Today, I have a really cool topic for you. It came in from one of our Space Medicine Newsletter followers and it was all about what she should have in her backpack to help her with space medicine as she frequently moves house.
It’s a fantastic topic. As soon as she emailed the inquiry into me, I thought to myself, “My God. This is a cracking, cracking periscope of blog topic.” With her permission, I’m going to talk to you about that today.
As I mentioned, I have this great email that came in saying:
“Every three years I have to move house for my husband’s work and my work. What I need to know is what I should put in my backpack to make the move easy and make the next house that you go to have some great space medicine and some great mojo?”
The first thing I want to say is it’s actually not something that you can put in your backpack. But, instead of having a backpack full of things that will help you with space medicine, instead, what you have is some checklists.
There are two main checklists that I want you to use every time you go to a new property.
So that you can ensure that you’re doing the most you can to make sure that the new place prescribes as much space medicine for you as possible.
The first checklist I actually want you to implement before you leave the old house.
You really need to have in your tool kit a great de-cluttering program. Every day, no matter how hard we try and fight it, clutter impacts on us.
There’s great evidence around the fact that clutter has an impact and visual clutter has an impact on our mental clutter and our mental clarity and our ability to focus and our ability to be productive.
It’s absolutely essential that before you go to move each time, regardless of whether it’s part of a routine thing that’s part of your job, every single time you shed all the things that you don’t need from the past three years that you’ve been in that property.
Whether it is the first of the big steps of packing or whether it is just part of the packing process, you need to have a great de-clutter boot camp system embedded into your routine every single time.
That way, when you do get to the new property, you’re actually starting quite fresh.
You’re not bringing any baggage or any visual or emotional clutter, which will lead to mental clutter, with you to the next property.
The second checklist that you absolutely need in your backpack when you’re moving often is you need a checklist at the new house.
You need a checklist even if you’re renting the new property. There’s so much you can do to a rental property that can help you with your space medicine.
The evidence that we always talk about in regard to space medicine is the ability to connect with nature and the impact that color has on you.
When I say connect to nature, I mean quite a few things.
It is not only the ability to have natural light in a space, but the ability to have breeze in a space and the impact of a view, a view out a window, and what that does to us.
The first thing on your checklist when you get to that new property needs to be looking at the windows.
I want you to look at the windows from the perspective of how much light they can give you, how much they can give you and what view can they fill your soul with.
We know that there is significant evidence to say that our connection with nature is what effects our creativity, productivity, mental health and efficiency.
The most important part when you get to that new house is to check out those windows.
I want you to look at removing heavy window furnishings, ensuring all of the windows work so that you can get great ventilation.
I want you to also check to see if there are any external shutters that, without compromising your thermal insulation and integrity, whether removing or having pulled back some of those thermal shutters are going to allow you to connect with nature that little bit more.
The final thing I want you to look at with those windows is I want you to check out for security screens.
We often use the Crimesafe Security Screens or the good old-fashioned crisscross mesh security screens. But they cut down around 20% of the light. If it’s not an essential part of the security in the area, then remove it.
From a space medicine perspective, there’s been no solid data that’s come in to say one size of compass direction is better than another. However, it’s obviously normal to say that a north-facing window is the most ideal window in the house. It’s going to get the best amount of natural light without any direct light. Hence, no insulation or thermal protective worries. I haven’t read any evidence about that with space medicine, but I do know that from a design perspective.
The last big tip I’m going to leave you with today is the view out our window is so, so important when it comes to space medicine.
It’s so essential. Many of us in suburbia, often we’re looking at a fence or a retainer wall. Or, in town, you may be looking at the opposite side of the block units. But there are some amazing artificial or transplanting methods that we can use to bring nature to our window.
It may be an externally mounted window box. It may be a wall of greenery mounted on the side of the fence outside that window. There are so many things we can do to prescribe space medicine to ourselves.
That’s all we have time for today. I promise I won’t leave you hanging and I will bring you more on this next week. But, for now, have a fantastic day.