In my last post, I mentioned the piles of stuff I’ve had to deal with lately. Here are photos of the state of my front room, taken a couple of days ago.
I finally got up the gumption to straighten up the room. I took down the tree, organized the ornaments, and wound the lights onto their storage rollers. I arranged the furniture back to the way it was before holiday madness took over.
It could be said that burning dried desert sage is a spiritual practice. It is believed to clear out stagnant/ negative energy from the area in which it is burnt. This space really needed a good sage smudging. The smoke is fragrant and slightly sweet, and somehow smells cleansing. Still, I made sure to open the windows as a safety precaution for the kids’ lungs. And of course, be careful if you try this! Use a bowl underneath the burning sage as you walk around so it doesn’t burn your floors or furniture.
I am happy that the foyer/ front room is finally ready to face the new year. I still think it needs something more; definitely more artwork, certainly a cool rug, more lighting and a different shade of paint the walls… to start. And I call myself a minimalist! I would love to get hardwood or stone tile floors throughout the house. But for now, carpet it is. Still, I’m happy to be able to relax a little bit about this particular space; it is the first area one sees when one walks in.