Skip to Content
Get my free download, The Wellness Home, for women who value a beautiful home and healthy lifestyle!

How Beauty and Organization Energizes Your Home

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been proven that buildings, especially your home plays a major role in how you feel, eat, exercise and sleep, and even affects the health of your immune system.

Studies have shown this but I also know it firsthand because my homes have been my foundation and respite through the birth of a son, to the building of multiple businesses, to the loss of a beloved spouse. They have been major sources of energy, creativity, comfort and joy. They’ve provided shelter certainly, but they’ve also given me emotional security when I needed it the most.

 

How your rooms flow; how you place furniture; how densely you furnish your home; the amount of natural light it has; the ceiling height; even the dimensions of the doors all add up to the overall feel of your home. A home with an open furniture layout with plenty of natural light, natural materials, healing colors and clean lines gives your home, and thus, you the feeling of wellness and contentment. When each element is chosen within these perimeters the result will be a home that’s healing to your frayed psyche. The goal is to create a home where you feel healthy, organized and on top of your game. 

Placing your furniture and other design elements correctly is one of the most important ways to impart energy and efficiency into your home. Placement should be kept simple and straight forward. Nothing should be put on angles. Not rugs. Not sofas. Not fireplaces. Not kitchen islands. Not sinks. Even when a home is for the most part well designed it will still feel unstable with design elements placed on angles and won’t stay in style very long. 

Start placing furniture with a large scale piece first, like a large cabinet, built in or hutch. These acts as storage for things like entertainment equipment, books and servings pieces and also as excellent visual anchors for the whole room. Having an ‘anchor’ piece as I like to call them (like a cabinet or fireplace) and knowing where to place them will later simplify the rest of the furniture layout. I also prefer to plan the living room around an ‘entrance facing’ sofa whenever possible. By that I mean place the sofa facing the point of entrance to the room.

Next identify any door to door traffic patterns (most living rooms have more than one doorway). Always keep traffic patterns clear of furniture and cords. Remember don’t try to get creative with furniture layouts. Save the creativity for your furniture styles, fabrics, rugs and accessories. 

 

Choosing sofas and chairs without skirts gives your rooms a clean, open feeling. This allows light to flow underneath them and it will also visually enlarge your space. Sofas and chairs with skirts create a cozier, “fuller” look in large spaces. Sofas and chairs without skirts in large spaces can look great too but keep in mind they create an open, airier look. Choose sofas 85 inches and underfor small rooms. For large rooms, choose sofas 90 inches and over. 

 

Instead of cumbersome sofa tables and end tables, use the cocktail table as a place to set drinks and save the end tables for between armchairs. If lamps are needed next to the sofa use beautiful, brass swing arm lamps. They come in a variety of metals like shiny nickel and brushed brass. They don’t disturb the lines of the sofa, they don’t tip over easily and they’re easy to reach. The light source is just near the shoulder when seated for optimal reading. 

Too much furniture is just as disconcerting as too little. Too much looks silly and too little feels impersonal. For the average size living room you need a 110 inch sectional or one 90 inch sofa. You also need two 34 inch armchairs, two wood framed accent chairs, one cocktail table, and one to two end tables for between the armchairs.

Color

Color is a powerful design tool and one of the easiest, cheapest ways to engender feelings or emotions in your home. But reaction to color is highly subjective and each color comes with its own attributes and/or stigmas attached. For instance, yellow can feel sunny and cheerful for some people and signify cowardice for others. Pink is a pretty, feminine color that some love and other’s find cloying. White is clean and crisp to one person, while sterile and harsh to another.

When you create spaces with health and well-being in mind, colors like cool blues; soft lavenders; pale blue- greens; the palest blushes; and crisp, clean neutrals are key. These colors are cooling, restful and ‘receding’ meaning they create feelings of spaciousness. 

Bringing Nature Into Your Home

Remember the importance of nature in your home. Bring nature indoors by expanding window sizes and by decorating with plenty of well placed plants and flowers. Live plants help clean the air in your home. Open your windows during the milder hours of the day year round. I do this daily year round except on the most inclement days. Other ways to bring nature indoors is by using natural, non-toxic building materials such as hardwood, bamboo, stone, and metals like copper, nickel and iron.

 

 

 



 

How Organization Elevates Your Lifestyle

A cluttered home causes anxiety and contributes to arguments; missed workouts; poor eating habits; lost items; missed deadlines and more. A cluttered home even contributes to… more clutter! 

Think about how smoothly your life runs when you can easily find things, or how pleasant chores and tasks feel when you have high quality tools to work with. And how balanced you feel when your home is in order. These are powerful, joyful standards to live by every day of the year! 

In her book, Martha Stewart’s Organizing: the Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home and Routines Martha says “An orderly and organized life calls for creating and then sticking to clear rules, preset schedules, and to-do lists that are dictated by your own lifestyle.” She says, “This deliberate approach will save you from disorganization and leave you free to spend less time on chores, and more time for the activities that prove meaningful to you.”  And the best impetus I know of next to reading her book is to start by finding attractive baskets, tubs, bins, drawer inserts, totes on hooks, labels and Lazy Susan’s that exactly fit your needs. However, before you make the actual purchases you have to figure out what needs organizing.

With the room of your choice, start by emptying completely the closets and drawers; sorting and keeping only the things you need; and getting an assessment of the sizes and types of storage items you want. Allow a few days to do this and go at your leisure.

I recommend beginning with the kitchen and pantry; then the laundry room, then the garage with bedrooms, bathrooms, hobby rooms and living room/family rooms last.

 

 
 

 

 

How Eliminating Household Toxins Aids Your Health

With environmental toxins like pollution and pesticides so prevalent; and chemicals in your food, water, household cleansers and grooming products our world is a much different place than when your grandparents grew up here.

Most homes have over 500 chemicals and toxins. Today’s cleaning products contain chemicals have toxins that cause asthma, free radical damage, lung inflammation, asthma-like symptoms, hormonal imbalances and even cancer. You breathe these toxins in when you use them, and they pollute the air in your home for days.

While all natural household cleansing products like lemon juice, baking soda and white vinegar won’t kill virus’, they do a great job at light to moderate cleaning. Hydrogen Peroxide is an effective anti-bacterial. Borax, castile soap, Mrs. Meyer’s product line, Nature Clean Living, Method and Ecco offer low toxin levels for larger cleaning jobs. I love Dr. Bonner’s All Purpose Castile Soap for mopping floors. It’s concentrated and just a full tablespoons cleans my whole kitchen. I also love Murphy’s Oil Soap for my wood floors

 

 

Opening your windows on a daily basis, even if for just thirty minutes improves air quality and smells fantastic. That’s it for today! And if you like polished skin, high energy, and an elevated mood you have to try my amazing eCourse, The 7 Week Wellness Challenge where you learn tip of the spear health and wellness basics on fasting, eating and exercising for joy and convenience, and how to make your doctor part of Team You!

 

See you soon, bye for now.

Never miss a blog post, follow me on InstaGram and glean lots of inspo, tips, ideas on health, wellness and balancing an active lifestyle!