What would having a more peaceful home mean to you?
While listening to a podcast recently, I heard something that really spoke to my soul:
“There is nothing in life you can completely control except your own mind.”
It’s such a simple concept, yet one that we easily lose focus on. In this podcast about “How to conquer complaining”, Sara McFall gives some great advice on turning towards gratitude.
I, myself, don’t internalize a lot. I feel like I need to vent and release it before I can move past it. However, not getting stuck in a rut of complaining isn’t always an easy task. You can listen to the podcast here.
Life can be chaotic. Overwhelming. Repetitive.
It’s easy to lose focus on what you do have and get caught in a rut of complaining and negativity.
No, we may not have everything we want in life today, but I can almost guarantee there is someone out there striving for what you do have.
The better part of the first half of 2017 has felt overwhelming for myself and my family. So, I have made it my mission to break that. Life is short and there is so much more beauty to it.
So what else can we do to help ourselves enjoy life a little more? Well, if we’re stressed every night at home that certainly doesn’t help. Without further adieu, here are 5 Steps to a more Peaceful home.
- Break projects down into small manageable steps and work room by room. If you continually jump around you will end up with a bunch of unfinished projects which will only cause you more stress.I prefer to do a mental brain dump. I take a blank piece of paper and complete silence and sit down and just write every single project down–no matter how small or large. During this, I don’t focus on budget or timeline, I just get all of my creative ADD out of my head and onto paper. Then, I narrow it down from there.It’s always great to keep a quick list of projects that can be accomplished in no more than the weekend and/or on a smaller budget. It will help you keep things moving forward and you will be less likely to fall into a state of design paralysis.
- Commit to 5-10 min of cleaning, decluttering, and organizing at least 5 days out of the week. Be flexible and don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen one night, either add an additional 5-10 min another night or do it on a night you usually don’t.Come up with systems that work into your already busy routine. It’s always great to check out what systems other people have already created, but don’t try to use it if it doesn’t fit into your life as it is now.
- Make your home smell welcoming. Don’t you still remember what your childhood home or grandparents house smelled like?Creating a signature scent for your house is so easy. Just choose whatever it is you love the scent of!I prefer to diffuse Purification Essential Oil or Thieves Essential oil, however, you may prefer to light a candle or bake some cookies. The first chance you get when you get home, start it up and breathe in the warmth of home. (Learn more about Essential Oils here.)
- Have more fun! Play games, start a random dance party with your kids, turn chores into contests to see who can do it the fastest, have a staycation or date night in.Take time to relax or go out. Make family days a priority. Make a “no serious talk” rule during these time and stay focused on your family and yourself.
- Work on your mindset. You are the only one in complete control of your mind. It’s a choice, remember that.This has been a big one for me lately. I have recently finished the book Oola for Women and having a balanced life starts with your decision to do so. I can’t even begin to express how wonderful this book is (I’ll share more in a future post). You can check it out and/or order your copyhere or here.
Truthfully, I believe people overthink the definition of a peaceful home. To me, it’s laughter & happiness, along with organization & beauty. Create your own definition of a peaceful home and continually work towards that.
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