Taking control of your space can potentially motivate you to do more. It’ll make you smile, keep you focused, and help you process your thoughts better, but most importantly, it’ll remind you to breathe.
We need the tangible things in our lives to spark one of our five basic human senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Our senses help us identify what we like and don’t like. Let’s take a look at your home for a minute. Ask yourself, “Is everything around me truly mine, or do I share it?” If it’s shared, then it’s not truly yours. Let’s explore some more and ask, “What area in my house can I call my own? Which area do I enjoy the most? Which area gives me the most mental clarity? What sounds do I want to hear when I’m in there? Can I connect with this space when I touch it?”
Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to go sticking your tongue out to test your sense of taste, but you get the idea. It could be anything: a sink in a his-and-her bathroom vanity; a small space in the garden; a home office; a craft room; a coffee station; an empty corner of the house; the kitchen; the garage; the laundry room.
My personal space is my side of a his-and-her bathroom vanity. And let me tell you, I absolutely do not share this space with anyone! They can visit, but they can never stay (mostly my kids; I give my husband the side eyes when he tries to enter my territory). It’s probably the cleanest area in my home, but I love it, and I make rules for it that must be followed. I most definitely remind my little visitors that it is My Place. My Space.
I encourage you to decorate Your Space. Make it a place you visit often; a place that allows you to be completely you; a place where you can mentally prepare yourself; or a space that will motivate you to do more. Let it be the last place you visit at day’s end to unwind and process everything. Remember to give gratitude, smile, and celebrate your small accomplishments from the day. Give yourself grace for areas that may be lacking or the things you want to improve on. Most importantly, remember to breathe. Chances are you’ll need to repeat the same routine again, so just breathe.
Only when you’ve given yourself a place to call your own will you begin to see the positive effects of taking control of that space. I encourage you to try it today. Find a place and make it Your Place. Your Space.
Kim Manalansan is a freelance writer and mother of two