In times of uncertainty and challenge, there is always an opportunity to make changes.
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by choice. ~ Jim Rohn
The Coronavirus has made us all experience uncharted waters and one of the challenges I am hearing is the need to be in our homes more time than we are used to. This is something I have some ability to help with, as my passion stems from the belief that our spaces impact our quality of living and I have dedicated my life as an Interior Designer due to this belief.
Before I begin to give advice on how you can create a healthier home for yourself, I wish to bring to our shared consciousness something important which I feel in this crisis has highlighted.
I often begin my projects with a ritual to give gratitude for having the opportunity to be lucky enough to have homes and to be in a position to make some changes/renovations to our spaces. There are many people in our world without this luxury and it is even more apparent in times of crisis of the challenges for those less fortunate than ourselves.
It is my hope that after this crisis has passed that we can together find a collective way to be more in balance as a society, help those less fortunate and continue to give gratitude for all we have.
Many of you are aware of your homes being your ‘castle’, though you probably have rarely, until now, had to be confined in it to the exclusion of other spaces. This up-close-and-personal inspection of your home may bring to light some things you were not aware of, or perhaps were ignoring before now.
This is your opportunity to start the process of making your home into the best reflection of your best self and make it the healthiest and safest haven that you and your loved ones deserve to be in now and in the future.
This global crisis has truly highlighted the fact that our Heath is our greatest Wealth and we need to make it a priority. Our spaces deeply impact our health and wellbeing. Below I share my top tips on how you can immediately start to create a Healthy Home right now.
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and good conscience. ~ Sydney Smith
The air quality of your home is essential and science is supporting that the idea of enclosing our spaces has had negative impact on our health. Of course we need to remain diligent with the quality of the air but my point is about air flow.
Your choices can be to simply allow the air to flow throughout your home everyday. Open your windows or doors as necessary and allow thereto be circulation. Do not be so afraid to think that anything bad will float into your space with opening of your windows as the virus is not air borne and can’t hurt you though living in a toxic space can cause other unhealthy conditions which are best to avoid!
Obviously temperatures and heating are things to consider when necessary but do not be afraid to let in some air! Breathe! (this is also a great way to stay calm as well!)
Hepa filter air purifiers are a great purchase in the future if you have the desire to take this a step further and have the extra income to add this to your home.
If you dam a river it stagnates. Running water is beautiful. Be a channel. ~english proverb
Get Some Scents!
I am a big believer in the power of smell and aromas can really add a healthy element to your home in a very easy manner. Aromas have healing and medicinal qualities like anti-viral, anti-bacterial to mention the few that are most relevant in our world in this moment where we are all concerned for the Coronavirus.
Right now, my personal choice includes a blend of tea tree, lemon and ginger. I use an old fashioned candle diffuser at my home office desk because I like the ritual of lighting the candle to start and end my day though I use an electric diffuser in my home and especially my bedroom as it can be safely used all night and spreads the essential oils more throughout your space.
Here is where you can get a great oils, and a super electric diffuser: Rocky Mountain Oils
Clear Your Clutter!
Our homes are a collection of everything we bring into them so they are in a constant state of needing to be cleaned. This is a consistent fact. From a lady (me!!!) that is not a fan of cleaning personally, I have always focused my designs on ways to minimise the process of cleaning with less clutter, durable (and easy to clean!) materials, and eco-friendly cleaning products plus a seasonal care & maintenance plan as part of my services.
With this focus in mind, it is so much better if you have less stuff to clean and if your stuff is organized. It is just a straight forward equation – less clutter, less stuff to clean!
This is the Rat Year and in my predictions for how to manage this year to your best advantage, I suggested you get your papers in order. This is even more important than ever now that many of us are having to work from home. Wasting time searching for stuff is just that – wasting time and we now know more than ever how precious our time is. Focusing on organising and clearing your papers will provide you with less to clean, more flow in your work and greater productivity and less stress so higher immunity.
Refresh Your Space!
You should have nothing in your home that you do not find beautiful or that is functional. Nothing. It is really simply and if you follow this rule, and remove all things that do not fit this category your space will grow before your very eyes! I promise you this! In an overly consumeristic society we often end up with things we do not use or even like anymore. This is the time to get rid of these things.
Once your space is more clear you can rearrange your space in new and innovative ways. This is one of the easiest things to do and one that can be fun and costs nothing. Moving your furniture round is inspiring and fun! It allows you to ‘see” things from a new perspective which in times like these this is a good thing!
Remember that furniture can float in a room (not all need to against a wall!) and that you can focus on something other than the TV!)
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. `
It is my sincere hope that some of my tips on how to make your home into the safe haven you need and deserve during this crisis. If you have any specific questions, or have a particularly challenging space in your home that you need my help with, please reach out to me and I will be happy to offer a free 20-minute consultation to help. Contact Us
From our family to yours, stay healthy and keep shining.