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I have this idea. The kind you can't get rid of. It has been following me around for weeks, maybe even years. I am not unfamiliar with it...it has been an unnamed force in my life for years, influencing every place I've made and called home. But recently this nebulous idea has started taking on a distinct shape, so I started writing down the convictions and values behind it.

The idea centers around our homes, apartments, condos, RV's...wherever we dwell. We spend a lot of time in them. At their best, our dwellings are the places where we find rest, comfort, and peace. At their worst, they are chaotic places where we feel stress and defeat. For most of us, we find ourselves somewhere in the somewhat messy middle.

If our homes are center stage of so much of our lives, why do they so easily feel off center? And in turn, make us feel off-center? Why do we allow our home to become overrun with stuff? Why is it so hard to feel settled in an environment that should bring us the most "settledness?"

And so my idea is simple...if we mind the place where we dwell, if we bring a few practices to our homes...we can reclaim it as a place of centering. It can move from being a place of stress and mess to a place of calm and rest.

I have a few practices in mind...10 in fact. They are rules, guidelines, values, intentions...pick your word. I chose the word practice because of the reminder it is never final or perfect. But the more we make time for these practices, the more centered our homes will feel.

Over the next few weeks I'll explain each practice. Some are pretty self-explanatory (hello number 7), others will need a bit of explanation. But my hope is through these practices your home would become a place of centering.

So here they are...10 practices for a Centered Home:

1. Two words: Sight. Lines.
2. Symbolize the Sacred.
3. Wall Art is a reflection of you (with or without mirrors).
4. If you don't know why...bye bye.
5. No budget? No problem.
6. Give yourself a free zone.
7. Stop the side eye.
8. Maintain easy access to your 'giving up pants.'
9. Embrace weird Scandinavian words like "hygge" and "fika."
10. Get the family involved.


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  1. Lindsay, An area that most people can relate to. Thanks for being motivated enough to write about it. I am curious if these "practices" have been utilized by you and your family and found them to have value and thus "work" or are you learning to practice them along with all your readers to this blog?

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    1. Duane, these are practices I've used for quite a while, but practice has certainly not made perfect. And that's not the point, right? These are methods we use at our home to keep things a little less chaotic...I've found them to be valuable but I'm still working on them. So the answer to your question is yes!

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