With the turn of a new year- and in this case, a new decade, it’s a wonderful time to set some New Year’s Resolutions. Crafting a vision board of the things that you know would help add to and enrich your life is a great place to start. Even just taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to jot down some reminders to yourself. Go outside more, be more active in your week, more mindfulness with your spending, less time on social media, reconnecting with old friends- these are just a few simple yet meaningful and powerful changes for living a better life entering this new year.
A large part of any New Year’s resolution starts with your environment and allowing yourself the necessary time and space to accomplish your new goals, hobbies, and habits. We recommend first turning to your home to see if there is any current stagnation within your environment discouraging creativity, inspiration and just all-around positive energy. Below are a few simple tricks and tips for updating your space- doing out with the old- bringing in the new.
Re-arrange Your Space!
The classic draw and inspiration towards reorganizing and re-arranging your physical environment is a common practice, experienced by many surrounding large benchmarks throughout the year. We feel inclined to mix things up, reevaluate and update our spaces because we exist in them every day and they hold so much meaning and value to us. With the start of a New Year, there is a lot of mental discarding and relinquishing of things that don’t necessarily serve us anymore. In addition to the mental, there is also a lot of physical changes we experience and crave to discard as well.
While setting out to rearrange your house or simply a room in your house, think about what you can actually get rid of. Whether it’s lackluster furniture, uncomfortable lighting, art on the walls, decorative pieces, or even just realizing how cluttered it has become. There are usually quite a few items we end up holding on to and surrounding ourselves with that we are long overdue to ditch. When cleaning out your spaces, remember to make different piles to categorize the items you plan to get rid of. Make a trash pile, a recycling pile, a Goodwill pile, and a ‘give to friends’ pile. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” as they say- and it’s true. You never know if what you’re tossing out might be useful or appreciated by someone else. Now that you’ve done a great deal in cleaning out and decluttering the space, you can begin the fun part- the Feng Shui.
This Chinese artful tradition was developed over 3000 years ago and is used by many a renter, homeowner, designer and interior professional today. It is a system that attempts to harmonize the individual to their surrounding environment. Feng Shui employs the belief that our home is essentially a mirror to our energies and what exists inside of us. Below are the top Fen Shui tips to crafting a harmonious environment for you and your loved ones:
- Clear Your Clutter (We already did that)
- Get Good Quality Air And Light
- Learn The Basics Of 5 Feng Shui Elements
- Always Be Mindful Of The Quality Of Energy In Your Home
- Seek Balance
- Bring The Outdoors In
- Use Mirrors Wisely
- Open the Front Door to Positive Energy
- Use Feng Shui Wealth Colors
- Water Flow
These tips may be a bit vague, so we’ll provide you with a bit more clarity for some of these topics. For example, The 5 Feng Shui Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Choosing from a variety of materials and elements and bringing them into your home will add much balance and harmony to your environment. There are luckily many a chart online that detail the five elements and the corresponding directional degrees in which to integrate them into your space. A quick Google search will provide you will all there is to know about said elements and their place in your home.
Another area that we might lend some advice on, is the tip of Getting Good Quality Air and Light. A very important aspect of creating an ideal living atmosphere has a great deal to do with your available light and air quality. You know that uncomfortable experience when you enter into a home or building and it’s all stuffy and dark- you feel a bit trapped and boxed in. A great way to ensure your space is getting enough light is to install sliding glass room dividers and glass wall partitions throughout your home so that beautiful natural light is able to move through space and bring this light into all deserving rooms of the home. The Sliding Door Company offers a myriad of available Glass Doors, wall partitions, and even sliding glass barn doors for a more rustic approach to integrate that crucial natural light throughout a home.
Create Your Own Space
Whether you live with roommates, your parents, a partner, or with your own family, there is oftentimes no available alone time or space to do the activities you want to. Crafting a sanctuary in your home is a vital aspect of making a positive living environment that caters and provides for you. If wondering how to make a separate room or space amid a home without any extra bedrooms, we suggest considering wall partitions and glass room dividers. A great way to create novel spaces-home offices, workout rooms, or arts and crafts studios- is to install glass room dividers. This successfully utilizes your useable space and optimizes your floor plan. With six different glass opacities offered, you can craft privacy by choosing a high opacity or frosted glass finish. Without your own private zone, it can be super difficult to be inspired, creative and productive living amongst the people in your life.
Hopefully, with these helpful tips and info on rearranging and updating your home environment, you can realize your goals and attain true balance and harmony in your life. Integrating ‘home improvement’ in your New Years’ resolution is a great way to start the new decade.
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