Nurturing A Tranquil Home

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15

Home, it should be a peaceful place, a tranquil place, a place of rest. I love that our little girl often tells us in the midst of a beautiful hike, or a simple visit to the market, that she's ready to go home. This confirms that home to her is a sanctuary, one of her peaceful places, perhaps her favorite place to be. 

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How can we nurture tranquility within our homes? 

Our belongings, let's start here. If we have too much, if the clutter is too much, home will be robbed of peace. It's simple to recognize this in nature. Creatures only take what they absolutely need, they are present-minded, they live in the moment. If our homes are relatively organized, tidied, and things have a purpose, home will naturally feel more at rest. 

Therein lies a challenge, especially with a growing family. But when we're purposed to nurture tranquility, we will naturally give up what's not needed. We will by nature, simplify. 

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Hurd & Honey

How can we nurture tranquility within our homes? 

Simplify the artificial items that are obvious needs. Eliminate the abundance of technology, and remove the technology that isn't necessary. If you have a smaller sized home, consider reading articles like tankless water heater reviews, and conceal the mess of wires that is visible in your living room. Store appliances in the cabinets, unless they are used daily. Cords, wires, appliances, and technology are necessary in our homes today, but they are visibly the opposite of "natural". 

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Hurd & Honey

How can we nurture tranquility within our homes? 

We need more spaces that propose rest. All homes, no matter the size need a relaxing reading nook, a cozy dining area, and a space outside. A simple bench under the window with a soft cushion can serve as an ideal place to read. Dining room or breakfast nook furniture should invite conversation, this is where we should invest in comfort. If our dining rooms are too formal, or just uncomfortable we're less likely to gather. And if possible we all need at least a tiny outdoor space with a few potted plants and somewhere to sit. If you're in an apartment without a patio, consider creating an indoor garden with beautiful houseplants. 

 Hurd & Honey

Hurd & Honey

The simplicity of life ushers in the tranquility. Washing the dishes, folding the laundry, and wiping the fingerprints off of the backdoor are the little gifts; they remind us that life's joys show up in the small, disregarded, sometimes most dreaded moments. 

*This is a collaborative post.

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