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2) Create a Sanctuary

There should be one small space in your home that feels like a sanctuary. It may be inside or outside, but it should make you feel calm and relaxed. Your private get-a-away at home should be free of all clutter and create a sense of inner calm. Your sanctuary could be as individual as you are — whatever makes you feel calm and peaceful. The point is to create a space where you can take even a five-minute break and feel rejuvenated.

  • If you are fortunate enough to have a lush backyard and a good climate, your sanctuary could simply be a lawn chair.
  • A room with a natural view and a cozy chair.
  • An indoor garden, water fountain, candles, etc. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of space to be a focal point.
  • Your sanctuary can even be your bathroom, if you’ve got a good tub, some candles, and soft music.
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3:53PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013


1:58AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Many great tips. Thanks for sharing!

7:14AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Useful stuff for people without chronic illness too.

10:01AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Thank you

6:31AM PDT on May 18, 2011


1:25PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

I never thought of my books as clutter but I do have a lot.Otherwise Im pretty clutter free.I try to do as much as I can when Im well so its not so hard for other family members to look after when Im not.

7:58PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Good idea

2:16PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Living in a motor home (as I do most of the year) instead of a house makes clutter a BIG issue. You will honestly be amazed what you really need to get by very comfortably. Three people need three plates........ if you don't drink coffee you need only one glass. Sounds outrageous, doesn't it? Honest, it works out fine and you'll love not having a kitchen filled with dishes to wash and put away. It feels good to give your books, magazines and games you no longer play to the local Friends of the Library to resell, too. They use the funds to buy goodies for the public library so your gift will enrich the minds of others!

12:40AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

I wish I had room for a 'sanctuary' in my small studio apartment, but I don't. In fact, there is little room here for the things I actually 'need',so surplus is out the door immediately. I thought caring for a smaller space would be easier, but I was wrong actually. I'm now looking for a larger house or apartment, but it cannot have stairs. I hope I can try some of these suggestions out, but since I live alone, finding someone to share tasks with is out too. Well, at least I have my computer and my music and the books I love. I DO count my blessings, every single day. Most of us could be a LOT worse off than we are. (Imagine being sick AND homeless!)

4:24AM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

Thankyou for shareing this usefull info Ann

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