Making your home a place of PEACE! // Take Back Your Home Day 1
Welcome to Day 1 of Take Back Your Home!!! Today we’re going to start with the foundation – what COULD our homes be?
Watch the video or read the transcript below!
Elisabeth Elliot said that “An orderly home is a place of peace.” – And she is absolutely RIGHT. A home that is well-run and well-organized is absolutely a breath of fresh air.
In fact, I’d venture to guess that you’re here today because you WANT that – but you’re not quite sure how to get there. We’re absolutely going to talk about how to get there. But first? I want you to get a really clear picture of where we’re going.
Take a minute with me to picture your home running smoothly.
It’s lived in, but tidy and cozy. When you bring home groceries, the counters are already cleared and ready for you to put down the grocery bags. You open cabinets and drawers, and not only can you see everything, but nothing falls out! Each night, the kitchen is tidied, the sink is empty, and you have what you need to begin the next morning fresh.
When you head to the bedrooms, you see beds that are made (imperfectly, but done!), and clothes that are put away. Sure, there’s a load (or three) of laundry that needs to be done, but you’re not stressed about it because you know exactly when you’ll be able to get it done.
You realize that it’s about time to start making dinner, and you might panic for a second, but then remember that you’ve already planned out the meals for the week, and the supplies are waiting for you in the pantry and fridge. No need for Chick-Fil-A tonight (unless you really want it!)
More than anything, I want you to picture how it would feel to live inside a well-run home.
What does it do to your stress level to know that everything has a place (and you know where to find it!)? What kind of peace do you experience when you see those clear counters and that empty sink? Does knowing what you’re going to make for dinner boost your motivation to actually get started, because you have everything you need?
This kind of home – one that is anchored in working, peace-filled systems – is what we’re calling an Anchored Home.
Listen, an Anchored Home is NOT a pristine, pinterest-perfect, instagram-worthy dream house. No, it’s YOUR real-life home, working well to serve you and your family, providing you a respite that cultivates both productivity AND peace, all at the same time.
It’s a home that is truly a welcoming place, not just for others, but for YOU, too! It’s lived in enough to make everyone comfortable, and tidy enough to make it possible for people to actually sit on the couch and visit with you.
Listen, no two homes will look the same – we all have different priorities, different amounts of stuff we’ve accumulated over the years, and different amounts of people living inside our walls.
That’s okay. That’s good! We aren’t all the same.
But there ARE some things that must be done in every home – we’ve all gotta feed our people, keep things somewhat clean, and manage all the schedules. An Anchored Home acknowledges the things that must be done, and creates a system to manage those things in a way that makes sense for the people who live there.
And those systems? Their goal is PEACE – not perfection.
Instagram-Perfection is for the birds. It’s not REAL LIFE, and we’ve gotta stop using it as our standard. Instead, we need functional, comfortable, and well-managed. We need a real, working home, for our real, messy lives.
Peace is what we’re going for here. Peace in our homes, peace in our own hearts, and peace in the relationships that are built inside these walls.
It’s your turn to dive into what peace could look like in your own home!
- Take today’s worksheet, set a timer for just 10 minutes, and write out exactly what peace could look like in your own home. Does it mean less clutter? More free time? A dependable schedule? Family dinner every night? DREAM BIG, and write down what your ideal, peace-filled home would look like.
- Then, take a look at that list and get honest. On the other side of the worksheet, write down all the obstacles that are currently standing in the way of that peace filled home. What feels hard about getting there? What obstacles are you facing that you’re just not sure how to overcome?
Bring that worksheet to tonight’s live chat, where we’ll help you start troubleshooting those obstacles, and laying the groundwork for YOUR Anchored Home!
Kayse is a wife, mom, and founder of the Anchored Women community. She writes to help women fight busy, find rest, and build a life that’s anchored in Christ. Kayse is also the creator of the S.O.S. Planner, the Anchored Life Kit, and other practical resources that equip women to manage their homes and families in confidence. You can find her writing and her resources at anchored-women.com!