Creating a Sanctuary at Home
Awww, home sweet home!
Or is it?
Our homes should be a safe haven, a place to whether out the storms, to curl up in, and a place to be ourselves. Is that what your home does for you?
Creating a sanctuary at home is more than pretty things that are nice to look at, although that is part of it. It’s about the atmosphere — are loving thoughts being spoken there? Can friends and family speak openly and honestly? Do you long to come home after a tough day? Is your home tidy?
On the other hand, is you’re home so clean its sterile?
Keeping a clean home is important, but sometimes we go overboard and over clean and make folks uncomfortable when we invite them into our homes. They don’t know if they should touch anything! And heaven forbid they spill something! And how do you react if they do?
What do you want your guests to feel when they are in your home?
Does your home project that?
Ask a few close friends how they feel about your home. Are they anxious or calm? Relaxed and at peace? Or do they feel uptight and on edge?
How can you be sure they feel at home?
Creating A Beautiful Sanctuary
While a big part of creating a sanctuary is the atmosphere, it’s also important for it to look beautiful and inviting. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we’re not trying to impress people, we’re simply creating an environment that is pleasing for you — if it makes you comfortable, chances are your friends will be comfortable as well.
If you don’t yet have a home you feel is beautiful, start small. Create one area, one shelf if need be, that is beautiful. Include things that bring you joy; photographs, mementos from vacations or special events, letters from loves ones, candles, and flowers all make wonderfully beautiful decorations to create beauty in our home.
Small changes throughout your home will allow you to slowly create that safe have you can’t wait to get back home to and friends don’t want to leave!
How do you make your home a sanctuary?