Creating a space that you can’t wait to get home to—one that’s peace-full—is a big part of living intentionally. It’s a way to honor your life
You’ve probably heard the expression, “the kitchen is the heart of the home.” That’s because it’s natural for us to gather around food. There’s a common bond when we break bread together; sharing, laughing, planning, dreaming or simply discussing the events of the day.
We often rush through our meals (just like we regularly race through life), eating while working, driving, watching TV or staring at another device. Years ago, the estimated weekly time spent for sitting down for meals was twenty-one hours—I’m pretty sure that’s considerably less now. And, many of us don’t put much thought into what we eat even though the meals we consume should sustain our physical bodies and our spirits. Eating is both physiological and psychological.
In “White Cloth Napkins”, I talked about how we often plan beautifully laid out meals when we entertain but don’t give any thought at all to that practice in our day-to-day lives. For some reason, we’ve decided that we should ignore rituals that honor us (and often our families) the way we try to honor our guests.
Take the time to “set” a place and sit down and enjoy what you’re eating. Plan your meals so that you can relax and appreciate the bounty of your life. You don’t need an elaborate feast! One of my fondest food memories is of the easy, summer dinner my mother prepared with just-picked corn on the cob and a big salad. It wasn’t fancy but it was colorful, fresh and delicious. Since we have to eat to live, let’s make it one of life’s simple pleasures!
Expansive, elegant kitchens are wonderful, but you don’t need expansive or elegant to create a beautiful home So, in your kitchen—the heart of your home—let’s talk about how to honor that space.
First, let’s tackle all the “stuff” that lives there (I know; I’m like a broken record when it comes to clutter). Take everything out of your cabinets (one area at a time if you have a lot of possessions). Look at each item and ask yourself, “do I love it or use it?”. This is my guideline for knowing whether you should keep something or pass it along; either you love it—it makes you smile, or you use it—it has a utilitarian purpose. If it fits neither of these two simple criteria then get rid of it (sell it, donate it, pass it on to a friend, toss it if it’s not in good shape). Don’t get overwhelmed by the process, just do it step-by-step.
Next, take everything off your countertops. Do you use those items all the time (maybe a coffee pot) or are they four times a year things (maybe a big mixer)? Keep out the items you use regularly; store the rest. Once the “thinning out” process is done, put a couple of beautiful items on your countertop—a live plant, a bowl of lemons or a piece of pottery from a wonderful vacation are perfect. Keep it simple.
If the kitchen truly is the “heart of the home” it should reflect who you are and the way you want to live. Pay attention to what you put in (and leave out of) this important space.
The “little things” really do matter. And, too many of them create “noise” that takes you away from really seeing beyond the clutter. When put thought into your daily habits around food, and live only what you love or use, you are creating intentional living. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Dear Reader, please help spread the word of peace full home® and invite your friends to our peace-filled conversations. I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment and let me know what you’re thinking.
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