No Place Like Home
Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ sometimes I just want to click my heels and be instantly transported away from wherever I am to my little safe haven–my home.
I may not be dealing with the Wicked Witch of the West or the Flying Monkeys (although sometimes I am!) but thinking of being home will often lower my anxiety immediately because I know once I am there I am safe from the world.
We all have a basic need to feel safe–from danger, from criticisms and even from the judgements that others pass on us–although the older I get the less I care about those judgements.
These safe havens are what we make of them. It is the one place in the world where the stresses of life can be lessened and the burdens put to rest–at least for a little while.
I have always taken pride in my home and love to decorate it with things that reflect my personality and that represent my family. I am not the best housekeeper but I do try to keep things as neat and clean as I can.
The key to this is organization.
In our busy runaround lives though especially during on the workweek, shoes get left next to a favorite chair, the newspapers and magazines along with the mail begin to pile up, plants go unwatered and more often than now there are a few dishes in the sink.
Nonetheless, I always find the time to put things to rights. I have also been on a decluttering journey this year and that has helped a great deal.
Having a place for everything and putting every in its place. My decluttering has taken me much longer than I expected it to take but I have accepted that it is a process. And once the decluttering is done–the upkeep is a much simpler chore.
One way I keep my home inviting and that helps me feel welcomed to it each day is by doing my 15 minute cleaning. I basically tackle a task for 15 minutes and then stop. This can be done in the morning or in the evenings or in between TV shows.
If you don’t have 15 minutes, you can still organize the things in your house in 5 minutes. Take 5 minutes to go through the mail for example and put everything that has to be shredded on the shredder. Address the items that need to be addressed or put them in your planner for the next day.
Do a walk through your house and pick up newspapers that are read, empty water bottles and any other things that belong in the recycle bin. It quickly declutters and cleans up your area–making your home more pleasant to be in.
There really is no place like home–the one place in the whole world where you are always welcome and where your space is defined by you. Keep your home a haven that is clean and safe and that hugs you when you walk through the door.
How do you keep your home a haven?