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As the weather really starts turning colder now, I start thinking more of indoor activities and spending more time inside, don’t you?

All the comforts of home come to mind when we think about staying inside more. Comfort food, warm drinks, cozy spots to nestle in and relax at the end of a hard day are what we long for.

The thought of comfort becomes even more enticing as we realize we want those things of comfort surrounding us to have texture, softness, visual coziness, and great scents. Warm coffee and cider, lightly scented candles, soft throws, and yummy pillows give us those fantastic reasons to want to be at home more.

All the comforts of home come to mind when we think about staying inside more. Comfort food, warm drinks, cozy spots to nestle in and relax at the end of a hard day are what we long for.

When putting together those inviting spaces, think about what feels good, but also about simple visual beauty. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1)   Do I have a quiet place to unplug, possibly read, and have a good chair or place to sit with good lighting? Are the things I want to read nearby?

2)   Would creating a nice coffee/tea area help me in the mornings and in the evenings when I want to take a few minutes to regenerate myself at the end of the day or get my day started a little better (if it beats waiting in line at Starbucks)? Is this area visually appealing? 

3)   Do I have a few really nice soft furnishings to wrap myself in (i.e. velour or knit blankets and yummy pillows)? Do I have something like this on the foot of my bed so I can wind down a little better at night? I have found that shutting everything down and off an hour before going to sleep has helped me tremendously. I am back to reading a book every night, even if it’s for 15 minutes at a time. It’s great.  I’m also thinking about getting an old fashioned alarm now so my phone can be out of the room.

4)   Can I create areas for certain tasks so I don’t feel like stuff is everywhere?  For example, a mail station, a bill paying station, and a ukulele station (haha – yes, I keep it tucked away – up high from my little grandson). But I know where it is when I want to spend 15 minutes playing.

Anyway…..I hope you all are doing well, and I trust you are finding little nuggets of time in your own day to take care of you during this busy season.

“Designed to Live” has become a theme surrounding what I do to help others; I have enjoyed helping so many of you all with ideas, finding resources, and achieving your goals for your homes. 

May you enjoy your holidays as they are quickly approaching – remember to be in the moment as you go, and you’ll enjoy your season even more. Oh, and, here are a few more tips for you on unplugging!

Warm Regards,