Scent is critical to my well-being. I need my apartment to smell good. "Real" good, in a non-Glade way. No musty rooms, no cigarette smoke, no perfumes. Keeping the apartment in order is step one. I can't imagine cleaning the litter pan once a week, as some people admit to doing -- clean as you go is my philosophy regarding litter pans. (The stench of cat waste trumps any dislike of cleaning the pan. And, honestly, would you leave a soiled baby diaper on your apartment floor? Same thing.)
Aside from cleaning the surfaces and floors and airing out the house, here are ways I like to invite pleasant smells into my home:
- Lavender: fresh, dried, or sachets
- Japanese incense: instant calm!
- Soap: homemade, small batch soaps full of real essences
- Eucalyptus: my secret weapon at work
- Baking something fragrant: muffins, banana bread, cobbler
- Faking baking: boil a pot of water with cinnamon and nutmeg
- Open windows: nothing beats "fresh air" -- a daily must no matter the temperature
- Candles: especially pear, fig, eucalyptus, pine
- Sweetgrass braids: intoxicating
- Pressed wood: cedar, pinon, mesquite, and other woods pressed into blocks for burning
While enjoying a scent, I like doing something pleasing and rejuvenating -- changing sheets, sipping tea, listening to ambient music. Wonderful!