What are the things that I do to make my home a more peaceful sanctuary? The first and most important thing I do is to make my bed each morning. That may sound silly but it starts my day off on the right foot. My bedroom is tidy and makes me feel ready for a new day!
I didn’t always make my bed. The old saying “you’re never too old to learn” is something I really believe. One of my fabulous nieces came to stay with us for a month while she was waiting for her first “big girl” apartment to be ready. She made her bed every morning. While she was a wonderful house guest, it wasn’t something she was doing to please me. She told me that she always made her bed and it gave her a sense of right with the world. I thought maybe she was on to something. She is a “glass is 7/8 full” kind of a gal! I gave it a try and I have only missed a few mornings since then.
I can’t believe how many days of my life I missed having this fabulous feeling. Little secret (it also makes your sheets feel like they are crisp and clean for a bit longer).
It is also very important to me that my home is tidy. I get anxious when things are a mess. You can imagine the anxiety levels I’ve had given that so many projects have happened in this house. There are only a few things that are original to this house that I moved into in 1993. When the kiddos were little it was much harder to keep everything in its place and I made my peace with that. Now that they are grown, it tends to be easier to keep things where they belong. I also treat myself to cleaning help. I say cleaning help because no one cleans the way I do and I do quite a bit of cleaning in between my every other week – cleaning help!
For me, a home isn’t home without fresh flowers and I treat myself to them at least once a week. My favorite place to buy flowers is Trader Joe’s. I also love candles and my diffusers! What is the sense of a clean house if you don’t treat it to flowers and a great scent! My favorite candle is Mahogany Beach by Happy Little Flame.
On these cold, still, winter days, especially when it’s cloudy and dreary I love a crackling fire in the fireplace. So to paint the picture; it’s a Saturday evening in February. My bed was made this morning and the house was cleaned yesterday. I have some awesome flowers in just the right vase. There are several candles burning and there’s a roaring fire in the fireplace. I wrap myself in a comfy throw after I’ve poured myself a glass of wine. I’m snuggled up with a good book while “Handy” watches a western he’s seen a million times. All is right with my world!
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next Monday!