Minimalist Mondays are dedicated to finding love, adventure, and joy in everyday living through the pursuit of a more simplistic lifestyle. By allowing only what is useful and meaningful into our lives and letting go of that which ties us down, we are better able to live a life of purpose, both for ourselves and for others.
Happy Minimalist Monday, everyone! I hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend. The garage project, which was going so well, needs to be put on hold until the outdoor temperatures make it at least above 0. With temperatures hitting as low as-28 here in Northern Colorado this week, I didn’t even try to work in my unheated garage. I do have every confidence that warmer temperatures will be on the way soon. Freezing sounds warm to me at this point.
Home as a sanctuary:
One of the many things I wish for people everywhere is to be able to walk into their homes and feel an immediate sense of peace and joy. The world can wear us down. Even when our lives are just a we hoped, the pressures of everyday life can still overwhelm us. We should all have a space where we can walk through the door and leave the mundane world behind to be ourselves, regain our composure, and spend time with those we love.
Room of the week:
The Front room
Trying to convert our home to an oasis all at once can be a daunting task so I suggest trying to start with one room or area of your home at a time. The first room that most people see when they enter their homes is the front room. This room has the potential to set the mood of your entire home, so it is a great place to start. When I was growing up, for those fortunate enough to have both a front room and family room, front rooms were rather off-limits for everyday living. This room was the place to receive visitors and entertain people. It was reserved for company and special events. I would suggest that the most important person or people you can receive into your home is you and your family. Make this room meaningful for you and your loved ones and it will automatically be welcoming to your special visitors and guests. It is fine to keep this room a little more formal if you like, but make sure you take the time to treat yourself and your family as special people deserving the best as well.
Front room Sanctuary:
- Keep this room absolutely free of clutter. Find a spot for house keys. Have a special place for things like back packs and shoes. Have a place for mail as it comes into the home and a system to sort it immediately.
- Use a fragrance that is right for you to welcome you home. Candles, incense, room fresheners, scented oils, or natural smells like baking on a regular basis fill the home with comforting aromas.
- Display objects of things that have great meaning to you and your family. Remove any objects that are just taking up space. You may enjoy reading last week’s post Minimalist Monday: Display What You Love! for more ideas on this topic.
- Strategically arrange small nooks for reading, board games, or playing an instrument. Anything that invokes a sense of enjoyment and relaxation.
- Encourage interaction with people rather than devises in this room. Consider that sports bars low-end restaurants have TV’s everywhere to distract you from deep conversation and meaningful experiences. Day spas, nice restaurants, and places which encourage quality living do not. TV’s and electronic devices are not bad but remember we are setting the mood for entering your home as your sanctuary with this room. You can still have your room set up to focus on conversation and relaxation and have your TV area look like a cozy area to snuggle. If you have a family room in addition to a front room you may consider housing your TV there instead.
- Play music that makes you happy and relaxed.Music sets the mood for everything we do. Live music is great so if you are able to have a piano, guitar or an other instrument to display and play in this room, it is a great way to relax and entertain family and friends. It was not that long ago that families gathered around the piano in the evenings to sing together. Having easy access to CD’s, or recordings in this room to set the mood when you enter your home is the icing on the cake.
Now, sit back and imagine this scenario. You walk into your home after a long day, there is a slight scent of vanilla in the air. You flip on the lights to see a clean, comfortable room that reminds you of those people most important to you. You turn on some music to help you relax, and sit back in a comfortable chair, taking just a moment to breathe and give thanks for all your blessings before heading off to the kitchen to fix dinner or catch up with your family and their days. Feels pretty good doesn’t it?
It’s the little details, if we pay attention to them, that can have the biggest effect on our state of mind. So, start creating your sanctuary. You deserve it! 🙂
Until next time,