Creating a Peaceful Place
No matter your worldview, chances are you are feeling stressed in today's environment. Creating soothing spaces in our homes can help us relax, reframe and recharge. Here's how to create restful places, one room at a time, one step at a time!
Pick One Room to Focus On
Choose the room you wish to use as your "haven" and start there. For example, I start each day in my living room, before anyone else in my household wakes up, to drink coffee, get centered and mentally prepare for my day. It's especially important to me that this is a peaceful place so I can start my day on a calm and positive note.
Put "Stuff" Away
Take anything out of the area that doesn't belong and put it where it should go. Next, find places and/or put away everything that you don't need or want in sight. Definitely remove items with negative associations.
Subtract - Experiment with Less
Now, look around and note how you feel. Is there anything that's still bothering you or makes you feel unsettled?
What is it and can you change it? Maybe there are too many decorative items in the room or ones that you don't like. Is there too much furniture? If so, can you stow or remove it? Experiment with putting more stuff away and notice how each change makes you feel about the space.
Or you may prefer to start with a clean slate by taking everything out of the space and then bringing back items one by one to better help you gauge your reaction.
Now, that you've removed everything that is not conducive to a feeling of peace, consider if there are items you can add to the room that will increase your comfort and joy.
For example, a candle or diffuser, a favorite decorative item, photo or collection, comfortable throw pillows, a plant or flowers. The rule of thumb is that whatever you add should make you smile and feel calm.
After you've created one area in your home that enhances your wellbeing, branch out from there.
Just follow the same steps room by room and in time you'll have a retreat that is relaxing, refreshing and restorative for you and your family.