Yesterday I talked about self-care and how adding pretty items such as flowers to your home can help create tranquility and positive energy. Today I thought I would share with you some simple ways to create beauty that can help achieve the same thing.
For a very long time, money was extremely tight in my single mama household. The idea of spending even the $5.99 that a bouquet of 5 tulips cost, I could not spare. So I would have to think of other ways to bring beauty into my home. Mind you back then, this was much harder due to my mindset. I was not inclined to focus or really understand the need for self-care. I could understand enjoying pretty things, but for the purpose to fill me up with beauty? No. To create a more positive space for myself and my kiddos. Nope. My home was much more about function than sanctuary.
But this long journey of self-discovery and learning has made me understand I am a better Mom, Friend, Daughter, Sister, Auntie, etc when I am taking care of myself. When I bring beauty into my life and my home.
Here are a few things you can do to create beauty in your home and life, on less or for even no money at all.
- Find a single flower that you like. If you can, buy just one. Place the single flower in a small vase, set it by your bedside so you see it when you go to bed and when you wake up.
- Plant your favorite flower in a pot or in your yard if you can. When this blooms, pick a flower each week and do the same as before, either place near the bed or in the bathroom, where you get to see as you start and end each day.
- Look through old cards and if they have a photograph or picture that you like, frame them. Often times we keep cards from birthdays or anniversaries, but we put them in a box and do not really think about them again. Bring them out. See if any have sentiments that would bring you joy to read on a regular basis. Or perhaps the card itself was beautiful, frame it. Set it on your desk or counter where you can look at every day. Let it fill you up.
- Go for a walk in a park that you love, take your cell phone and take pictures of the scenery. Take a few of them and have them printed out. You can now print from your cell at numerous places. Put these on the fridge. Frame them. Stick them on the bathroom mirror. Seeing your own photography of items you love, adds to the joy.
- If you can draw or paint, go onto Pinterest or online and find a picture or image and recreate it. You can find paints, small canvases or a drawing pad for under $5 at many different craft places. Being creative is a great way to bring your own brand of beauty into your home.
- When looking online, if you can not draw or paint (as I can not) print out the images you like. There are lots of options to finding free pictures, as long as you are not looking to sell other peoples art, you should be able to print these out. If you can not afford to frame them, make a wall collage of 6 or 9 small pictures. Make them bright and colorful or black and white. Just something cohesive that pleases your eye. I have an old collection of postcards that are all in pink, framing 3 of them creates a nice wall hanging for one of my bathrooms. Simple and easy.
- Ask a friend that is creative to re-make the item you find pretty. If you can not re-create it and you have friends that can ask them. To keep it less expensive or free, offer an exchange for what you are good at. I can not draw to save my life, but I can sew. If I wanted a beautiful picture recreated, I could ask my sis-in-law who paints beautifully and in exchange, I could make her a quilt. Utilize your friend’s strengths, offer your own as well. Folks like to be helpful and useful; this could be a great opportunity for someone to showcase their own talents. Which creates a whole other level of care.
Creating beauty in our homes does not have to be hard, expensive or take a lot of time. We are often short on time or energy, so thinking about making our spaces more beautiful instead of just functional can be something we rarely get around to. But when you put just a tiny bit of time into creating spaces that you truly love, you are able to relax more. Able to rest more and recharge. Looking at things you enjoy can’t help but bring positive thoughts more to the forefront of your mind. This is just one way you can take care of yourself. Create spaces you love. Bring beauty in however you can.
Let me know if you have any ideas to add to the list. Tell me how you create beauty on a budget in your own home. I love hearing new ideas.