Creating a self-care basket is one of the best ways I've found in making self-care consistent.
In today's post, I'm sharing how I make self-care easy by creating a self-care basket that I keep in the main part of my house.
Creating a self-care basket
I have a gorgeous self-care space that I love. But...it's winter and I'm cold.
I found myself not wanting to sit there, especially in the mornings when I usually love to do my self-care worksheets. I was coming downstairs, getting coffee and just generally waking up while sitting in the living room.
When I go without self-care, it's not too pretty. I wrote about that in this post.
So I didn't want to get in a bad rut where I wasn't practicing any self-care, but I also didn't want to create another full blown meditation space elsewhere in my house.
Enter my idea for a self-care basket. I decided it would hold all of my most necessary self-care items in it so that when I'm in my living room, which is where I sit the most, I would have self-care tools right next to me.
This has worked out so well! Even though the mornings and evenings are cold and dark, and I just want to sit under a blanket whenever I have a free moment, I am not forfeiting self-care.
Benefits of a self-care basket
- It makes creating a consistent self-care routine EASY
- I'm more mentally and emotionally organized
- I stay feeling connected even when I'm busy
- You instantly create sacred space anywhere in your house that you place the basket
- It keeps your area tidy without creating a pile of things on a side table
Even when it's not winter, there are lots of times when I don't feel in the mood to sit at my meditation space. I just want to zone out in the living room in the mornings or at night.
Keeping a self-care basket next to my chair has all around made self-care very accessible.
I picked this white basket up at Target for around $16 because I wanted it to match the white side table that it sits behind. Here's everything I keep currently in my self-care basket.
1. Mindset binder
My mindset binder the big kahuna. It holds my mindset and self-care worksheets as well as other business related things that I keep for Dwell in Magic.
Most importantly, it holds my morning self-care sheets. I have a lot of morning sheets that I love, but the ones I'm using currently are the moon worksheets.
These are tailored to the different energy that we need to embody every month, giving focus to not only action but to reflection and rest as well.
The other reason I'm using these sheets is because there's a section to record a daily card pull. I love pulling an oracle card in the morning for guidance and connection.
I keep a separate moon binder upstairs in my meditation space which I use to store all of my sheets for self-care moon rituals as well as other more in-depth mindset worksheets. You can see what's in my moon binder in this post.
- "Do more of what makes you happy" binder - Amazon
- Daily moon worksheets - Manifesting Magic with the Moon
I don't use my planner a ton, to be honest, but every Sunday I do like to write out everything I have to do the following week so I don't forget.
Usually at night, I'll open my planner and just look over my schedule and priorities for the week. This really helps me from feeling overwhelmed and unorganized.
I like to try and get a planner that focuses on mindset. This year I got the law of attraction planner but I honestly just use it more for its calendar than anything.
Journaling for me is like keeping a little therapist in my basket. It's also one of those things that I will put off to do later unless I have the journal right in front of me.
Having the journal in the basket has made it easy for me to just pull it out anytime during the day or evening and rage write, ha! But I'm not really kidding–it makes it easy for me to release pent up feelings and thoughts in the moment rather than holding them in.
If you follow me on Instagram, I shared a few weeks ago in my Insta stories all of the cute journals I recently found at Target. I love this one.
Check out this Instagram post I recently made to see an example of a journal prompt that I do frequently for a re-set.
4. Kindle reader
Well technically it's my iPad but I have the Kindle app downloaded on it so I can keep all of my books in one place.
I do love reading actual books but honestly my house gets too cluttered. I'm a book whore so reading ebooks is not only neater for me but I can also read them at night without having to have a light on.
Here's some books I recommend, minus the ones that say "New" because I haven't read those yet. Most of these are books I'm re-reading.
5. Daily oracle deck
As I stated up above, I love pulling a daily card. It's quick guidance that helps to give me perspective and usually always touches on something I'm going through.
Not all decks are created equal though. Also, there are lots of decks that I absolutely love but they don't work so well for a daily card pull.
My favorite deck for a daily card pull is the Daily Guidance from Your Angels deck.
The illustrations are a little cheesy, yes. But the messages on the card and in the booklet are always so spot on for me. I just love this deck.
If you want to know what my favorite oracle decks are and how I use them, you can check out this post.
6. Daily mindset books
You Can Heal Your Life is a long time favorite of mine. I really did heal myself with this book, especially the workbook that accompanies it.
I always say that this book should be in everyone's self-care toolkit. This book and a candle are how I started my self-care routine years ago. It was so simple and yet so transformative.
The other book, Trust Life, is just a good daily book that focuses on affirmations to help shift your mindset.
Daily meditation books are great because they help shift your mindset in a short amount of time and put you in an inspired, reflective mood.
A morning worksheet + a daily book = a powerful & quick self-care morning combo!
7. Headphones & sacred space spray
I'm combining these two because they both help create ambiance!
I use my headphones when I'm able so that I can tune out my loud ass family. Depending on how I want to feel, I'll listen to calming music, upbeat, ASMR, etc.
Truly helps me to get into zen mode without having to disappear into my room, which is hard when you're a parent.
I use these headphones and love them.
I'm not particular about a sacred space spray, this is just the one I currently have on hand. I'm subscribed to Goddess Provisions which is a monthly subscription box and they always send aromatherapy products.
This spray came in one of the boxes and I've been using it to make my space feel more relaxed and sacred.
I wrote a post about my favorite witchy subscription boxes and also my favorite self-care boxes you can check out. I highly recommend subscribing to one as they keep sacred self-care in the forefront of your mind and also keep your self-care tools stocked.
Not mentioned in this post is my little supply of incense I keep in my living room. Lighting incense can make whatever room you're in feel more zen instantly!
I hope you enjoyed this post and I also hope that you put together a self-care basket for yourself soon if you haven't already. It's a small but powerful way to consistently practice self-care.
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