5 steps to turn your home into a reading sanctuary
As the woolly weather settles in, there’s nothing better than looking forward to a warm afternoon reading at home. A time to switch off the devices, turn on the heater and double down with some hot chocolate and a few good stories.
This winter, we are all about feathering the nest and rugging up. Let us offer you a step by step guide to turning your home into a sanctuary full of cosiness and good books, as well as an edit of our top recommended reads.
Step one: consider your senses
One of the most important things you can do to turn your home into a sanctuary is to consider your senses. Most people can’t relax in a crazy, cluttered space, so make sure that wherever your family is settling down, it is calm and chaos free. Even if it’s only one room, make an effort to do a quick tidy. Put the heater on, light some candles and grab your comfiest pillows and throws. Now your sense of sight, smell and touch are happy.
Shop homewares at Adairs, Kmart, Big w, and Myer.
Step two: hot chocolate
It’s time to move on to the next, and possibly most crucial sense; taste. There is nothing more homely than the smell of hot chocolate wafting from the kitchen. The most indulgent way to make hot chocolate is by boiling up some milk on the stove top and dropping good quality chocolate in. Of course, marshmallows are also a total necessity here.
Stock up on hot chocolate supplies at Woolworths, Coles and Aldi.
Step three: cosy clothing
Now we aren’t here to tell you that pyjamas are a must, but at least something very close to them is what you should be aiming for. Think soft fabrics, warm layers and fluffy socks.
Shop for cosy clothing at Cotton on, Target and David Jones.
Step four: devices off
Ok, maybe asking people to turn off their devices entirely is a bit crazy, but we do think that you should at least put them on silent or switch off notifications. Imagine you’re at a cabin in the woods without service and unplug for a few hours.
Step five: good books
We could go on for hours about all the books that have recently come out – here are just a few of the best:
For the practical soul: ‘The Little Book of Daily Rituals’ by Vicki Vrint. This slef-carew book is filled with 80 guided practices to choose from with one suitable for every intention. Whether you want to reflect, recharge your batteries or rekindle your motivation, you will find the perfect ritual to refresh your mind, body and spirit.
For the business savvy: ‘Start with Why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action’ by Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question - Why? He shows that the leaders who have had the greatest influence in the world all think, act and communicate in the same way - and it all starts with this important question.
For the biography lover: ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ by Dara McAnulty is an account of the turning of the 15-year-old's world. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.
For the creatively minded: ‘Wrek this journal’ by Keri Smith is for anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook. This illustrated book asks readers to muster up their best mistake - and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them).
For the read-aloud-family: ‘A Year Full of Stories’ by Angela McAllister and Christopher Corr is a collection of 52 beautifully illustrated folk tales and legends from around the world. The images are so detailed that even pre-readers could spend hours thumbing through the pages, and readers of any age will enjoy the tales.