LIVID Magazine, Living it Daily CHRISTINE BLANCHETTE
Unsure where to begin to have less clutter in your home, and more of a harmonious space? Charisse Marei, an eco-conscious lifestyle expert offers her tips on how to create a healthy home.
Here is our Q&A
Q: What are there some ways to make your home cozier?
CM: Creating simple DIY mini compositions is a quick and doable way to shift the energy in every room of your home. To eliminate overwhelm start with one room at a time. This is a highly effective approach that supports the home and well-being connection. It also provides clarity and eliminates overwhelm.
Create a list for each room. What do you need to bring into the space to embrace the cozy feeling? Consider color, texture, lighting, scent, accent pieces.
Simplicity is key. For instance, color is an intricate design tool that characterizes interior spaces and projects emotion to inspire and uplift, harmonize and balance, your home and well-being. Color invokes the tone of a room, how you and others feel in the space, and is a reflection of your personal style story. Perhaps painting one wall an accent color is an ideal solution. Do note the body, mind, spirit connection of color—red stimulates, orange energizes, yellow uplifts, green balances, blue calms. Lighter colors open and expand the space whereas dark colors create the opposite feel. Before deciding on the color ask yourself, what is the feeling you want to promote for yourself, the room?
Q: What are some healthy home tips?
CM: Cleansing tips to stay healthy:
Remove shoes before entering interior living spaces.
Use organic, plant-based, therapeutic grade household cleaners.
Avoid synthetic chemical-laden products such as air fresheners, fragrances, body products, candles, and laundry products. Replace with pure, natural, organic products.
Open the windows and let the fresh, clean air in. It’s rich in oxygen and ions.
Q: With sports equipment how do you store properly?
CM: Accessibility with ease is key to keep you in balance and your home clutter-free. An all in one entry storage cabinet with open and/or closed cabinetry satisfy your quest. To create more space within the cabinet add storage baskets to the open shelf areas. When applicable, utilize the open space between the side(s) of the cabinet and the wall to store tall, oddly shaped, and bulky equipment. Add hooks with mollies to the back wall to store items such as laced shoes, drawstring bags, and leashes. Cabinet placement locations—main entry, garage entry, rear entry, laundry room, garage. Keep odors at bay with all-natural plant-based options such as a transportable diffuser, therapeutic grade essential oils, or my personally designed mini gem diffuser.
Q: Does infuser help clear the air?
CM: Yes, I have diffusers in many rooms and all levels of my home. I also recommend diffusers to my design clients and Young Living clients. The type of diffuser and essential oils to use varies and is dependent upon square footage, user, age, and purpose. Most recommended cleansing the air from harmful particulates are lime, thieves, and purification.
Q: What about adding plants?
CM: Bring a touch of beauty and healthy living nature into your home with fresh greenery and splashes of rich flowery color. Consider cleansing plants to remove air-borne toxins and improve indoor air quality (IAQ) such as aloe, bamboo palm, and Gerber daisy. Arrangements include air plants in salt holders, hanging string gardens, wall pockets in airy mesh pouches, and decorative terra-cotta clay pots. Accent compositions with small stones, bamboo sticks, old drink stir, and secure wispy greens with mini hair clamps.
Q: In your opinion, which room should be the main space to give that comfortable feeling?
CM: The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home regardless of gender and age. It’s your private mini sanctuary, your special place to release, renew, revitalize—3Rs, in a comfy and oh so healthy environment. When you apply these essential transformational steps you will feel an upward shift in health, vitality, comfort, and clarity.
The Overall Bedroom:
1. Circulate clean, breathe-able air with a transportable air purifier.
2. Remove excess “stuff” to embrace calm and tidiness.
3. Promote tranquility through the use of soft hues, textures, and patterns on walls, windows, and floors.
1. Choose beds without metal to improve the quality of sleep.
2. Ditch chemical-laden mattresses that off-gas while awake and asleep. Look for natural, certified organic mattresses made with materials such as cotton, wool, and natural latex.
3. To maximize health seek pure, organic or organic Gots-Certified bedding. Be mindful of the layering up a connection where natural beauty meets comfy. To outfit the bed starts with pillow and mattress protectors and a mattress pad or topper, embellish with irresistibly plush 300 thread count sheets, a cozy blanket that wears well, and top with an invitingly subtle duvet comforter. Place two or three European pillows in front of the headboard, sleeping pillows, and decorative pillows in splashes of color to complete the look.
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To see the LIVID Magazine original article please go to lividmagazine.com. Posted on March 2, 2020.