Every morning, the same routine – hand stretching out and fumbling through the darkness in the search for the tinny chiming of the alarm buzzing somewhere on my mobile phone. Fingers scrabbling on a bedside table graveyard of dried up contact lenses, crumpled receipts, loose change, gunked up half-used samples…
The small space situation had gotten pretty bad.
My desk at work is a reflection of my stress level. When I’m on top of things, I’d venture it’s on par with the minimalist zen rock gardens of Kyoto. When the deadlines and to-do lists have started spiralling, it’s scribbles and stacked notebooks everywhere, horizontal phone messages colliding with vertical invoice workings out.
I’m actually quite house proud. Generally our London apartment is comfortably shy of immaculate – too much squared off cleanliness makes you feel like lounging on the sofa is scruffiness after all. However, this small domain that was solely mine was overflowing chaos.
First I took everything off and sprayed it down, suppressing a retch at the accumulated hair and dust. From there it was easy, half of it was rubbish anyway. Another quarter didn’t belong there and was relocated to its rightful home (tablets in the medicine cabinet, spare wires in the electrical drawer, cutlery back in the kitchen…)
For the remnants, I’d treated myself to a cute box from IKEA – it’s name ‘Tenja’ reminded me of the Japanese woodland spirits called Tengu). Somehow my small space had gravitated towards pink with my Himalayan salt lamp and lacquered dragonfly jewellery box. Although I don’t follow it too closely, I’m quite interested in colour psychology – how different colours can impact our moods. According to Google (whose facts can never be doubted, bien sur) – whilst pink has a calming effect and denotes affection and nurturing, in excess it represents a lack of willpower, self-worth and an overly emotional nature (more information here).
Especially with our standard rented accommodation magnolia colour scheme, it was a bit saccharine sweet.
Fortunately, according to the same site, the negative attributes could be counter acted with blue, blacks or greens. My intuition on the Tenja box was obviously right on.
I decided to leave out my Neals Yard pillow spray, face mist and sleep roll scent to go for the whole aromatherapy pre-bed ritual. The ambient negative ion lighting mixed with the heady scent of lavender… a ten minute evening dedication to myself to enjoy my small space before drifting off (inspired and guided by another HolisticHabits video – however little I agree with sharing a bed with a dog. Parasites people, parasites).
I’m surprised at how relieved I was after taking the 20 minutes to take my small space back. It makes me wonder what other little small spaces exist in my life that I’ve let get out of control and quietly sit in the background, niggling at my edges. Good to know it’ll only take around half an hour to tackle them when I decide to take a stand.