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 all had a great weekend full of simple pleasures.
Last week I began writing on the home as a sanctuary, beginning with the living room. At first it may not seem that there is a connection in creating a comfortable living space and Minimalism. However, I think that one of the big draws to Minimalism and simplistic living is that we want our homes and living spaces to be a sanctuary from the craziness of the world. When we get rid of the layers of stuff we have accumulated we are able to find the heart of our homes and be more in touch with our true selves. Therefore, for the next several posts,I would like to inspire people to keep their homes simple while at the same time cultivating a sanctuary for their families and themselves to thrive in.
The Bedroom is the first room we see in the morning and the last thing we see at night. It is the room that sets the tone as we start the day as well sets the mood for romance and sleep. To have your bedroom as a sanctuary is a blessing that can add pleasure to your life by providing a space to relax and recharge your mind and body each evening. How does your bedroom feel to you right now? Is it cozy and inviting or do you have to step over yesterday’s outfit and a treadmill to get to your bed? If you are ready to snuggle down and rejuvenate your body and spirit, here are some ideas to help you get started.
1. Keep dresser and nightstand surfaces free of clutter and display only what is beautiful and has meaning to you. Get rid of excessive or meaningless knick- knacks.
2. Take the time to put away clothing, accessories, and shoes each night.
3. Make your bed each morning. It only takes a couple of minutes and you will appreciate that you took the time each time you see your room.
3. Use your bedroom only for rest and romance. I would highly suggest watching TV in another room of the house. Definitely keep exercise equipment somewhere else.
4. De-clutter your dressers and closet. Get rid off anything that you do not wear on a regular basis. Closets and drawers full of unused clothes causes an underlying stress each morning when you try to get ready for your day.
5. Add little touches for romance whether you are a couple or single. Candles, comfortable pillows and bedding, flowers on the night stand. Whatever makes you feel relaxed and a little pampered. Remember to keep your choices simple.
How about you? What are some touches that you would like to add to make your bedroom a sanctuary? I would love to hear your ideas.
Sweet dreams and bright mornings 🙂
Until next time,
Minimalist Monday: Your Home As A Sanctuary-The Living Room.
Room of the week:
We actually have no touches 🙂 A bed a very small bedstand for my sweet sweet wife and a 2 person infrared sauna are all we have in our bedroom 🙂
That is great! Stuff just makes the mind busy in the bedroom instead of relaxing, I think. I do display a candle ( my weakness), a carnival glass bowl from my uncle, a jewelry box from a good friend and mentor, and a pin and earnings from my sister.I could easily go bear bones in my room but for now I do like having a few simple reminders of those who are special to me. I like the idea of a sauna. I always am ready to relax after time in a sauna. Right now I go to the gym for the sauna to detox. Good to hear from you 🙂
Laura…I thank you for sharing these posts here. I am slowly making my little cottage into a sanctuary for my family, but it is also for me. As a full time caregiver, I feel the need for rest both in the body and the mind… Thank you again. m.
You are very welcome 🙂 I think what you are doing is absolutely wonderful. I think you will inspire many people on your quest!