The other day a reader left a comment on my facebook page seeking some encouragement and motivation to organize her home. Realizing that anything I could tell her would be just words and likely far more meaningful to me than they would be for her, I encouraged her to write a mission statement for what she wants her home to be so that when she is weary and discouraged she can be reminded of what it is she's trying to accomplish. And then I realized that I should take my own advice!
A mission statement for your home is similar to but different from a family mission statement. It is not about what you as people want to be and accomplish, but what role you'd like for your home to play in that. Here are some tips to help you create a mission statement for your home:
- A good format for a mission statement is to start with what you hope to accomplish (Our mission is to...) followed by how you hope to accomplish it (by doing...) and finally the purpose for which you want to accomplish these things (so that...)
- Look beyond the obvious goals like cleaning and organizing and address the atmosphere you'd like to create in your home and why you'd like to do so.
- Don't obsess over it or turn it into another project hanging over your head. Just jot something down or type it out and post it in a place where you will see it. Use it as a guide when you are feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list or under motivated.
The mission of this home is to nurture and nourish the mind, body and spirit of all who enter by creating a warm and welcoming refuge and an atmosphere of love, learning, simplicity and order so that our own family and guests alike will leave here feeling refreshed, encouraged and well loved.
What is your mission for your home?