Your home should be your sanctuary, your place to escape from the outside world. Luckily, turning your house into a sanctuary isn’t that hard! You just need a few tips to help you make it happen.
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Where is your absolute favorite place to go at the end of a long day?
For me, that place is my home. It’s my safe haven, my refuge from the outside world. It’s the place I want to be 99% of the time. Well, when I’m not at the beach, of course!
The reason I love being at home so much is because I intentionally made my home a sanctuary. No, our house isn’t perfect (far from it, actually!), and it certainly isn’t anything fancy. Even so, I was able to turn an ordinary house into the place where Josh and I want to spend most of our time.
When I asked the opening question, was your home the first thing that popped into your mind? If it wasn’t, then your home probably isn’t your sanctuary.
But don’t worry! Making your home feel like a sanctuary isn’t that hard. You just need to do five simple things to create a welcoming space where you and your family can escape from the daily grind.
Let’s dive right in!
5 Ways to Make Your Home a Sanctuary
Have a Deep Decluttering Session
When your home is overflowing with stuff, it can quickly become a cluttered space that feels more like a storage unit than a sanctuary.
Use the tips in my post How to Declutter Your Home Without Feeling Overwhelmed to tackle each room in your home. Donate or throw away the things you don’t want or need anymore so your home has more space to breathe.
Get Rid of Anything that Doesn’t Bring You Joy
If you have a hard time getting rid of things, even if you don’t particularly like those things, you’ll quickly find yourself surrounded by furniture, knick-knacks, and all sorts of junk that doesn’t make you happy. Who wants to come home to that?
Instead of feeling obligated to keep every single thing that comes into your possession, really ask yourself if it makes you happy when you look at it. If it doesn’t, donate it so someone else can enjoy it.
You don’t have to feel guilty at all for giving things away. The truth is that when you get rid of the things that don’t bring you joy, you make more room for the things that do bring you joy!
And trust me, you’ll be so much happier when you look at your mantel and see pretty things you love instead of that hideous knick-knack your mother-in-law gave you three years ago.
Side note: If you have a hard time letting go, or if you feel guilty for giving things away, be sure to read the post I wrote about giving yourself permission to declutter. You may find it helpful!
Fill Your Home with Things You Absolutely Love
Once you’ve decluttered your home and tossed out all of the things that don’t bring you joy, you should have plenty of space to fill your home with things you love.
Now, this isn’t a race. You don’t need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on home décor and new furniture. Instead, build your collection gradually so you have time to enjoy each new (or new-to-you) piece.
Make it your goal to only bring home things that make you happy every time you look at them. When you do that, you’ll quickly find yourself living in a home that truly feels like your sanctuary.
Maintain a Cleaning Routine so Your Home Stays Tidy
No one wants to come home to a dirty house. In fact, letting your home fall into a messy state of chaos is the best way to make your home not feel like a sanctuary.
Instead of letting the dirty dishes pile up or putting off washing clothes until you have nothing else to wear, develop, hone, and maintain a cleaning routine so your home stays orderly and tidy. You’ll be much more eager to spend your free time at home when it’s clean and put together!
Of course, we all have those days when our homes are a little less presentable, but the goal is to make your home clean enough that it’s a welcome retreat from the daily grind.
If you do a little bit of cleaning each day, the job feels much less overwhelming. That’s why I’m a huge fan of sticking to a homemaking schedule! I never have to worry about the laundry piling up or the bathrooms getting out of hand because I’m in a constant cycle of cleaning the different areas of my home.
Foster a Positive Atmosphere
The biggest secret for turning your home into a sanctuary is to foster a positive atmosphere among the people who live there. Your home should be a friendly place that makes you feel happy and safe, not a hostile environment that makes you feel anxious or uneasy.
When you inject love, kindness, peace, understanding, forgiveness, joy, laughter, and fun into your home, it will quickly become the place where you (and your family!) want to spend most of your time.
I firmly believe that the positive atmosphere Josh and I work so hard to maintain in our home is the main reason we love spending so much time there. We know that even if we have a rough day out in the real world, we can always come home to our sanctuary, our place of positivity and joy.
I realize that this step may be easier said than done. If you don’t get along with your spouse, then it may be a bit challenging to create a positive atmosphere in your home.
If your relationship isn’t a happy one right now, I highly recommend you read a book called Fun Loving You by Ted Cunningham. It will help you put some fun and laughter back into your relationship so you can work on creating an uplifting and happy home environment.
Wrapping It Up
Turning your home into a sanctuary doesn’t have to be hard. All you really need to do is have a deep decluttering session, get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy, fill your home with things you absolutely love, maintain a cleaning routine so your home stays tidy, and foster a positive atmosphere in your home.
When you do these things, you’ll quickly see your house transform into a sanctuary, a place where you can escape from the outside world. You’ll want to spend more time there than anywhere else because it will be the place where you feel happy and secure.
And on top of that, your family will be able to thrive knowing that they have a safe place to come home to at the end of the day!
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What about you? Do you feel like your home is your sanctuary?
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