If you’re like me—and most people I know—you probably feel like you run through your day. When you get finished with your day’s work, whatever that is for you, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to walk through the door into your home (or stop doing the “work” part of your day if you work at home) and exhale?
For a long time, I’ve recognized that home should be the place where you feel serene, calm, relaxed, and at peace. It doesn’t matter if your home is a 750 square foot apartment or a 5000 square foot colonial on a hill. Really….it doesn’t. What’s important is creating a place you love being in. Obviously, for each of us, that’s going to look different, and that’s wonderful! Just like we all think differently, view things differently, and process differently, our ideal home will be different.
Start by giving yourself the luxury of taking 15 minutes and sitting down with a piece of paper and pen (or your smartphone, iPad, Mac, or the kids’ construction paper if that’s all you can get your hands on and write down whatever comes to mind when you think about your ideal home, inside the place you’re already living.
it’s easy for most of us to make an extensive wish list of what we’d love to have if we were able to move. What I’m talking about is, what would make your existing home more serene, a place you want to be? It may be something like “less stuff to clean,” “more flowers,” or “a place to read.” The sky’s the limit on your list. Some of the items may be next to impossible, but if you don’t know what you need, 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 cool would it be if that’s what you thought every day?
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