We all know that we need to take care of ourselves, but what about caring for our things and personal spaces? My answer is yes; it’s absolutely a must. Making time to take care of your things and spaces by cleaning, organizing, arranging, sorting, and fixing them is self-care.
Making time to take care of your things and spaces by cleaning, organizing, arranging, sorting, and fixing them is self-care.
I experienced this self-care during my family’s winter break when we stayed home and organized things at our leisure. It felt more luxurious and soul-cleansing than anything else I could have done in those moments. I spent so little time at home November-December due to the holiday season that I was genuinely craving my creature comforts. Spring forward, I’m now experiencing it again as we nest and wait for our second daughter to be born in April.
Self-care via the care and love you show to your home offers the opportunity to recognize and give gratitude for the enjoyment you’ve received from all the things inside of it. A well-worn and loved throw cushion from your movie nights on the sofa, the catch tray in the entryway that signals your arrival home every time the keys hit its surface, and the wall sconce on the wall you use nightly for bedtime stories with your little one.
Look around your home. There are likely countless examples of how you experience your home every day and, in turn, create lasting memories every day.
Look around your home, there are likely countless examples of how you experience your home every day and in turn, create lasting memories every day.
As things go, they will not remain in perfect order at all times. Nor will they remain in the pristine condition they were when you first introduced them into your life. That’s ok, and they don’t need to be. But in this self-care/things-care time, you may discover new enjoyment in refreshed spaces and find a new function for pieces when they’ve outlived their first. All while tidying up and making room for more living and memory-making at home.