You come home after a long day, and saying hello to your family you want to take a few minutes to relax by doing what you love. You want to do some writing, but the T.V. is loud and doesn’t let you concentrate, there is no place for you to sit down, and your desk is so full of papers that you can’t get inspired. Our home needs to be a place where we can rest and grow while we enjoy time on our own or with family and friends.
Have you ever thought about decorating and organizing your home around your strengths? The first thing you need to do is look at your life and how things flow in it. Do you have a busy schedule of coming and going? Then try to minimize the work at home by having everything in proper places that will make it easy to pick up and go. The next question: Do you know what you love to do? Before you organize your home around your strengths, you need to know what they are. Keep in mind the following ideas to help you as you get your home ready for growth:
-Let your home reflect who you are: If you like to paint is there a way you can create an art studio? A place where your art supplies can be readily accessible as soon as inspiration strikes? You don’t need a big house to be able to do this; the corner of a room can be a perfect place for an artist to let his or her imagination roam. If you have children and they like to write stories and illustrate them, then have desks for them, their size, with their crayons, colors, pens and their journals to document their day. Let your home invite those who live in it to develop their abilities.
-Invest accordingly: If you like to write, you may spend hours seated writing, so make sure you have a good, comfy chair. If your children like to do gymnastics, make a space for them to do it without having to worry that something will break and they could get hurt. If you have a hobby that requires attention to small detail, invest in good lighting. Sometimes we prefer to spend great amounts of money on fancy furniture that we hardly ever use and forget to invest in the things that we will be using more often and the ones that will impact those living in your home.
-It’s a journey: Our interests change with time, our strengths grow as we get to know ourselves better, so our home needs to reflect those changes. Let your home grow with you and change according to all the people who live in it. Let it be a place that continually reflects who you are. It is a journey, so don’t get discouraged if you haven’t been able to create that workshop for your jewelry making hobby, or a place to work on pottery. Good things take time.
Defining ways and spaces for everyone in your home to explore and develop their strengths is an invitation to do what you love in your own home; one more reason to love coming home.