I recently moved cross country after manifesting my new home and this past week I sat up a new self-care/spiritual/meditation space–whatever you like to call it. I use it for self-care, connecting with my guides, for rituals and for morning reflection.
I was really stressed about leaving my previous self-care space. It was beautiful, magical and special to me. But it was also a little small, so this time when putting everything together I wanted to give myself more room. I was previously using my nightstand and I’m now using a desk which is giving me way more space.
I thought it would be helpful to show you the process of putting my space together from scratch!
My self-care space essentials
There are a few things that I consider essential for my self-care space: self-soothing tools, items that are sacred to me, soothing light, and a small space that holds all of these items.
My favorite kinds of self-soothing tools are things related to aromatherapy like essential oils, grounding and clearing sprays, incense and candles. I love these kinds of items because they can instantly trigger relaxation, feelings of being grounded or uplifted.
Examples of items that are sacred to me would be small things my children and other people have given me, feathers I’ve found, crystals, oracle cards, etc. These give a space a sacred feel and infuse it with your energy and love from others.
Lighting that soothes is also very important in my opinion. Most of us find free time at night or possibly early in the morning and low lighting not only gives a special, intimate feeling but it also helps your body to unwind, decompress and get into a state of relaxation.
Everything in my self-care space
Before I show you the onslaught of photos, I’ll list here where I got the majority of what you’ll see pictured below to reference back to if you see something you like.
- Lace curtains
- Rustic desk
- Light blue chair
- The majority of my crystals, sprays, incense and candles (I’m currently subscribed to Goddess Provisions, Anita Apothecary, and The Incense Box)
- Meditation sounds – I use the Echo Dot hidden behind my sprays and oils
- Lighting – string lights, salt lamp
- Moon binder
How I set up my self-care space
Here is my space from scratch. I knew I wanted my space to be near a window because usually I need the window open a little bit anytime I burn incense and I also just like the lighting it gives.
But seriously why does that dead tree limb have to be right there?
I chose this rustic looking desk because I love the earthy tones it has. I got both the desk and chair online at Walmart and shipped it to my house but while putting together this post I realized that both of them were on Amazon and a little bit cheaper!
I have to say I really like this desk. It’s surprisingly good quality and bigger than it looks in the photo. I feel like Will Ferrell in Step Brothers every time I sit down at the desk–”there’s so much room for activities!” But for real there’s so much room for all my self-care activities 😛
It’s got two nice sized drawers for storage and I like that I can put things on the top part of the bottom drawer. I also just really love the wood coloring–it’s really earthy and complements everything else in the space.
Next I hung up these lace curtains. Under $5 a panel and they’re soooo pretty!
My room is surrounded by trees which means the room is mostly shaded all day long (aka dark) so these lace curtains allow in light while also adding a touch of beauty to the space.
For me, these lights really turn on the magical feel of the space. Even when I’m not sitting at my desk, I will have these lights on while I’m in the bed reading. They make the whole room feel so relaxing. I also put them up in my bathroom and they make my nightly showers feel like a place where I can really just unwind.
They ALSO last a really long time. These in the window are actually ones that purchased over a year and a half ago.
After I hung the lights, I began unpacking everything from my previous self-care space. Basically that includes my crystals, salt lamp, sprays and oils, candles, oracle cards, incense, decorative box that holds special items and my Echo dot which I use for meditation sounds, music, etc.
I have most of these things linked here on my Amazon page.
Before I moved, my mom gave me all of this stuff out of her keepsake chest and in one of the bags were these gorgeous doilies. Some of them my granny made and some of them were ones she had bought from an estate sale when she was young.
I felt like they were perfect to put in this space! They add such a soft, feminine touch and are the perfect holders for my crystals and other items.
Photos, photos, photos
Here are some more photos of my space from different angles and views.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen my morning self-care routine on Insta stories. I get so many messages asking what “those bell sounds” are. I keep a little Echo dot on the back of my self-care space to play meditation sounds and playlists.
I think it’s perfect because it’s small which keeps it from being an eye sore. I use it every time I sit down for a morning reflection or moon ritual. And I also use it just to play music while I’m in my room.
Also, these are the bell sounds. If you have Amazon Prime they’re free.
Inside the top drawer I put all of my oracle decks, journal pens, sage and palo santo sticks, and incense.
I get my incense from The Incense Box (update: this box was canceled as of September 2018. Their supplier actually passed away and they were no longer able to continue since the new supplier charged so much more. I’m going to be trying this new incense box, Karma Scents, and will report back!).
Incense is one of those things, sort of like my Keurig coffee pods, that I run out of every month and then scramble to try and purchase more of before I suffer too long without them. So I like being able to be subscribed to a box that just sends them to me.
Down on this shelf I keep my moon binder and morning meditation books, as well as a few notebooks that I use for oracle readings. In the bottom draw I’m just keeping extra tools and supplies.
I hope you enjoyed this post and got some inspiration while browsing! I love seeing others spaces so I thought it’d be helpful to share how I set mine up. What do you keep in your self-care space and what makes it feel special for you? I’d love to know!
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Lots of love,
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