Finding your sanctuary…
in a sustainable home

The saying goes that your home is your castle. Is your home also your sanctuary? Finding a place of peace and restoration in today’s world isn’t easy. Home offices, shared spaces, kids, pets, the hustle and bustle of life all get in the way. Every now and then, it’s important to take a break and recharge. It’s easy to create a quiet space in your home—it’s more about attitude than location.

  • Clear out clutter
    A cluttered space makes everything feel more tense. It’s hard to relax and unwind in a cluttered space. Find your space on the clutter continuum and stick to it.
  • Have fun
    Find a way to transform those boring chores into something enjoyable. Maybe it’s creating a ritual around making  your bed, or rocking out to your favorite tunes while doing dishes.
  • Find (or create) a view
    If you’ve got a good view, make sure you’re not covering it up with heavy curtains and blinds. If you don’t have one, create one with a great piece of art, or a fabulous tablescape that makes you feel good.
  • Turn down the lights
    Bright light may be great during the day, but at night, dim things down a bit to enhance your body’s natural rhythms. Try dimming lights progressively, getting dimmer and dimmer as you get closer to bedtime. It’s a natural way to unwind.
  • Indulge your sense
    Find a fragrance you love and use it. Scented candles, or bath products are perfect ways to add a gentle aroma to your home. Add a soft throw you love to touch to add yet another layer.
  • Bring in nature
    Grow something indoors. Try a terrarium, or if you’re a real brown thumb, an aerium. Take up bonsai. Add natural elements like wood or stone to your décor as well.

It’s not about creating a single space that is your sanctuary, though you can certainly do that. It’s more about making your home a sanctuary for your spirit; a place where you feel rejuvenated and relaxed.

 

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