“If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.”–Alexandra Stoddard
Home Should Be A Sanctuary
I read this quote recently and started thinking a lot about home. What is it that makes home a sanctuary? I know that not everyone’s home can be considered a place of refuge or safety. There are people I know who never want to be home, but I find nothing makes me happier than staying home or coming home after a long day.
When I first got married, my dad gave me a blessing and counseled me that it was my responsibility to make a wonderful home that is full of love and that had a good atmosphere. Since then I’ve tried to follow this advice for my family. After doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching, I’ve discovered there are several ways you can make your home a sanctuary:
Create a calm peaceful home–Avoid negative emotions and energy
De-Clutter–Decide what’s important in your life and get rid of the rest
Embrace household chores–Homes are a reflection of who you are
Bring nature indoors–Nature works great as therapy
Appeal to your senses–Create a welcoming atmosphere with lighting, candles, throws, etc.