If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I recently moved house. I am obsessed with Mother Nature, and my husband and I have wanted to live closer to the beach for a while now but we knew the Universe would take care of it in perfect time.
So I signed up to get the alerts on properties in our favourite areas. Every week they came in, and when the occasional home looked good I would forward it to Nick, to which he would usually respond, ‘Nope’. Then, on one chilly Autumn morning, a property landed in my inbox. Interesting, I thought and forwarded it to Nick. To which he responded, ‘Looks good babe, let’s go check it out.’ So we booked a time and off we went, with no expectations or attachments. Once we arrived we were in love and decided to go for it. Now, moving house can be very full on — it can be stressful, overwhelming, and a bit of a shit sandwich. But I decided to not subscribe to that paradigm. So I said to Nick, ‘I will only move house if we (meaning I) can do it with ease and grace.’ He agreed! Smart cookie.
That’s when we discovered Smooth Moves, the most amazing moving company who literally do everything for you and make the whole process a piece of (raw, organic) cake. Not only that, they were also beautiful people, with great energy and a love and passion for helping people transition with ease. They came in, packed everything, moved everything, then brought all the boxes into our new home and even helped style our new digs. There was so much genuine love and care which made the whole process so much more enjoyable. You can also get Smooth Moves to unpack your boxes, but Nick and I decided we wanted to do that part ourselves as we wanted to put things in our desired spots. But overall, the move was quite effortless and I will never move again without them. I am very sensitive to energy and I believe energy is very important, so having Smooth Moves support us was imperative to start our journey in this new home with ease and grace.
Your mood and overall wellbeing will be influenced by the spaces you spend the most time in.
After all, it’s hardly inspiring sitting in a grey cubicle, on a near windowless floor, day in and day out. Equally, finding yourself in a messy, cramped bedroom is hardly conducive to relaxation. When you imagine the spaces you felt the most inspired, rejuvenated and energised you probably picture a retreat or wellness sanctuary, but why not make your own home a wellness sanctuary?
Here’s How I Did…
Side note: I should mention that before we moved, we did a massive clean out of our entire home. We got rid of anything and everything that we didn’t need and did the biggest de-clutter of my life. This was because we didn’t want to bring anything unwanted into our new space, so before you move I highly recommend doing a massive clean out.
- The first thing we did was have the carpets in the bedrooms professionally cleaned by Organic Carpet Cleaning. This is imperative, as there are so many dust mites that live in carpets. So getting them professionally done can dramatically improve allergies and other illnesses. It’s also super important to use a non-toxic company. That is why we choose Organic Carpet Cleaning.
- We then had the whole house cleaned by Sydney Eco Cleaners. Again they used all non-toxic products, which is imperative. Always use natural plant and mineral based cleaners around your home, as well as when washing clothes, dishes or bedding. Everyday household cleaners from your local supermarket will typically contain a cocktail of highly toxic and harmful chemicals that you don’t want to be breathing in or getting on your skin. Take the time to read through the labels and make sure you understand what you’re bringing into your sacred space. Alternatively, it’s easy and much cheaper to create your own household cleaners using products you probably already have in the cupboards, such as vinegar, bi-carb soda, lemon juice and essential oils. Mix a little lavender with distilled water for a great kitchen and surface cleaner. Oil of clove makes a great bathroom cleaner. Not only are they non-toxic but they’re much cheaper than the ones in the supermarkets and will leave a beautiful scent lingering in the room.
- Get fresh air. Before we moved in and on moving day, we made sure all the windows and doors were open. This helps reduce the number of toxins floating around. It’s important to open your home each day, even in winter.
- Next up we had an energy clearer — Jenny from Healing Places — come in to evaluate the energy in the house and clear any bad, negative energy that was present from previous owners. She also did a clearing on myself and Nick. (She would have done Leo as well, but he was at school.) This allowed us to let go of any negative energy we may have been carrying and to move into this new space with clear, loving energy.
- Next up was Carolyn from Feng Shui Harmony. She ran an assessment on our home based on the floor plan and our dates of births. She then came in, delivered the report and told us the best places to put our furniture and gave us a few tips to help the energy flow even better in our home. For all my outside Sydney peeps, Carolyn can also do remote Feng Shui reports for homes and businesses all around the world using Google Earth. Check her out!
- Once everything was in and set up, the three of us did a shamanic ritual called sage smudging to cleanse our space and aura. If you have come to The Goddess Group, you will know that everyone gets a sage bath before they enter the room. This is because smudging is like taking an energetic shower or doing a metaphysical cleaning. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air and can reduce our stress response. Click here to learn how to perform a smudging ritual.
- We then placed Himalayan salt lamps in every room. These beautiful lamps not only create a warm, soft and welcoming ambience in your home, but they improve your indoor air quality by creating healthy negative ions. It does this by drawing water molecules from the air to the surface of the salt lamp (a process known as hygroscopy) and as the lamp is warmed by the globe, a gentle chemical reaction takes place. Healthy negative ions are then released into the air, counteracting the positive ions from electrical equipment around the home and office. The air is purified, which means airborne bacteria, mould, viruses and allergens as well as respiratory irritants and asthma triggers cannot survive in the negatively charged environment.*
- We also put loads of plants in our kitchen, living area, and my husband’s music studio. A NASA study found that certain common, indoor plants will significantly reduce the amount of toxins in the air. The plants take in the toxic chemicals through their leaves, roots and even the soil they sit in, removing many of the toxic vapours that may be lurking about. The best plants for absorbing airborne toxins are: Peace Lily (siphoning off Volatile Organic Compounds, a.k.a. VOCs), Boston Fern (these absorb moisture), Chrysanthemum, Philodendron, Spider Plant, Gerbera Daisy (my favourite), Areca Palms, and Sansevieria (a.k.a. mother in law’s tongue) is a potent O2 producer at night.
- And finally, we have a no shoes rule in our home. The reason being is our shoes can bring pesticides, toxins, and other unwanted residues into our homes. These then cling to the carpet and can remain there for years, even with regular cleaning and vacuuming. Make a new habit: kick your shoes off at the front door and leave them there or carry them inside and store them away. Runners, thongs, and other similar shoes can be regularly cleaned with a natural sanitiser to remove any ‘nasties’ that may have accumulated on the sole or inside.
So there you have it. This is how I created a beautiful sacred space which you can do too.
Do you have any other tips to turn your home into a wellness sanctuary? Share them with us in the comment below. And remember, thousands of beautiful souls come here every day to soak up the inspiration, so share away.
As always, thank you so much for being here. I hope you have fun creating your own wellness sanctuary.