3 ways to add quiet to your day

Quiet. It’s my word of the year. I chose quiet because I am so horribly awful at it.

A creative multi-tasking worrier at heart, sitting still with a quiet mind is difficult for me.

But in the journey towards simplifying my life, I found quiet to be exactly what my heart and soul are craving.

Because it doesn’t come naturally to me, I have to intentionally find ways to add quiet to my days.

Here are three of them:

1. De-Clutter.

It is nearly impossible for me to have a quiet spirit in a house that is overflowing with clutter. In fact, sometimes clutter is the number one reason my mind can’t settle down.

While I am not a super-organized person, the more I can simplify the amount of “stuff” in our house, the easier it is for me to find those quiet moments.

2. The 5-Minute Timer.

Set your phone timer for five minutes. Find a quiet place (the back porch, your bedroom, your closet). Take a deep breath, close your eyes and sit still.

Force your mind to relax into noticing the stillness around you. Don’t let your thoughts wander to your to-do list. Focus on the quiet.

I was challenged by my yogi friend Jennifer to do this, and honestly thought I would hate it. But it felt wonderful to let my mind relax, and five minutes went faster than I thought it would.

3. Say no.

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Practice saying no until your schedule clears enough to even have a chance to sit in the quiet.

When every day is packed to the gills, there is no time for a soul reset. Plan time for rest, even if it’s just the five-minute timer.

The more I intentionally make room for quiet, the more peace I discover in my heart and mind.

And suddenly, life becomes a little more simple.

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9 Comments

  1. Katie Harding

    I absolutely LOVE the 5 minute timer idea, I have 3 small boys so this is brilliant and MUCH NEEDED! Even if its just 5 minutes….just hope they don’t find my hiding spot!

    • Alysa

      I’m so glad you like the idea!

  2. zipporah bird

    In September, I set a goal with friends to rid our homes of 465 items within a 30 days. We posted photos on a FB page and kept track. What we all noticed by month’s end was how much easier it was to establish order in the home with so many of our purposeless items gone. And this Christmas, if it don’t fit in a stocking, it’s ain’t comin’ through the door or down the chimney!

    • Marie

      Amen to you and your friend! I have a few boxes & bags in the garage waiting to be donated. I was thinking- there has to be at least 150 items out there BUT that would be cheating! I refuse to decorate our house for Christmas until it’s picked & cleaned up. Getting RID is just what my household needs. As for the fitting in the stockings – that can be a goal for the future!

    • Alysa

      That’s wonderful! I love how you did it together as a group.

  3. Guest

    Thank you. Since becoming a mother, I’ve realized how desperately my mind and my soul need quiet.

    • Alysa

      It’s true! And as a mom, it’s so important to set aside those quiet moments.

  4. Lindsey

    Amen to de-cluttering! I am working on this right now. I find it hard to part with things that I spent money on because I feel so wasteful. I am trying to find ways to sell some of the clutter I don’t need/use!

  5. A.J.

    The phrase “a creative multi-tasking worrier” is a great description of me. With a young kids, full-time work, grad school and freelance art clients I can’t easily find quiet moments, and when I do I feel guilty for not doing something. There’s always something to be done.

    I have done a fair amount of decluttering of my physical space, but have trouble decluttering my mind. I need to try the timer idea and definitely need to get better at saying no. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

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