How many of us have watched Marie Kondo on Netflix? Love her. She has some cool stuff to say, but perhaps slightly impractical for the everyday lives that we live.
I would love to be able to devote that much time to my space, but most of us live in the really real world, which contains crying children, Bible study, family obligations, jobs, and maybe burning food on the stove while writing this article... No? Just me? The cheese stands alone.
Whatever your space situation and time limitations, with just a simple acronym, you can begin to transfer your home into a greater space for rest and relaxation. And if you are thinking, "Yeah, it would be great if I could just move..." I understand.
We are all there at some point, but nothing is insurmountable if you just stick to the S.T.R.E.A.M.
Sorting: Begin room by room, or just as you and your family go through everyday life. Avoid plastic bag sorting. It never works. Keeping things sorted is half the battle. Some of my best ones have been sorting baskets for the laundry, sorting space in the cabinets for kid friendly items.
And if you are anything like me, you have 52 screwdrivers all over the house, so have a designated space for one of every necessary tool item you always use. I have an old letter box mounted in the kitchen that I keep a screwdriver, hammer, tape measure and some duct tape in.
A term I use often is "Operation Coverup." This basically means as I went through things I would uncover things previously hidden away that others did not want to deal with. I avoid having spaces like this in my home as much as possible.
Sometimes it can be useful, like a pile of pictures that need to be organized crammed in a drawer, but always keeping in mind that this will be a temporary solution to something that will take more time than you have at the moment.
Technology: Keep your home a space that welcomes technology, but doesn't allow it to be the most important conversation that you have every day. Really.
When you think about it, we all spend a lot of time online at home. Honestly, what's not to love, you can work in your pajamas, you can look up most anything on Pinterest, and movies are at your fingertips. The day my house can cook dinner will be the day I die happy. In the meantime, don't disconnect from the best parts of home, like sleeping in a clean comfy bed, or having a clean kitchen (is there a better feeling sometimes).
Keep technology in its place, but embrace all the ways smart home/personal device technology can help you. It's great for making lists and reminders, especially for the littles, and who couldn't use a personal assistant? How do you use technology in your home? Do more than tell Alexa to play Baby Shark? Have you seen all the cool stuff available? It is truly mind-blowing.
And as we age, it is a great source for a lot of engagement of our senses. Also, keep in mind the money it can save you too. Have you looked at discounts for your homeowners insurance that comes with a smarter home? It can be substantial. Definitely worth the look.
Energy: Keep your energy in check. This can apply to a lot of things. Personal energy to do the said cooking and laundry, but also how your home exhibits your best qualities to the people who live in your home, or welcomed guests.
Unwelcome guests have to do yard work and sort socks. It can seem somewhat abstract, but when you walk into a home and it automatically feels comfortable as a guest, imagine how good it feels to live there. Start with some calming candles, or a diffuser. It can lift spirits like you never knew.
Personal energy could also apply to energy you gain from simple things that take nearly no time like making the bed, or wiping your bathroom mirror before it gets to the point where you can no longer see your reflection. If your energy is terrible, you can buy some smudging sage at Enchanted Planet.
Whatever speaks to you, start small and you can finally use some of your Pinterest board ideas to make your best life.
Activity: Stay engaged in your own level of activity. Keep in mind that to recreate something, it requires recreation.
Soon enough it will be so Tennessee hot that all you will want to do is stay inside with the curtains darkened, but in the meantime, go out and check out the event calendar or maybe do a free Saturday afternoon art class at MTSU.
By staying up on things to do, you will always be able to look at your calendar and see things that will be coming up that can feed your soul. And sometimes, that is reason enough to put your pants on today.
Music: I have never known a person that doesn't light up when they talk about their music of choice. Is it Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious that you turn to? Or maybe Chuck Berry, or Jason Isbell.
Whomever it is, keep it up. Don't forget the music is in you, and Friedrich Nietzsche said it best when he said, "Without music, life would be a mistake."
Finding a rhythm in life is as essential to living as oxygen. Maybe you are in a spot where you cannot seem to find your groove. That's OK, lots of music can help.
I think food made while listening to music is always better, and it can make the mundane a great time. Try not to dance while music is on and you are vacuuming. You already have a built in dance partner, that will not complain when you trod on their hose.
When you begin to use STREAM, it can help make sense of the sometimes nonsensical world that we live in, and maybe, just maybe, it will make tomorrow brighter than today, and since life is lived in the "in between", go find your stream and live it.