At the end of a chaotic day, coming home to a welcoming and organized space can be very relaxing. The process of organizing itself can be therapeutic as well. Psychologist Prathama Raghavan elaborates on the meaning of good space.
Beginning with the catharthic nature of cleaning, Raghavan explains, "How we can organize the external environment gives us a sense of control when we don't feel any internally." A sense of relief along with a sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing cleaning is important as they make you feel like you've achieved something. “Some people continue to thrive in a cluttered environment; one simply has to find out what works for them,” she adds.
To make a space more welcoming and comfortable, Raghavan recommends the following:
The capacity to provide light or daylight in a room and to also be able to make it dark, to me seems like it is important for one’s wellbeing in general. Sunlight is important, but then it can get too hot; so soft light is really helpful in such circumstances. While it is helpful to have white light when you are working, it's nice to have soft yellow lights for a relaxing time.
2. Indoor Plants
It is very important to have greenery around. Even just having one plant that you can look at is better than having none. And I think there is something about the lifecycle of plants that is very inspiring; there are so many metaphors for life, for our own internal processes, that there is something healing about it. The plant coming out of a seed, that whole process is something that has so much inner work that happens. A seed just sits for a long time and suddenly it sprouts. But we don't see everything that happens inside it till that leaf comes out.
There is something healing about aromas. You can use essential oils, diffusers and candles. A mild smell of whatever you like renews a room and that sense of renewal in your space makes you feel rejuvenated.