If you’re like many people I know, you may often feel as if you’re running through life. When you complete your day’s activities—whether that’s employment, caring for others, volunteerism, or spending time with family and friends—wouldn’t it be nice to walk through the door into your home (or stop doing the “work” part of your day if you work from home) and fully exhale?
Home should be the place where you feel serene, calm, relaxed, and at peace. It doesn’t matter if your residence is a 750 square foot walk-up apartment or an 8000 square foot luxury colonial on a hill. Really….it doesn’t. What’s important is creating a place you love being in. For each of us, that’s going to look different, and that’s wonderful because we view and process life from distinct perspectives.
To create a home that feeds you instead of depleting you, we’ll take it step-by-step. Start by taking fifteen minutes, sitting down with a notebook and pen (or smartphone, iPad, Mac, or the kids’ construction paper if that’s all you can find), and write down everything that comes to mind as you imagine your home ideal in the place you’re currently live in.
It’s easy to make extensive wish lists without any parameters, but the goal is to live fully and savor life in your current reality.
What would make your existing home more serene, a place you truly want to be in? Maybe: “less stuff to clean,” “more flowers,” or “a place to read.” The sky’s the limit on your list. Some may not be readily attainable (or next to impossible), but until you understand what would bring you joy, it’s unlikely you’ll make it happen. This first step is just a “jumping-off point” to the discussions we’re going to have.
Do you remember when Dorothy clicked her heels in “The Wizard of Oz” and said, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home?” How lovely would it be if that’s what you thought every day?
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