I don’t know about you but by the time February finally rolls around, I have had enough of winter! I need sunshine and fresh air and to get out of the house! I just get so tired of being inside and even when it is beautiful outside, looking out the window just doesn’t lift my mood.
I’ve posted before about how much I love my Light Therapy Lamp, which gives me a good dose of full-spectrum lighting to replace some of the good old sunshine I’m deprived of as well as my Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp to clear out the stale winter air. Today I want to share a few more simple tips I have added to my home that uplift and inspire my family.
Take a peek into our home and see 5 simple things that have added more positive energy to our home.
1. Make the Bed
During the winter it’s hard enough to climb out of the warm cozy bed, especially if it’s still dark outside. Knowing that the bed is made keeps me up and productive during a day when my energy is low. I love walking by my bedroom and seeing the beautiful bed all nice and tidy. An extra bonus is that every time I do this I also have feelings of love and gratitude toward my husband- because he makes the bed every morning! Don’t just take my word for it though, Gretchen Rubin, author of the international bestseller The Happiness Project, explains that this “three-minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.” Charles Duhigg, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Power of Habit, calls making the bed a keystone habit:
“Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills like sticking with a budget. It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.”
2. Create a Cheerful Kitchen
It is well known that color can affect our mood. Even small splashes of color can have a big impact. Some colors are said to invoke certain moods so I like to add some of my favorite colors to my kitchen to help me feel happy. I love using seasonal fruit in a counter-top basket to add a splash of color and hopefully entice my family to have a healthy snack.
Speaking of color, it’s important to add some green. Potted plants bring life to your kitchen and help clean the air. According to the first NASA study conducted by Dr. B.C. Wolverton found that adding more plants in your living space will help rid your home of potential toxic airborne chemicals. Here is a list of some of the best indoor plants that are easy to care for, and have the best detoxifying abilities:
English Ivy, Rubber Plant, Peace Lily, Bamboo Palm, Aloe Vera, Snake Plant, and Spider Plant.
Just as color can lift our mood, scent can be calming, energizing, and uplifting too. We love to diffuse essential oils. Some of our favorites include tea-tree oil for its calming effect and also its ability to purify the air; we love grapefruit because it is so uplifting and has been proven to help boost motivation. One of our favorite oil blends is called “Happy” from Cure Oils. It was created for the purpose of helping to lift your mood and you’ll smell that diffusing in our house at some point almost every day.
3. Display Experiences
Whenever we travel we like to find just one small trinket to bring home as a souvenir. These items are keepsakes because of the meaning that is all wrapped up in that one item. We try to find something that is unique and possibly handmade, rather than something mass-produced. We even have a collection of “special” rocks that our children have collected and given to us over the years. These trinkets are displayed throughout our home on bookshelves, end tables, and atop the piano. It’s fun to take time and reminisce about when we got a certain item and why we chose that to be our souvenir.
4. Create a Message or Quote Board
Our message board hangs right by our refrigerator so EVERYONE sees it!
I think that this is a great way to share specific inspiration that I know may uplift a particular family member. We’ve also used our board to ask thought-provoking questions. Each person has a chance to write their answer or opinion and then we can discuss it later.
We’ve also used our board to celebrate individuals in the family by having everyone write something they love about that person.
Our board was super easy to make. I just repurposed a frame by adding some subtle fabric to the inside and then we use a dry erase marker to write on the glass.
5. Display your Favorite Memories
For years I have wanted to create a photo wall, covered with all our favorite pictures of when our children were growing up.
It took a few years to accumulate some great pictures but the wait was worth it.
Now the pictures are hanging in our basement family room, our favorite place to watch movies, play games, and have fun together.
These pictures remind us of all the great times we have had through the years since we began our family.
I have found that having these positive reminders hanging on the wall helps me to have more hope when we have days that I’d just rather not remember.