Life is crazy. We all want our homes to be a safe haven from the outside world. We want to be able to come home and feel refreshed. But sometimes that isn’t realized the way you want it to be.
Maybe you’ve tried some things to achieve a little more peace in your home, but they haven’t quite worked.
Sometimes you need concrete steps to take to attain your goals.
Here are five actionable steps you can take to achieve a more peaceful home.
You don’t have to become a minimalist to declutter your house a little. Are there toys your kids don’t play with anymore? Clothes that you’ve been meaning to donate?
We all have an accumulation of stuff. It’s not useful. We don’t love it. It’s just there.
Get rid of the stuff!
Stuff bogs you down. It doesn’t matter what method of decluttering you use if it isn’t useful or doesn’t bring you joy, it doesn’t belong in your house.
The less stuff you have in your house, the easier it is to keep it clean. That reduces your stress even more. And it saves money too!
2. Keep It Clean
You don’t have to go crazy. You don’t have to Spring Clean like your grandmother did and give yourself a headache. (Also like your grandmother did.)
Water and a rag will work wonders for your inner peace. Simply sweeping the kitchen and wiping off the counters before you go to bed helps. It takes all of 5-10 minutes, and you won’t walk barefooted over dinner’s crumbs in the morning.
Or make picking up their room a part of your kids’ bedtime routine. You don’t have to be the only one promoting peace in your household.
Find a cleaning schedule that works for you and do your best to stick to it. That can be once a week, a little every day, however, you want to do it. You’ll relax just a little more if you’re not staring at a toilet ring every day.
3. Turn Off the Noise
Is your home so noisy that you can’t even think properly? Turn the noise off. (Or at least turn it down.)
Background noise of the TV and the radio interfere with the calm you want to achieve in your home. Be mindful to turn electronic distractions off when they are not actively in use.
Ask your spouse to work with you on this. I’m sure they would love a more peaceful house, too! Explain to the kids about volume control for their own devices if they don’t use headphones. This is a family effort.
4. Have Something You Love
An item that you chose and love will do wonders for your mood every time you look at it.
I have a few pieces of decor that I bought for myself simply because I love them. They became my way of marking my home as mine. To me, these pieces say that I belong here.
A feeling of belonging can help you relax. You’ve made your own little place in the world where you can let your guard down and be yourself.
5. Be Aware
One more thing you can do is to be aware and take note of what disturbs the peace in your home. This may seem a little abstract, but it doesn’t have to be.
The next time you find yourself feeling stressed at home, try to figure out what is causing it. Or what is contributing to it. Pinpoint what you can change to make your home more peaceful.
Write these things down. Keep a journal, or a note on your phone to write down the things that happened that disturbed your peaceful home.
Developing a habit of awareness will help you take these steps and come up with your own. Write down what you’ve discovered you can do to further establish the peace in your home. This is your journey.
Those are five steps to having a more peaceful home. You can use them in any order to help you on your personal journey to peace.
Did something inspire you to make your home more peaceful? Or did I miss a method of having a peaceful home that you love? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!