Welcome to Week 3 of the Embracing Self-Care Series.
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As an introvert, having a peaceful home is a huge component of self-care for me. My home is my sanctuary. When things get a little too chaotic, my life feels chaotic too. So, it’s important to me to work at creating a peaceful home environment.
There are 3 primary ways I’m working towards a more peaceful home.
1. Clear the Clutter
Now, I’m the first to admit I tend to accumulate clutter. Our home is on the small side, and so the stuff really seems to accumulate quickly and I struggle with keeping it under control. I know my personal threshold with cleaning and clutter and when I start to near that threshold I know I have to take action. I’ve been doing the Just Clean Something Challenge this month, and it’s been helping me tremendously with keeping things maintained so I don’t have to get near my breaking point.
One helpful resource I highly recommend if you’re needing to declutter is Tsh Oxenreider’s book Organized Simplicity.
2. Reduce the Shouting
I’ve been working with the kids recently on not shouting across the house when they need something but instead, coming to find me wherever I am. This is definitely a work in progress, but for my introverted self, when there’s lots of shouting it really does not make for a peaceful home environment for me.
Also, my son is very loud and when he gets frustrated and upset he tends to get even louder! I’m working with him on using a whisper voice. In this post on 6 Survival Strategies for the Introverted Mom, she mentions that when things get too loud in her home she institutes whisper time. So that is another new strategy I am trying with my kids.
3. Set the Mood
I love using aromatherapy to set the mood in our home. If we’re needing some peace and calm, I break out the lavender and roman chamomile. If we need a little boost of energy, I use some wild orange or grapefruit. And on a cold, rainy day I love to have something warm baking in the often filling the house with yummy, warm aromas.
I’m also trying to be more intentional about setting the mood in our home using music, lighting candles, and implementing other techniques, (especially during chaotic times in our day) to create a more peaceful environment. I love this post from my friend Beth of Red and Honey on 3 Ways to Rescue the Dinner Hour from Chaos. The strategies she discusses in her post are also ones that could be used during other parts of the day to create a more peaceful mood.
Don’t forget to check out the wonderful posts from the other hosts this week:
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