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How To Turn Your Home Into A Wellness Sanctuary

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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.
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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.

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    • Sheridan
      June 9, 2016

      I love love love your posts. I never really comment on posts that I see on the Internet, but when I see something on clove oil I feel that I must say something. Be very careful when using clove oil when pregnant. It can cause the uterus to contract. It happened to me at 19 weeks after cleaning all day with clove oil. Everything was fine and I had a perfect pregnancy afterwards. But I just wanted to warn other women.

    • Elise
      June 9, 2016

      Hi Melissa, Such an awesome post! Just wondering where you got the salt lamps from? Thanks :)

      • Melissa
        June 10, 2016

        I have about 6 and they are from all different places and most of them were gifts from others. But you can get them from most health food stores or online honey.

        xx

    • Aimee
      June 9, 2016

      Ahhh perfect timing :) I'm about to move in a new place next weekend. My new house is a beautiful modern brand new unit that no one has ever lived in before. It's located on a property about 5km out of town with beautiful rural views. I love living on my own and having my own space but for the past year I have been sharing with other people and it has really drained me. I am so excited to create a beautiful new sanctuary for myself. I have been loving shopping for beautiful new furniture that is a direct reflection of me and I will also definitely be using some of these tips. My tip is that I LOVE Himalayan salt candle holders. They are so beautiful and romantic and have the same effect as the electric lamps.

    • June 9, 2016

      I absolutely loved reading this article! I've been wanting to do all this for a while now in my home, however I do not currently have the funds to afford an eco cleaning or feng shui master to come and decide where everything should go. However I will keep this in mind for the future as I really want to start living a happier and healthier life. Thank you for being so inspirational, Melissa!

    • Hayley Carr
      June 9, 2016

      Loved this article beautiful girl - congratulations on your new move! How very exciting to have a fresh space - for so much newness to come.

      I loved the plant tips - was thinking about this only yesterday and you've saved me some research time!

      x x x

    • June 9, 2016

      Thanks for the tips, Melissa! I've recently been feeling the effects of decluttering and minimizing everything in my life and the biggest effect its had is on my personal and living space. I just feel clearer and brighter and like I can think better, it's incredible what it does for inspiration and creativity! One tip I'd like to share is an essential oil diffuser. This has made my personal space feel like a yoga studio every time I enter a room where I've had lavender oil or eucalyptus oil running through the diffuser. I've also heard a lot about air purifiers but I guess that's what the Himalayan salt lamps are for, but much more natural!

      • Melissa
        June 10, 2016

        Oh yes of course, I have and use both of those in my home but forget to add them here. Thanks for mentioning it honey ;)

    • June 9, 2016

      Oh I love this article. Decluttering is top of mind for me lately and I hadn't thought much about shoes. We usually remove our shoes in the house, but when people don't ask I don't press them. perhaps we will be changing that policy. I'm off to go sanitize my shoes now :). So exciting for you about the new house, enjoy!!

    • June 10, 2016

      This post is loaded with so much valuable information. I sometimes wish I lived in Australia to take advantage of all the incredible companies you love. Thank you for sharing all of the practices and tips. I love moving but haven't ever done it with this much conscious, holistic intention. :) Enjoy your new home!

    • Kirsty
      June 10, 2016

      Hello Melissa,

      I am really interested to start the 10 week mastering your mean girl activation program after reading you amazing book but I need to know if I can fully access the content on my iPhone as I do not have a working laptop at the moment?

      Thank you,

      Kirsty

      • Melissa
        June 13, 2016

        Hi honey,
        The program is closed but I am going to send you an email today ;)

    • June 17, 2016

      Love love this post!! I have been intrigued by feung shui but never thought about getting a consultation done - I will definitely look into this. Plus the chemical free carpet cleaning is genius!! Thanks for all these nuggets of information Melissa xxx

    • Farah
      July 3, 2016

      We've just moved house too, sadly I saved the de-cluttering for AFTER the movie - sigh - but our new lease stipulates that we must NOT have salt lamps in the house at all! Obviously the owner had a bad experience with previous tenants, plus they've just put new carpet in so.....

      • Melissa
        July 4, 2016

        Oh bumma. I love salt lamps.

    • February 13, 2017

      Hi Mel

      Such a great post - pretty much sums up my whole practice in a succinct blog post! Being a wellness architect I spend a lot of time with clients helping them design spaces that are non-toxic, pollutant free and encourage happiness!

      So good to see more and more people talking and sharing this information with the world.
      Love your work babe!

      xx

      • February 13, 2017

        Hey Pippa,

        WOW! That's awesome. Your work is SO important. Where are you based?

    • Jamie
      March 16, 2017

      I love you Melissa but I kind of disagree. I don't think our external environment determines how we feel - it is 100% internal. How we feel and our mood come completely from our thoughts. So maybe we only think we need clean uncluttered spaces to be happy. In reality, if we have the right mindset we can be happy anywhere.

      • March 19, 2017

        Hey Jamie,

        I agree our mindset is the most powerful resource and our thoughts create our reality. However, it's very hard to imagine you would feel totally inspired and excited to cook a delicious healthy meal in a kitchen that is filled with filth, dirty dishes and rubbish everyone. That's what I am talking about and for me creating an inspiring space reflects my internal state.

        I hope that makes sense.

        xx

    • Mel
      May 10, 2017

      Oh my gosh I love this Mel. Beautiful way to start living in a beautiful new fresh space!

    • Eleanor Hadley
      May 10, 2017

      Love this! I think moving is such a great chance to start fresh!
      I also have my own version of 'Self Care Sunday' that I call my 'Sunday Sage & Soul Sessions' hehe - I sage my entire hose while listening to some soulful tunes I love saging regularly and particularly each time after I have had guests in the house ❤️

    • June 1, 2017

      Melissa, I love the rituals you employed to create a sacred space for you and your family.

      My husband and I recently relocated to Oregon from California (US) into an older house. While our budget did not afford us to utilize some of the moving and cleaning services you speak of, we got on hand and knees, utilizing essential oils and other natural compounds, our Kirby vacuum, and lots of elbow grease to clean the house out (and we continue to do so because we've been renovating since the holidays.

      To help ease the stress levels, we keep the house well aired out (much easier now that the snow is gone), I smudge and perform Reiki on a monthly basis, and we've slowly incorporated some plants (I plan to look into the plants you mention to see if they are available in my area and if they are safe for cats and dogs). We have yet to organize the house in our ideal way, but we're making progress on the renovations and that feels good!

      All in all, I think even if a person doesn't have a big budget, incorporating even one or two of these savvy techniques you provided will help to create a sanctuary at home. Thank you for sharing!

      Oh, by the way, the link for the smudging ritual doesn't seem to be working. I'd love to know what your is. :-)

      Much Love!

    • Trish
      September 4, 2017

      So helpful, Melissa. Thank you. I am about to move into another apartment here in Boston. I will take your suggestions and implement them all. The "no shoe" policy is a must! I cringe just thinking of not. I have the Himalayan salt lamp and a collection of plants but I have to admit I still use the commercial store chemical cleaners. I want to make sure to kill those germs. I need to change my way of thinking that chemical cleaners work better than natural remedies. This is my biggest obstacle. Any suggestions to get over this mindset?

      • September 8, 2017

        Hey Trish, oh no I would stop using the toxic chemicals ASAP. It's a simple mindset shift and reprogramming of that belief. You can do it, sista! And once you start using natural products you will love it and never look back! xx

        • Hayley Lam
          June 8, 2018

          Hi Melissa,

          Hope this message finds you well. I had a quick question on this... i know you love your Doterra essential oils. What's your best mixture for cleaning (ie. kitchen bench tops and the bathroom). Or do you use other cleaners? Would love to know. I live in Brisbane, but do you have any online workshops for your essentials that I could listen or watch? I love learning about them and building my collection. :)

          Love your work btw. Your husband and your podcasts are at the top of my downloads. Thank you for spreading your messages of love and positivity in this world.

          Hayley xxx

        • June 15, 2018

          Thank you so much for your kind words honey. We are so grateful and glad it all deeply resonates. You can join our doTERRA Path To Freedom team which is where we share all our tips, tricks and recipes if you wish. If not, I use the On Guard cleaner for everything and love it. xx

    • Britt
      October 5, 2017

      Regarding the salt lamps, do you leave them on all day and night? Even when you aren't home during the day? Also, what do you do when you go away because I have read that if you unplug/turn off they may start to sweat/perspire.

      • October 5, 2017

        Hey honey, I turn them off when I am out and at night and I always turn them off when I am away. I hope that helps. xx

    • Mane
      November 1, 2017

      Hi Mel, this post is amazing! SO INSPIRING and well explained :) Thank you so much for sharing these tips. I am trying to buy salt lamps, I just find it quite tricky when it comes to finding an honest company with genuine Himalayan salt lamps. Can you recommend the place where you got yours from? I would love to buy them. Thank you very much again xx

      • November 2, 2017

        Hi honey, I have about 4 and they were all gifts so I don't know where to get them. Just call up the shop and ask them if they are genuine. xx

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