Over the past year and a half when we think of our homes the word sanctuary may not come to mind. We actually might not think kindly of our homes right now at all. But with us venturing out more and more we really need to make our homes that place we want to come to at the end of the day to recover and that place that helps us prepare to go back out into the rest of the (sometimes scary) world.
We also might have had good intentions of cleaning stuff out and making our homes a more calming place while we were stuck (for lack of a better word) there. Some of us got those clean out and clean up items checked off our list. Some of us were just too upset, frantic, or genuinely busy juggling life to make a dent.
Well now might be the time.
We’re going out more so it’s more important than ever to make our coming home a time of rest, relaxation, and restoration.
As you know I will never preach that a big clean-out should happen all at once, so here are a few simple ways you can work towards making your home your sanctuary.
Simplify Your Spaces
Use What You Have
I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll keep saying it over and over again …. Use what you have. Coming out of our “hunkering down” means we might have stashes built up of food, toilet paper, dog food, cleaning supplies, etc.
As the world starts working (and making things) again, we can let go of the things we’ve stored up.
Remember to shop your own cabinets BEFORE you go shopping and use what you already have before you buy more.
Pick a Pile
When we know other people aren’t going to be coming over or we’re working from home and really don’t have time to worry about things stacking up, the piles tend to build.
Pick one pile per day and tackle it. Magazines, laundry, books, toys, clothes, etc.
You know you have piles around your house right now. Just pick one pile for today, sort it, and move the stuff. Piling things up is an avoidance type of clutter where you promise yourself “I’ll do that later”, but later never comes. Then you start to get use to it being there and it really doesn’t bother you as much.
Look around your house with fresh eyes and find a pile to work through … TODAY!
One Small Space
Lasting decluttering is a slow decluttering. Pick one small space to work on (a closet, a drawer, a surface) and set a timer on your phone for 10 – 15 minutes. Right before you go to bed at night is the perfect time. Do NOT go past the allotted time by more than a few minutes. This is a small declutter that will give you the momentum to tackle bigger projects, but you don’t want it exhausting you.
Spend just a few (timed) minutes each night working on that one small space. Then pick another one … then another one.
Simplify Your Sleep Space
Having a calm, inviting place to sleep is one of the most important spots in your home. If your bed is covered with junk, rest is impossible. If your bed is surrounded by junk, rest is impossible. If your bed is overrun with pets and kids, rest is impossible.
When you go to bed tonight take a really good look at your sleep space. Is it calm? Is it restful?
If not, what has to be done to change that?
Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To
Your home is not just a place to store your stuff. It’s where you actually live. So give yourself something at home to look forward to.
If you’re like me decluttering makes me happy so I look forward to cleaning out and using up stuff.
Find some thing that gives you a moment or two of happiness in your home. It could be watching your favorite show, ordering food from your favorite take-out place, or reading a few chapters in a new book. Having something to look forward to when you come back home helps make your home more of a sanctuary, an escape from the outside world.
Making your home your own personal sanctuary helps you recover from the day and prepare for the next one. It should be a place where you feel safe and calm and content. If you don’t feel that way, change something.
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