Hello Monday, it’s nice to see you there! This past weekend, John and I had a slow weekend, which was everything we needed after full scheduled weekends for the past few months. Sleeping in, lazin’ around and staying in pajamas until noon generally is not my thing, but a Saturday inside was just the perfect way to enjoy home. Though the weather was wonderful in San Francisco which is rather rare during summer (if you’re not from the city, I know these seems insane), I took advantage of the day to catch up on life. Responding to important emails regarding exciting upcoming collaborations, using the daylight that I usually loose to my day job to embrace my love for photography and create beautiful images (like the ones seen here) and revisiting the coffee in the kitchen more than once allowed me to appreciate all things home on a peaceful Saturday.
As with all things in life, priorities and styles are different for everyone. While some may absolutely love restyling shelves and replanting indoor plants, others might not see the value in it. Some may love to spend their time searching for vintage clothing or heading outside with a camera in their hand to capture the world around them. For many, hobbies come aplenty and one of mine is definitely the art of making a house a home while maintaining a clean design with important elements. In our home in particular, essential furniture items, decor and home rituals make the space perfect for us, so I’m sharing some of those ideas and routines that help keep our home looking fresh and promoting an atmosphere we enjoy being in!
Create Daily Home Rituals
One ritual that has aided to boost my mood and allow me time to be one with myself is incorporating the use of candles when I shower in the evenings in place of bright lights and have them burning as I get ready for the work day in the mornings. Despite the simplicity of the idea, lighting candles creates that warm glow which instantly promotes a relaxed environment and even allows for some romantic mood lighting. If you’re able, always purchase beeswax or soy based candles to eliminate the toxins that cheap candles emit into the air.
Add The Greenery
Indoor plants, airplants and succulents are easily one of the premier things you can add to a space to create the biggest impact. In our home, I decorated both the indoor and outdoor section of our apartment with plants, bringing a clean and lively energy into the home. Not only do plants provide clean air, they instantly boost your mood and allow yourself to feel calm and composed. If you’ve ever visited the Conservatory Of Flowers or a similar space, you know how wonderful being surrounded by plants can be for your soul. Fill you home with touches of greenery with easy maintenance indoor plants like a snake plant, succulent, bamboo plant, golden pothos, jade plant, rubber tree, fiddle-leaf fig or areca palm.
Take Time To Learn What You Love
This is a harder one, but it is completely life changing. While it may take time as we grow and change throughout different stages of our lives, paying attention to the things that make you happy will curb impulse purchases saving you money and space. On that note, pay attention to what brings you annoyance in your home like recurring issues and take time to find a solution. This could be something so simple like having a loose drawer pull in your kitchen or something bigger like items not fitting into the space they should because you own too much stuff. Whatever the issue, listen to it and fix it now for one less thing to worry about in life!
Plan For The Morning
Having a nightly routine is something I really stand for, and will make your life so much more organized. For example, I always make sure that my house is clean and ready for the morning. It doesn’t have to be spotless, but ensuring my closet, bathroom and desk is organized is essential for a simpler morning when you’re getting ready for the work day Simple things like setting my coffee pot in the evening, I wake up to the smell of freshly made coffee and all I need to do is pour it in my mug. Another thing that is helpful is having an idea oh what your outfit will look like the evening before to give you a sense of organization. Little things that can make a world of difference, especially if you’re not a morning person!
Choose Your Items Wisely
For most young professionals living in San Francisco, disposable income isn’t always high after rent is paid, weekly visits to must try restaurants, after work happy hours and the other joys of living in the most expensive city in America bring. Because of this, some may think that a beautiful home is unattainable since furniture can be pricey, but spending a lot of money on home decor is not necessary to create a beautiful space. With that said, there are a few items that you should splurge on if you are looking to upgrade some different aspects or rooms in the home. In my opinion, the single most important thing to spend the extra money on is all things bed. Your mattress, pillows, bedding and a well made bed frame are easily the most important items in the home. Not only do you literally use it everyday, it will transform your space entirely if you have a well put together bed set on top of providing you the sleep you need to be successful day in and day out. John and I just recently got a new bed frame, and then we saved money by purchasing much lower priced bedside tables. Our home has never looked better and we are so happy about it! You can save money by searching antique stores for decor items, like I did when I found this handmade wall hanging vase for $3.99! And of course, the art of donating items is real (and free) for an instant upgrade in your home. Read more about the importance of decluttering, here.
What types of things do you find joy in? Are there days that you are extra appreciative of the rituals you’ve created? Share in the comments below one thing that helps keep you calm and organized when life gets busy!
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