There is so much goodness packed into our recent interview with Hilary Rose Walker of Our Style Stories. You can listen to the whole thing on our podcast, Style Matters. But right now, I just wanted to expand on one of the juicy drops of inspiration we took from Hilary. When discussing why style matters to her and what place it has in her life, Hilary talked about how getting dressed every day provides her with a small opportunity for creativity.
Think about it: the act of putting together an outfit and accessorizing with jewelry and even perfume, is using the part of your brain that thinks in visual terms. It can get you out of your "to-do list" mindset and, for just a few minuets, allow your brain to focus on color, pattern, form and texture. Lots of people have things they do everyday to get ready to face the world: mantras, meditation, coffee rituals, etc. What if we borrowed this idea of taking on a daily practice regarding home keeping?
On the podcast, I mentioned my delight in remembering what I loved about my kitchen after clearing off the counters. My husband and I have been renovating our kitchen piece by piece for several years and the most recent thing we did was to put in a subway tile backsplash with dark gray grout. It completely changed the whole feel of the room and we loved it immediately. But over time, we stopped really seeing it as the pile up of paperwork, dirty dishes, extra dishcloths, bags of pretzels and random junk took over. But one weekend, after clearing off all of the butcher block counters and re-sanding and sealing them, I once again appreciated the beauty of the tile. And because I saw the beauty, it motivated me to keep the kitchen neater and cleaner.
So what are some other daily practices we can put into place that will motivate us to keep our homes looking beautiful? We're talking about very simple things! For a long time, Karen has been the practice of lighting a candle or incense, just for herself while she's working, and not saving those lovely scents only for guests.
The beauty of the candle motivates her to keep the space around it tidy and looking fresh. The same can be true of flowers. If you treat yourself to fresh flowers (and we recommend doing this every week!), you'll be more likely to avoid dumping stuff there and keeping it clutter free.
Other ideas include making your bed every day and even using a lightly scented linen spray to freshen up the sheets; Setting out beautiful soap in the bathroom to encourage a daily wipe down of the sink; some special desk accessories to keep your family command station from becoming cluttered with junk mail and random paperwork that you don't really need.
At Little Yellow Couch, we're big believers in the satisfaction of small rewards. Pampering yourself a little is worth the investment to maintain a happy home. It gives so much back to you when you give it the care you deserve!
We'd love to hear your recommendations on daily practices you already use or are thinking of implementing!