Make Your Home More Peaceful

Our jobs, children, families and various other responsibilities keep us running from one activity to the next. Our homes should be where we go at the end of a long day to rest, unwind and reconnect with family. All too often it’s just another source of stress.

Your kids get home from school, backpacks hit the floor, sports gear winds up on the couch and the kitchen counter is layered in school books, laptops and papers for you to sign. You and your spouse arrive home at the same time, and you know you need to start dinner, but he’s complaining about his boss again and you’re greeted by the chaos that’s already unfolding in the kitchen.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to restore peace in your home.

Cluttered home, cluttered head

When your home is cluttered and disorganized, there’s no peace for anyone. Important papers, car keys and that one left shoe will all get lost at the worst possible times. In order to clear your mind, you’ll need to start clearing out the clutter. It’s actually not as hard as it sounds, and you could make a significant difference in just one weekend.

The first thing you’ll need to do is rid common areas of personal belongings and anything else that doesn’t get used in the space. That means your old sweater, your son’s soccer cleats and someone’s favorite stuffed dinosaur all get returned to bedrooms or the closet where they belong, and that pile of old magazines gets taken to the garage for recycling.

The next thing is to establish designated spaces for all of the activities that happen in the space. This could mean hooks by the front door for backpacks and jackets, a storage bench for soccer cleats and other sports equipment, and shallow bins for important papers and incoming mail.

Of course, it will take some time to establish new routines, and you’ll need everyone to embrace the idea before it will work. However, you’ll be amazed at how much calmer your home and your head feel once the chaos and the clutter are under better control.

Keep it positive

While getting a grip on the clutter will make everyone a little happier, it’s important to nurture that happiness on a daily basis. It’s far too easy to come home from a hectic or unproductive day and immediately start venting to the first person you see.

This type of behavior creates negative energy and it’s contagious. If you and your spouse do this, your kids will follow your ways. No one wants to hear such negativity all the time, and if you’re not careful, you’ll start tuning each other out.

Instead, practice focusing on the positive aspects of your day and encourage your kids to do the same. Take turns sharing something good that happened or something you’re grateful for. Positive thinking is one of the keys to overall happiness, and it’s a super easy way to bring peace to your home.

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