I often think about how creating a Home Sanctuary is all about the
senses. Having a place of refuge in this busy world means that when you
walk through the door, you feel "Home."
This is my place.
This is my sanctuary.
This is my refuge.
can close the door on the world of high gas prices and international
turmoil, office politics and play group drama. You can circle the
wagons, so to speak, and live in your own little shelter from the
And I know that we all struggle with the clutter
of life...the toys, the laundry, the junk mail...and we spend a lot of
time on doing things to make our homes LOOK nice. That's important
stuff, because how your home looks affects your sanctuary in a big way.
But for today I'd like to focus on another important sense, and that is the sense of hearing.
What does your home sound like today?
and pay attention to what is bombarding your sense of hearing and you
might be surprised. TV's, radios, phones, traffic....we are constantly
hearing things that we've learned to "tune out," yet affect our sense of
Today's Small Thing is really simple. It starts with just listening.
Listen to your children play and even bicker (well, yours probably don't bicker, but mine did). Listen to doors and cabinets being slammed, footsteps and the volume
of media. Listen to birds chirping, dogs barking, horns blaring.
The second thing is to ask yourself: are there some things I can control to make my home sound more peaceful?
Could I put felt stoppers on doors and drawers to eliminate the
slamming? (I LOVE FELT STOPPERS!) Could I turn off the TV and radio?
Could my children please
use their inside voices? How about the level of my own voice? Could I
play some beautiful or upbeat music? Sometimes just being aware of
sounds is enough to make me take a little bit of action to do things
better. I want my home to appeal to my ears so that it SOUNDS like home
Step 1: Listen to the sounds of your home (Oh, Rachel Anne, could it get any easier than that?)
Step 2: Bring it on home by taking ONE action to make it sound like a sanctuary
What are you doing today to improve the sound of your home?