Nature is a great balm for worried minds. Richard Louv, who wrote Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Said it best when he said: “The greener the setting, the more the relief.” And you know what children grow up to be, right? That’s right. Adults. Like you and me. We need more nature in our lives, and a great way to get it is to get yourself some houseplants.
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The Benefits of Buying A Houseplant
In addition to reducing stress, houseplants improve air quality, by lowering carbon dioxide, contaminants and dust and increasing humidity. They can also be a buffer for loud noises, either from the street or your next door neighbors. Research has shown that hospital patients who have actual plants in their room recover faster. Plus, they’re a little like really really low maintenance pets. You can talk to them, nurture them, help them live their best life. AND, when you go out of town, unless you’re going for a very long time, you don’t have to worry about having someone take care of them while you’re gone.
I’m not the only one who’s hip to houseplants. Indoor plants are surging in popularity thanks to millennials and Gen Z. In the U.S. plant sales increased by 50% between 2016 and 2019. You know how there’s the stereotype of the cat lady? Well, I think I might be turning into a plant lady. I’m in the process of re-arranging the living room, because nothing like getting you to re -think your home layout like spending several months inside with your husband, kids and dog. And while I’m excited for a better layout, I think I’m MOST excited about the spot for two new houseplants the new floor plan will open up.
Out With The Old and In With The New
Adding a plant to your home is probably going to require you to shift some things around, whether that’s clearing some space off your desk, or re-arranging your living room so that your new green friend can have access to sunlight. And that’s a good thing, especially now, during fall, as de-cluttering is a great way to welcome transition as it literally helps you get rid of the old and make room for the new.
Daily Tiny Assignment
I’ve got “go to the plant store” on my weekend to do-list. And that’s your tiny assignment, too. Years later, you can point to the plant you acquire this weekend and say, I got that during the COVID-19 pandemic. And in the meantime, that plant will keep you company, give you something to focus on, provide cleaner air, look pretty, inspire you to shift things around… it’s gonna be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
I hope you have fun shopping. And I would truly LOVE to see a picture of an existing or new plant baby—tag me on Instagram