Creating a Mindful Home
“Meditate for 10 minutes every day, unless you’re insanely busy… then meditate for 15”
There’s no doubt that we live in a crazy world. We’re constantly being bombarded by whatever our smartphones, smartwatches or smart home systems throw at us. It’s more important than ever to take a break from all this stimulation.
But-- it’s easier said than done, I know.
There’s a lot out there as to how you can live your life more mindfully. And yes, living mindfully takes a lot of internal work and energy. By laying out these steps, I’ll guide you through how you can make your home a sanctuary of mindfulness—making it easier for you and your family to live more mindfully.
Create Space Specifically for your Mindful Practice
Whether it’s a space to lay out your yoga mat or a cushion to meditate. Be sure to make a space, away from any main distractions, where you can really relax.
Even the smallest of spaces can work. Whether it’s a shelf for your crystals, a space on your counter for healthy foods, any space can become a space for mindfulness.
Purge the Things that Don’t Serve You Anymore
We all have those problem areas in our house. Maybe it’s your closet, under your bed, beside the couch—or wherever you store the stuff you no longer need.
It’s hard to be more mindful when our homes are full of stuff. So, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you really need those dozen Mardi Gras beads you got half a decade ago.
Fix What You Can
It’s easy to merely throw-out all the things that don’t fit, have holes, or are merely out-of-style. But living mindfully means so much more than just paying more attention to the things around us.
Living mindfully means we’re also doing our due diligence with the material objects we already own. So instead of adding to the world’s giant pile of waste, why not mend the things you already have!
Turn those jeans that don’t fit into a work of art. Pinterest has your back!
Home trends can often be fleeting, so don’t get too caught up in what’s being advertised to you.
By sticking with furnishings and products that last and that work is sometimes the best way to ensure we’re not simply buying into marketing or cheap products. Thrift stores are your friends.
Make Time for What’s Important
A mindful home is more than just creating a physically pleasing space, free of clutter, distraction or old clothes. It’s a space in which you and your family feel like they can truly be together.
Whether you spend an hour a day together, without your phones—or you take a night free of obligations, it’s important to set aside time where you and your family can bond.
Remember that even the busiest of lifestyles can benefit from mindfulness. So, whether you’ve got a family at home or just your house plant—living mindfully can only help you. If you’ve got more tips on how to fill your home with mindfulness, let me know. I’d love to hear from you!