But as I thought through it, I realized that the sense of hearing is just as important as the others when it comes to creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere in our homes.
Tips for Using the Sense of Hearing in Homemaking
1. Music- While this one may seem rather obvious, I can’t believe how often I forget about it! Music has the ability to change our moods, both for the good and for the bad. Keep a collection of your favorite CDs handy or turn on the radio when you need some extra motivation. I particularly like turning on some tunes while I’m doing something monotonous like folding piles of laundry or rolling out batches of tortillas.
I love turning on a high-energy worship CD during house-cleaning day. Also, when you are entertaining in your home, you can easily set the mood by having softer music (I particularly like piano arrangements) playing when your guests arrive.
2. Listen to books, sermons, or pod casts- As busy homemakers and homesteaders, it’s difficult for many of us to find time to sit down and read a good book. I’ve never thought of myself as much of a “book on tape” person until I recently discovered how nice it is to have someone else “read” to you while you are working on a project!
There are many podcasts available online, as well as sermons. Also, you might check out Audible.com. They have a large selection of recorded books that you can easily download to your computer, phone, or iPod. (They are rather expensive on a monthly basis, but you can buy individual books, or just sign up for their 30 day trial. I’m NOT affiliated with them, just wanted to share the info.)
It’s a way to fill your mind with good stuff, while your hands are busy doing other things!
3. Enjoy the silence. Sometimes in order to have a more peaceful home atmosphere, we might need to practice the opposite of the previous two tips. Often in our fast-paced culture, we have too much noise in our lives, and we simply need to be still.
If you are feeling frazzled, try turning everything OFF for a day or even just an evening. Computers, TVs, phones, and handheld devices can add a lot of mental clutter to our lives. I love computer time and movie nights just as much as anyone else, but sometimes it’s soothing to simply leave all of the electronic noise “off” and sit down with a good book or spend quality time with the family instead.
4. Watch our words. This tip is not as “easy” for me to include as the first three! One way that we can improve the quality of the noise in our house is to watch our own words and tone of voice. It’s all too easy to speak with grumpy tones to our spouses, children, and even the animals. I didn’t realize I was doing this until recently when Prairie Baby started “copying” the way I holler at the dogs when they start barking. Oops! This is one area I personally need to work on.
So what you do think about this series so far? Have any tips you can share from your own experiences?
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