
Bring in some bling with healing crystals
Another way to bring nature into your home is through healing crystals. They not only make your living room or bedroom Instagram worthy but can also create a holistic home sweet home by transforming the energy and mood of your entire space.
As described in our Gemstones Guide, it is important that you recognize which crystals you naturally gravitate toward. In particular, you need to pay attention to the color of the stone as color holds important clues about the stone’s energetic vibration. So if the color, but also the shape and size of a certain crystal jumps out at you, get that one!
You can also figure out which stone is connected to your month of birth, so called birthstones.
My favorite crystals to cleanse bad vibes, and lift them up to create crystal heaven are rose quartz, amethyst, and amber.
Rose quartz is all about love, joy, and selflessness and will create a loving and nurturing environment.
Amethyst supports balance and peaceful energies that can help you connect to your higher spiritual self. It will help you to relax, clarify and open your mind.
Lastly, Amber will bring positivity, purifies the space, and also brings in a splash of romance.
Use natural light: Himalayan Salt Lamp
Artificial light can have a negative impact on our health. It can change your sleeping pattern from the natural rhythm of two four-hour phases broken by an hour of wakefulness to a single eight-hour phase each night and disrupts your circadian rhythm.
That’s why it is important that you use as much natural light as possible. Open up your windows and curtains and light darker areas of your home with lamps that emit natural light.
I am a big fan of Himalayan salt lamps, as they do more than just look good. They emit a soothing, soft, calming, natural glow, which helps you to relax and make you sleep better. And because the light is amber-colored, they work great as low light lamps or night lights.
They also blend in very nicely with virtually any home decor. Besides, the salt lamps will increase your energy level and purify the air. They counteract with positive ions which when at high levels, can cause headaches, insomnia,
By removing static electricity, they neutralize electromagnetic radiation and other factors that affect the energy level in our environments.
Essential Oils to Improve Energy
Essential oils are one of the best ways to clear negative energy and vibe up your space with a fresh fragrance. As each essential oil has its own qualities, and characteristics, you can choose the oil that fits your needs. Are you looking for an uplifting and cleansing vibe, take Sweet orange, lemon or grapefruit.
They improve your energy levels, decrease stress, and help reduce any mental fatigue you may be experiencing. Lavender and frankincense are more calming and help to relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia. My absolute favorite one is the Young Living Lavender Oil.
I feel like being in a spa when I use this oil! I normally use an essential oil diffuser, which releases molecules of the essential oils into the air that you inhale and come into contact with. There are many affordable, aesthetically-pleasing diffusers on the market. It’s easy to pick one that matches your decor. My personal favorite is the Innogear Cool Mist diffuser.
Another favorite item for clearing my space from negative energy is Palo Santo. Palo Santa is a sacred wood that comes from the magical Palo Santo tree, native to the coast of South America. In Spanish, its name literally means holy wood, and it is just that. It has an incredibly nice fragrance and is especially useful on an everyday basis to refresh your home.
You have to light the Palo Santo stick and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds. Then gently blow it out. When it is burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing power. Some of the most well-known uses include inspiring creativity, evoking protection, infusing blessings and bringing both love and good fortune.
If you want to know more about Palo Santo, read my article about Palo Santo, its benefits and how to use this special wood.
Use Color Psychology to Hack Your Mood
Did you know that color can ruin your appetite if you use it in the kitchen? And that choosing the right color can improve your quality of sleep? Research has shown that colors can greatly affect our moods and behavior.
Therefore, it is super important that you have the right colors for the rooms and decor in your home. So before considering a new paint color in your home, think about how you want a room to feel.
Bright colors like vibrant shades of green and blue, yellow, and orange, normally will give an expansive feeling. These are considered to be friendly, happy colors that boost communication and are therefore especially welcome in the dining area and kitchen.
Dark colors, such as red, purple, blue, and dark shades of green, will give a constricting and gloomy effect. However, when you use them in the right place or as accent elements, they can create comfort and security.
Cold Colors, like icy blues and greens, create a serene, calming and joyful space. They are especially well-suited for bedrooms, as they will help you to go to bed relaxed and wake-up refreshed in the morning.
Lastly: Light some Candles
I love the light and energy produced by candles as well as the calming feeling of reading by candlelight. Therefore, I couldn’t ignore lighting the so-called fire in your home. Unfortunately, the traditional paraffin candles, when burned, release two highly toxic carcinogens, benzene, and toluene. Many also have wicks that contain heavy metals (i.e., lead).
But hey, here is some good news! There is an alternative:) Which brings me to soy candles. They are an amazing natural alternative to normal candles: environmentally friendly, less messy, and they normally burn longer. In my article about soy candles, you can read more about their benefits, how to make your own soy candles and the best ones on the market.
Enjoy the positive energy!
Light up your mood and usher good luck in your home by keeping the above-mentioned things in your mind. While you cannot see increasing positive energy in your home, you can certainly experience it. The positive vibes live in the walls, in the plants and the breaths of each human living in your space.
Positive energy makes you feel good, keeps your mood charged, and will possibly unlock the potential we all have within. Just remember that good vibes remain, and can always be recharged, cleansed and powered up again. You can never do any of this too much. Keep it going, and keep it energized. Love your space!