Home is where we spend the majority of our time. Well, at least for those of us who are not dictated by our jobs. My motto has always been, “work to live, not live to work”. So if this is where we spend most of our time, don’t you think it makes sense to have a place of peace and beauty?
There are so many ways you can make your home a habitat of joy. And here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Create a meditation garden. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, creating a physical place to meditate, do yoga or simply sit and de-stress can be easier than you think. Clearing away clutter and creating open space for light can do wonders for small areas. You can create pathways or add fruit or vegetable gardens to your pockets of space. Gardens tend to have a therapeutic effect on us, taking us away from our worries and pains. Try including elements that stimulate all of the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound.
- Less is more. Decluttering your home and its surroundings with a purpose can be quite liberating. Learning to live with less, we sometimes find that we get more pleasure out of the things we have. If you are a pack rat or attached to your “stuff”, start out small. Clean out a closet or one room at a time. Decide how to open up the space and organize what you need. Throw out what you don’t. Donate clothing or household items to a charity or give them to friends and family who might be in need.
- Let light in! If it’s possible to open up a room with a skylight or by knocking out a wall (not loadbearing), let the light shine in. Studies have shown that when humans are given light, they flourish, feeling more healthy and positive. If you can’t go that far, open your windows during the day and let the warmth of the light radiate throughout the entire room.
- Create a serene bedroom. If you’re like me, you may have pets who think they are humans and demand a spot on the bed. But bedtime should be about letting go of the worries and pressures of the day and relaxing into a peaceful sleep. Try to get your pets to sleep in another room. Or, if you have a studio like me, try to get them to sleep in their own beds. Play soothing meditation music or light aromatherapy candles. Let your mind empty itself from the day’s demands and create a warm, safe retreat.
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