Sometimes the news has me a bit depressed and I can’t think of anything else. These days we’re bombarded from all directions. And it’s beyond scary.
Though of course we are all worried half to death over what is going on and the people it’s affecting, it also means we might not be taking care of ourselves at a time when we most need to.
20 Minute Decorating Time Out:
I advocate a 20 minute decorating time out when I spiff up some small area in my apartment.
The other day I restyled the coffee table. My coffee table consists of a boho style base I bought at Home Goods some time ago.
I already had the piece of round glass. I’ve been moving it from place to place for at least 20 years now. I placed the heavy glass on top of the wooden boho base and I had myself a 32 inch round coffee table.
Natural Way To Clean Glass Surfaces:
Then I cleaned the glass.
Did you know you can mix half white vinegar and half water into a spray bottle for a cheap and natural way to clean glass surfaces?
Then I went digging in my closet to see what I could come up with.
First was this beautiful round basket, another find from Home Goods back when I was actually shopping in stores.
Use What You Have:
Then I gathered a myriad of items from the closet and played around with them. You want height, thus the vintage bottles I so love. I like that they’re discolored. Shows they’ve been who knows where!
Then I added candles and a terracotta style bowl for matches.
Use items of different height to move the eye, various textures and a bit of color.
I think using a variety of textures sometimes does more for a decorating project than color.
Simple, simple, simple, my friends!
And who doesn’t love simple in these trying times when our world has pretty much been turned upside down and inside out?
A Calming Distraction:
I feel calmer after I distract myself with some household task like this. I get to use my creative side and dig around in my closet.
Which makes me realize that I need to organize that walk-in closet again. And no telling what I might unearth when I do!
Why don’t you try it yourself? Just 20 minutes of distraction that might do a world of good for your mental health.