Prepare Your Home for Ramadan
Ramadan is the month of blessings for Muslims around the world. It is a time to focus on worship and gratitude, to fast and feel the suffering of those less fortunate to ourselves, to give in charity and to detach ourselves from the materialistic world to attach ourselves to the spiritual world. Most importantly it is a time of reflection and forgiveness on ourselves as humans beings.
Depending on where you are in the world, Muslims can fast up to 19 hours a day; this means that they must not ingest anything between the hours of sunrise and sunset. It goes without saying then that with the increased worship and charity, energy levels need to be preserved and tasks of priority to be completed.
Suhur is the meal just before sunrise and consists of breakfast-like items, Iftar is the meal at sunset and can consist of energetic and nutritional foods as well as an opportunity to sit down with friends and family to enjoy the feast.
One of the ways to achieve a harmonious Ramadan is to prepare our homes for the festive month to allow us to truly benefit from the blessings.
Declutter before Ramadan begins
Decluttering has many benefits of creating stress-free and relaxed spaces. By going through the process of clearing away, getting rid of and organising items we can create a real sense of quality space to enjoy and rest in. Further than this as we increase the reading of the Qur’an and prayers, it gives us an opportunity to do this in solitude and recite in a clear space.
When people fast throughout the day, especially in the first few days of the month as your body adjusts, irritability and a loss of patience can arise, this is often exacerbated by not being able to find items, or have free space to relax in or having to organise and tidy away things.
Decluttering will allow you to prepare for the month ahead with reduced anxiety of keeping up the usual routine when energy levels begin to wane, as well as allowing you to invite over family and friends and maximise the space for mealtimes.
Prioritise the Kitchen
For many Muslims, as Ramadan begins the focus can shift to the quality of the food that is being eaten to ensure that energy levels are maintained throughout the day to allow for the functioning of the normal routine along with the additional duties in Ramadan.
Take a chance to clear-out your cupboards, bring forward utensils that you will be using, clear out food you won’t be eating and stock up the larder with healthier and nutritious options. Create an environment that inspires you to maximise the benefits of detoxing your body and soul in this month.
The month of Ramadan shows a huge increase in charity as Muslims rush to pay the obligatory Zakat and take the benefit of blessings. Even if you are not parting with money, look towards your home as an opportunity to give time, care and love for those around you.
Opening up your home to hold gatherings for prayer and recitation can increase the level of wellbeing and our pride and joy in our home.
Accessorise the décor for the month of blessings
For some family members, Ramadan can be a difficult time to fit in fasting and prayers around the normal routine; it may mean that they are unable to keep Suhur or open Iftar with their family. To create a sense of excitement for the month ahead why not look to decorate the home with inspired accessories for the month; new prayer mats, bunting, candles and comfy cushions everyone can sit on to listen to the Qur’an.
Create space to entertain
When the month of Ramadan begins, Muslims are excited to share Iftar and the blessings of food with close family and friends, and those who are not with their families will often extend invites to non-Muslims as well to spread the joy and spirit of the month of giving. It’s a great time to organise your dining space, make use of the crockery and cutlery for those special occasions. If you have decluttered, you allow yourself to maximise the space and ensure your guests can comfortably enjoy Iftar time with you.
Involve the children
Depending on the age and health of children, they may not be fasting and also missing out on the mealtimes as family. It is important, with the shift in routine to involve them in what is an exciting and enjoyable occasion and time. There are many ways to do this; reading books on the month of Ramadan, coloring books which have related items to color, games which involve learning about the rituals throughout the month.
Even if you are not partaking in the month of Ramadan , these tips can be used throughout the year to reassess and realign how our homes work for us particularly around holiday seasons where our routines may shift and we may spend more time with our loved ones.