I never really understood the power our surroundings have over our emotions. Cleaning and tidying my place used to seem like things that just got in the way of my pursuits. I sort of lived like a slob. I always worked in a robe, in bed (which are terrible work-from-home habits) and I left my place in disarray. My roommate would actually ask me to keep my bedroom door closed because the appearance of the room disturbed her so much. I thought she was being crazy, but now I totally get it. In fact, I even told a friend who may move in with me that she’ll need to literally clean up her act if we’re going to live together—I’ve seen the state of her current home and it would really upset me to exist like that.
I’ve completely changed my perspective now. Instead of looking for the cheapest version of whatever I need for my home, I consider it a true investment to buy something that—not to get all Marie Kondo on you—sparks joy when I look at it. While the old me would have purchased a plastic chair from a yard sale for a reading corner, the new me just bought a gorgeous, faux-fur-covered seat with hardwood legs and a wide seat and back. I just look at it and feel happy, safe, and creative. I think that everything in your home should make you feel that way, especially if you work in a creative field, and do a lot of work from your house.
There are a lot of simple touches that can make a space go from dull and uninspiring to welcoming and motivating. They don’t need to cost much, either, but you are welcome to throw cash at them if you have it. Here are décor upgrades that can boost creativity.
Plants do several great things for creativity. First off, they help send more oxygen to your brain, which is essential to getting those ideas flowing. Second off, they remind you of how much something can grow with just a little love and care—just the way your projects can. And third, they help you feel connected to mother nature, who is such a great source of energy.