Finding Focus: Choose Your Room and Do the 10 Minute Mindful Makeover

Finding Focus: Choose Your Room and Do the 10 Minute Mindful Makeover

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Janel Laban
Oct 27, 2014
(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

We've spend the first two assignments of the Style Cure thinking about, discovering and gathering images of things we like in general, but today, we're about to get much more specific. It's time to commit! Go for it and decide exactly which room you are going to "cure" this month and start the makeover...in your mind.

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Today's 3-Step Assignment

First, choose which room you will work on this month:

Some of us may have known from the beginning which room was going to get the treatment, but if you've been unsure, now is the time to firmly make the decision. Either way, you should read through the scope of what we'll be doing in the next paragraph and make sure that the room you choose fits well within the parameters of the Style Cure's projects.

This Cure is about decorating - not a big gut renovation - so it's important to ask yourself which room in your home will benefit the most from a quick style update accomplished through decor-based projects. The assignments are geared toward refreshing the look of a single room; making the most of a space that just needs some more personality, color and focus to truly represent you and become a space you are happy to spend time in and proud to share with your family and friends.

To help make that happen, we've set aside time to paint or otherwise decorate the walls (one wall or more, up to you), add (at least) one new decor item to go with the refreshed wall (this can be a diy project or a purchase, and can be anything from big to not-so-big, examples might be a new-to-you piece of furniture, or a set of curtains or recovering pillows or switching out a lampshade). We will also deep clean the room, organize it and evaluate the flow, lighting and accessories.

Choosing a room that will benefit from these decor-centered projects will be your best bet. As you decide, please tell everyone which room you'll be working on in the comments below.

Next, do the 10 Minute Mindful Makeover:

This might sound silly but it works. Trust me and try it. You are going to sit in your chosen room for 10 minutes and really see where it is at the moment, which is something you need to have an understanding of before you can start envisioning what it can be. This will reduce stress by helping you to focus on the specific things that really will make a difference, rather than looking at the room as a whole and feeling like it ALL needs to change for improvement to be possible.

  • Find a spot in the room that you rarely sit in that gives you a view on the space from a fresh angle. Take a seat on a chair (or the floor) and just observe for ten minutes. Turn off TV, radio, music - this is a quiet exercise and is most effective with focus and concentration. Have your camera or camera phone handy.
  • Take your time and simply look around the room and try to imagine what it would look like empty. Recall what it was like when you moved in. Focus on whichever parts of the room that you feel are most problematic and imagine removing the "stuff" from those areas - furniture, belongings, everything. Now, start rebuilding that area, adding back in only what feels right and looks good in your mind's eye.

    Note: If you are feeling stalled or blocked, take a few quick photos - it helps to see the space in a different way than you do normally and can sometimes highlight the good and the not-so-good elements of a room.
  • Ask yourself some questions during the exercise about what you are seeing now that you are truly focused on the elements currently in the space. Does it feel crowded? Do you need less stuff? Or is it too sparse? How about color - have you got a melody, a cacophony or is it one note? Is it dark? Are there things that need repair? And, finally, two big questions: what do you wish you could remove or change right now AND what's the biggest "keeper" - the thing or spot in the space that you love the most?
  • Make note of what changes you envision and move forward with some additional clarity about how you truly want your home to be; what you need and what you can move forward without.


Finally, take your set of "before" photos:

One of the most gratifying ways of wrapping up any project is the act of comparing the starting and ending points to recall the progress made. The task ahead of us is perfectly suited to having a visual record to look back on and compare with the finished product. Taking a series of "before" pictures, warts and all, right now will enable you to look back, three and half weeks or so from now to see just how far you've come...and to be able to share it will others (including, hopefully, Apartment Therapy and your fellow cure-ers).

Spend a few minutes on it today and take shots from several different spots and angles in the room - I guarantee you'll be happy you did!

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