One of my handmade soy candles.
How to Change the Atmosphere of Your Home
- Light a candle. Courtney says, “Purchase an extra-large candle and light it every day in your home. I start mine in the morning, but you can start yours at dinnertime. Do what makes sense for your family. I often have a candle burning in my kitchen, the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches my eye, I say a prayer for peace in my home.” We have plenty of candles (people know how much I love them, so I often receive them as gifts, and I also make my own soy candles). I love having one burning in the kitchen, and Courtney has inspired me to be more purposeful to light my candle daily, and let it be a reminder to pray.
- Turn on some music. (I’m a big fan of David Nevue or similar peaceful music most of the time, but when we’re doing chores or dishes, we turn on something a bit more upbeat and energizing).
- Set a timer and go through the house de-cluttering for twenty minutes straight. It’s amazing how much we can accomplish in just twenty minutes.
- Bake some brownies. My family would love it if I did this more often! They’re satisfied with homemade chocolate chip cookies or even healthy homemade chocolates, which I do make pretty regularly.
- Put fresh flowers in a vase (this reminds me that I need to plant more flowers for cutting this spring.)
- Smile at your family.
- Use gentle and encouraging words. Remember to speak life to those around you.
- Hug your children and husband!
- Share some read aloud time or play a board game together as a family.