Creative Tips for Your Home
For most of us, there really is no place like home. Because our homes play a key role in our lives – they can affect our mood, our energy, even our self-esteem. How great do you feel when your home is looking its beautiful best?! So, giving our homes some loving attention can be rewarding for us on many levels. But did you know that your home can also support your creativity? There are simple changes you can make that will enhance your creative energy and your access to inspiration, in subtle but powerful ways.
Here are 5 ideas for creativity-boosting changes you can make to your home.
My all-time top tip for boosting creativity is to pay attention to your energy levels, in particular, your sleep life. Creativity is energy, after all, and we are holistic beings. When we feel vibrant, energised and well-rested, we are naturally creative. Even though getting enough quality sleep is a common challenge, giving some attention to our homes and especially our bedrooms can really make a difference. Creating a sleep-inducing sanctuary for our precious bedtime hours will provide a strong foundation for a healthy, happy creative life.
Order is heaven’s first law
It’s commonly believed that mess and creativity go hand in hand – and it’s true that for some, ‘creative chaos’ sparks their ideas and imagination. But for others, order and organisation can be equally inspiring. Order can be soothing to the soul. It can calm our racing minds, so we’re more able to access our inner world – the playground of our creative selves. Putting things in order also creates a sense of control in our lives. These feelings of autonomy are recognised as key ingredients for general happiness and wellbeing. They also boost our self-esteem and confidence – two qualities that are very welcome on any creative path.
Super hero power
There’s a theory that the people we admire are expressing a gift or talent that is dormant within us. So, who are your creative heroes or role models?
Who are the artists, writers, designers, filmmakers or creators that you admire? Having a reference to your heroes in your home can help to keep you connected to your own creative visions and dreams.
For example, you might honor your all-time favorite with a beautifully-framed print on the wall. Or perhaps a stack of books about the people that inspire you could adorn your coffee table. Excellence is naturally inspiring, but catching sight of a master in your chosen field can be a powerful creative boost.
Art and beauty
Beauty speaks directly to our soul, bypassing our busy minds and working its magic on a soul level. This is the creative realm, where our own ideas and creations are waiting. Paintings or beautiful objet d’art that speak to your soul can stir the creativity that’s waiting to be expressed through you.
So what can you display in your home purely for its beauty or aesthetic? It needn’t be expensive or impressive – whatever calls you heart will provide the right boost for you. (Especially if you just love it and you don’t know why!)
Love where you live
The new studies in Positive Psychology are revealing how wellbeing, happiness and enjoying life are conducive to improved creativity. So, simply creating a home that fills you with joy, security and contentment will naturally enhance your creative powers. And for maximum benefits, be guided by how you feel.
Which items or decor or colors excite or interest you? Curiosity and playfulness are hallmarks of the creative spirit, so feel free to play, have fun with your home. Trust your enthusiasm, eagerness and joy. Then, whatever the size or shape of your corner of the world, if you love and enjoy it, your creative self will soon become a regular guest.