April 3, 2019
How to Be a HomeBody (and not feel bad about it)
I love being at home. Relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready for the day. This is part of the reason I love my homekeeping routine. It helps me keep the home clean and tidy with plenty of time to enjoy family and home activities that we love. For me, if I don’t have a little order around me, that feeling of comfort and cozy isn’t there and the love for our home feels more like resentment. I was able to read and endorse my friend Melissa from The Inspired Room’s newest book, Dwelling, a couple months ago and I just love how she articulates health and home right alongside comfort and belonging. I feel like I can definitely speak to ‘how to be a homebody’ and while it isn’t something I have really talked about much on the blog, I thought it would be fun to share a couple simple things I do every day that make being a homebody enjoyable and guilt-free. If you aren’t a homebody, that’s FINE, I bet you’ll find something to take away and at the very least, enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
HOW TO BE A HOMEBODY
(Even if you work 60 hours a week outside of the home, you can still be a homebody – the key is finding YOUR rhythm and routine and loving the time that you ARE home.)
Have a daily routine. If you are already a homebody you might have a morning, noon, and nighttime routine, but the key to loving being home is seeing the rhythm in the day and going with it. Make your bed, clean up the kitchen after breakfast, unload the dishwasher while your coffee is brewing….Find your routine and go all in on it.
Have a cleaning routine. The key to a consistently clean home is a cleaning routine – if you don’t have one yet, try mine – it’s simple, takes minutes a day and can be done in all stages and phases of life.
Make a bed, scrub a sink. Take care of your home intentionally and do little things to keep it clean and tidy. If you aren’t used to a routine, start by making your bed and scrubbing your kitchen sink at night.
Learn the art of puttering. This is an old-school phrase but I love it. Puttering is what you can do when you have free time and can walk around fluffing pillows, tidying up, watering plants, moving things around. It’s quiet and soulful and can be done in as much time as you want to devote to it.
Find a hobby. Something special that you do for yourself or with your family that you enjoy….gardening, puzzles, reading, knitting, needlework, painting, watching movies, baking or cooking, exercising…
Be deliberate with your time at home. Don’t get caught in the things that suck your time and leave you empty – social media, endless tv, complaining, worrying… Set timers for yourself and block out time for things that you enjoy.
Be sure to enter the Dwelling Book Launch Prize Package Giveaway below! One lucky winner will win ALL of these self-care goodies!
A copy of Dwelling, A Dwell Well Notebook, Glass spray bottle, Vitality tea, Faux olive tree, Glass roller with gold top, filled with a special essential oil blend recipe card, Wool dryer balls, Jade facial roller, Mug, Weighted blanket, The Inspired Room Coloring Book, Colored Pencils, Stainless Water Canteen, Plant Mister. Visit each of the five participating blogs this week to get additional entries/chances to win:
- Monday April 1 – The Inspired Room
- Tuesday April 2 – Miss Mustard Seed
- Wednesday April 3 – Clean Mama
- Thursday April 4 – Thistlewood Farms
- Friday April 5 – Reluctant Entertainer
Jeanette Shanahan Says
I’m definitely a homebody!!
I have GOT to learn to say NO to others more often and put myself first!!!
I am such a homebody! Love this blogpost. Very motivating to keep a balance of organization and relaxation at home.
I’d like to create more peace by decluttering our belongings. When there’s too much stuff all over the house I get tense.
Agreed! We have too much clutter! Working on it…
I’ve been decluttering a bit daily. after 7 years of rescuing people & animals, fostering, weaning, domesticating, housing adfcts, helping homeless, grieving friends gone too soon, we have put a halt on housing people. I’m tired of hiding things and locking up my belongings and medications. time to find me again. when i am rejuvenated and back in order, we will reevaluate what wee can do. i need my physical and emotional health back. people always used to say my home felt like a refuge, peaceful, and was always clean even when they dropped by unannounced ~ I NEED that back.
A give-a-away I’m excited about. I feel like this topic has been heavy on my heart lately – making my home a place to feel comfortable in. Great timing! Excited to check out the other blogs and this book! Thank you for the chance 🙂
Katie Waterhouse Says
I would enter this for the weighted blanket alone! Our house burned in November and while we’re waiting for it to be rebuilt I’m having fun with a few books like this, thinking about how to be deliberate in what we put back in. I’d rather not start out in a new house with piles of clutter and stuff we don’t need!
Becca Eliasen Says
I learned puttering from my gtandmother. Her house is always a source of peace for me!
Cori Ruiz Says
I’d love to create a more peaceful home and life through gardening!
I am defnarely a homebody, but I sure want to work in a good routine to make our days not feel like all we do is clean! Thanks for the inspiration!!
I am trying to get more consistancy in my life…here you call it routine, but never having accountability and regular flow and the nagging in rhe back of my mind about what should already be done…silencing thay by action will give me alot more peace and even joy…
Such a great reminder to slow down, be at home and make it a place you love!!!
Christine McDaniel Says
I’m totally a homebody! I agree that the orderliness of my home has a huge impact on those who live in it.
OH! I just moved into our new forever home, the potential for making it “home” is amazing, but I don’t know where to start. This looks like a great book to help me!
Julie Bussan Says
The package looks beautiful!
Julie Bussan Says
What a wonder gift, the products great!
What a wonderful giveaway!
What a great giveaway! Love all of the homebody tips too 🙂
Angeline Roberts Says
Since finding your cleaning routine my home is definitely more calm for all 7 of us. Every day I am able to add a task to my plan and I feel incredible!! By continuing this practice, I want my husband and children to feel as though they know what to expect and a level of comfort that allows them to explore their interests and be accountable at the same time.
I’m moving into a new home tomorrow and cannot wait to get started with your cleaning routine. Such a great way to simplify the tasks that I usually avoid doing.
Very inspiring post. Love the attitude and tips about life at home. Fantastic prizes to get the winner a great big hug of home love! 🙂
This book would be really great for me. I’m really working to create more order in my home, as a way to make it more relaxing.
I am loving reading about being a homebody, and I love your perspective! I am hoping to incorporate your cleaning schedule and I also enjoy the idea of puttering!
Carol Chapin Says
I would love to win this prize package. There are so many lovely things. I do want my home to be peaceful. I have been following the Clean Mama routine since this fall. I currently have a stress fracture and tendonitis in my foot, and am wearing an aircast day and night. I have 5 more weeks of that. I have actually been dealing with pain in this foot/ankle for the last 3 years. I am limited in how much I can be on my foot. It has been hard since I am only 44 years old. I was burning myself out trying to keep everything clean, and our new dog is shedding her winter coat, and that adds another layer of needing to clean. I have decided to stay on top of the clutter and daily routine, and enlist my family’s help on the other tasks. That makes me feel more sane and calm in my own home, and helps me enjoy it. I have what I call a “mom cave” upstairs in our guest room. We have a sofabed up there, and I keep my happy light there. I read, read my Bible and pray, and also like to sit in there when it is sunny because it helps my mood.
I enjoy your cleaning routine and the idea of a house as a dwelling you thrive in
Mary Robinson Says
I am intentionally trying to use healthier cleaning supplies for my home.
Pamela Johnson Says
I love being a home body! I can definitely tell a difference when I am away from home too much or the house is not in order. Thanks for providing a routine to help create order in the home!
Diane S Says
I always like to have all dishes put away counters cleaned each night to start a new day. And everyone must make their beds in the morning before coming out of their rooms.
Sally L Dobosz Says
Enjoy your posts and emails very much! Consciously trying to get through the spring cleaning and consistently do your cleaning routine! Thank you!
I was never given chores or really taught to clean growing up so adulthood was a miserable wake up call. Your routine has really helped me in more ways then I can say. I feel better in my home, and it’s more peaceful because my 6 year old isn’t complaining that I spend all my time cleaning.
Brandi Belz Says
I would love to learn how to make my home a sanctuary for my family and myself. I’ve been married for about 11 years and the first 5 were no picnic, then my mother movd in and took over the home decoration, organizing, etc, so it wasn’t a home for my family nd myself, but more for her. fast forward 6 years later and my family and I moved out of state for school and my mother got her own place. Now here I am in our apartment home not having a clue how to make our home into a home that we are proud to come home, relax, make memories in, and make it into a sanctuary for us. I ran into Clean Mama last year and have been soaking up the knowledge she shares. This giveaway would be very helpful for me!!
april aakre Says
I feel the best and most happy when I am at home
I would love to find more peace in my life by continuing to develop homebody routines!
Leanne Austin Says
I will use this to try and enjoy been at home more
Ever since I started the Clean Mama routine anyone can come over at any time. Sure is the table cluttered at times, but it would take three mins to get to it back on track. Love it, thank you!!
I would like to make more of my life at home part of my routine.
Love this post! I’ve just recently turned off our sprinklers because the quiet time to water the plants after I get home from work is so good for my soul! Learning to love home routines to bring comfort to me and my kids!
Total homebody here! The Clean Mama routines and methods have really helped me enjoy my dwelling more (though I still have a long way to go!) 🙂
Suzanne Latkowski Says
I intend to create more peace at home by establishing routines and decluttering our home. Can’t wait ti read Dwelling and to be inspired.
Love to be a homebody!
I am a total homebody and I am working toward getting my house to a peaceful place to thrive in.
Lisa Linder Says
As an introverted homeschooling mom, I especially love this idea of embracing being a homebody! I am particularly appreciative of how this book puts a positive light on simply enjoying your home and your family :-). Thank You!!
Starla J Kreider Says
I am totally a homebody! I tend to protect my Monday’s to set a good tone for the week.
I want my family to love coming home, finding a place that feels restful, to feel cared for in body, soul , and spirit.
What a great giveaway! This homebody would love all the items!
Creating a space that says “Awww…” and just a feeling of overall comfort is what I’m looking for but haven’t been successful at achieving.
Karen Eldridge Says
Having recently broken my foot, so feeling a bit trapped in my home — with a few undone projects — I am definitely ready to finish up some purging projects to calm my home space. Less is more time, peace, joy!
Morgan Epley Says
I’m a stay at home mom for 4 boys (3 under 2 – we just had twins). I use your routine to keep up on cleaning around the house during naps and independent play times. It has helped me keep some sanity in this crazy stage in life.
Rachel F Says
I love this post. Making the beds is huge for me. If they are not made early I feel like everything is a mess. I also have young kids so making sure things are picked up off the floor at night helps us start the next day better.
Amy R Says
I can’t wait to get this book!
I love this! It makes being a homebody not seem lazy – it’s intentional and helps keep your sanity.
I am definitely a homebody! But i need to learn to be intentional with my time! The minute i sit on the couch, my ambition is gone. List making and planning time blocks helps with this!
Diane Wood Says
The peace I feel at home is directly correlated with the cleanliness/orderliness of the space and how on top of the rest of my to-do list I am.
I hope I am doing this right! Is this where I comment to be entered in the giveaway? I am most definitely a homebody! At the moment, I am in process of a major declutter. I started in November, taking time off for Christmas, but haven’t been able to do much for the last two or three weeks. However, I am very motivated to keep going, hoping to do the entire house, even if it takes a year or more. Decluttering has definitely contributed to more peace and contentment. Ironic that getting rid of lots of stuff leads to contentment and being thankful for what you have (now that you can appreciate it after removing the layers of clutter!).
I typically have never been a homebody until this past year and now I find myself wanting to be at home as often as possible and wanting it to be clean and picked up while I’m there. I’ve really enjoyed mixing different essential oils for new diffuser blends with each changing season. I don’t know what it is but scent really helps set the tone for my day.
Julie Williams Says
Love this post! And love being at home! I’m working on implementing your cleaning routine. Love how you broke it down to manageable tasks.
What a fun giveaway!
Working to keep a balance of organization and relaxation in my home.
Such a homebody – and very much struggle with keeping everything balanced! I love a clean house but struggle with schedules and sticking to them. Will try your schedule and see if that works! Thanks!
Alison Woods Says
I would love to get a solid and consistent routine, I feel like mine is constantly a work in progress!
I’m definitely a homebody! I’d like to create more peace and health in my life right now by doing some spring cleaning and decluttering.
I am a homebody…..I love going on vacation, visiting family and friends, but I love being at home…and my kids would probably say I was the Queen of Puttering around…I tell them that is what I am doing all the time….they used to think I was playing golf…haha I have always had cleaning routines.. I have a child with Asperger’s Syndrome and one with Autism, so schedules and routines are a part of our lives…I love Becky’s ideas and tips…I had to wait for a copy of her earlier book at the library for three months…I finally broke down and bought my own….although it is loaned out to a friend who has probably shared it as well…..thanks for all you do to help us Becky!!!
I love being home! But I could use a good cleaning routine to make it a more relaxing place.
I’d like to start a real cleaning routine as soon as the semester is over!
I became a HomeBody after completing your routine. I love my home now and look forward to making many memories in it!
I’m a stay at home mom and we homeschool, so the home is definitely a well used place! Keeping it healthy and orderly, especially by using non toxic cleaners and having a routine is very important to me and all of our health and sanity! Thanks to your routine and recipes, our house has come a long way and into a more peaceful state.
I’ve never heard of puttering… but it is something I can’t not do! Definitely a homebody ❤
What a great post! I also love being a homebody. Still working on getting my routines down and getting the house in a more comfy zone.
Love your new book; “Dwelling” sounds like a great companion book.
I’d love to be more consistent with planning the week ahead. I have a jumble of “gotta do’s” running through my head on the weekend but I don’t put them into a plan for the week and by the time Friday comes, none of them have gotten done! More consistency!
Ginger Smith Says
Becoming a mama has made me a homebody! I love your blog, and use your methods to create my own cozy home for my family. If you would have told me even a year ago my favorite email to get each morning would be about cleaning, I would have laughed and told you I had a housekeeper for a reason! 😂 Now, I’m happily a homebody (who gets out and is super busy and social also, but who loves being home and having an inviting space)! So thank you, for helping me become a better mama and wife, and for giving me the guts to fire my housekeeper! ❤️
I love this. I’m such a homebody and I feel like people equate it with laziness. 🙄
I am a homebody. i’d rather be at home than to be out and about.
I am definitely a homebody, but have always felt a bit guilty about it. Thanks for the inspiration to make my home a place where everyone wants to be a homebody!
Ann P Says
Another homebody here and I never feel bad about it! Great post, love your website…Thanks!
I am working through the Jumpstart program that Clean Mama has and I already see it bringing more peace to my home. I want my home to be a place where people want to be!
This is a great reminder of the blessings of being at home, especially when life feels busy. Thank you. Your blog has some great content that has been very useful for me. I’ve been able to make peace with my house and find joy in it and not feel like I’m always battling it.
I love “the art of puttering” as it is described above. I would enjoy getting to this point in my household maintenance that I can putter and not feel that I have to clean up. I’ve been working on decluttering – it is a process, but is absolutely refreshing to see the final result with more space and less stuff. Often knitting and reading books, quiet hobbies are easy for me to justify, buy my husband enjoys playing video games in the basement. I would love for us to find more hobbies to do together. We do work in the yard as a team. I have been altering our cleaning chemicals and foods to more natural and organic options, and have started to integrate essential oils into my personal care and household care chores. I am already noticing an improvement!
Erica Delavega Says
I need to stick to a cleaning habit but also need to organize! I have things just shoved places
Wanda O'Keefe Says
In an effort to create more health and peace, I try not to go overboard/overdo, whether it is cleaning, exercising or collecting “stuff”, I have been trying to do less, (Which is hard for me… I go, go, go, then pay for it later. Love your books and website. ~W
Totally a homebody!
I would like to create more health and peace by establishing routines and rhythms that help keep my house clean and organized. I have a bad habit of waiting until it is unbearable and then spending all weekend cleaning, becoming exhausted, then not cleaning for a week (or more). And repeating that cycle endlessly.
Nicole Llewellyn Says
My husband and I are definitely both homebodies. I find myself feeling guilty about it a lot — that we don’t get out and do more. Thank you for the reminder that it’s okay to spend time doing what recharges us and makes our hearts happy!
I am SO excited to start reading her books. I have always loved cleaning and organizing, and now I teach other women how to do it! This is a gorgeous giveaway!
Emily Kiriyama Says
Love your newest book and would love to learn more from Dwelling!
Little Miss Housekeeper Says
I am most comfortable at home. I find this is my peaceful place. Having a tidy, organized home was a bit of a compulsion for me. I was raised to clean the entire house in one day, then spend the rest of the week trying to maintain perfection. Now, with the daily routine, I find that my home stays cleaner, not perfect for perfect enough. I am able to enjoy more down time and relax with the family. I stopped worrying about losing a day to nothing but cleaning only to have it undone in a day or two. I took up crocheting and making homemade items. I am doing more food prep and learning more on removing toxins from the home. Thank you so much.
I’m a total home body. With two kids and a dog in an apartment its difficult to keep things tidy and I often feel overwhelmed but we’ve been trying to get it some better routines so I don’t feel like I’m alone in the cleaning up process.
Your book looks amazing can’t wait to read it
Alisha Lusk Says
I love being at home and don’t feel guilty one bit!
Mary F Says
My goal is to be a homebody. Struggling with little kids and never feeling like my picking up is doing anything. But also enjoying this season of life
This homebody appreciates your very nice giveaway – thank you!
I want peace in my home. I’m not sure how to get it but I’ve started a cleaning routine and it’s nice to know that every Monday my bathrooms are clean.
I am a homebody! I am so grateful to have found this page, I am in the process of learning how to organize myself for decluttering and cleaning following a routine. I am really motivate to have a nice, clean, peaceful home, and I believe I will succeed it!
I am definitely a homebody but when things are a mess and I don’t have a rhythm it takes all the joy out of being at home. Thanks for these reminders!
Jenn Dee Says
Sometimes I feel badly about staying home. We live in a time when schedules, activity, and busy-ness are valued. I am to thankful that someone out there is advocating for resting, relaxing and rejuvenating. I appreciate that this is about being at home in your home, not getting sucked into time sinks.
Lisa Marris Says
I work part time, and my home is my haven. Some of my friends just don’t understand why I’d rather be home cleaning out the fridge or dusting at night…it calms me. And makes me a better mom. I’ve found that you’re judged for cleaning too much….or too little!! So I guess I will go with the former!
Peggy Leland Says
I love my home. It’s cozy and I’m enjoying making it exactly what I want it to be. We don’t have a lot of extra money for vacations, I’d rather just stay home and be.
Mindy Barnes Says
I am definitely a homebody, but need to finetune my routines, so that I can have more of that peace I crave! Also, I love the word “puttering” – I use that all the time!
I would like to be more consistent with my cleaning routine. I spend most of my free time at home and would love to have it be clean, decluttered, and peaceful all the time!
I would like to create more health and peace in my life by sticking to a cleaning plan. Having two very creative girls, my house often seems to explode with messes! They will both be in school next year, so I hope to be able to start a new routine that I can keep up with (which is why I have been reading this site)!!
Definitely a homebody here!
I’m working on de-cluttering to make our home more peaceful for the whole family.
Diane Wood Says
I agree with all the wonderful comments already posted, I am a homebody and love to putter. I have my house decluttered and have routines in place for cleaning , thanks to CleanMama and 2 other sites I frequent, now I’ve got another site to go to, the Inspired Room!!! So to create more health and peace in my life I’d need to be more mindful and intentional about what I put in my mouth . And stay off fb!!!!!!!!
I’m definitely a homebody. I work full time and don’t have much time at home, but I love spending time exercising, cooking, baking and organizing at home.
Clean mama has helped me love my home!
I’ve been trying to work on rest. More sleep, more relaxation, just being more intentional to not burn out all around.
I love piddling around the house and doing my best to make it a haven where my family loves to come home, relax, and always feel safe and loved.
Stephanie Cascio Says
I love the idea of “puttering!” I do that often at home but didn’t know it had an actual term! I’m definitely already a homebody. My time at home restores my mental, as well as physical, energy after working on loud, smelly, and busy construction sites every day.
Thank you for this! I recently retired and have yet to establish a routine. Your thoughts on being a homebody (without the guilt) are very encouraging to me and I love the concept of puttering. You’ve given me a place to start 🙂
Kim Trainor Says
I’m definitely a homebody!! And i too need my home to be clean and uncluttered to enjoy it. I still have a ways to go before all areas are the way I’d like them to be but slowly and surely it gets done!!
I’d like to create a healthier home by learning to use essential oils. I use them a little in my cleaning but I’d love to learn more and start using them to help our ailments and make our home healthier.
SaraJane Herrboldt Says
Definitely crave being home more during seasons of busy and overwhelm and experiencing rest.
I’m definitely a homebody, and so is my son. It’s even better when the house is clean, or at least somewhat clean! The blessed calm that comes from relaxing in a clean home is like nothing else! Thanks for offering the giveaway!
Michelle Moser Says
I would love to be a better homebody! I feel so guilty just being while at home.
Ashley Whitfield Says
I’m definitely a homebody!! This is such a great giveaway!!
Kerri Shelton Says
I’ve always been a homebody. It’s nice to see these things come into fashion!
Love the idea of routines and making time for hobbies I love at home!
Kelley S Says
I would love any help in creating a home environment that would make me and my family be happy to be homebodies. I can use all the tips I can in creating a cleaning habit and a relaxing atmosphere.
I am the ultimate homebody!
Julieann Gibbons Says
I recently discovered that I am very introverted. Being a homebody is a must for me. I have started letting myself take small breaks (watch a show, read a book etc.) between tasks to rejuvenate myself. It has helped a ton.
Kelli K Slabach Says
As a homeschooled SAHM, I struggle with this. I love being at home with my kids as much as possible, but it does get hard when we are here ALL DAY for a few days in a row, and then the other days are so busy we are only home long enough to make a mess! I def need more organization in my life!
Kelli K Slabach Says
homeschooling* – need more coffee…
Kristy Ryan Says
I am learning to embrace my homebody self!
Having a cleaning schedule has made me be able to actually like my home. It really has changed how I look at my space.
I’m working on creating more peace by being intentional with each space (a place for everything and everything in it’s place) along with decluttering anything I find that we aren’t using or don’t need. But probably the bigger way I’m creating peace is spending more intentional time each day with our two young girls! ☺️
I am a home body, and a stay at home mom! I just got Clean Mama’s new book, so that has been a huge inspiration on keeping our space healthy as I clean each day. I have been really intrigued with becoming a better home-maker and setting the right atmosphere in our home – clean and full of joy & peace!
i have never realized before that I already do most of these things and I definitely describe myself as a homebody!
the main things that could improve are the cleaning aspects of my routine, including making the bed and having the kids to the same (or pitch in with tidying at ALL!)
Renee Otte Says
I am definitely a homebody, but desperately still trying to implement my routine to keep my favorite place clean and orderly. Love this post!
Megan M Says
Being a homebody is such an art when you have two active kids but I sure try! On Sundays we definitely rest.
I am a TOTAL homebody!!!
I am such a homebody. We homeschool our boys, so keeping up around here to make it feel cozy and not chaotic is important to me. Your cleaning schedule has changed our routine here, and the kids help out. Thank you!
Valerie W Says
I hope to have more health and peace at home by decluttering and sticking with a regular cleaning routine.
Sarah Marrs Says
I love this! Routines are so refreshing and keep me going each day! I love my daily habits- something about doing them energizes me!
I finally hired someone to clean our house, and it’s given us so much peace. We live in the house my husband grew up in, and we’re in the middle of a ton of fixer-upper projects. Outsourcing the routine cleaning so we can focus on the projects has made a world of difference. I’ve gone from hating the house to really embracing it.
Puttering and hobbies are my favorite homebody activities. I have to work at the daily and cleaning routines. That’s why I love Cleanmama! She helps me to stay on top of keeping my home clean and tidy.
My husband & I are such homebodies… love the idea of setting timers for tv time.
I am definitely a home body!!! I love my home and look very to be in it, cleaning, decorating, just enjoying family here in by myself!!
I love this “guide!” I’m already a homebody by the most literal definition, but I love the idea of setting aside time for hobbies I enjoy. It’s so easy to get caught up in the mindless TV or social media outlets and forget to do the things that really make me happy even if they take more concentration.
I would love to win the book Dwelling! I am such a homebody! The cleanmama cleaning routine has brought so much peace to my life ❤️
Stephanie K Says
I am definitely a homebody. But if the house itself is too chaotic I can’t just enjoy being home. Doing a couple things every day to make it less chaotic would give me a sense of pride and secure my homebody-ness!
Bobbie Rhodes Says
I am a homebody and work from home. I need to get into a routine, I feel life is passing me by and I’m just wasting time. Thanks for the post.
Amanda Y. Says
A clean and tidy home makes me, and my family, feel so much happier and calm. Currently I need a little encouragement to get our home tidy. Last Fall we moved to a new home one month before I gave birth to my third child. I have not been able to get through all the boxes and need to sort through the kids clothes to see what can be donated to make more space. Your post about setting up a cleaning routine is something I can implement to help get us back to more organized living.
Working to declutter our office and papers to promote a more restful & efficient work space since we work from home. Another way we love to naturally care for our family is by using essential oils in a diffuser anytime the kiddos are sick to help our environment feel healthier & give our home a feeling of well being while they recuperate.
Great give away. Can’t wait to read the new book. I enjoy Melissa’s ideas.
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Loved this blog post and will definitely check out Melissa’s book. I love having a rhythm when I am at home. Thank you, Becky!
What a great giveaway! Sticking to my routines help give me peace at home.
Karen Marshall Says
There’s no place like home haha. Seriously though I love being a homebody and love making it as homely as possible. My idea of a fun day is the puttering you mention.
Thanks for sharing. Happy to learn about your book too. It’s now on my wish list.
I have ALWAYS been a homebody, even as a child and young adult, so this resonates with me. And I could use some help with following a cleaning routine–never been good at that!
My word this year is Health. Part of my goal this year is to get clear and feel lighter, cleaner, more organized with my home so that the time is spend here is not a burden. I love being at home but often feel bad that things aren’t mire organized or cleaner. I’m looking for a Healthier, lighter feeling in my great little country home!
Susan Hubbs Says
Hi my name is Sue. I am a homebody and I love to putter!
I’m looking forward to semi-retirement in the ne t 18 months so I can spend more time at home!
I am planning on trying your cleaning regimen. I could stand to have a little more structure around the way I handle our home. Thank you!
I love being at home and love reading your posts about making a great routine!!
A cleaning routine is a must!
I am a homebody. I love to make my home cozy and inviting. I love having people over. I’d rather stay home than go out most of the time. I’m not mad about it.
Ann L Sielaff Says
I love Melissa and The Inspired Room. Her blog led me to yours, and your book, which I am working my way through, along with a cleaner home that is becoming chemical free. I appreciate everything both of you have taught me.
Kristy B Says
I love the idea of being deliberate with my time at home and definitely need to brush off my routines. Somehow this has been a long winter.
Sarah R Says
I’m definitely a homebody but I would like to make my home more inviting and restful for myself as well as visitors.
Yes, love this. Not that I need to learn how to be a homebody, but hadn’t thought of it from this angle. This totally motivates me to stick to the cleaning routine, thanks!
I love the idea of puttering! I’ve started doing this in each room my son plays in if he’s still engaged in something when I’m ready to leave the room. I’m a stay at home mom, and I’m working on creating more peace within our home by really taking good care of it, and eliminating clutter while making sure the things we have are ones we truly enjoy and treasure. It’s easy to get caught up in a game of comparisons when I visit a friend’s house who has dual incomes and nicer furnishings, but keeping our house clean and tidy makes me appreciate it more and feel so much more at peace. I’ve been so inspired by your daily tasks and cleaning routine. I’ve tweaked them a bit to meet our needs, but I can’t tell you enough how much I love feeling like our home is always clean. It is so much more welcoming, comforting, and relaxing!
I am a homebody to the core. But our tiny apartment that we moved into last August after our cross-country move is frustrating. It’s a daily challenge to like the space we have, let alone love it. But I am trying to find a good routine and hoping that my attitude will change sooner rather than later.
Looking forward to reading my book and applying some of the ideas in it. I love being a homebody and puttering around-just haven’t been able to do it as much as I would like to.
My family and I are such homebodies. I love the idea of being more intentional about what we do when we’re home. I’m really appreciating our current slowness before the kids enter school.
I am a homebody for sure! But I do not follow any routine…. thank you for your helpful tips!
I’d love to create more health and peace by eating less processed food, exercising more (especially with my kids), and sticking to our routines.
Laura P Says
Through organizing my countertops and work spaces!
This is a work in progress for me! I haven’t always liked being home in previous places I’ve lived. Really looking to change that this year with a cleaning routine and getting decor items I love!
I would like to create a more peaceful home with more organization throughout. Thank you for the wonderful tips!
I’d create more peace by developing routines.
Thank you for your guidance on how not to be overwhelmed and setting timers. I love being home.
Jen B. Says
I love staying home and keeping my house clean and simple. I try my best to stay on top of the clutter and to keep my home peaceful. I always keep my bedroom clean since that is my haven. 🙂
I’m a homebody. I enjoy puttering around the house, although need to work on getting a couple of key areas uncluttered (office, basement), these areas can be a little daunting.
Pam Rychener Says
I love traveling but there is no place like home.
Just found you and can’t wait to learn from you
I am so relieved to have a community that supports home bodies because I am definitely one and have been for years. I am given a really hard time for friends and family and feel so relieved I’m not the only one! I love my small humble home. Thanks for the support!!
These serene minimalist scenes are nice but I like more litttle things, and kids toys, I’d really like to see an example of a serene home with more than 2 decorative items.
Love this! Puttering is one of my favorite things – LOL! I would like to work on decluttering and being more consistent with my cleaning routines! I love the concept of your daily routines but for some reason I haven’t put them into place! I tend to have a mass cleaning freak out when I’m having people over! I love all your tips! Thanks
I love the idea of not feeling guilty for being a homebody. I have definitely become one since having children 5 years ago and often feel guilty about it. Thank you for the realization that I don’t need to feel bad because I enjoy making our home a welcoming and comforting place to be.
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I am excited about this new book from Melissa. We are getting ready to update our home-new floors, paint, etc. I want our home to be a sanctuary.
I love your website!!
I just love a clean clutter free environment. I really don’t function well in disorder and chaos.
Laura Hiltz Says
I’m definitely a homebody!!! And I LOVE puttering! I love Melissa Michael’s books so I’m excited to read “Dwelling”
Great post! Keeping the house clean and regularly decluttering helps to make our home feel tranquil.
I am such a homebody! I absolutely love being at home. I am a new mom and now that I have my babe on a schedule that works for him, I’m finding that I need to get myself into a cleaning routine and get started on some hobbies!
Debbie Keith Says
I love her books! Looking forward to reading this one too. 🙂
Teresa C Huie Says
Proud Homebody here! As someone who suffers from a chronic illness & homeschools a special needs child, it is vitally important me to maintain a home with calmness and order. I have printed out the monthly chore list for April and am working on spreading out housekeeping chores instead of wearing myself out trying to do “everything” in one day! I would love to win all these items. Thanks for letting me enter!
Great post! Home is where our heart (sometimes body) is!
Loved this article and the encouragement to be a homebody and love the routine you make for your home. Also loved the refresher on puttering around the house. Nice little face lift for the home every so often!
I’m so much a homebody and I’ve only recently come to terms with being one. Society seems to always tell you that you need to get out and explore the world and yadah yadah yadah. But I can explore the world on my own and in my own pace, not when society tells me to. In fact, I explore the world in a lot of ways by just reading a book….at home….you know, because I’m a homebody lol.
When I’m home, I like to putts around and do little odds and ends things such as cleaning or organizing/tidtying, etc. But once all of that is done, I can sit down and enjoy the space I’ve created for myself. My home. So thank you for posting this blog post because some days I really need to hear that it’s okay to be a homebody when I’m getting overwhelming vibes from the outside telling me it’s not okay.
My goal is to make my home peaceful, serene and beautiful. I place of calm not chaos. I love to be home and spend time with my family.
Jamie Longson Says
I would like to finish our renovations so we can have more health and peace in your life
Emily of The Three Bite Rule Says
I love being home. Working outside the home but having a few practices we’re more diligent about feels like the habits are on their way to being created!
Puttering is my hobby;) I am learning to embrace being a homebody. I am a better version of myself when I have consistent down time at home.
Amanda Harper Says
I would love to be more intentional with my time at home. Also, start a cleaning routine.
Jen Morris Says
I’d like to create more peace and health at home by decluttering, being more intentional about each day and each room, sticking to Clean Mama’s daily/weekly/monthly cleaning schedule (I purchased and have started using her Homekeeping Planner and love it!!) and also stop buying unnecessary home decor/organizing items-use what I have already and be creative with things! Oh and also read Melissa’s new book-I received my copy yesterday! I have all her books and my fav so far is “Love the Home You Have”. So blessed to have Becky and Melissa for homebody mentors!!
Robin Billings Says
I love being at home. It’s my happy place!
Christi Wallander Says
I am a homebody. I’ve learned so many helps for the home and making it a more comfortable place to live in from MM.
Paula Britt` Says
I’m new to your blog, but excited to check out your posts! I am a home body at heart, even though I work 40 hours a week. Once I am home I enjoy the solitude of being in a home I love. The quite time away from outside stresses. Hope I win!
Maureen D Says
I love to putter!
Heather Joy Says
I love being a homebody! taking time to care for the space around me is something I am learning to prioritize! thanks for the time you put into encouraging us to take it one day at a time!
I’ve been trying to get into the habit of a good cleaning routine which has started with purging and organizing. It’s slow going, but even the small amount I’ve done feels good!
I am a homebody too. I enjoyed this post immensely! The part about blocking out time is especially helpful for me.
Carmen Gagnon Says
I would really like to be more of a homebody. I am slowly working towards having a clean and tidy home that my family and I love to be in.
Dena Randall Says
I am definitely a homebody, but I am in the process of working toward making my home feel more peaceful and joyful, which right now I don’t feel that way. It is a work in progress!
Amanda Paige Says
Frequent decluttering helps me with peace!!
I would like to start a routine where I take a brisk walk in nature, every day. I think it would be so nice to get fresh air, exercise, and great scenery at the same time.
Becca Bonneville Says
I am such a homebody. I even work from home. I am working on making my home overall a more peaceful, cozy and relaxing environment by reducing clutter and things that induce stress. I am working on create more daily good habits and making better use of my puttering time. Thanks for the chance to win!
I am definitely a work-from-home homebody. And since I love being home and am home most of the time I find myself needing a space that creates positive energy and peace for me and my family. I love the idea of creating a tidy and peaceful space through small and regular habits and through puttering!
Thanks for the chance to win!
JoAnna Havis Says
Such a homebody! I love it when home feels like sanctuary.
I am a homebody (approaching hermit) and am working on making our home more comfortable and inviting for all of us. Recently discovered your site through my sister and am enjoying all the practical suggestions. Thank you for this fun giveaway!