We shape our environments.

They shape our behaviors, moods, and choices.

It’s a relationship. A dynamic.

Your mind is always registering the elements of the spaces in which you move.

Space, shapes, colors, light, smell, sound, imagery, symbolism, structure.

Whether you notice it consciously or not, your mind and body are being affected.

The hum of electronics quickly becomes part of the background. That doesn’t mean it isn’t taking it’s toll on your nervous system.

And it all adds up.

Perhaps one thing won’t make or break you. The crappy lighting in your living room?

It is probably having some effect, but might not be a big deal on its own.

Combined with dirty plates, empty beer cans, some clothes on the floor, those black and white photos of sad looking people, and the blinds drawn… Now you’re asking for trouble.

The problem is that we become used to our environment. Our nervous system quickly adjusts so as not to overwhelm our conscious mind with stimuli.

Try taking a fresh look at the spaces you spend time in. Try to experience them as someone else being there for the first time.

What would they notice first? Is it a pleasurable or positive association?

Fresh, uplifting smells. Bright, warm light. Spaces that are safe and easy to move through.

What message are the environments and their constituents sending? What story are they telling?

Three weeks of laundry piled in the corner. A dust covered weight set. Piles of bills. A filthy bathroom.

Clearing clutter goes a long way in improving any space.

Actually, cleaning takes it one further.

Playing around with the arrangement of furniture and objects can have surprising effects on how a space feels and functions.

Lighting is very powerful, if not a bit more advanced.

And finally, assessing photos, art, statues, plants, and other symbolic objects to make sure they still represent you and the life you’re trying to create.

Home, car, office, workshop…

It all adds up. Maybe multiplies?