Believe it or not, we homemakers really do make our homes feel like a home. It took me a while to figure this out, be we do. Our special super power is to make our homes feel like cozy havens, even if they have ugly carpet or bad wall paper. We can do this and the thing is, nobody else will do it for us. Sometimes when we’ve been busy and out running errands all day, we just need to come home and create some calm in our little bubble. There’s certain things that help us create this magic thing called calm. Candles, soft music, or fresh sheets might be a few.
How to create calm in our homes
Do an emergency clean
for nobody but ourselves. Sometimes I do this if everything just seems out of sorts. I’ll do an emergency clean for no one but me…and my family too of course. If I can set my timer and clean for even 15 minutes, everything feels a little better.
I always light a candle if I want to create a calmer feeling in my home. I’ve been obsessed with Bath and Body Works this fall. They have great sales and coupons and their candles are my favorite. Filling your home with fresh balsam or spiced pumpkin can even a calm so quick.
Turn everything off: TV’s, computers, music, whatever else is on…turn it off. To me, nothing creates a chaotic feeling more than blaring cartoons or loud music when it just needs to chill out.
Turn on some calm. I love to play piano music or something soft like Norah Jones radio when I want everyone to take it down a notch.
At night, turn OFF the overhead lighting and turn ON the warm fuzzy lamp light. I have such a fetish about good lighting. Overhead lights drive me crazy…yes, the opposite of calm. The warm lamplight makes everything more relaxing.
If you’re alone, run yourself a bath. Take your time and enjoy a warm bath. I promise you will emerge in a calmer state.
Declare a quiet time. On days when everyone is really crazy and not caring at all about the calm thing, I will either send them all outside to play or send them each to separate corners to read by themselves. I usually give them a time limit and have them stay that way till the time is up. They will usually come out of their quiet time a lot more calm.
Next time everything feels out of sorts, create some calm in your home. Only you can do this. Kids? Not so calm. Yes, mama, only you can create this. :)
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