My home is such a personal space. The foundation is completely filled with potential. Every wall reflects the beauty of my family and several memories surface as I step into each room. I truly get a sense of comfort every time I’m home because I made my home a sanctuary. It’s a purposeful place where happiness and life thrive, and all remains right with the world. More than just a shelter, more than just a place to sleep for the night, my home has taken on a character of its own.
If you would like to learn how I converted my home into a serene place then continue reading. I’ll show you my examples of how I improved my living space and added hospitality to my residence. And don’t worry if you don’t have the “perfect” house. These tips will work for any home.
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Home is where you are
It doesn’t matter the size, shape, or format of where you currently live. To make your home a sanctuary, all that matters is you allow it to grow. Turning a house into a home simply means perceiving it as a place your heart can dwell. Intentional changes, over time, will transform your living space into a comfortable and lifegiving haven.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that my home has been through many changes. My goal throughout the entire transition was to make a space for my family and me to be completely happy. Cream walls, gray walls, carpet or tile, it never mattered. What counted was that beauty was intentionally placed right where we were.
7 Steps I Used to Make My Home a Sanctuary:
There were 7 steps I used to change the effect of my home. These steps created a healthy family environment and an overall cleaner space. The concepts were simple and everyone adjusted easily. Basically, turning your home into a place of refuge is a way of life rather than a temporary fix.
Step 1: Get rid of the clutter
If I could recommend only one tip, this would be the one. Getting rid of the clutter to improve your living space makes such a dramatic and positive effect. In fact, I wrote an entire post about my decluttering process here. As a family, we are happy with what we have, and are not bogged down by excess materials. Decluttering did such good things to our mental health, and our day to day functions.
Step 2: Add more houseplants
I am a firm believer that what we output is directly correlated to what we first inputted. To encourage life, you must first marvel at it. I began adding houseplants to the interior of my home. Nature is beautiful and harnessing it within the home has made such a difference. Even if my husband takes the car to work all day, we beat cabin fever by admiring the houseplants.
Now, keep in mind that some plants are harder to care for than others. Since I have 3 kids and a busy client list for my freelancing, I chose plants that are easy to maintain. Golden Pathos and Succulents fill the majority of my pots.
Step 3: Breathe fresh air
Opening the windows to my home converted it into a space that was airy and bright. Sometimes, all I needed was a literal breath of fresh air. In my previous post about beating overwhelm, I used a big open window to explain the story. It’s amazing how sunshine can set the tone for the day. I turned my home into a place of light and serene conditions, simply by just opening it up. Besides, houseplants love it, too.
Step 4: Bedrooms are for sleeping
On average, my family spends the majority of their time between the living room and kitchen. We have an open floor plan that makes this location the center of attention. Every now and then, if someone needs a little quiet time, they can spend it in their room. Primarily though, we keep bedrooms only for sleeping or sitting still.
By doing so, we have created an open forum for interaction, as well as safe places for downtime. Having the ability to control the environment so precisely leaves our home feeling more like a safe haven. It’s just one of the steps we used that made our home a sanctuary.
Home is where you can lay your head down and rest.
Now, I’m sure there are some associative factors with this type of routine but my brain totally shuts down as soon as I hit the bed. It’s quiet and I rest without worries or bothers. Furthermore, I do understand the fact that all three of my children are young, and do not desire the same boundaries as teenagers. My thoughts are to maintain the bedrooms only for sleeping as long as possible.
Step 5: Have a motivational workspace
Because I work from home as a freelance writer, having a motivational workspace is vital to productivity. Along with making sure my workspace has no clutter, I also add inspiration. I love to put quotes on my chalkboard, and I customize an electronic calendar with uplifting photos. Having things in my workspace that invoke creativity allows me to produce more. I consider my home a sanctuary of innovation because I get a lot accomplished by the way it’s set up.
Step 6: Supply unlimited water
This may sound weird, but I’ve had extended stays at homes that did not have access to unlimited drinking water. I found myself having to constantly buy bottled water, which is a totally tedious task. I also found myself then, drinking less of it and becoming dehydrated.
My home has a specialized reverse osmosis system that’s plumbed right into our fridge dispenser. I cannot tell you how many cups of water I drink every single day and how much better I feel now because of it. Since I’m home all day, the quality and quantity of my water matters. Having unlimited drinking water keeps me both healthy and happy while living and working at home.
Practical Use of Unlimited Water
Crazy story, during last Fall’s hurricane madness, we were able to use the 50-gallon drum from the reverse osmosis system to help ourselves and a few neighbors. We welcomed them in and shared water together. Whenever you decide to transition your home into a sanctuary, don’t forget to share your blessings whenever possible.
Step 7: Put everything in its place
If you did not know, we are a household of minimalists. Everything has to have a purpose. Additionally, everything has to have a place. If our shelves become too full, or drawers too packed, then it’s time to evaluate. If an item hasn’t been used or is impractical, it gets donated. Accordingly, with the mantra that everything has to prove it’s worth, the house feels a lot more intentional.
How does your house feel?
Is your home giving you the right vibe or does it require a little growth? As you reflect on this post, I ask that you list three things that are truly beautiful about your home. Consider what you like most about those three things and multiply the feeling from there. I say with conviction that our houses are not sterile but instead grow and change with the seasons. With a little love, faith, and intention, we have the ability to make our homes thrive.
Until next time,