Living simply in the wild

4 Simple Tips to put a little Spring in your home

It’s been busy around here lately.

Spring seems to be springing to we’re constantly in motion!

We’ve been busy tilling up the dirt in the garden, hacking down our thornless blackberries trying to get them under control. Boy-o-boy am I thankful they are thornless!

Our garden is all plotted out and half the seeds are bought. We will probably start some seeds here this week. Exciting news! Not so exciting for those of us who have a black thumb, but i’m desperately trying to turn my thumb green. In fact we actually have lemongrass started from some bits and pieces of lemongrass we used in the past. So maybe thats a promising sign!

I’ve been doing some spring painting! Our house has been colored in browns and greens since we’ve moved in and I just couldn’t take it any longer. So the kitchen got a nice face lift as did our bathroom.

It’s amazing what a nice coat of paint can do. It opens a room, dictates a mood, and freshens everything up. Yes, we’re not sure how long we will be staying here, but we want to enjoy it while we are here.

We have some fun plans for the playroom that we will reveal later. And the boys bedroom is also getting a fresh coat of paint to lighten it up a bit in there.

Home school is in full force. Some days are really structured and other days we just play. The dirt in the garden is quickly becoming a favorite spot for the boys. They drive their tonka trucks and trackers scooping up and moving dirt. I even found two truckloads dumbed in little piles around the playroom.

Dirt belongs outside little ones. Outside.

Spring is about waking up! It’s about clearing out winters garbage and stale air. It’s about stretching and stopping to enjoy the new birds in town, the smell of the sun shining and the trees opening. Spring is a time for fresh beginnings and new ideas.

4 Tips to freshen up your home

1. Shift your furniture

Move all seating so that the entrance to a room can be seen while sitting. (Isn’t it unnerving sitting somewhere with your back to the door not being able to see if someone is coming in?)

If your bed is positioned under a window, go move it! Also do not have your feet directly facing the door, but be able to see the door from laying in bed.

Do not place mirrors facing the main entrance to your home, or facing your bed.

Place a (low maintenance) plant in all of your favorite rooms, if not all of them!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wicker-furniture/8568442921/player/02b7c1381f

2. COLOR color COLOR

Whether its putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls, hanging up a new art work, new curtains, or grabbing some throw pillows. Adding color adds so much!

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Can’t choose which color? Use this as your guide to get the feeling you want…

Red is hot bold, daring, high voltage, lucky.

Orange is social, happy, vibrant,  eye-catching, creative, exuberant, extroverted.

Yellow is cheerful and uplifting, sunny, enlivening, powerful, active, cheerful.

Green is balance, growth,  abundance, healing, expanding, lively, prosperous, fresh.

Blue establishes calm, truth, communication, peace, calm, spiritually attuned.

Purple is royalty, wealth, and high spirituality.Rich, noble, deep, quiet, wise.

White is about new beginnings, purity,  innocence, cleansing, pure, light, free, whole.

Black is introspective and represents the void. Pretentive, secretive, mysterious, hidden.

Pink is unconditional love and feminine energy. Love, nurturing, romance, peace.

Brown is an Earth tone and is nurturing and grounding. Rooted, quiet, nurturing, grounding.

3. Declutter

Keep flat spaces clear of ‘junk’. That kitchen table? Clear it. The entry way table? Clear it. Find the drop zone in your home and put some hooks for purses and coats, a small basket for keys and chain, a slot for the mail to go, and a cubbyhole for all the shoes.

4. Smell good

Open up those windows and get some fresh air in. Grab some essential oils and diffuse them in your home, add them to an oil burner, a pot of boiling water, a spray bottle diluted with water.

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Essential Oils Guide for your home

Bathroom
  • Put a few drops of  Lavender on the cardboard ring inside the toilet paper roll.
Livingroom
  • Put a few drops of marjoram onto a cotton ball and toss into the vacuum bag.
Office
  • Get a diffuser and fill with peppermint.
Kitchen
  • Add Lemon Oil to a spray bottle with water and clean the counters with it.
Bedrooms 
  • Add a few drops of sandalwood to the water in a Humidifier.
More Spring/Summer Oils Smells
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass

 Now go add some Spring to your home!

 

 

 

Sources
http://www.stress-relief-teacher.com/feng-shui-oils.html
http://kriscarr.com/blog/10-easy-feng-shui-rules-you-should-follow/
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10945/what-each-color-means-in-feng-shui.html
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8 responses

  1. Fantastic tips! I love shuffling around my furniture, just a few moves makes everything feel new.

    March 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    • Simply The Wildside

      I know right! Such a simple fix.

      April 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

  2. Jacqueline

    Essential oils are the key to house happiness! I own so many oils that I’ve purchased from Etsy shops and from Whole Foods over the years. I use a rose/tea tree/sandalwood blend on my hair and as a room spritzer. I’m not a huge fan of lavender, but my dogs love the smell! I try and spray lavender to keep them calm during thunderstorms.

    March 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    • Simply The Wildside

      That sounds like an amazing combo!

      April 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

  3. Yes to all of these! I really needed this reminder! Time to clear out the junk, open the windows, and stock up on a bunch of new Scentsy fragrances! Spring is in the air! (It’s about time!) 🙂

    March 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    • Simply The Wildside

      Spring is a great time to start cleaning out junk. Do it in little spurts so you don’t burn out 🙂

      April 2, 2014 at 10:23 am

  4. I really like #4. I recently moved and unpacked my box of candles and it has been wonderful having different scents to liven up each room.

    About #1 – I sleep with my feet (sort of) facing the door. Well, the bed is a few inches to the side of pointing directly out the door, but I’m curious as to your reasoning for saying not to do this. Is it personal preference or is there a benefit to it?

    March 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

    • Simply The Wildside

      Your feet facing the door, according to Feng Shui, is a bad sleeping position. There are many reasons like when your feet are in line with the door your energy is lost or weakened as it flows out the door whilst you sleep. to this also being a position that corpses are positioned in a room. You can usually break some rules by adding a large sturdy bench or shelving at the foot of your bed, having a high head and foot board or even closing the door at night (especially if you can see your bathroom from your bedroom door).

      March 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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