Bringing the Zen into your Home: Houseplants for Beginners

Do you need a pop of color in your life? Want to bring the zen into your home? Why not try a plant? Houseplants can be a great way to spruce up your home and bring the outside in. Not to mention, plants are air-purifying so they help improve the air you breathe inside your house. If you don’t have a green thumb, here are my favorite go-to houseplants that are super easy to maintain and can help to bring some green into your home.


Succulents are my favorite houseplants. They are simple to maintain and there are many exquisite varieties with unique leaves. Succulents are native to warm climates, so it is important that they get enough sunlight. Make sure to rotate them often so the plant grows more uniform and doesn’t stretch toward the light. I like to use a spray bottle to mist my succulents every 2 weeks. Overwatering will kill succulents, so let the soil dry out in between waterings.

If you really love succulents, you can also do your own succulent propagation. I am currently working to propagate a few varieties and they are already sprouting little babies.

Check out this helpful video if you are interested in learning about succulent propagation.


Sansevieria, a.k.a. snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue, is the ideal bedroom plant because it purifies air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and producing pure oxygen. Most plants release carbon dioxide at night, but the sansevieria continues to produce oxygen. Sansevieria does best with indirect sunlight. Make sure the soil is well-drained and allow it to dry out between waterings. There are a few varieties of Sansevieria plants; above is the Sanseveria Trifasciata.


Orchids are a rewarding plant. If cared for correctly, the flowers will bloom throughout the year. Some people like the ice cube trick to water orchids, but I prefer to use 1/4 cup of water about every two weeks. Direct sunlight can kill an orchid plant, so make its home in indirect, but bright sunlight.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a visually pleasing plant that also has medicinal properties. Inside each leaf, you will find Aloe Vera gel, which can help to treat burns, acne, and dry skin. Aloe also requires indirect sunlight and does well with little watering. Water it about every three weeks and sparingly in the wintertime. I sometimes forget about my aloe plant, and it still continues to thrive.

Where To Buy Houseplants

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You can find houseplants really anywhere you go. My favorite finds are usually at the local hardware store (Lowe’s/Home Depot), Meijer, Aldi, Costco, IKEA, or even a local nursery. I can’t go to a store without checking out their plant options. You’d also be surprised just how many succulents you can find on Amazon!

Things to Keep in Mind for Houseplants

When adding plants to your indoor space, it is important to check out their toxicity levels. If you have children or fur babies at home, make sure to do your research. This list provides some insight to plants that are toxic and non-toxic.

My houseplants are like my babies; I love to care for them and watch them grow. With just a little TLC, you can add some natural elements into your home. Do you have plants at home? I’d love to know!

If you are looking at options besides houseplants to bring the zen into your home, give our Six Week Decluttering Challenge a try!


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