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Reinvent Your Bedroom for the Spring Equinox

Posted By Cheryl Terrace On March 20, 2012 @ 10:44 am In Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home | 3 Comments

My latest spring bedroom update: A breath of fresh air!

My latest spring bedroom update: A breath of fresh air!

Hurray, we made it! With the vernal equinox [1] today, spring is finally here — and I’m in my element! I adore a big spring clean [2] in every sense of the word … breathing fresh new life into everything from my bedroom to my outlook.

People have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years with cultural rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. The early Egyptians oriented the Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising sun [3] on the day of the vernal equinox. While I can’t top that, I am quite happy to bid farewell to winter; I feel like one of the little buds on the trees aching for the sun! So I usher it in very consciously with my own spring equinox rituals …

1. Change all the bedding from winter’s heavy comforters [4] in browns, reds and oranges to lightweight blankets [5] in creams, greens and blues mixed with some turquoise and orange (the color of 2012 [6]) for pop! In my bedroom’s latest spring-green incarnation, I used …

2. “Wet-wash [14]” everything, even cashmere, instead of dry cleaning — using gentle shampoo or eco-friendly laundry detergent [15], and chemical-free reusable dryer sheets [16].

3. Go all-out with nontoxic cleaning [17] and weed out old stuff that’s broken or no longer serves me.

4. Open the windows wide and let my home breathe [18] in the fresh clean air. Spring is my favorite time to deeply breathe in nature’s fragrances!

5. Lighten up personally, too, by eating fresh spring foods [19] and doing conscious breathing techniques (Nauli breath [20] is great for detoxification [21]), Sun Salutations [22], and maybe a little emotional spring-cleaning [23]!

Happy new beginnings!


A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.

– Emily Dickinson

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[1] vernal equinox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

[2] big spring clean: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/green-your-spring-cleaning-how-to-celebrate-the-planet-and-your-home/

[3] points directly toward the rising sun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_(Egypt)

[4] heavy comforters: http://www.gaiam.com/category/bed-bath/bedding-basics/comforters.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[5] lightweight blankets: http://www.gaiam.com/category/bed-bath/quilts-throws-blankets.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[6] color of 2012: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/returning-to-the-light/

[7] antique quilt: http://www.antiquequiltsource.com/

[8] Gaiam: http://www.gaiam.com/category/bed-bath.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[9] ABC Home: http://www.abchome.com/

[10] John Robshaw: http://www.johnrobshaw.com/

[11] High Dessert Naturals: http://www.hdndesigns.com/bedding.php?recKey=34

[12] PickNatural.com: http://www.picknatural.com/?gclid=CNjjqOr4sZkCFQEoGgodTT8a7g

[13] Loomful of Hues: http://www.loomfulofhues.com/rugs.html

[14] “Wet-wash: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/how-to-wet-wash-wool-silk-and-skip-dry-cleaning-chemicals/

[15] eco-friendly laundry detergent: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/laundry.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[16] reusable dryer sheets: http://www.gaiam.com/product/static+eliminator+2+per+box.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[17] nontoxic cleaning: http://life.gaiam.com/article/clear-clutter-room-room-guide-green-spring-cleaning

[18] let my home breathe: http://life.gaiam.com/article/breathe-easier-your-home

[19] fresh spring foods: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Spring-Detox-Foods-Shopping-List.html

[20] Nauli breath: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/how-to-get-really-really-strong-abs-develop-yogic-under-armor/

[21] detoxification: http://www.gaiamtv.com/search/node/detox?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

[22] Sun Salutations: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Sun-Salutation-Howto-from-Rodney-Yees-Yoga-for-Beginners.html

[23] emotional spring-cleaning: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/5-steps-to-emotional-spring-cleaning/

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