Many of us find ourselves needing a place within our home to call our own. A place where we can get away to enjoy quality downtime. This downtime is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. Finding a place where we are simply alone with our thoughts, or creating or doing something that we love to do - without interruption can be difficult, however, creating a place where we can focus and ‘just be’ in a peaceful and purposeful state of mind, a sanctuary of sorts is achievable.
For some, finding a space in your home that’s specifically and solely for the use of an extracurricular activity or something you may only spend a few hours a week working on is not realistic. And that’s OK. If you do have a room that you can dedicate to being your in-home sanctuary, we’ll give you tips and tricks about how to make it all your own. And even if you don’t have a designated room just for you, all of these tips can work for a dual purpose room, as well, such as a spare bedroom or your own corner of your basement.
Make sure you take the time to create a room where the energy in the room is positive and something you feel good about. Remove items that don’t “spark joy” as Marie Kondo, professional organizing consultant and author, explains. Remove clutter, tidy up and only keep items in your sanctuary that make you truly happy.
Your first step when creating your in-home sanctuary is to find a room in your home, garage or basement that you can use for yourself. Make sure the family knows this is now the function of this room. Perhaps they’d like to use it themselves.
Second, decide what you’d like to do in your sanctuary room. Will your room be a painting studio? A place where you create pottery? Crafts. Sew. Practice martial arts. Meditation. Exercise. Yoga. Reading. Napping. The mood of your room will depend on what you’re primarily using it for.
Once you have your room’s goal in mind, you can start to decorate and set the room up so that it is consistent with what you’ll be using the room for. For example, if you are using your room as a personal yoga or dance/movement studio, make sure to have lots of open space to move freely. You may want to have a ballet bar or large mirrors. You’ll probably want to use low, softer lighting and to have an area for music. Pearl Street Lights’ Moonlight Bliss Candle with tranquil lavender and chamomile would be perfect in a dance or yoga studio.
If your sanctuary room will be used as a craft room, make sure you plan for furniture with plenty of drawers and a large flat surface to work on. Make sure you have good lighting, but try to stay away from fluorescent lighting, as it can cause eye glare and even headaches. To help you stay focused and on task when creating and crafting, try using a Pearl Street Lights White Tea and Ginger Candle. It’s jasmine and ginger help maintain focus while encouraging calm and peace.
Whatever you’re using your sanctuary room for, make sure to give it your own personal touch so that if ‘feels’ like you. In some cases, a person’s sanctuary room, no matter how large or small, is a person’s favorite spot in their home.
Use your sanctuary room regularly, doing things that you love to do, and hopefully you’ll find that you’re more centered, happier and living and loving your best life.