Our homes continue to be our place for work and play. Since Spring we have been “safe at home” with COVID-19 and now we are home this summer more than ever with restricted travel. This summer is the time to create spaces in our homes for tranquility and vitality. Every family needs space in their home to recharge and re-energize.
Decluttering first gives us energy. Maybe you haven’t realized how much your stuff is weighing you down. When we edit and remove that which is not loved, used or needed, we open up space in our homes. Start in your family room and then move to your kitchen, then next to your bedroom. In the family room decide which collectibles are still important to you. Do you need to edit photos or add more recent photos? Are there books you can donate to the library book sale room? Create a space that helps you gather together for games and family fun. In the kitchen, simplify what you use for preparation and storage. Have your extra dishes become more than you need? Are you ready to slim down your food storage containers (aka tupperware)? In these high traffic areas, look to simplify and create easy access for what is most frequently used.
Create Tranquility Zones
Set aside time each day for tranquility. Comfy sofas and bedrooms are ideal for napping. These spaces for tranquil rest are where we can renew with cool temperatures and the whirl of a fan. Add a soft throw or coverlet and you will enjoy your short rest.
Create a Book Nook
We’re learning and reading more than ever. That reading includes audio books, paper books, kindles, devices and magazines. Book and magazine storage can be a small basket beside your night stand or in the family room. You can create a family library by installing additional shelving in a hallway with low two shelf storage or tall five shelf storage that matches the wall color. Decide how much book storage you would like, set that as a boundary for the number of books you want and then donate books that won’t fit into your space.
Create a meditation or yoga space
More of us are using meditation and yoga for calm starts to our day. Your family room can be divided into zones for a variety of uses including media and exercising. Place your yoga mat in a wicker basket for storage in a corner of your family room for easy access and room to exercise.
Invite your family outdoors
Time outside in the sun and the shade energizes us. Getting our daily dose of vitamin D is important as well as fresh air. Invite your family into the outdoors with a hammock between trees, an oversize Adirondack chair in the shade or a bistro table and two chairs for snacks outside. New sports like pickelball and old sports like crochet are fun family activities to play throughout the summer.
Create a common charging station for everyone’s devices
Prioritize your family’s tranquility each evening with a common charging station in a common space. Each evening place all the devices in your home in the station to recharge. Everyone will benefit with a better night’s rest.
Re-organizing your home this summer will re-energize everyone. This boost will make a difference for summer fun and time together as a family.