You know how the saying goes: “Tidy house, tidy mind.” It’s nearly impossible to feel totally calm and at peace when your room or home is a mess.
Not to mention, a tidy home can make you feel like you’re in a whole different world, away from all the stressors in life that may be keeping you from total peace.
Check out our list of ways to make your room more Zen to begin your journey to becoming whole in body, mind, soul… and room.
Clear out your room
One of the most important aspects of a Zen room is its cleanliness. Get rid of all the clutter to create a mindful space for yourself.
Surround yourself only with the things that bring you joy, and discard the non-essentials. Even more importantly, in order to keep your room Zen-like, you need to purge your material possessions often.
Enhance your room with natural scents
Scents are one of the main things that can truly shift your mood. Play with your favourite essential oils, linen sprays, or candles to help enhance your room with fresh scents.
Depending on what you need, use either calming or invigorating scents that smell natural—rose, lavender, and chamomile for sleep or eucalyptus, orange, and peppermint for invigoration.
Tip: this goes for hotel rooms too!
Bring in plants
Plants provide extra oxygen and thus have a naturally calming effect. Whether you choose a bonsai tree or hanging terrariums, make sure you don’t pick flowers that require special maintenance—failing to take proper care of them can end up adding more stress. The best part is that you can watch them grow along with the connection in your body, mind, and soul.
Choose earthy tones
Steer clear of using bright colours in your room. Earthy and white tones will keep your mind at ease and help you centre yourself throughout the day. This is especially important if you spend a lot of time in your room, and it’s something to keep in mind if you want to have more of a Zen household overall.
With these natural tones, you’ll achieve a chromatic harmony between the various elements in your room, which is vital to the continuity between your floors, furniture, and walls.
Make it bright
If you want to turn your room into a Zen sanctuary, make sure to play with soft and natural light. Harsh fluorescent lighting will end up bringing more negative energy into your room, so replace bright bulbs with softer ones or even candlelight.
Place different light sources around the room instead of relying on one strong, direct light from the ceiling. Windows are a big aspect of this, too, as they can help you get more in touch with the world around you.
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