9 Scents For The Home That Make Perfect Sense

When it comes to adding scents to your HomeSpace your focus shouldn’t be covering up an unpleasant odor but rather adding a stimulating layer that allows you to heighten your HomeSpace experience.

If your house smells funky for whatever reason, find a solution to cleanse the smell rather than masking it. There are many solutions today for sorting out odors in your home so, just as you have cleared out your clutter, you need to eliminate any unpleasant smells.

Here in this post, I suggest various scents that work in certain rooms to help give you some ideas.

Your sense of smell is personal and what you find appealing may not please someone else. When you are choosing a fragrance for your HomeSpace consider what you want to Anchor in with that fragrance. For example, consider if your goal is to relax, get motivated, or bring up a positive past memory.

9 Scents to Try:

  • Soft fragrances for company: People tend to like what is familiar, so when you are having a group of people over go for familiar softer fragrances like vanilla, lavender or maybe sandalwood and cedar pine. These will relax the crowd, set the mood and promote conversation.
  • To stimulate and motivate: Try cinnamon, eucalyptus, peppermint, pine or a citrus fragrance like lemon.
  • For a calming fragrance: To help you relax and be refreshed try lavender, lemongrass, jasmine, vanilla or a berry or floral scent.
  • For sleep and relaxation: When guests are staying over or you have just changed your sheets, add a few drops of lavender oil onto the pillow. It’s a special touch that smells wonderful and helps you sleep.
  • For constant fragrance: Potpourri is a good option if you like a more constant fragrance in your HomeSpace, and it also allows you to blend fragrances. You could create a sweet and spicy blend for the kitchen or an evergreen and lemon blend for the bathroom. A floral or citrus blend could work great for the living room or bedroom. “Try before you buy.” Make a point of going to a local department store or supplier in your area where you can sample some blends that may be right for you.
  • Another constant fragrance option: Fragrance sticks come in beautiful bottles and last for a long time. Both potpourri and fragrance sticks are a great option to have near the front entry area of your home, in your kitchen area or in a bathroom. It’s wonderful to come home to a fresh-smelling HomeSpace.
  • Incense sticks and sage smudge sticks are a very personal taste. Many people find them too strong and overpowering. Personally, I don’t mind some of the scents but I find burning incense a bit messy, so I opt for oils, candles or fragrant sticks.
  • Natural Scents: Consider natural options in your home like fresh-cut flowers, fragrant potted plants. Take a trip to your local nursery or plant district to same some scents and see what you personally like.
  • Also consider brewing scented tea which are a great Stimulate The Senses Anchor for relaxing. I personally love the smell of ginger tea.

What are some of the scents you love to use in your home and why? Let me know in the comments below.

How to Taste Your Way to Success

When it comes to your home the only thing better than cooking an amazing meal is actually eating it. Taste is a powerful Stimulate the Senses Anchor and you can work with taste to bring back delightful memories and to inspire new ones.

Some of the most wonderful nights I’ve shared with friends and family have been at home enjoying a dinner party. The whole dining experience is heightened as you savor the tastes of a beautiful meal. Every time I eat a roasted lamb or chicken I think of my Mum’s cooking and remember how much I loved Friday night family dinner. The taste of my morning coffee reminds me of Australia and my friends there.

Amazing flavors and foods bring back powerful memories and these days recipes are easy to follow. Get some basic cookbooks and start cooking! I love ones by Jamie Oliver, Bill Granger and Donna Hay.

You may be thinking, “I don’t know how to cook.” My advice is to learn to cook four things well. Simple, easy dishes that you can change a bit depending on the season and complement with a delicious fresh salad or vegetable side dishes to add flavor and color to the table.

Go for the basics, like a great pasta dish, scallops or a clean white fish fillet, a meat dish like steak or a roast. Keep it simple and healthy and test the recipes out before you have a dinner party.

If you know someone who loves to cook then invite them over to your place and cook something together. Cooking is a hands-on experience best learnt while “on the job.” My favorite things to cook are a roast with a vegetable salad, grilled scallops, sweet corn fritters and grilled steak. Simple, delicious meals that are easy to prep.



If you really don’t enjoy cooking or have people coming over and there’s no time after work to prep, ordering some take-out and serving the food on nice plates will suffice. Another idea is to invite a group of friends for a meal and ask each person or each couple to bring a dish. One person brings a cheese plate, olives and dips, another brings an appetizer, someone else a main dish and another a dessert. It’s a great way to share the responsibilities and create great conversation.

Wine with a meal definitely adds to a dining experience. If you don’t know much about wine, go online to see which wine is recommended to complement your meal or ask your local wine store for suggestions. Once you decide what you like, keep a few bottles on hand for the next dinner party.

For those of you trying to ease into the concept of entertaining in your HomeSpace, invite guests over for drinks before heading out to a local restaurant. Setting out some dips and olives with a nice wine is simple; just make sure to use nice plates and bowls to serve the dips and olives—not the containers they come in. The extra effort will make a difference.

I admit eating out is easier, but it doesn’t allow you to get the most out of your HomeSpace. Your HomeSpace is the best place for you to enjoy intimate quality time with your friends and family in an environment you can control.



On a general note, your kitchen should be stocked with healthy food options and fresh produce whenever possible. Train your palate to appreciate fresh food by bringing it into your HomeSpace. Have healthy, great tasting snacks available to avoid snacking on junk food.

Remember that your kitchen is the place to Anchor to your Health/Wellbeing and you don’t have to sacrifice great taste to be healthy. That said, if you feel like a sweet treat have some healthy options like fruit, coconut ice cream, dried mango and dark chocolate available.

What tastes are you looking forward to making Anchors for your home? Let me know in the comments below.

How to instantly upgrade your closet on a budget

When you imagine yourself living the indulgent high quality life that you want to be living, what does your closet look like? How are your clothes displayed? What hangers are you using?

Hangers are a great example of touch point anchors that you can use to easily upgrade your wardrobe, connecting you to a high quality product experience.

The 10 Rules of Decluttering

Clutter in your HomeSpace is basically anything that you don’t use, don’t like or don’t have space for. When people face off with their clutter, they often lose. I’ve found that adhering to some clear rules helps. When you change your approach to de-cluttering with these rules, it is a complete game-changer. And if you do this part of the process thoroughly you will not need to do it again. Simple!

Here are the 10 rules that will help you conquer clutter once and for all:

    1. Start your de-clutter day early in the morning as you take on each room. Allow one day to de-clutter each room.
    2. Before you start, take a moment to create a comfortable vibe: light a scented candle, put on your favorite music (not too loud) or fix a comforting cup of coffee or tea. Set aside the time needed to work through this process without being interrupted by your job, friends or family.
    3. De-cluttering your HomeSpace by categories specific to the various rooms. For example in the bedroom, you would sort categories into clothes, books and bedding. In the kitchen you would sort electrical appliances, cleaning products, utensils and food products. Specific categories for each room may need adjusting if, for example, you keep vitamins and medical supplies in the kitchen as opposed to the bathroom. Just make sure every category is addressed.
    4. Gather all items in that category from other areas in your HomeSpace before you start to sort. This includes the attic, basement and storage. For example, people often keep items like clothes stored in the bedroom as well as the garage, basement and attic. Getting them all together in one place makes it easier to see exactly what you have and what needs to be edited.
    5. Lay out all items from that category on a flat surface, such as the floor, bed or counter. For categories where there are a lot of items create sub-categories. Clothing can be divided into shirts, t-shirts, casual pants, dress pants, shoes, bags, etc. Work through one sub-category at a time.
    6. Deal with each room and the categories belonging in that room in one go. You may think it’s a lot, and for some people it will be. This only works if you tackle it in large chunks, so as we say in Australia, “Go for Gold!”
    7. Take time to think if the item you are deciding to keep has vibe value. As you sort through the items in each category ask yourself, “Does this item help raise my vibe?” In other words, does it have ‘vibe value’ and is it an item I use, love or need. Remember the items in your home are there to make you feel good and help you connect with the vibe or feeling of the life you really want to be living.


  1. Consider what you will keep rather than what you will discard. Going through this process in a peaceful environment will allow you to connect with your intuition and help you gauge whether the item is serving you and your future LifeVision. The goal is to have fewer, more meaningful things.
  2. Have garbage bags on hand and get ready to discard. Be tough with yourself, folks. If you haven’t worn that piece of clothing you bought a year ago or haven’t read the book you bought two years ago, chances are you won’t wear it and you won’t read it. It’s time to let it go. Remember, keep only the items you really feel connected to, use daily or need (like a passport). You will be amazed at how much stuff you discard.
  3. Donate, recycle or trash the items you are discarding. Research where your local donation charity is. Keep in mind that many places offer a tax deduction on items like furnishing and clothes. Save any items you believe you need to store until the end so you can go back and review the items again. I find that once I get on a roll it becomes easier and incredibly satisfying to let things go.

If you have trouble deciding on a particular item, imagine you are moving overseas to live and you can only take the things you really love, just a small amount of what you have now in your home. That’s what I had to do when I moved to the U.S. in 1999, and though it was tough, it forced me to consider what I really needed to keep. This exercise will help you to decide what’s really important to you. Even though you are not moving overseas, you are moving into a new chapter of your life. Remember, when it doubt throw it out (that is donate, recycle or trash it). Honestly, the result is worth it.

DO NOT start putting things away until you have gone through all the items in each category you have brought together to sort.

For many people de-cluttering will have an incredible effect on the way they see their HomeSpace and their life straight away. You will be amazed at how much stuff comes out of your HomeSpace. Losing large amounts of clutter is like when people on television lose a huge amount of weight. The results are often life changing.

5 Ways to Enhance Your Bedroom Experience

Using touch point anchors in the bedroom can be a great way to enhance your bedroom experience. Just by making a few simple upgrades to your bedding, towels and even toilet paper can help to put you on the path to a better life.

How Your Home Can Help Your Finances

When you are furnishing or updating your HomeSpace it’s fine to buy the pieces on sale or with a budget in mind. But if you want your home to help your finances, it’s crucial to mix in a few key pieces that are more valuable to you. You can make such pieces Object of Abundance Anchors.

I don’t mean something that costs ten times as much as everything else (although Object of Abundance Anchors often have more financial value). It’s really the story, the experience and the feeling associated with that item that create the “value” of it.

Objects with a higher value to you than other things in the room represent your Finance/Lifestyle goals.

When you establish an Object of Abundance Anchor you are declaring that you are deserving of financial abundance.

See Your Home Through A Different Lens

Look specifically at your living room, your bedroom and your home office, if you have one. Look at the objects in each space and check out their level of value. Everyday items bought on a budget to fill a room offer a very low, uninspiring vibe to you and your guests. Walking through a beautiful home with personal touches and objects of value is a very different experience than walking through a cheap furniture showroom with generic decorations and furnishings on display.

Ask yourself what object in each room in your HomeSpace is aspirational in terms of representing a higher level of financial abundance and lifestyle for you. There may be an object with that sort of significance that you didn’t previously consider as an Object of Abundance Anchor. If you can’t identify anything like that in your home then you should consider acquiring some higher value objects.

An Object of Abundance Anchor indicates what you expect your level of Finance/Lifestyle to be. You don’t have to blow the budget here. It’s your intention that you place on this Anchor that counts. My first Object of Abundance in my small studio was a beautiful $60 scented candle from Paris.

I love the idea of utilizing something with an inspiring color, a beautiful light fixture or lamp as an Object of Abundance. Objects such as lamps serve a dual purpose by offering a soft, flattering light while being aesthetically pleasing. A beautiful cashmere throw can add color, warmth and texture to your couch, achieving multiple objectives at once. Anchors can often fill multiple purposes using the five-step Design Your Home for Success process.

Objects of Abundance Anchors are great to connect you to

  • Career/Passion
  • Finance/Lifestyle

Over the years my Object of Abundance Anchors have become more valuable as my Finance/Lifestyle improved, and now they are in every room of my HomeSpace. I see these as investments that remind me constantly of the financial path I’m on and the lifestyle I want to be experiencing. Whenever I connect to an Object of Abundance Anchor I imagine feeling total financial freedom and the dream that all the objects in my home are Object of Abundance Anchors.

Can you identify any items in your home you can use as an Object of Abundance Anchor? Is there one you’d like to acquire? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Cheers!

3 Ways Your Home Can Help You Travel The World

The items you choose to fill your home with can connect you to the places you’ve been and the places you want to visit. These items are called Dream Destination Anchors and these anchors can help to connect you to these places you want to see or re-visit.

Get a 5 Star Hotel Experience Without Leaving Your Home

What if I told you changing your toilet paper will change your life?

There is a reason high-end hotels use quality items that feel amazing to touch and use. I call these Touch Point Anchors and you can live the 5-star hotel experience at home when you bring these Anchors into your home.

The whole idea behind Touch Point Anchors is they are intended to connect you to the higher quality life experience that you really deserve. Why does drinking a good red wine seem even better poured into a beautiful wine glass as opposed to a plastic cup?

The answer is simple. The look and feel (or Touch Point) of the glass heightens the experience (and heightens your vibe as a result) and subconsciously adds more value to the wine-drinking experience.



A Touch Point is similar to meeting someone for the first time and getting a limp, soft handshake. That Touch Point has a real impact on your impression of that person and the initial vibe you get from him or her. If you visit someone’s house and you notice rough, worn towels; cheap toilet paper; a hard, thin mattress on the guest bed and the lovely wine you brought is served in a plastic cup, how would you feel about that person and the experience?

These are all examples of Touch Points. The Design Your Home for Success process will clarify the difference between a positive Touch Point Anchor and a negative one. With a few small changes, you can integrate the feeling of a higher quality product and experience and use positive Touch Points to your advantage.

If you have ever driven a luxury car, you probably remember what the steering wheel felt like, how the car responded and the comfort of custom seats. What you are responding to is the design, material, texture and feeling of a higher end product experience.

Imagine this: If you were financially able to afford the ultimate range of home products, how would they look and feel? And how much more financially successful, confident and attractive would you feel using them?

Top athletes use the very best equipment because of its performance, but there is also psychology behind wanting the best tools to enable the best performance. Whether you are aware of it or not, the feeling of products, materials and objects actually makes you feel different.

Before your inner voice whispers that you can’t afford high-quality products, consider outlets, annual sales and online opportunities where you can buy a higher end product and spend virtually the same amount of money as what a cheaper item might cost.

Another benefit of using higher end products is it makes you want to take care of them. Remember that you don’t need to do this all at once. Replace the oldest, cheapest products first. Like I mentioned earlier, you can start with small changes that will work within your budget.

Share in the comments below where you plan to begin changing the Touch Points in your home. I look forward to hearing your ideas!

How to get the most out of the pictures in your home

The digital age has meant that everyone has become a photographer with the ability to take great pics capturing good memories. However, not many people are getting the benefits of these images as they tend to stay in digital format.

Printing, framing and sharing your pictures throughout your home is a powerful way to connect you to positive anchors and an awesome result.

A Kitchen Makeover That Will Make Over Your Waistline

For most of us, the kitchen is the home’s primary gathering place, whether we’re on our own or hosting a party: People tend to congregate in the kitchen. It’s where we find not only nourishment but also comfort and fellowship. And it’s also where we can inspire ourselves to change for the better.

I look at certain rooms in the house as directly relating to certain areas of my life. When I think about Health/Wellbeing, the kitchen is the place in my home that represents not only where I’m at but also where I’m going. Your kitchen can be even more than a gathering space – it can be where you change your life. It can show you were to go. And just as I have made my kitchen a centerpiece for change, so can you. It’s easy to create this through the Design Your Home For Success process.

Your HomeSpace and your MindSpace are connected. One directly influences the other. If you want to make over your kitchen so that it supports your efforts to live a healthier life, consider asking yourself these questions:

  • What do you use your kitchen for? To cook? To entertain? To collect stuff? Is it just a place to store your beer? Start to look at your kitchen in a new light as a place that represents your Health/Wellbeing. When you begin to consider your kitchen in this way, when you focus on what you actually use your kitchen for, then it’s easier for you to take responsibility for your health at home.
  • How fresh are the foods in your kitchen? Do you buy fresh produce? Or do you rely on canned or frozen goods? Fresh food gives a higher vibe to your kitchen and to your health.
  • Does your kitchen color scheme feature too much red, orange or yellow? Red, orange and yellow are actually the colors that stimulate your appetite! This is the reason why fast food chains use them. If you want to use these colors do so in moderation. Opt for neutral earth tones that are inspired by a natural location you love.
  • What sort of foods are on display in your kitchen? These are the foods you can see on the counter and table. Rather than a bowlful of candy, as I’ve seen in many kitchens, try displaying a bowl of fresh fruit or veg. This not only looks great but it’s a perfect Focus Point Anchor for Health/Wellbeing, as well as being a better snack option than junk food.
  • Do you have any healthy cookbooks or magazines on display? Even if you don’t cook often, the titles and photos on these books and the headlines and images onthese magazines affirm and remind you of what you want.
  • When was the last time you de-cluttered your kitchen? Remove out-of-date foods, get rid of junk food and throw out unused, broken or chipped cookware and china.
  • Do you have any photos of yourself looking healthy on display? A photo where you look great (even if it was from your youth) is a great Focus Point Anchor for Health/Wellbeing.
  • How’s the lighting in your kitchen? A brighter kitchen is a healthier kitchen, especially in the morning. That said, avoid any harsh overhead lighting, such as fluorescent tubes. You want to look and feel great while you’re cooking!
  • Do you have live plants in your kitchen? A living plant, or a box of  growing herbs, is a great Focus Point Anchor for Health/Wellbeing. Avoid plastic and fake plants that give off a low vibe.
  • What kind of art do you have on the walls? Displaying a natural landscape, a painting or a photograph of a destination that inspires fitness (maybe a beachscape if you love the ocean or a mountain if you love hiking) is a great Focus Point for motivating exercise, and for reminding you to book that next trip.

Use these considerations to help you Anchor the Health/Wellbeing that you want in your life into your kitchen. Remember, a healthier HomeSpace will inspire a healthier MindSpace and help you to achieve all your fitness goals and dreams.

Can you think of a friend’s kitchen where you saw wonderful things on display that gave off a great, healthful vibe? What about that kitchen would you choose for yours? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.