If we are working hard to create a life less busy, and slowing down to allow time for the things that really matter, then it is necessary to ensure we have the right space in which to do those things. I have previously talked about the importance of the home environment and the benefits of creating a home sanctuary on the Wellbeing page.
I recently read an interesting book called ‘The Mindful Home’ which talks about both mindful living, and how we can create a home that is harmonious and conducive to our happiness. I would highly recommend it for those interested in the connection between our homes and our overall sense of wellbeing. The first step in creating a home sanctuary is to ensure our house is clutter free. Only then will we have the physical and emotional space for the things that nourish us. Books that helped me with the de-cluttering process were Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston and The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up or Spark Joy by Marie Kondo.
When we renovated our own home I wanted to create areas where I could enjoy reading and relaxing. I found that looking at images of many different homes and spaces helped me to clarify the kind of style I wanted in my own home. Often it’s about creating a feeling or atmosphere that aligns with the kind of life you want to be living. It’s so important to surround yourself with things that will inspire you. I created a folder of my favourite images and a virtual moodboard on Pinterest (see below) and still refer back to these when I need inspiration. I find that having clear spaces that reflect the kind of activities I want to be engaged in helps me to actually take the time to do those things. Ultimately being mindful of our home environment and the impact it has on us is an important part of creating our ideal life.