Have you ever noticed that nearly every living room on television looks like a minimalist lives there?
Except for perhaps the households belonging to The Conners, 'Merica's most popular dysfunctional family, or apartments filled beyond capacity with millennial roommates like the world's favorite collection of nerds in The Big Bang Theory, most of the living spaces you see on television are minimal in their arrangement, nearly museum-like in their appearance.
There's open space on every counter, the table tops are clear of clutter, and bedrooms are like the sanctuaries we wish ours were. Kitchen countertops shine, hardwood floors gleam, and dirty dishes are a myth.
Is there something Hollywood knows that the rest of us don't?
Hollywood knows what we like
I'm not saying that we'd all like to be minimalists. That's an individual decision each of us makes on our own. However, what the master marketers in Hollywood know is that we all share an appreciation for the spaciousness of a clutter-free environment.
Whether we live like The Minimalists or like The Conners, we all feel more peaceful when we're in a pristine hotel room. As soon as walk in we feel more peaceful and serene. The bed is made, the surfaces are clear, and the floors are clean.
If only we could live like this. 8-)
The vibration of all things
Everything on earth vibrates with an inherent energy. Mountains vibrate, desert plants vibrate, even your books vibrate. We can't audibly hear the sound they make, but our bodies perceive their energy and translate it physiologically and psychologically as stress. Most people are immune to these energy fields, while others, HSPs like me, are attuned to and feel the energy more than most.
The more things you surround yourself with, the more likely you are to feel depressed, overly tired, and prone to illness. Conversely, the fewer things in your immediate surroundings, the lighter you feel, the happier you are, and the more healthy you're likely to become.
I've seen this play out in my own life. I'm probably the healthiest I’ve been in decades. I don't think it's any coincidence that I've simultaneously never lived with so few belongings. In contrast, I've seen members of my family struggle with both mental and physical illness, chronic fatigue, and mood swings and to a person, all were surrounded by decades worth of stuff.
Stuff isn't bad, but too much stuff is simply unhealthy for everyone.
Be the TV star of your own life
Your home or office can be just like your favorite home on HGTV if you really want it to be. You can make your bedroom into the calming place you've always wanted.
You can be the star of your own life and live in the luxury or a minimalist home.