There was a period of time in my life for a few years (ok, not just one time) where I couldn’t afford to spend anything really on my space. I collected things, made things, thrifted things, and took anything anyone would give me for free. You can go pretty far with very little if you try! But, I’m really really happy to have a little spare change at this period of my life to spend a few bucks on some things that make me happy. I feel a lot less guilt about buying things for my room than I do on an expensive dinner, which may be contrary to how a lot of other people feel. Probably contrary to how most chefs feel, but whatever….got my own opinions on that. ;)
One of the things that I’ve been “investing” in lately is more houseplants. My mom always had plants when I was growing up, and she would let me pick out my own to take care of. I loved watering it, and wiping the leaves, and watching it grow. That is magical for a child! I've loved plants ever since....indoor and outdoor....and anytime I can be around them I am happy. So, putting them in my space is important to me.
Not that houseplants are terribly expensive, but I didn’t get them for a long time because I wasn’t in the right state of mind to be taking care of things. I didn’t care to be around life, and beauty made me cry sometimes. As much as I loved plants and green and growing things, it was a reminder of how bad I felt and how little joy I found in things #sadface. PLUS I was like Super Broke Woman because I was hardly working, and I realistically couldn’t afford a $4 luxury.
Now that I CAN afford a $4 luxury, because thankfully life ebbs and flows, I’m happy to spend a little of my hard earned cash on making my room a little greener. Eventually I’d like to walk into a jungle when I come home, but, baby steps.
House plants not only make me actually smile, but they can really improve your space from a physical-emotional-scientific standpoint. Houseplants help clean the air, they release oxygen, they lift your mood, and they bring life to any space. Plants can even be a financial investment - usually you can sell them in a pinch, and if they're nice you can get a decent amount...so see, they really are an investment that you don't need to feel guilty about!
Whatever makes your space feel comfortable and "homey" to you, do that. Don't feel guilt about spending time or money on yourself if you are investing in your daily happiness.
Another aspect of my space that has become ultra important to me is a little meditation corner. I won’t go on and on about meditation (you can check my Instagram post with this photo) or search other blog posts in the archives for more on that. But basically I constructed a nice little spot in the corner of my room with some meditation cushions, a little “altar”, and some meditation tools. I didn’t spend, much, maybe $25 collecting things from places like Marshalls and Ross, or thrift stores. You can put whatever you want in your “spot”, but I suggest making it feel really authentic to you and what makes you feel at peace. I’m sure I will continue to add to my spot when I find things that fit, but for now I’m really liking the blank wall and just some basics around so I don’t get overwhelmed with things to do. Lol.
I LOVE cozy spots, and there's just something SO nice sometimes about being on the floor. Even if you don’t meditate (yet), you can still build yourself a cozy spot.
Anyway, I set mine up pretty easily, and if you’re looking to create your own little space in your room, or wherever, I’ve got a list of products below you might want to check out if you’re stumped on what to get.
However you set up your space isn’t too important, I wouldn’t think. There’s the Feng Shui thing, but I feel like some of that is also intuitive. You can feel when a room is off balance or there is too much energy in one space. I say go with your gut to get you started, and don’t be afraid to get rid of things. I was for a LONG time, geez, I still am.
I’ve gotten rid of a lot recently because I’m starting to value the feeling I have in a clear space more than I value the things.
Things I think I want to get rid of can go in the closet or in a box somewhere, and when I’m sure that I'm ready, they can be passed along to the next soul. I don’t spend a ton on my space, but I now care more about what I have, and what I choose to hold on to. Meditation is probably helping with that too in a roundabout way!
I love my cozy little nook, sometimes I plop down there to read or browse the interwebs. A nice thing about piecing your space together with assorted pillows similar to the way that I did is that I can change it around to whatever I need, so if I want to lay down, I can just lay all of my pillows out in a row. I can lay on my foam mat with my legs propped up on both pillows. I can sit in multiple ways. You get the idea. I had fun scouting out pieces I wanted and looking in clearance aisles (let's be real, I love that anyway...lol) and it's my special little unique spot. I’ve had to hold myself back from draping fabric from the ceiling like a tee pee….lol.
I've been slowly adding little things here and there, like a little salt night light, new crystals, and now some plants. :)
Point I'm trying to make is - what your stuff looks like or where you get it doesn't matter. What makes you feel good in your space doesn’t matter. Surround yourself with it and have a reason to smile everyday. There is so much value in creating your own cozy space at home that is full of what you like and what makes you happy.
Here’s some of the stuff I have in my spot and where I got it!
-throw pillow (thrift store)
-throw pillow with fancy tassels (Marshalls)
-memory foam dog bed (Marshalls)
-rug (clearance - Ross)
-foldable tray (thrift store)
-brass smudge plate (thrift store)
-incense holder (World Market)
-tea light holders (clearance - Ross)
-crystals and candles (collected + Amazon.com)
-sage and incense (Amazon.com)
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