By Jasmine Kelly
If you are like the rest of the United States, you have come to grips with the fact that we are going to be in the house for a while. Sad but true. These are trying times for us all but if you have the privilege of being in a sheltered environment, you might as well make the most of your space. Being at home has helped me to truly appreciate my space. I have been busying myself with curating my space to reflect beauty, what I love and to enhance productivity. I am going to show you how to do the same.
- Clean– In order to truly appreciate your space, you have to know what is there! The first step towards a happy living space is a clean-living space. Clear out what you don’t want to make room for what you love. Even if what you desire is not yet tangible, make space for those things to manifest them. Out with the old and in with the new!
- Let there be Light- You would be surprised what a little lighting can do for your space; both natural and artificial. If you haven’t done so, experiment with different tones of light. Lighting has been known to change the mood of the room and even the size.
- Rearrange your Furniture– I am the queen of doing this. I got this from my mother because when I was a child, it was not uncommon to see her rearranging the house. If you are tired of looking at the same old things, in the same old places; change it! Maybe your couch or chair would look better cattycorner to the window. Or maybe your bookshelf is taking up too much space next to the door. See? I just helped you out, lol.
- As is above, so below- Let me tell you, ya girl (me, Im ya girl) simply loves a good rug. Quite often we are so caught up in what is eye-level that we forget about the love below. Show some love to your floor and invest in a good rug. I love rugs because they are subtle items of décor that are functional but also add great beauty to a room.
- Green Thumb- What I love most about this quarantine is that everyone seems to be indulging in their green thumbs. Nothing livens a space more than well, life. Get a plant sis! Lucky for you, plants come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Find one that is fitting for you and your space.
- Art- I absolutely love looking at beautiful things. I hope you do too. Liven up your space by adding pieces that speak to your mood and who you are. The common misconception is that art has to be expensive. It does not. You know that favorite selfie that you have in your phone? Print it out for under a dollar at Walgreen’s and buy a $4.99 picture frame and boom, you are now the hood’s very own Mona Lisa. Personally, I enjoy Kyzia Wint’s
*Note: I understand that everyone has various living situations. This article was written to be applied to both homes and small spaces. We are in this together!
Jasmine Kelly is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. Jasmine is a higher education professional who believes in the powers of Black Twitter. You can follow her on Instagram @chicomydusty.