I find it so easy for newborn life to take its toll on me mentally and physically. The late nights and early mornings, the constant tending to others, the feedings and diaper changes--it is exhausting. When Brody was born, I lost myself in motherhood. All of my needs and the things that were important to me fell to the wayside. It took months and months to find myself again. This time I vowed to make sure that did not happen.
You might remember how we prepped our master bedroom for life with a newborn. Well, since Isla’s arrival, our bedroom has become my sanctuary. It has become my little escape from motherhood. It is the place I retreat to when I am overwhelmed. It is the place I recharge while my little ones nap. It is my happy spot. As soon as I walk through the door, I feel the weight of the world life from my shoulders.
Whether you are a mom of teenagers or expecting your first sweet baby, I hope you have a sanctuary too. Somewhere to escape for a few minutes, regroup, and come back out grateful for this thing called motherhood.
Here are my 5 tips for creating your own little sanctuary
1. Get Cozy.
Think warm blankets, a comfy mattress or chair, lots of pillows. We just upgraded our duvet cover with the help of Serena and Lily. Have you seen their luxury duvet covers?! The whole collection is drool-worthy. The crisp white mixed with the blush border on the cover we chose makes me smile. I always find myself cuddling up under the ultra soft cover. It feels like home.
2. Make Your Bed.
I know you have probably heard this phrase over and over again in your lifetime. Heck, maybe you even find yourself repeating it to your little ones on a daily basis. There is something so invigorating about a bed that has been made. It’s my favorite part about staying in hotels---freshly made beds every day. As a chronic non-bed maker, I am slowly integrating this into my morning routine. It is so refreshing to walk into your little sanctuary where everything is put together when the rest of your home may be anything but.
3. Think of Smells.
Whether you use essential oils, candles, or room sprays, the scent of your space sets the mood. We have a set of reed sticks with a calming smell right by the door in our room. It masks the scent of dirty diapers that I have dealt with all day. It reminds me to take a deep breath. It helps me relax. Play around with a few different scents and see how they affect your mood.
4. Remove the Clutter.
This is tough to do, but try your best to keep the kid gear to a minimum in your room. Brody loves to haul his toys into our room and they kill the vibe of a relaxing space. Whether you shove them all back in the hallway or make a no toy rule in your space, it is a whole lot easier to zen out when there is not a trail of legos to step on as you try to reach your bed.
5. Build a Playlist.
Most of my time in my sanctuary is short. To fully zone out, I have to tune out the chaos of motherhood. The toddler wrestling with dad downstairs. The newborn cries. The TV blasting Thomas the Train for the thousandth time. So I made a playlist. A playlist with calming music. With songs from our wedding. With songs that cheer me up. As soon as I walk into our bedroom for a breather, I turn the playlist on nice and loud and drown out all of the noises from downstairs. Somehow 20 minutes passes in the blink of an eye and I’m refreshed and reenergized for life with two littles once again.
Do you have a sanctuary in your home? Where do you escape to when motherhood gets overwhelming? What makes your space so special?
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