I love change! Actually, I love doing renovations in my home and always have plans for how I can improve things. Cleaning up my space, decluttering and organizing my space and I am in my happy place.
As a Professional who works with people who struggle with clutter, you might think my home would be perfect. Not at all! I really like the lived in look and want my home to be a sanctuary, a safe place and also a place where I can relax and be myself. Having things around me that I love, books I am reading or things I am working on help me to feel comfortable and at home.
I am excited to tell you about my Grotto and my backyard space. It’s really my most favourite place. Welcome to my Grotto.
A grotto is a small cave, the kind of place where you feel comfortable, cozy, and protected from the harsh realities outside.
It is also described as a secret location near water and because my space is near a pond, I thought this was the perfect name for this space.
Here is a pic of my pond.
A number of years ago this is what this space looked like
but with some determination and a focus on my goals this is how the space looks now.
The grotto is a sacred and safe place. Our motto is “what happens in the grotto stays in the grotto”. It is a place where women (well, it has been mostly women but we welcome men as well) can come to relax, be at peace, enjoy nature, sing, do art, drum and share stories.
We have had workshops in the grotto, birthday parties, girls nights, potlucks, visits with friends as well as a meeting with the POC London Chapter. The very best time for a gathering is on a hot breezy night with the windows open, the curtains blowing in the soft breeze listening to the sound of the waterfall nearby. I really love a nice warm rainy evening in the summer. We are so close to nature and can enjoy all kinds of nature sounds and wildlife. The wood stove takes the chill off on a cool morning or a chilly evening and adds a touch of ambiance.
We spend almost all of our free time outside in the summer and can hardly wait to get out there to create a beautiful, peaceful and serene space. We look forward to our new adventures this summer.
This post was created for the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival: A Sneak Peek Into an Organizers Home.
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