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How I Turned My Bedroom Into A Zen Oasis

“Create positive space around you, even if it’s in your mind. You must have an environment of good energy in order to give good energy.”

Does the space you spend the most time in leave you drained, uninspired and unproductive?

Last week I shared with you that I used to wake up flustered and in a panic. I told you how I created a morning ritual that dramatically shifted my energy to start my day. However I also made another significant change in my life that helped improve my well being.

A couple of years ago, I started noticing a pattern that I was creating. Ever since my first real job in Corporate America, I never made my work space a home. I always treated my desk as a temporary dwelling, refusing to pin photos, put up quotes, and decorate the space as if someone actually worked there 8 hours a day. I figured why bother to personalize the space if I went into every job knowing it was a temporary situation for me –a means to pay bills and get by until another opportunity came knocking that would place me closer to my dreams.

This went on for over 10 years. Finally in 2014, after I moved to Arizona, and started really focusing on self-care, I took a look around and realized that my spaces were always filled with unproductive energy and were becoming a reflection of my life. For example, I was still treating the move to Scottsdale as a temporary situation so my bedroom only had a desk, no furniture except a mattress lying on the floor, and there were piles of books and clothes everywhere.

It was pretty messy.

And my messy space was a reflection of my messy life. 
I didn’t realize it at the time but my set up was sending “I’m Not Staying Here Long” energyout into the universe and I was still living as though it was my old college days again—unsettled and unconcerned with creating a house that felt like a home.

 

Waking up to a cluttered space every day was definitely having a negative impact on my productivity and I constantly felt drained and uninspired. This was a huge problem since I was working from home a lot, and I knew I had to do something about it and fast! 

So I started Operation: Create My Happy Space.

Over a period of a month, I went from this ….

To this…

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I can honestly say my room felt like a vacation home. When you walked in on any given day, you heard soothing music, smelled lavender and peppermint scents, and felt a gentle breeze flowing. Everyone who visited mentioned how soothing it felt and I even had a few people say, “I would never leave my room if I stayed here.”

Here are a few changes I made to my room to restore peace and order in my life:

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PAINT

I painted the walls purple, after studying Feng Shui. I wanted to attract prosperity and in Feng Shui, the color purple attracts abundance. This color also brought a romantic, soothing energy to my bedroom. I loved it. (I also bought some purple curtains to match.)

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A LAMP

I bought a grey lamp to match the color scheme of my room. The lamp also changed the mood of the room in a good way. I used to have a ceiling fan with a harsh overhead light. Now the lamp casts beautiful shadows, lighting up the space gently without glare.

Fake flowers

A PLANT

Initially, I brought home a beautiful purple Orchid for my room. It fit so perfectly but unfortunately I couldn’t keep the poor thing alive past three days. I replaced it temporarily with an artificial bouquet of white roses. Adding flowers or a plant to your workspace increases productivity and creativity.

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HIMALAYAN SALT CRYSTAL LAMP

I originally bought my Himalayan salt lamp while browsing Bed, Bath & Beyond because it looked cool and changed colors. When it’s turned on, it creates a very relaxing atmosphere in my room. I had no idea it had health benefits. Some sites claim that they boost blood flow, improve sleep, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, and calm allergy or asthma symptoms. They also keep the air clean and help with respiratory problems.

bookshelves and books

BOOKSHELF

While decluttering, I needed a space for my piles of books. Although a floating shelf would have been the best fit in terms of clearing up space, I bought a corner bookshelf which made for a beautiful home for my books on self-help, wellness, productivity and love. Beginning and ending my day with an inspirational read is a must.

Crystals on the window

CRYSTALS

I never thought I’d be that girl with a windowsill full of crystals. I visited a photographer friend in LA a few months ago and we bonded over our love for crystals and oils and she sent me away with a Celestine wand as a parting gift. She too had crystals on her windowsill and I loved how calm and welcoming her home felt. I placed mine there to remind myself of the sort of energies I want to manifest in my life. My current favorites are Rose Quartz, which helps attract love, and Green Jade, which helps to attract prosperity and abundance.

Sage

SAGE

If my energy is all over the place or very negative on any given day, (for whatever reason) I burn sage. Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a group of people, space, or person.

Aroma diffuser

AROMA THERAPY DIFFUSER

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and emotional well-being. I have an aromatherapy diffuser that I use to mist my room with the scent of lavender, peppermint and/or rosemary. Lavender oils are really good when you want to have a good night’s sleep and I find Peppermint makes me really alert and happy.

Also candles give a really nice touch and make your room smell great.

Bedroom Necole 4My new zen-filled space definitely shifted my energy and overall productivity immediately.

If you are feeling uninspired by your space, definitely consider giving it a revamp. Inspirational pillows, shag rugs, floating shelves, lighting, candles, soothing music, and the right color paint are all things that will help spruce up your space and give you the boost you need to get things done.

What are some things you’ve added to your room to create a happy space? Let me know in the comments! What are some things you’ve added to your room to create a happy space?

Originally published May 20, 2017

23 Comments
  • 29 Jul ’16

    Looking forward to creating my own zen soon!!

  • 29 Jul ’16

    I need to do the same. Thanks for the wisdom sister!

  • 29 Jul ’16

    Good read. Ironically, I am currently working on my room. I decided today that I needed to change the energy in my room. My wall is also, the same color as yours. However, I am considering changing it.

  • 29 Jul ’16

    Thanks for this!!! I brought a house last year and I find it hard to make it my own because I’m use to renting and usually I can’t do what I want. So I will so looking into making my space to branch out my business.

  • 29 Jul ’16

    Love this! I’ve been feeling a little uninspired as well lately…I think this would definitely help restore my positive energy!

  • Freddie
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    29 Jul ’16

    I absolutely LOVE THIS!!!! Time I take power over my space! I’m excited for my revamp! LOVE YOU NECOLE!

  • Charolette
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    29 Jul ’16

    I definitely needed to read this! This just inspired me to get my place together. Arizona, Salt Lamps, Crystals, Oils, and that bed is all me. Lol I knew you were my favorite blogger for a reason, I can so relate.

  • 29 Jul ’16

    I just bought this exact bed a few months ago.

  • 29 Jul ’16

    where can I buy that headboard tho? lol Its so beautiful

  • 29 Jul ’16

    Omg! This is so me. I never personalized my offices, cubicles or apartments so I didn’t get too comfortable or complacent. So glad I’m not alone in this thinking.

  • 29 Jul ’16

    Been doing Zen for years now. I’m glad to see people catching on. postive energy is where we need to be

  • 29 Jul ’16

    Love this, clutter all around me I need to do the same.

  • 29 Jul ’16

    I love it! Thanks for sharing! I working on making my zen room at the moment!

  • 29 Jul ’16

    Such a wonderful article!!!

  • 30 Jul ’16

    Nicole what shade of purple is this and what brand????

  • Janae
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    1 Aug ’16

    So this definitely was a call to action for me, about to start visually arranging my room this week! Thanks for the inspiration. Also, I was attracted to the books on your bookshelf lol could you create a post sharing those titles and or a list of your favorites?! PLEASE

  • 2 Aug ’16

    Love it. I’m in this same space. I desperately need to redecorate my room!

  • Kym
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    4 Aug ’16

    OMG where did you get your bed from? Your room is gorgeous.

  • 30 Aug ’16

    Its always people and lights that sets your mood..!!

  • 17 Sep ’16

    To make my room feel cohesive and put together, I came up with a theme. I moved into a new place last year and when I finally came up with a theme, it really started to bring my room together (it’s glamorous jungle if you were wondering! LOL) I bought a huge mirror from Ikea and it makes my room feel more open, and I’ve started adding houseplants. I’m into palm trees so I have a few palm plants in my bedroom, including a big one, and it really ties the theme together but makes it feel airy. Plants are the truth lol Pinterest and pinning over the years definitely helped me out in getting my room together!

  • 25 Jul ’17

    Wonderful info in this blog post. Yes interior work explained nicely
    Got some new info

  • 25 Jul ’17

    I will come back again and again in different post thanks

  • 30 Jul ’17

    Thanks for posting such wonderful info and. And also special thanks for promoting such grear info about Himalayan rock salt products.
    We are export of Himalayan Rock salt products

    http://www.himalayan.online

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