Add some Zen to your apartment
Life can be hectic, and that chaos can easily be reflected in your space via clutter and disorganization. But did you know that living in a cluttered and chaotic environment can fuel your stress? The phrase "clear space, clear mind" rings true and you can use it as a mantra for creating a happier, more peaceful space and, by extension, a better life.
What is a Zen home?
A messy space can stress you out, and a Zen space can help to ease your mind. Zen is a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism which emphasizes the value of meditation and intuition. Its principles have long been applied to home design. A Zen home should heighten the senses through calming elements and minimalism. It should be an ideal space for meditation. Zen design tends to involve natural materials and a rejection of clutter. A Zen home should promote relaxation.
How to make your apartment more Zen
Adding a feeling of Zen to your apartment is easier than you might think. Here's how to do it:
Start by decluttering your space. Marie Kondo is known as the decluttering master because she helps people take control of their mess by ditching what they don't need to focus on the possessions they actually want in their homes. Her method is simple: go through your belongings and only keep the things that spark joy, then ditch what doesn't. Sounds easy but it can be a real challenge to let go sometimes. Be honest and be brave by saying goodbye to what you don't need. There's no need to throw your belongings away -- donate them to a charity shop like the Salvation Army so they can enjoy a second life in someone else's home.
Go for neutral and natural
Neutral and natural materials and colours promote a feeling of calm, so try to prioritize them in your space. If you don't have a big budget to redecorate, you can focus on little changes like new throw pillows, rugs and blankets. Look for materials like cotton, wool and linen in colours like beige, white, taupe, brown and grey. If you can afford to invest in new furniture, opt for natural materials like wood, wicker or metal. Visit a store like Winners or HomeSense to find great items for less.
Minimize what's on display
When it comes to a Zen space, less is more. Your apartment should be minimally decorated, prioritizing key pieces that are practical. For example, your living room could involve a couch, chair, coffee table and rug -- simple and functional.
The saying "out of sight, out of mind" is helpful advice here too. Try to keep the non essentials and the natural clutter of life squared away, out of sight. Put toys away in a box when they aren't being used, or hide them in a storage bench. Put books on a bookshelf. Put makeup in a drawer. Put exercise equipment in a closet etc.
Add some green
Plants can be calming in your space. Look for green, low maintenance plants for your apartment that won't be a distraction and will emanate calm without hassle.
Let light in softly
Light can be very influential on your mood and focus. You don't want it to be too dark or too bright. Swap harsh lighting for soft. Try translucent curtains that let soft light in without glare.
Create space for meditation
One of the best ways to stay calm is to meditate often. Encourage yourself to do it by carving out a dedicated meditation space in your home. It can be as simple as placing a meditation pillow in an uncluttered corner of your bedroom.
We hope these tips help you add some Zen to your apartment!