I am a firm believer in creating a living environment that is free of clutter and fosters joy, creativity, and inspiration. If you work from home like me, this is even more important for your productivity and mental clarity. I know for me, home has become my favorite place to spend time, and as I prepare for my move to Spain in the next month, I am committed to savoring every last minute I have in this space, and with my furry sweetheart of a roommate, Luna.
When it comes to creating an environment that is conducive to your inspiration and creativity, one woman has found the key! In her book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo introduces the KonMari Method to spark joy in any space. According to her method, you are invited to go through your belongings one-by-one, holding each item in your hand, and observing if it sparks joy in your heart. If it does, great! Find a space to display it where you will see it every day, and if not, thank it for what it has brought to your life, and let it go. This also goes for clothing and non-sentimental items like those in your kitchen, garage, bathroom, etc.
Growing up, my parents raised my brother and I to always keep our rooms clean and free of clutter; so leaving clothes on the ground, dirty dishes in our room, or any other clutter lying around didn't fly in our house. In hindsight, I'm so grateful for that because without recognizing the influence it made on my mental state, I learned from a young age how to create a living environment that is conducive to my joy, productivity and overall well-being. Of course, not every day is perfect, after all I'm human and some days are busier than others. But my dedication to keeping my space looking clean, feeling cozy and sparking joy has made a major impact in my life.
Ideas for decorating your space
Before you go out and start shopping for new things to fill your space, I invite you to go through your belongings, and use the Konmari Method to discover what you can put on display, and what might be better served donated to someone else.
I hope this post has inspired you to put a little more thought into your living space and create an environment that sparks joy in your heart to foster love, creativity, and gratitude for your life. Drop a comment down below and share some of your favorite ways to spark joy in your space.
When you make your workspace something that you enjoy coming to everyday, it makes the task at hand much more enjoyable. I suggest you set up your space in a way that appeals to all of your senses and is free of unnecessary clutter. For instance, I like to have beautiful adornments like crystals and inspirational images to look at when I need to a break from the screen. Otherwise, I make sure to clear my desk of any random belongings that don't have to do with the work I am trying to get done that day. When it comes to smells, I like to burn candles or white sage before I sit down to work which instantly sparks joy in me and helps me relax into my flow. If you're someone who likes to work with music or sound in the background like me, I'd love to suggest my go-to Spotify playlist; "Productive Morning." It's made up of a range of instrumental tunes of various genres that keep my mind alert without the distraction of lyrics. Another great option would be to play some ambient music like rainforest sounds or ocean waves, especially if the work you're doing is creative and self-expressive. So we've covered sights, smells, and sounds...now let's talk touch.
Now I don't know about you, but I have a soft and cozy kitten that loves to take over my workspace as soon as I sit down at my desk. I'd love to say that she is always this quiet and out of the way while I'm working, but in reality, she's usually strutting her stuff (literally) in between me and the laptop trying to get me to pet her, or nonchalantly laying right on my keyboard as if my hands aren't clearly typing on it. Still, how can I be mad at such a sweet little babe? If you don't have a fur baby of your own to pet or caress every now and again, I suggest having something that makes you feel cozy like a warm blanket draped over your chair, a comfy sweater or even a stress-ball that you like to squeeze when you have a mind-block and need a distraction.
Once you have all of your senses tended to and your workspace adorned to your liking, it is time to sit down and make a game-plan for the day. This is when I like to open up my bullet journal and go over the tasks on my to-do list for the week. I'll choose 3-4 tasks that I believe can be done in the matter of 5-7 hours depending on how much time I have that day and I'll add them to my daily to-do list. I'll read over this list while taking some deep breaths and will take a brief moment to give thanks that I get to do these things. Rather than letting my monkey-brain begin to flood with thoughts of overwhelm or stress, I take a mindful moment to remember why I do what I do. I set an intention to accomplish my tasks because they align with my purpose, and that sets me up for a productive work day fueled by intrinsic motivation.
Drop a comment down below of some ways you like to adorn your workspace. I'd love to make this blog post a collaborative space for us to share ideas and inspire one another to align all of our actions with our purpose.