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How we are finding the importance of home more and more in these hard times.

Today I wanted to talk something that is near and dear to my heart, the home. I feel as though now more than ever the home has become a sanctuary or a gathering place, a place of protection.

With a looming virus among us around the world we all feel a need to protect our loved ones. Where are we being told to run to? Our homes.

Today as your dedicated interior designer, I want to walk you through my definition of the home and how you can make your home a comfortable place ride out what life throws at us.

First let's start out by defining the home.

The webster's dictionary describes home as, "The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household."

However, I believe that is very wrong and generic definition of what home is and could be.

Home doesn't have to be a permanent dwelling. Home is wherever the people you love is. For me, Home has been many places. I have been many different places in life, even across the world, the one thing that has made me feel like home is the people I love and have loved. So this week I as we grow in anxiety and confusion among the world, please take time to be grateful for the extra time you have with your children and the ones you love.

Last Week I talked a little bit about working from home on my instagram. I personally have worked from home my whole career. It can get lonely, the days can get long; however, it is opportunity to take advantage of the times you have at home.

Today I want to include my 5 ways I will be taking advantage of my extra time at home (even more than usual) and how these tips might help you have a new outlook on working from home! Also, some tips on how to live during your "new normal"!

1. Deep Cleaning

We've all heard of spring cleaning, well now is the perfect time to take advantage of that. Thank God for my husband! He went to the store the other day and bought all my supplies so I can get started on scrubbing away. We will have a spotless house in no time. Cleaning for me is also a form of therapy... are you that way? Maybe I am the only one. But after a long day at work at home, a good counter-scrub helps me out!

2. Spend Some Time With Family

I know this is cliche, but seriously y'all this is most important. We shouldn't be glued to the screens freaking out about the virus. Make it a special time for family. Bring out the board games and get creative! My 20 month old daughter just loves for us to chase her around the house, I am sure a lot of that will be happening and it is a blessing.

3. Bring the Outdoors In

Staying inside for long periods of time can do a number on your mental health. It is important to bring in items that are important to you and implement elements of the outdoors throughout your home. I suggest buy a couple of easy to take care of plants such as air plants, to add just a touch organic atmosphere to your home.

Even if you do not have that green thumb or your are scared of plants in general, a high quality faux plant will help your space feel more warm and welcoming.

4. Keep a Schedule

This sounds basic but keeping a schedule is not just important to you but It can also be important to your children as well. Maintaining consistency in your day to day life aside from your work life can help you and your children push through anything that is combating your home. Consistency is key in life.

5. Find Inspiration

When I say find Inspiration, what I mean is read a book, listen to music, find a podcast to listen to. Find something that inspires you and dig deep. Our brains are constantly moving and it is important to not let them go silent and find a new subject to learn or be inspired by.

I hope you guys enjoy your time working at home!

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