“Our environment is a refection of our internal state…”
Today I want to share a few tips on how you can transform your space into an environment that is tranquil and balanced, helping you to feel totally relaxed and at bliss from the moment you walk through the door.
This article is here to inspire you and ignite the creativity and individuality I know is inside of you just waiting to flow out and show up in your everyday life.
Your “space” refers to your environment… whether it be your entire apartment, your bedroom, living room or even simply your desk area. I want to guide you to create a space that is going to feel amazing for you to be in!
I don’t know about you beautiful but I absolutely love to embrace my feminine energy and decorate my space in a way that looks and feels good for me. It is seriously one of my favourite things to create an environment of total bliss where I can go to rest and recharge my batteries.
Your space should be an area where you feel comfortable and safe. It’s the place you can retreat to when you are in need of rest and rejuvenation. It’s the space where you can let go of any concerns about your day, allowing your body and mind to relax. It’s also the place where you can think clearly. In this environment you have the mental space to allow your creativity to flow freely, without distraction. This place is your Zen space and you feel blissful here.
I believe that our environment is a direct reflection of our internal state of mind and vice versa. For example, if we are stressed or distracted this will show up in our space in the form of unorganised chaos with stuff everywhere. If we are a mess internally then often we will find ourselves living in a state of physical mess too! Our space also impacts us mentally, if we keep our environment clean and organised it can help us to feel more balanced and think with clarity. In this kind of space you will be able to focus on your intensions and work efficiently and effectively, which will allow you to be more creative and productive.
At this present moment your space might be looking a little bit more like this… a room of frantic chaos with piles of unorganised items scattered everywhere. You see the mess and instantly feel overwhelmed and anxious. The physical clutter all around you is crowding your mental state and you simply can’t think clearly. In this environment you feel stressed, distracted, uneasy and uninspired. I can imagine that this space is not enjoyable to spend time in right now but don’t worry beautiful because we’re about to change that.
I can’t wait to help you create your very own Zen space. Babe it’s time to sort through the clutter and get rid of the junk! It’s time to let go of all the “stuff” that does not serve you anymore and simplify your life so that you will have the mental space to truly unwind and relax in an area you love.
I felt inspired to write this article for you after my partner and I relocated from Queensland to Melbourne earlier this year. The move gave us the perfect opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate so to speak, as we made the conscious decision to “de-clutter” our lives. We chose to only bring the absolute essentials with us to our new home and we’ve both really enjoyed the process of simplifying our space and creating an area we love.
We wanted to create an atmosphere that was simplistic but very comfortable and inviting. We felt so excited about creating this environment that our ideas unfolded into every area of our new apartment in St Kilda. We chose to decorate with soft, neutral colours throughout and added green accents to give the space a burst of life. We love being outdoors so we decided to bring nature into our home buy choosing natural materials like wood for our furniture and buying indoor plants. We decorated with river stones, beach sand, feathers, crystals and candles to bring in a few earth elements. Of course once it was completed we absolutely loved our new area and I suddenly realised that we had unconsciously used many principles of Feng Shui to create our blissful space.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of spatial arrangement. The placement of objects is carefully considered as it is believed that this can affect the flow of energy (chi) in your space. The aim is to create a sense of balance, harmony and positive energy in your environment. It brings natural elements into your space such as wind, water, fire, earth, wood and metal while creating a sense of calm and tranquillity.
Here are a few ideas of how you can create a Zen space by incorporating Feng Shui into your home…
My Top 10 Tips:
1. Clear out the clutter! Start by sorting through your space, only leaving items out that are essential. Don’t get overwhelmed here, just focus on one area at a time. For example, if you’re creating a Zen space in your bedroom start with your wardrobe. Take a box and set aside any items that you haven’t worn in the past year… from here you can decide if you want to sell these items or donate them to charity.
2. Give the area a through clean before you re-decorate so that the space is fresh… like a blank canvas.
3. Choose soft yin colours (neutral colours like cream, nude, tan, taupe, beige & grey are all very calming).
4. Wind element – Open your windows to allow light and fresh air to flow through your space.
5. Water element – Incorporate a water feature or fish tank.
6. Fire element – Add candles to your space to create ambience.
7. Earth element – Choose materials like wood, metal, rocks, stones or sand to decorate with.
8. Buy a few in-door plants to bring life to the room.
9. One for one rule! To avoid your space becoming cluttered I like to use the one for one rule. It’s easy, basically if you want to add a new addition to your space, you need to firstly choose an item to go out.
10. Make this space a stress-free zone by keeping it free from technology.
So gorgeous, if this article has inspired you to clean out your space, redecorate and create a totally blissful and tranquil Zen space I encourage you to share this article with a friend now. You just never know, maybe it will inspire her to do the same.
P.s – I’d love to see how you decorate your very own Zen space using Feng Shui. Take a pic and tag me in it on Facebook and Instagram! @kathryn.chandler #kathrynchandlerlifestyle