Being able to work in and from my home is a huge blessing in my life and to my family. I love being able to be here and be available when my family needs me. Being able to homeschool, cook from scratch and just be here for my family is the best thing to me. I still currently work part time but most of my time is spent here. I’m very grateful for this!
My family is out in the world each day. Work, homeschool trips, running errands #allthethings can make my family members weary and defeated. This is especially true for my hubby who works a very exhausting & labor intensive job. With that in mind, I have worked to make our home a haven so they feel recharged and ready to take on the world again.
CREATING A HAVEN
When starting this process, I created a list of the things that are important to my family. I started with 4 of the senses. I feel like this makes the process really simple.
Physical clutter equals mental clutter. Clutter makes me crazy. I love being organized and trying to keep everything in it’s place. Purging my house and our things on the regular is one way I’m able to keep the clutter to a minimum. Things can quickly get out of hand if I don’t keep on top of this.
Another place where clutter happens is what is commonly referred to as hot spots. Hot spots are dumping grounds in your house. They’re usually right beside the entrance, on the kitchen island, the dining room table, etc. They can be an entrance or any waist high surface in your home. Our kitchen and dining room tables are our hot spots. I make sure to take the time to clean those surfaces a few times a day and things stay pretty clear. I’ll also do a quick pick up once or twice a day just to set things back to neutral. Having a clear line of sight when they walk in the door means less mental stress as soon as they get home.
Yummy food is my love language. I LOVE to cook. Being able to fill their bellies with food that my family loves gives me an incredible sense of satisfaction. Also, for me, having a huge pot of something fabulous cooking in my Dutch oven makes my heart sing! My family is not really picky so I can get pretty creative in the kitchen. Since hubby is only home for dinner during the week, I keep his favorites in rotation for those meals. Since he’s not a big fan of chicken, I cook it on a rare occasion for dinner or use it for our lunches. This way, everybody gets the food they like to eat and nobody is stuck eating what they didn’t want.
This is the big one for my hubby, my children could care less. The house could probably look like a dumpster fire but as long as it smells good, he’s good with it. We have a few diffusers throughout our home that I run continuously. It’s part of my morning and night routines to check and refill them. I’ll mix up the scents according to the seasons, holidays, my mood. However, I have a special blend I use every night called the Breathe Easy, Sleep Easy blend. You can grab that here. It helps us get a restful night of sleep! Also, you can get a free sample of Lavender, Lemon and Thieves essential oils here! Have questions about using oils in your life? Join me in the Essential Oil Academy or hop on a Zoom Essential Oils 101 Class and get all your questions answered!
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