I admit, I’m a homebody. Home means peace and comfort to me and there’s no place I’d rather be (well, except the occasional vacation and trekking in nature).
One of the best ways to save money is to simply stay home. Any time you leave the house there’s a good chance you’ll spend money.
Not only does staying at home save you money, it saves time. Less time running errands, driving, and shopping means more time to be productive, enjoy family, and relax at home.
Could you set aside at least one or two full days each week to stay home? Schedule it, if you need to. Batch your errands on one or two days the rest of the week and modify your schedule to create your “home” time.
You’ll be amazed at what happens when you do this. Not only will you have more time and money, you’ll be more creative and life will naturally slow down.
To me, home is a place to relax, create, grow, and spend time with my family. Part of the reason I like being home is we’ve created a home environment that we love to spend time in.
But several years ago, I didn’t feel the same. Home seemed to feel chaotic, representing a to-do list a mile long and perpetual chores that never seemed to get done. Over the years, we’ve done some things to create a more comfortable, relaxing home environment.
Make home a place you love to be
Here are some of the reasons I love to be at home – maybe they could help you too.
Keep only what you love and use
I honestly think this is the secret to enjoy being at home. When you’re overwhelmed with stuff to put away, store and clean, being home just feels like one long “to-do” list. And that’s certainly not relaxing and peaceful.
If you have clutter, I suggest facing it head on. Read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, check out Flylady, or start a declutter challenge. Whatever works for you, get started and try it! I can almost guarantee you will feel more at peace in your home when it’s free of things you don’t love or use.
I’m far from perfect here, but did de-clutter several years ago and now I’m very careful about what items I bring into the house. When I’m thinking about buying something, I consider it’s usefulness and how I will feel with it in my house. If I think it will add value and I will enjoy it, it’s allowed in. But that also means something I already have has to go. I have a one-in, one-out rule. One thing comes in, another has to go out.
For example, though I don’t usually buy “stuff”, I fell in love with these coffee cups at Costco. They were cheap, they were big and I loved what they represented. I could picture myself drinking from them each day and their message of nature brought me joy. I bought those 6 cups (less than $2/ each!) and got rid of 10 older, smaller, not so attractive cups we’ve had for many years. No regrets there – my coffee cups make me smile.
Create space for organizing projects and hobbies
Alan and I always have a project or two (or 10) going (there’s no question we’ll keep busy in retirement). We make space for working on those projects, usually in the garage, but sometimes in the spare room of the basement. Many of our projects involve our yard and garden, so we need space to store our supplies.
Alan is great at building shelves to organize our project materials. He built large shelves in the basement to hold totes of yarn, canning supplies, photos and painting supplies. In the garage, he built shelves above the garage door to store our gardening/seasonal supplies during the winter months.
Have books on hand
I don’t keep many books, but I do like to have a few great reads on hand. I love the library and use it often, but I like to own my favorites that I will read again. Having those books on the shelf brings me joy. Having the ability to pick them up to read on a whim is important to me.
Spend time in nearby outdoor space
Even if you don’t have a yard, find an outdoor space close to your home. Nature is free, it’s also relaxing, entertaining and peaceful. Check around your neighborhood, you might be pleasantly surprised at the options for outdoor recreation.
We are fortunate to have plenty of outdoor space at home. A nice bike path is within walking distance and just up the road is a nature center we enjoy visiting. I am grateful for this space since it’s something I love.
Have a “home” for everything
If you have “stuff” scattered all over, it’s hard to concentrate or relax. It can be overwhelming too. Having a “home” for everything is a good solution. Develop a clean-up routine each day (either morning or evening works well). Recruit help and take just 15 minutes to clean up the main living area. Putting everything back in it’s “home” can make things feel so much better!
I remember when my kids were little, toys would get completely out of control.* It drove me insane. Eventually, I got into the routine of putting everything in a laundry basket at the end of the day. Sometimes that’s as far as it got, but the goal was to put things away as quickly as possible (sometimes the kids helped, sometimes it was easier if they didn’t).
*Btw, Ms. Montana has a great solution for this problem – check it out!
Create a place of comfort
Home should represent a place of comfort. So whatever comfort means to you, try to create it at home.
I don’t mean you need to redecorate, I just mean you should figure out the things you love and enjoy and make them a focus at home.
For me, it’s photos of family and from our trips. I have those hanging on the walls, along with some homemade wood decor I created. I love trees and wood because it feels like nature (and comfort) to me.
What does home mean to you?
Think about what home means to you. And then think about your home and if it fits that meaning. If not, identify the areas you could work on to make it feel more inviting, relaxing and comfortable so you want to spend more time there.
Do you like to be at home? Why or why not? What does home mean to you?
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