I’m flat out copying Gretchen Rubin, author and expert on happiness and human nature. (Check out her website here.)

In a recent podcast, she talks about the efficacy of creating a special motto to guide you through the holiday season. The idea is to help frame the season in a way that makes it more enjoyable and less stressful. The motto can come from any source, yet a snippet from a seasonal song is particularly resonant. For example, the words “All is calm, all is bright” from the Christmas hymn Silent Night, might remind you to stay calm and look on the bright side.

This made me think: Wouldn’t it be a great idea to choose a motto for your home? Something to frame your feelings, attitudes and actions around home. It could change from time to time, depending on what’s happening at the moment.

For example, if you’re new to parenting and about to bring a baby home, a motto might be “It’ll never be perfect.” It would be a reminder that parenthood is a process and that nobody gets it right straight out of the gate. That it’s best to trust, relax, let go and seek rest and rejuvenation whenever it’s available. 

Or if you’re seeking solace and comfort in your house in the midst of a stressful career phase, you could choose “There’s no place like home” and channel your inner-Dorothy Gale. Sleep in a little later than usual on the weekend. Find a cozy chair and read instead of going out. Appreciate that you have a peaceful refuge.

Of you could go with a slightly longer quote, like this from Will Rogers: “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” This could be a good guideline if you’re in a decluttering phase.

Do you have an idea for a home motto? I’d love to hear it. Please share!

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Cynthia Cummins is a Top Producer and Partner at McGuire. For info on SF real estate visit http://CynthiaCummins.com.