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Mindful Living at Home: 13 Little Ways to Stay Intentional

Apr 26, 2024

This article was written by Julia Weaver of Redfin for Apartment Living.  I thought it would be a great article to share because mindful living at home is a beautiful concept and one I promote. Check out #4 as yours truly contributed to this article!


In today's fast-paced world, the importance of mindful living at home cannot be overstated. Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, finding moments of intentional presence becomes increasingly valuable, especially within the sanctuary of our own homes – whether it’s an apartment in Minneapolis, MN, or a rental home in Wichita, KS, or anywhere else in the world. 

In this article, we explore 13 little ways to cultivate mindfulness and stay intentional in our everyday routines, transforming our living spaces into havens of peace, clarity, and purpose. From simple practices to mindful rituals, discover how to infuse every corner of your home with mindfulness, fostering a deeper connection to the present moment and enhancing overall well-being.

  1. Invite bits of nature in

Bringing natural elements into your home guarantees a serene and rejuvenating atmosphere. Plants, in particular, offer more than just decoration; they enhance air quality and infuse any space with vitality and calmness.

“Intentional placement of flowers and greenery within your home can evoke a sense of peacefulness and calmness throughout,” explains Toyin Oyemaja, owner and floral designer at Toyouinspire Flowers in Portland, OR. “For example, eucalyptus can be utilized as an aromatherapy accent in your bathroom when placed under a shower head for additional aroma through the steaming process. Additionally, utilizing various types of flowers such as lavender, can produce differing emotional states and assist in stress and anxiety reduction.” 

“To cultivate a thriving indoor plant collection and create green, vibrant spaces within your home, first of all, ensure you understand each plant's specific care needs in terms of lighting, watering, and humidity,” says online plant shop, FlorEspaña.

“Select a variety of houseplants that thrive in your home's environment and start with low-maintenance options if you're new to plant care. Regularly rotate them for even growth, and repot them when needed every two or three years to encourage healthy growth. Finally, don't forget to give your plants some love and attention by talking to them, playing your favorite music, or misting their leaves occasionally.”

Nastya Vasylchyshyna, resident botany expert at Plantum, an app that helps identify plants and improve plant care, recommends introducing air plants into your home. “Also known as Tillandsias, offer a unique way to decorate your walls or ceilings since they don't require soil. These plants thrive without pots, drawing moisture from the air. You can hang them using wires or attach them to various supports like wood panels or decorative netting. Alternatively, you can display them in frames filled with moss. To care for tillandsias, mist them regularly and soak them in water once a week, ensuring the water is warm and contains minerals. Using pond or aquarium water can provide necessary nutrients, eliminating the need for additional fertilization.”

  1. Minimize your possessions

Decluttering is essential for mindful living at home — it's more than just tidying up; it's about releasing the unnecessary to invite clarity and peace. A cluttered space can clutter the mind, hindering relaxation and focus, so decluttering is a deliberate journey toward a space that aligns with your needs and values.

Spiritual life coach Bridget Ginty discusses how clutter impacts everyone to varying degrees. “Whether it's just a minor inconvenience or a major disruption, most people find themselves somewhere in the middle. Even if you currently have only a small amount of clutter, it tends to grow rapidly. Clutter comes in four forms: physical, paper, digital, and emotional. Left unaddressed, it can quickly spiral out of control, causing chaos in your life. Remember, clutter doesn't simply vanish on its own. Consider working with a coach to effectively tackle and manage it.”

“All of your furniture and decor actually have an energy to them,” says intuitive life coach Kathy Truman. “When you fill your space with lots of clutter it actually draws on your energy stores and can leave you feeling drained. This is especially true for those with empathic personality traits. Be very conscious of the items you choose to surround yourself with and your room can uplift and elevate rather than dragging you down.”

  1. Create a book nook to practice being present

Erica Robyn, book blogger at Erica Robyn Reads, suggests creating a cozy reading nook in your very own home. “Whether you're claiming a snug corner or turning your living room into a literary haven, it's all about finding your perfect reading retreat. Snuggle up with a soft blanket and pillows for maximum comfort, then, create an ambiance with light. Whether it's a floor lamp or twinkling fairy lights, choose something that allows you to set the mood just right. Sprinkle in some personal touches with greenery (real or faux), quirky bookish trinkets (think bookmark jars and literary art), and don't forget to display your favorite reads on a shelf or bookcase.”


  1. Create a dedicated space for mindful practices

In a mindfully decorated home, it's essential to carve out your own private sanctuary for moments of self-reflection and relaxation. In today's increasingly versatile and bustling living spaces, having a designated area to decompress and restore balance is paramount for well-being.

“Refresh your living space with an essential oil diffuser with lemon, peppermint, lavender, or a little of all three to bring the spa to you,” suggests Peter Craig, a licensed counselor specializing in mindfulness for individuals and couples in Austin, TX, at Presence Wellness. “Create a mindful corner by laying down a yoga mat or meditation pillow and with items that hold personal significance and bring joy – a plant, spiritual item, family photos, or anything that makes you feel zen. Dedicate a few moments each day to visit this space, especially during times of stress or when seeking to embrace mindfulness and slow down.”

"For mindful living inside and outside of your home, I recommend having a ‘spiritual couch,’ echoes Lisa Kneller of Lisa Kneller Coaching. “This is a place of refuge in your home that holds 4-10 books that you can rotate, a journal and pen, a blanket, an eye pillow, tissues, and any sort of beautiful decor that will add to your peace. Here you can read, meditate, pray, write, and reflect on any part of your life. Starting your day in this stress-free and sacred space will be food for your soul and a sanctuary for your mind and body."

Dr. Paige Gutheil, D.O., an osteopathic family medicine physician in Hilliard, OH, also touches upon creating a safe haven at home. “I am a huge fan of starting small and building from there when it comes to your overall health and definitely when it comes to caring for our home environment. A  haven is a place that you can turn to for relaxation and calm. It can be a small corner of a room with a chair or even just a comfy sitting pillow. Keep that area of your home uncluttered, put your favorite color, a candle, a journal or anything that brings you calm and joy.”

  1. Embrace color transitions

The colors within our home go beyond mere decoration; they can elicit emotions and impact our mental state.

“Gradients in color schemes can help create seamless transitions from highly energetic to calm spaces within the same building,” shares Anna Sandler, manager at YouSee Studio, a 3D visualization studio. “For example, a color gradient ranging from vibrant oranges in one room to soft blues in another can help guide psychological emotions from high-activity to relaxation areas, promoting mood flow throughout by maintaining a homely feel.”

  1. Utilize the power of crystals

Crystals can enhance mindful living at home by fostering a deeper connection to the present moment and promoting emotional balance and spiritual well-being. They serve as tangible reminders to stay grounded and focused during mindfulness practices.

“Crystals are natural energy sources that can enhance the desired ambiance of your sacred living space, a trending topic in our community,” explains Krista Sevajian, owner of Live True, offering crystal healing, classes and more. “Healing amethyst in bedrooms promotes rest and rejuvenation, reducing nightmares and calming an overactive mind. Celestite raises vibrations, bringing a light and airy feel when placed in the foyer or center of the living space, reducing chaos and increasing tranquility. Rose quartz fosters unconditional love and support, making it a symbol of love wherever it's placed in the home.”

“Everything has energy, from the device you are reading this on to the tree outside your window,” shares spiritual teacher, shadow worker, and healer, Lauren Dragon. “Crystals, imbued with earth energy and formed with their own vibration, absorb our intentions and emit them as frequencies.

So, what can we do with crystals? Meditate with them, but be cautious with certain types in water (avoid selenite and calcite). Use intuition to place them on your body, incorporate them into crystal grids for amplifying intentions, or adorn your spaces for various purposes, like Selenite for protection above doorways, smokey quartz by the front door to absorb negativity, or rose quartz in the living room for a loving atmosphere.”

Yoga instructor and self-spiritualism coach Heather Rae recommends adding citrine to your workspace at home. "This crystal is said to hold the power of the sun and connect to your solar plexus chakra, your energy center for personal power, will and drive. Citrine is great for imagination, manifestation, and creativity. Bring it into your workspace and a sense of joy, warmth, and inspiration."

“When it comes to selecting crystals I always say to go with your gut,” says Brandy Rachelle, a tarot reader, forensic psychic, spiritual guide, scholar and teacher. “If a certain crystal or stone catches your eye, there's likely a reason, similar to your body craving specific foods when lacking certain nutrients. Visit a local shop to explore what draws you in, or if shopping online, focus on what appeals to you visually rather than the meaning. While crystals may have various qualities, your experience might differ, so spend time with the crystal through meditation, carrying it, or keeping it near you. Stick to natural, unaltered crystals from the earth and trust your intuition to guide you.”

  1. Keep good books around

Instead of always reaching for your phone, get in the habit of picking up a good book. Whether it’s a coffee table showpiece, a collection of short stories, or a book of quotes, choose whatever inspires you. 

“Don't let your growing list of unread books overwhelm you,” shares Kate Layte, founder and owner of woman-owned independent bookshop in Boston, MA, Papercuts Bookshop. “Instead, refresh your home shelves with recent favorites or beloved classics. Visit your local independent bookstore, explore their selection, and seek recommendations from the staff. Consider adding new editions of old favorites to rediscover the magic of reading. If unsure where to start, explore picture books for stunning artwork at affordable prices. Branch out into poetry, essays, and various genres to have diverse options for any reading mood. Embrace your unique reading tastes and remember, it's okay to collect more books than you'll ever read. Your book collection is a dynamic space where dreams reside, so consider adding a journal to tell your  story.”

“Consider crafting your book nook with intentionality—displaying a few books each month,” suggests Jeannine A. Cook, the creative behind Harriett’s Bookshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Josephine’s Bookshops in Paris, France. “For example, you can display books according to a theme like National Poetry Month or Juneteenth or a genre like historical fiction or fantasy and not feeling the need to show everything you have all at once, but instead getting really specific — and then having fun designing a fresh new nook for yourself, your family and your guests every few months.”  

  1. Instill purpose in every space

“Assess each space to identify its unique requirements, then plan storage accordingly,” shares healing specialist Anne Storino. “Utilize bins, baskets, and shelves to organize similar items, optimizing vertical space while ensuring easy access. Establish a daily organizing routine to maintain order and assign specific areas for different activities, instilling purpose in each space.

Limit decorative items to those that serve a practical function or spark joy, fostering a tranquil and productive atmosphere. Too much clutter can negatively impact physical health, mental well-being, and relationships. Streamlining possessions and enhancing organization promotes better focus, clarity, and emotional balance. Embrace a simpler lifestyle for smoother daily functioning and a heightened sense of calm and peace.”

  1. Maintain work-life balance

Maintaining work-life balance is crucial for mindful living at home as it allows for adequate rest, relaxation, and time for self-care.

“To maintain a healthy work-life balance, organization is key,” states lifestyle blogger at Hope Loves Sunshine, Shelly Osborne. “I use Google Calendar, separating work and personal tasks. Blocking time helps me stay focused, whether planned nightly or in advance for recurring tasks. Regardless of your profession, creating a management system with organization, block scheduling, and professional support is vital for balance.” 

  1. Take your time

Rushing through tasks or experiences can lead to stress and distraction, hindering our ability to fully engage with the present moment and cultivate mindfulness.

“Take a cue from Europeans, who have mastered the art of slow living, and find comfort in the simple pleasures of home,” says travel and lifestyle blogger Lori Cronwell of Bringing Europe Home. “Feel the warmth of your morning cup of coffee in your hands as you breathe in the aroma. Instead of eating on the go or in front of the TV, arrange at least one night a week to enjoy a leisurely meal at the dining table fully present with friends and family. Practice rituals like afternoon tea where you pause to appreciate your life and the nurturing home environment you’ve created.”

  1. Eat nutritiously

Eating wholesome foods is important for mindful living at home as it supports health, providing the energy and nourishment needed for optimal well-being. Additionally, mindful eating practices encourage awareness of food choices, fostering a deeper connection to the body and promoting overall mindfulness in daily life.

Laurin Mills Founder and CEO of The Dinner Daily, an award-winning online meal planning service that provides weekly personalized menus acknowledges that while cooking at home is the best way to promote health and save money, it can be challenging when you are busy. 

“To set yourself up for success and minimize the temptation of eating out, start your week by creating a meal plan for all your meals,” says Mills. “Include convenient one-pot or sheet-pan recipes to save time and make cleanup easier. Avoid hitting the grocery store multiple times during the week to save time, minimize overspending on food, and have more time at home to relax. Set the mood for a relaxing dinner hour by creating a 'cooking dinner' playlist or lighting a few candles to create a relaxing ambiance. Lastly, encourage unplugging during mealtime by keeping your phone away from the table (with the sound off), fostering meaningful connections and relaxation at the table — which is what home-cooked dinners are all about.”

  1. Engage the sense of smell

For spaces and homes that encourage healthier wellbeing, it goes beyond the visual to creating a multi-sensory environment. Usually, when you exercise mindfulness, you see with your mind’s eye and feel with your heart. For mindful living at home, take note of how things look, yes; but don’t overlook the scent too.

“When thinking about home, it should feel like a sanctuary away from the chaos of the outside world,” says Black Luxe Candles, a candle store in Boston, MA, also offering candle-making classes. “One of the best ways to do this is through  candles. Burning a candle will not only put you at ease, but help melt all of the troubles of the day away. In fact, different candle scents evoke different moods based on a person's particular palate. Whether you're looking for a pick-me-up, something cool and calming, something soft and sweet, or even a sultry scent-sation, there are endless options to suit your mood and elevate your home sanctuary.”

“Candles are a simple and effective way to create tranquil and inviting spaces for you and your guests,” explains Steve Inacker, co-owner of  Vicinity Candles in Chicago. “Be intentional with your scent and location choices. Match the frame of mind you would like to evoke with your scent choice. Elevate the usage of the space with your location choice. For example, a candle with chocolate, vanilla, and walnut notes makes it a wonderful choice for your kitchen, particularly after dinner.”

  1. Find balance

Finding balance is crucial for mindful living at home as it allows us to navigate life's challenges with greater ease and resilience, fostering a sense of harmony and well-being. By maintaining equilibrium in various aspects of our lives, we cultivate a deeper sense of presence and mindfulness, enabling us to fully engage with each moment with clarity and intention.

Motherhood and lifestyle blogger Nidia Aguilera of This Lucky Mama discusses how finding balance as a work-from-home mom is not easy. “Sometimes I feel like I'm being pulled in a million directions and finding time for myself seems impossible. But, I found that doing routine chores like cleaning the kitchen and tidying up main living areas was the key to achieving that work-life balance. It doesn't have to be a solo activity either. In my home, our nightly routine includes 30 minutes of clean-up before we go to bed. And thanks to this routine, we get our weekends back to do the things we enjoy like hikes or spontaneous road trips. Plus I get plenty of ‘me time’ to read or go to brunch with friends.”

Mindful living at home: Final thoughts

Incorporating these little practices into your daily routine can profoundly impact the atmosphere of your home, transforming it into a sanctuary of mindfulness and intentionality. Whether it's creating a dedicated space for mindful practices, utilizing calming colors, or bringing nature indoors, each small effort contributes to a greater sense of well-being and connection to the present moment. By prioritizing mindfulness in the comfort of your own home, you cultivate a space where peace, clarity, and purpose thrive, nurturing your mind, body, and soul in the process.

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