Making Peace with Your House

Posted by Steph Kaye on Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 1:35pm.

   
A peaceful home is about more than style. It’s about creating a place where each piece has a function, whether for its beauty, utility or both. Here are 10 ways to bring a peaceful, balanced feeling to your home.

1. Clear surfaces daily. Clutter is a distraction. When you see a stack of papers, a tangle of jewelry or a pile of laundry, some small part of your mind is at work thinking about dealing with them. If you want a calmer experience at home, a good way to begin is by making it routine to clear all the surfaces in your house daily. When your eye can skim across clean, clear surfaces throughout your home, it also becomes easier to stay focused on the present moment

2. Declutter and get organized. It’s one thing to clear surfaces; it’s quite another to completely declutter your home. But when you have taken the time to go through every closet, drawer and cupboard and separate your belongings to the ones you truly need, love or both, a weight lifts. Daily tasks that used to take forever are streamlined; lost items are quickly found.

3. Get some help if you need it. Sometimes it’s best to admit you need help and let the pros do what they do best. Hire a professional organizer to help clear that clutter, a decorator to help you tap into your style and get your home looking and feeling just the way you want, or an architect to redesign your space.

4. Incorporate the five elements. Don’t stop with potted plants, to really bring nature in your home, make sure all five elements are represented. They are: water (images of water, a fountain, flowers in a bowl of water), earth (stone, plants), fire (candles, incense, fireplace), metal (furniture, tools) and wood (furniture, beams).


5. Keep floors as clear as possible.
 Similar to keeping surfaces clear, having clean, clear floors is a way to streamline your life and keep your attention on the here and now. If piles of things tend to accumulate on your floors, perhaps it’s because there isn’t a better place for them — if that’s the case, make a home for these items so you won’t be tripping over them anymore. As for the floors themselves, keeping them fresh, clean, and dust free makes for a more pleasant space and helps improve indoor air quality.

6. Use fewer but more meaningful decorations. Instead of binging on inexpensive finds, aim to reduce your decor items to include only the ones that you truly love and that hold meaning for you. A few beautiful objects carefully displayed can be so inspiring — reducing allows you to appreciate what you have even more.

7. Soften your lighting. Learn to appreciate natural light and use it more. Even when the light starts to fade in the evening, consider sometimes lighting candles instead of flicking on the overheads. Swap out all of your regular light switches for dimmers — it makes a world of difference to be able to control the glow.
 
8. Pay attention to texture. Consider texture as you declutter and whenever you are considering a new purchase. Think of how lovely a chunky, hand-thrown pottery mug feels in the hand versus a machine-made version. Natural materials have some of the best textures — bring more rough nubby linen, cracked old leather, pure silk and raw wood into your home.

9. Use natural scents. Some of the most beautiful, inspiring shops usually smell amazing.  What you smell can have a surprisingly strong effect on how you feel. Create a purifying, calming atmosphere in your home by getting rid of artificial fragrances and choosing natural scents like those from beeswax candles, essential oils, natural cleaning products and fresh garden flowers instead. 

10. Use everyday reminders. In meditation practice sometimes a bell is used as a reminder to refocus your attention on the here and now. Create a list of some things you do multiple times each day, and pick one of them to use as your own version of a meditation bell. It could be anything, as long as it’s something you do often — adjust the window shades, wash your hands, pour a glass of water, check your email etc. Whenever you find yourself about to do that thing, take a moment to stop, breathe and simply be present. 

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