Whenever I feel unsettled and more aware than usual of the constant change that is part of life and parenting, I find myself craving a cozy place to curl up, a haven. I feel a pull to set my house in order, and to bring more comfort to my home.
With Fill Your Cup prompts the idea is that you can choose one or two prompts and take just 5 to 10 minutes responding to fill your emotional cup. This is a time for you to press the “pause button” to collect your thoughts. You can respond through writing, drawing, doodling – it’s about what fills your cup.
Finding home is crucial to the act of writing. Begin here. With what you know. With the tales you’ve told dozens of times to friends or a spouse or a lover. With the map you’ve already made in your heart. That’s where the real home is. If we carry that home with us all the time we’ll be able to take more risks. We can leave on wild excursions, knowing we’ll return. – Georgia Heard, Writing Toward Home
Journal Prompts about Home
- How would you like your home to feel? Make a list of 100 words that come to mind.
- Sounds/Tastes/Aromas/Textures/Sights: Choose one of these senses and tune your awareness to it over the next few days when you are home. Write down what you sense of home.
- If your physical space could say one thing to you right now, what would it be telling you? What would you like your living space to say to you every day?
- Is there anything you could do to your current space to make it feel more like home? Can you think of a small change that might bring you a feeling of comfort or belonging?
- Are you literally or metaphorically being called home right now? Will you go?
Book List – Finding Home
Here you’ll find inspiration for creating comfort, making your house a home, and making your home a haven. Book links are Amazon affiliate links – should you purchase through them you support the work of Creative With Kids at no extra cost to yourself.
- The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well
- In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed – Comfort and home also evokes a sense of being present. I want my home to say, “You’re welcome here. Have a seat. Stay a while.” I want my home to be a place that lets me breathe and rest.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – This book finally gave me the compass I truly needed to create home. Her technique of checking if an object brings you a spark of joy before deciding to keep it resonates well with me.
- Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way – This is a wonderful book for writing inspiration. The short essays are followed by writing prompts that help you find the home in your heart.
- Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance
- Sink Reflections – This was the first book I ever got on making a home. Her approach to housekeeping (that it “blesses” our home and the people we love) helped me realize that caring for my home could be an act of love.
- The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful
- Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House
Living in your house constantly uses up the good things – food, clean clothes, linens, shiny floors. Housekeeping routines provide for their continual renewal. – Cheryl Mendelson, Home Comforts
Wishing you a replenishment of good things, a place to rest, and a feeling of coming home.