Updated: Sep 1
Have you ever walked into a space and been instantly annoyed? From the mess, to the disorganization, to the lighting… there is nowhere for the eye to rest! It throws you off-focus in a split second and you become distracted and overwhelmed. So much so, that you don’t even want to work and before you know it…procrastination is the word of the day.
Or, on the other hand, have you ever entered a space that instantly brings you to a place of clarity and inspiration? The atmosphere of the space makes you feel bright, open, and motivated; like you can take on the world! If any of this is resonating, then you are a highly visual person.
You are affected by what you see around you whether for good or bad. I’m raising my hand over here because this is totally me! I discovered this about myself way back in high school. Having awareness has given me the ability to communicate with people around me and make the necessary changes I need to stay high-vibe and stay focused.
In this week’s blog post, we will learn to curate spaces that inspire you to CREATE and allow you to REST and recharge. Soon, you’ll be able to power up for your personal and professional life, and gain the confidence for your next big thing. Let’s dive in!
IDENTIFY YOUR TRIGGERS.
I believe that even if you don’t consider yourself “visually inclined,” it still impacts you. Think about the reveals on any home reno show… museums… galleries...libraries… parks… these attract all kinds of people because of their own environments. Do you need to be an artist to attend? A home designer/decorator? An architect or city planner to appreciate the parks or lines of a building? No. But our spaces are very personal and we draw inspiration from all these different sources. We see something and we feel a connection to it.
What things trigger inspiration for you? What things trigger negativity?
When you’re “triggered” it can manifest in several ways.
Some responses include:
feeling irritated and overwhelmed
drained of energy and productivity
turning to habitual vices (like over-snacking, under-eating, over-caffeinating).
Some common types of visual triggers in a space include
lack of green elements (plants)
too many pieces kept for nostalgia’s sake (those pieces can carry negative emotional baggage)
an unorganized area, and a lack of natural elements like lighting, plants, and so on.
If you aren’t intentional about identifying what triggers you, you can spend years and years slowly putting the picture together.
UNDERSTAND WHAT INSPIRES YOU.
You probably already have a starting point for this. You know that when you are in a certain space, you feel better and you are your best self. A good place to start is by simply cleaning.
CLEARING OUT EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE
The other day, I brutally when through my closet and took out everything I just didn't like. I was holding on to stuff for the simple fact that they were in *good condition* and I felt guilty about donating them. I felt like I was throwing money down the drain.
But the moment I had it all out of my closet and in a give-away bag, I got an instant and powerful surge of energy. I had no idea that these items I was keeping were holding my emotions hostage.
As I considered the phenomenon, I realized that the pieces made me feel sad or bad or guilty. The moment I got rid of them, I felt free. It was amazing. I was bee-boppin' in the kitchen putting the groceries away, cracking jokes and smiling and humming. My husband asked if I'd just ate something (because food makes me really happy).
DO A 5-MIN CLOSET PURGE
Then do a good purge and only keep things that are useful and make you joyful (KonMari style)! If your happy space includes collections or lots of “treasures” think about what storage solutions you can use that organize while still keeping those happy moments accessible.
PUT YOUR NEW AWARENESS INTO LIFE-CHANGING ACTION.
It is possible to create your dream space without spending loads of money or relocating. You start small and allow for growth. Begin with less. Literally. Organize, edit, donate, and keep only things that really make you happy. Eliminate all that makes you mad, drains you, makes you less yourself. Add in things that inspire you and build in time to feed your soul with creativity and passions.
Another great tool is Pinterest. I love creating Pinterest Boards… this is a great place to digitally dream as big as you want. When you’re done pinning to your board you can take a global look at it and begin to see patterns, themes, and similarities that offer direction for you.
So maybe what makes you really inspired is a well-organized space, so you use the spyglass to start a search for small office organization, bathroom organization, DIY projects, make-up and skincare organization, and so on.
Maybe you’re inspired to meet the day after a wonderfully balanced morning routine, so you’ll search out coffee or tea recipes, great pre-made oatmeal recipes, morning yoga flows, guided meditations, or great books.
If you get really fired-up about clean eating or eco-friendly alternatives, you search for things related to locally grown and sustainable food sources, desserts with sugar alternatives, beeswax paper (an alternative to plastic wrap), bento box meals, biodegradable straws, and so on.
Although we are focused just on the visual elements of your world, the human contribution is critical. If you’re a people-person and you feel energized by spending time with friends and family, take the opportunity to pin ideas on gatherings, entertaining, hosting, free group activities and then share them with your friends and family. Circle a date on the calendar and go!
It would mean so much to me to see you in your space while you're doing this growth work! Take a pic for your Stories, tag me @rowanvollmer, and tell me what your space has in it that lights you up!
Editor: Teresa Hardwick