Summer is here. Which means the birds are singing, the weather is warm, and kids no longer *need* shoes outside. But with this newfound freedom (you’re welcome, toes) comes the chaos of the season. Unstructured days bring unpredictability, frustrations, and a great need for a few minutes of calm.
So here are 4 ways to cultivate calm in your home this summer:
1) Turn Off The Radio
Unlike our predecessors, we live in an age where noise is the assumed state. We have radios in our car, music in our homes, and TVs constantly running. If we are wanting to cultivate calm, the first thing we should do is minimize the stimuli in our immediate vicinity. Be intentional about what noise you bring into your life. Discern whether you’re simply looking for stimulation or turning on something as a habit. More often than not, choosing quiet brings the calm your world needs.
2) Wake Up Earlier
I know this seems counter intuitive, but hear me out. When our days begin with crying children or racing from one activity to the next, we quickly become victims of our day. Waking up earlier allows you the ability to be intentional about starting off your day from a place of rest. Use this time to dig into scripture, enjoy your coffee in silence, or sneak in a few pages of your favorite book. We often end our days in this manner, but exhausted. We need to begin our days this way to cultivate a woman who is refreshed and ready to tackle all the day has to offer.
3) Light A Candle
Find whatever little, simple joy fills your heart and do more of it. For me, lighting a candle always brings on a sense of calm and pampering. I love the way the scent fills my home. Even if I’m doing laundry, it brings a sense of elegance, like I’m tricking myself into thinking my life is more luxurious than it actually is.
Your “candle” might be putting on an apron while making dinner or lipstick in the morning to remind yourself who’s boss. (Hint, it’s you, not the children demanding ice cream. . . Okay, it might be the children demanding ice cream but you can dream!)
4) Make Your Bed
This one is simple. We all know we should do it. Making a bed takes, at most, 4 minutes. But yet, for many of us, it simple doesn’t happen. Walking into your room and seeing that your bed is fresh and made, it bring an uncanny sense of peace and control. Even on days when my house is falling apart and in need of a TLC clean-up team, if I make my bed, I go to sleep feeling calm and in control.
It also inspires me to get the rest of my house in order! When I start out with a simple task, I am inspired to do other simple tasks. The time v. reward ratio for making a bed is quite high! After I’m done, I almost always spot 2-3 other similarly rewarding tasks. Do yourself a favor and start out on the right side of the bed by making your bed.
I hope these tips inspire you to stop, take stock of your day, and bring calm to your home.
Bailey Suzio’s journey started out in Michigan, where she grew up as the oldest of 10 (yes, ten) children, and has led her to Hawaii with her husband and their two dogs. In addition to her love for the Lord and her family, her great passions are coffee and collecting an exorbitant amount of books. Bailey has spent the last few years teaching and working with a local church. She writes at http://thethinplace.net/ about her life, faith, and infertility journey.