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.
You 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 storms.
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?
Stop 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 peace.
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 to me.
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?
Song of the Day: Little Drummer Boy, Perry Como