What are the benefits of having plants at home, you ask?
You hustle every single day at work. You take on deadline after deadline. You deal with pressure and stress constantly, which, unfortunately, can take a toll on your health and well-being if left unaddressed. At the end of the day, you just want to slow things down, breathe, and let it all go.
You must consider your home a haven free from stress and negativity. It should be a place you can’t wait to come to after a hard day’s work. In this article, we’ll share simple strategies that you can do and how indoor plants, say, a Phalaenopsis orchid plant, can make a difference in turning your home into a calming, relaxing, inspiring, and no-stress environment.
1. Clean and Declutter
Clutter is a notorious trigger of stress. It gives us that anxious feeling as if we have a zillion things to do but don’t even know where to begin.
“The inside of a house or apartment after decluttering has much in common with a Shinto shrine ... a place where there are no unnecessary things, and our thoughts become clear,” says Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing expert and the author of the international bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising.
Here are a few tips that we are loving from the phenomenal KonMari Method.
- Tidy all at once NOW. Who doesn’t love binge-cleaning now and then?
- Get rid of everything, EVERYTHING, except for items that spark joy in you. Oh, this is an absolute clutter-buster.
- FOLD your clothes, not hang. Check out this video for reference.
2. Spruce Up Your Home with Plants
We can’t stress enough about how indoor plants affect us positively emotionally, physically, and mentally. Study after study continues to prove that we do not just imagine it when we feel lovely whenever we’re around houseplants and fresh flowers. Surrounding yourself with houseplants and flowering plants provide astounding benefits such as:
- Improving systolic blood pressure
- Reducing levels of anxiety
- Encouraging optimism, productivity, and creativity
The Best Indoor Plants for Your Home
If you have no experience and feel clueless about which indoor plants or flowering will thrive at home, here are some excellent suggestions to begin with.
Put beautiful indoor plants in decorative pots and scatter them all over. Strategically put large houseplants in corners of the house. Create a vignette featuring a curated collection of your tinier plant babies. Spruce up spaces you spend the most time in, which could be your living room or home office. These greens not only freshen up the aesthetic of your home but might work as natural bug repellents too.
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Snake Plant ( Sansevieria)
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
- Vinca Vines
Whether in cute little planters or artfully ornamented in terrariums, succulent arrangements can make charming centerpieces and certified conversation starters. Get to know which succulents are proven to grow in shade first.
Some popular indoor succulents include:
- Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
- Zebra Cactus (Haworthia fasciata)
- Jade Plant (Crassula ovate)
- String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
- Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
You’ll never go wrong bringing home exquisite orchid plants. Contrary to popular belief, orchids are low-maintenance and long-lasting, too. Orchid blooms can last for weeks or even months, with the unfurling of the buds occurring in the later stages. We highly recommend Phalaenopsis orchids and Dendrobium orchids for growing at home.
At Orchid Republic, we have an extensive collection of elegant orchid arrangements. We offer same-day flower delivery in Los Angeles and Orange County.
How about a little herb garden right on your kitchen window? According to sources, herbs have unique properties and distinct aroma that can purify the air and get rid of unpleasant moods and conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, anger, and fear. All that on top of the bragging rights you’ll have because you can now have better-seasoned meals, thanks to your very own garden. Check out this list of herbs to start growing in your garden.
- Holy Basil
These are suggestions that have worked for us. Generally, what we’re saying is get rid of all things that stress you out and replace it with beautiful things that inspire you and make you smile. That’s the plan!