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Life Indoors: How to take care of your plants

By April 10, 2020 INSPIRATION
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This week at the end of a team catch up meeting on Zoom, the conversation turned to how to bring the outdoors into our homes. Quite a few of us at Les 100 Ciels live in apartments with no garden or private outdoor space. Lots of ideas got tossed around but there was a consensus that house plants were a great way to bring calming nature into the home. So on today’s blog, we share with you tips from our staff on caring for your plants to create your very own indoor garden, (if you can’t go out to the plants, bring them in!). Read on to learn some top tips to keeping your indoor plants looking lush and beautiful.

 

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Megan’s Tips

Do research on each of your house plants and make sure you understand the needs of the particular plant as each is different. Some plants need lots of light, while others need indirect sun but lots of water. You may also want research your plants if you have pets or small children as some species can be toxic if touched or ingested. Armed with this knowledge you will be best equipped for caring for what each plant require and you can place less kid or pet friendly plants well out of reach. Finally, although tempting while spending so much time at home, resist the urge to overwater your plants!

 

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Alicia’s Tips

I believe as you take care of your plants, they also take care of you. For me a big part of how much joy I get out of my plants is how they are displayed. Every plant has its own unique foliage pattern that can be displayed to show its best qualities. I’ve placed my ivy on a bookshelf where its trailing lengths make a beautiful cascade down the side.  I also think its nice to create clusters of plants, this creates a peaceful, relaxing mini oasis in the house. You could build a plant shelf  or choose one area where you display a number of plants together at different heights. Be creative with your plant pots- lots of items around the house can make attractive plant pots such as mugs, bowls and even old plastic bottles and containers. There is nothing that a little DIY won’t fix!

 

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Lexy’s Tips

I have followed a care routine for my plants for years and all my plants have continued to flourish in this time. My routine is etched into my home life much the same as doing laundry and taking out the garbage. To me this is key to having indoor plants. Every week, water all your plants, prune away any dead leaves or flowers (I do this quickly by hand) and turn the pot once to ensure that all parts of the plant get exposed to the sun. Once a month, add a tiny bit of fertiliser to the watering can so the plants get a top up of any nutrients they need. That’s it!

 

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Harriet’s Tips

My number one tip is dont be afraid to repot and propagate plants! It is such a simple way to make your indoor plants stretch even further. Plants will eventually outgrow their pots and if you want them to keep growing bigger and bushier, then you need to repot them. A telltale sign that it is time to repot a plant is if the roots are sticking out the bottom or the leaves are yellowing. Aim to gently move your plant into a pot that is 2 inches larger than the previous one.  Propagating plants is basically about making new plants from an existing one. The process to propagate varies depending on the plant. For example, basil can grow ‘new roots if a stem is snipped and placed in water while other plants will need you to remove a section of root and replant this. Don’t be afraid to give it a try and you can fill your house with plants!

 

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Bryn’s Tips

I only had 1 small plant in my house when we went into lockdown, so my tip is less about taking care of plants and more about how to get plants to take care of! I recommend buying succulents if you are a little unsure of your plant caring skills. They are strong, require little watering and come in many varieties. I had a look online for sites that were selling plants. Th were lots of options on crocus.co.uk and I ended up buying an asparagus fern and an aloe vera plant from Hortology.co.uk . They arrived green and healthy and have been a welcome addition to my home ever since. I’m a proud plant mama now and caring for my plants and just admiring them, brings a lovely calming moment into my life, especially at this time when there is so much uncertainty and worry with the coronavirus.

 

We really hope these tips will be useful in your own plant care journey! Do send us your own tips if you have any, we’d love to read them! 


 

This post is part of a Les 100 Ciels blog series titled, Life Indoors. Each week we will be posting on a range of topics to inspire you as you carry on your life from indoors. With the Covid-19 virus spreading around the world, the vast majority of us will be living vastly quieter lives and it is clear that now more than ever before, the importance of focusing on our shared humanity and community is integral. We are committed to continue to engage and support our community. If there is any topic you’d like us to write about, do get in touch and we’ll include it on our blog if we can. With love, The Les 100 Ciels Team

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Life Indoors: How to survive working from home

By March 20, 2020 INSPIRATION
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We are living through strange times at the moment. With the Covid-19 virus spreading around the world, the vast majority of us will be staying indoors for the next few weeks.  It is clear that now more than ever before, the importance of focusing on our shared humanity and community is integral and  at Les 100 Ciels, we are committed to continue to engage and support you, our community.

With this in mind, from today we will start a blog series titled Life Indoors. Each week we will be writing blogposts to inspire you as you carry on your life from indoors, with topics ranging from how to tackle boredom, to home study,  self care and ideas on meals with limited ingredients.

In today’s post, we’re looking at an issue which will affect a large proportion of us: how to work from home.

If you are feeling demotivated and anxious about how you can continue to work from home, we’ve got a range of tips on how you can tackle this. We hope these tools will help you maintain your  productivity and perhaps welcome new skills and creativity.

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If you have the space, set aside a designated area to work from home. This works two-fold to get you into the frame of mind to come into the space and tune your mind to work. It will also mean you have an area where you can spread out, take work calls with privacy and hopefully not have as many distractions from children.

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Schedule in video or phone calls with your colleagues to discuss work matters through tools such as Skype or Zoom. Although many topics are easy to be discussed by email, sometimes having a friendly call with your colleagues is just the thing to help feel really engaged and connected to your work life.  The interaction will also do wonders to boost morale and keep you motivated to complete work projects.

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Struggling to feel motivated? Why not try a Productivity tool such as the Pomodoro technique. This technique is based on setting a timer to do 25 minute stints of work called a Pomodoro followed by a 5 minute break. After completing four pomodoros, you take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. The idea is based on working for short stretches of time that are much easier to commit to especially in a home environment where you lose a lot of your normal structure to your day. We recommend the Flora app that follows the Pomodoro technique but rewards you with a virtual garden as you successfully complete blocks of concentration.

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Take regular breaks for exercise- it is very important for your physical and mental well being.  There are thousands of exercise routines to follow on YouTube ranging from relaxing yoga sessions to heart racing HITT activities. Whatever your preference, there is sure to be something for all tastes.

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Get some fresh air. Yes you may not be able to leave the house, but perhaps you can stroll around your garden or at the very least,  open a window, stick your head out and take  slow, deep breaths of fresh air. It really helps with resetting your mood and brain if you are feeling a bit sleepy or restless.

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Make use of that commute time. We’ve all wished at one point or another that we had a few extra hours in the day as we rush to get off to work. Re-purpose that commuting time for creating a relaxing ritual to mark the hours before and after your start work from home. Perhaps you could use it to write in a journal or meditate. It is an excellent way to separate periods of work from leisure and try to have more balance at home. You could also use the time for things you wish you had more time to do, for example a DIY project or reading.

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A note on working from home with kids. For many stuck indoors, the biggest challenge will be how to juggle childcare and home study with the demands of work.. There is enough to cover on this topic alone for an entire blog post, but here’s our top tips to making this work taking into consideration that all situations are a little different. First things first, give yourself a break. This is an adjustment for everyone and it won’t all fall into place from day one. Be ready to amend your plan and be flexible with yourself and your family until you find a rhythm that works for your particular family circumstances. Secondly, try to find a routine that suita your family. Children respond well to having structure, so organise your day into chunks of time where you can work while they have screen time or do a physical play activity when they are most full of energy. Lastly, be upfront with colleagues about the struggles you are facing at home with juggling the kids with work. Being real and honest, instead of trying to create an air of having it all under control will gain you more understanding and support and make life easier all around.

How are you handling working from home? Perhaps you love it and are thinking of making it a permanent change. Or maybe you can’t bear it. We’d love to hear how you are doing and what are some of your tips to working from home?

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