Most of us begin and end our days at home, which means that having a peaceful home plays a huge supporting role in our happiness. Home is meant to be a soft place to go to when we need to refill our hearts and refuel our souls–the place we want to keep returning to. Making a peaceful home needn’t be a task, but a joy-filled approach to living a happier life
“He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” – Johann Wolfgag von Goethe
When we’re rushing out the door or frazzled upon our return, putting time and energy into cleaning and organizing may seem trivial. Yet if we consider the effect of waking up in an inspired space, coming home to a relaxed environment, and living in a joyful place, then making a peaceful home becomes a worthwhile pursuit that would support our overall happiness.
There are lots of little ways to build a peaceful home, no matter the size of your structure or your style of decorating. Knowing peace at home, you can better bring peace to the world and discover the peace that’s in your soul.
7 Little Ways to Make a Peaceful Home
Attribute a feeling to your space.
Think about how your environment can support your intentions. What is it that you want this space to reflect? What do you want to feel when you walk through your door? Is it comfort, love, happiness, relaxation, tranquility, or anything else? Give your home (or even each room) a mission statement or tagline of sorts, and choose objects, colors, and styles that elicit those feelings.
Identify negative and positive vibes.
Look at the experiences you’ve had in your life—they’re probably displayed on your walls, shelves, and in various forms of décor around your house. Many of the items we fill our homes with are associated with memories and feelings. It’s likely that we intend for these associations to be positive and joyful, but we may unknowingly connect negative emotions to the things we see every day.
Take inventory of the vibes you receive when you enter a space. Identify which objects drain you and which lift you, and then rearrange accordingly.
Plant positive reminders.
What scents, sights, sounds, textures, colors, words or phrases trigger a positive response in you? In other words, what brings a smile to your face? Whether it’s a plant or fragrance, mementos from loved ones, souvenirs from vacations, positive signs and quotes, a salt rock lamp, or pictures from happy times, decorate your home in a way that pleases your heart and reminds you of all that you love.
Match your heartbeat with Nature.
Design a restorative atmosphere by harnessing the calming and cleansing power of plants. Bring in elements inspired by nature, like a wood turned bowl, reclaimed furniture, floral patterns, scenic pictures and prints, or nature-themed music. Open your windows every day (even just a crack) to let the air circulate and let the sounds of nature into your home.
Make each space inspired.
All rooms and corners are worthy of care in a peaceful home. We can “sweep it under the rug,” as the saying goes, but simply closing the door on an overflowing closet doesn’t make the clutter go away. It’s essentially a task left undone, and this can contribute to an unconscious state of unease. We might even think about it when we’re not at home.
Though it’s not the end of the world if not every inch is tidy, it eases the psyche to have a sense of calm in all the nooks and crannies of your home.
Dedicate space for stress-relief activities.
Consider dedicating one space to your yoga practice or meditation practice, exercising, taking naps, reading good books, journaling, or anything else you do to relieve stress. Having one space devoted solely to stress-relief (and the release of negativity) can positively impact the rest of your home.
Speak kind words.
This is a suggestion to talk to your home, your plants, your pets, your family members, your visitors, and yourself with as much loving kindness as possible. Everything has an energy behind it, including your thoughts and words, and everything around you responds to that energy.
Bring more compassion, positive self-talk, optimism, respect, acceptance, gratitude, and hopeful attitudes into the home, and your home will start to feel more peaceful, tranquil, soothing, and welcoming.
- How do you keep the positive energy flowing at home?
- In what small ways can you cultivate a more peaceful home?
Please share your ideas, decorating tips, home practices, and what has worked for you in the comments.
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If you want more joy in your mornings, more comfort in your evenings, and more love in your life, go home and love your home.