Africa Studio/ShutterstockHow often do you find yourself seething with jealousy when you spy an elaborate, organized closet on a home improvement show? An organized life where there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place feels like the type of luxury only the wealthy with access to a professional can afford. Not so, says Carrie Higgins, author of the book Organization Hacks: Over 350 Simple Solutions to Organize Your Home in No Time!. Start with these 50 organizing tips you’ll wish you knew all along.
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Hivaka/ShutterstockThere’s just something about using fresh ingredients without leaving the comfort of your own home that feels rich. While we haven’t all been blessed with a green thumb, there are some plants that are easier to grow than others. According to LifeHacker, these include lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and zucchini. No room for veggies? Try a windowsill herb garden for a dash of panache to everyday meals.
CHIKARAvv/ShutterstockIn stark contrast to the morning rush of a busy work week, weekend brunches command we slow down, kick back, and savor food and time with friends. Brunch has rich roots. According to History.com, the meal can initially be traced back to the upper-class British tradition of hunting luncheons. The custom landed in America when Hollywood stars jet-setting from coast-to-coast would make a stop midway in Chicago for a lavish meal. Yum!
Syda Productions/ShutterstockRegardless of how style-savvy you might be, letting a pro wield their mighty brush and blow dryer feels so much nicer than doing it ourselves. For this reason, blow-dry bars have popped up all over the place, making it easier for women to feel pampered while achieving their desired look. This luxury isn’t free, but it is a lovely indulgence. “Our grandmothers’ generation used to get their hair ‘coiffed’ once a week and they wouldn’t touch it,” said Drybar founder Alli Webb in an interview with Forbes. “Somewhere along the way that behavior went away. I always say we kind of modernized that behavior and brought it back and made it affordable.”
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Anton Chernov/ShutterstockNot only do fresh flowers brighten up a room, they can do a lot for your mind and soul. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, plants can fight fatigue in an office setting and even restore attention to a project. They’re also just plain gorgeous and add a bit of depth and richness to our lives. There’s a reason flowers are a welcomed gift—they offer a personal and thoughtful touch. Try some of these 50 little changes that will make you a happier person.
JaySi/ShutterstockInstagram-worthy moments are those little slices of life in which you feel delightfully at peace with your surroundings, and nothing does that better than relaxing poolside. Whether you’re doing so while sipping a fruity drink or simply basking in the warm sun, it’s a moment that feels entirely luscious and all yours. It means you’re taking time out for yourself, and that’s rich indeed.
KucherAV/ShutterstockIt doesn’t matter how lofty your bank account, the one thing we could all use more of is time. Delivery services and task-oriented apps are making it easier for us to duplicate ourselves, if only momentarily, by taking on those mundane activities that we rarely have time for, like grocery shopping, for a nominal fee. Having groceries delivered straight to your door is not only a time-saver but on occasion, a life-changer. These are the things happy people do every single day.
Dragon Images/ShutterstockA spa day feels like the ultimate luxury, from the moment that first waft of lavender hits your senses to the plush robes and relaxing treatments. For that brief period of time we feel taken care of and like someone is putting us first, instead of focusing all of our attention on others. It might feel like a frivolous expense, but it’s so much more. A 2012 study from the European Society of Cardiologists concluded that the effects of a brief exposure to essential oils can actually offer up heart benefits, helping you live a rich, full life.
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Olena Yakobchuk/ShutterstockIt’s easy to buy an outfit off the rack and wear it exactly as you found it, but having clothing tailored to fit your exact measurements is a game-changer. A custom fit may feel like a luxury, but it’s actually more affordable than you might think and makes an ordinary ensemble look as though it was made to measure.
paul prescott/ShutterstockVacations, big or small, can make a person feel rich, whether exploring a new destination or simply staying close to home and embracing the downtime. A study out of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind Body Center found that leisurely activities, which includes taking vacations, resulted in higher positive emotional levels and less depression. They even concluded a getaway could lower blood pressure and aid in weight-loss. Here’s your ideal vacation, based on your zodiac sign.
ConstantinosZ/ShutterstockKnowledge is power and feeling educated can be richly rewarding. We’re not talking PhD levels of education, but adding to your own wealth of knowledge, with facts and perspectives on the things you enjoy can make one feel more confident and comfortable in the world. For movie buffs, taking a course on film can open up discussions about the art one hadn’t previously considered. Even a wine tasting and master class for an enthusiast can produce some really interesting facts.
fizkes/ShutterstockLife often feels like it’s stuck in one mode: Go! Taking just a few minutes each day for meditation or self-reflection can feel like the ultimate luxury. According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of meditation can help relieve symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, asthma, heart disease, and chronic pain, among others. Not to mention it can increase feelings of gratitude for all the wonderful things you already possess in your life by helping you live in the here and now. And don’t think you need to create a special meditation room to practice. Find a quiet setting, relax your breathing, and focus your attention. Read more about sneaking mindfulness into little moments.
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The perfect cup
Efetova Anna/ShutterstockTalk about one of life’s simplest luxuries—a beautiful cup of joe complete with coffee foam art. Picture it: You’re sitting in a quaint cafe sipping on an exquisitely crafted latte with a foam tulip that makes it almost too pretty to drink. Yes, this can become an expensive habit if you try to make it a daily one, but if it’s something you savor just every so often, boy, does it feel rich. Don’t miss these 50 more best simple pleasures that make life worth living.