Sounds of a Peaceful Home


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Do you want a peaceful home? What does your home sound like?

Set the Tone

We all know music can create a mood. Energetic music can keep us going for exercise or housecleaning. Soft music can be nice for relaxing.

Just like music, your tone of voice sets the mood in your home. Be very careful about how you speak to your family. They deserve the same cheerfulness you give to others, so greet your family with a smile.

Peace & Quiet

Make quiet moments when you can. Noise has the same effect on your body as stress. It makes your body produce stress hormones, and it raises your blood pressure. Be sure to turn off the television and music for a while so you can take a break.

What Do Your Children Listen To?


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Little children are sponges, soaking up every word and sound they hear. We don’t have access to television, but our little one does watch movies. We make sure those movies have well-written dialogue, little to no sarcasm, and a quality soundtrack. (Some of our favorites are Charlotte’s Web and Mary Poppins.)

It’s not always peaceful and quiet at our house. Since we have the rule “no screaming in public”, Lane thinks it’s great fun to yell “Scream at home!” and then scream as loudly as possible. It usually ends in a fit of giggles, which makes it totally worth it.

More Sounds Around the House

If you have noisy appliances, plan ahead for what would be a good time to run the washing machine or dishwasher.

Adjust the volume on the television or radio. Sometimes you don’t even realize how loud they are. Also turn down the volume on your telephone ringer.

White noise such as fans can help you ignore many sounds.

Pay attention to small details too. Fix a squeaky door hinge with a quick spray of WD-40. Add adhesive felt pads to the corners of cabinet doors so they don’t slam. Felt pads can also help chairs slide quietly over wood floors.

Open up the windows and let the outside sounds of the breeze, rain, or birds come in. (If you live in the city like I do, sometimes the early morning is best.)

What is your favorite sound in your home?
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Comments

  1. We have loudest dishwasher ever. It’s awful. I do the dishes at night and then run it in the morning right before we leave the house so it runs while I am doing school drop off and errands.

    My favorite sound is my two kids making each other giggle.

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  2. This sounds weird but my home SOUNDS calm when it’s clutter-free.

    I know .. I know!!

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  3. I love the sound of quiet!!My husband on the other hand loves noise.It makes life interesting.He likes to have something on all the time.I can feel my heart start racing with alot of noise so sometimes I just have to ask him for quiet.He does all of his homework with noise.I really don’t know how he does it.I have to have total peace and quiet when I read or I will not get anything out of it.

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  4. Our home isn’t very peaceful, but that’s what I get for marrying a drummer, ha. My favorite noise in our house is jazz. I love to have jazz on anytime, for any occasion. Jazz is perfect for cleaning, reading, working, anytime. Especially good old New Orleans style stuff.

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  5. Sandra Gonzales says:

    Sometimes I wake up extra early to enjoy the peace and quiet before my family wakes up. I like to listen to the gentle humming of my refrigerator or my coffee maker working its way to a full pot.

  6. My favorite part of the day is before everyone else is up. My home is peaceful and quiet. Once the two teenagers wake up it’s a different story.

    My favorite sound in our home is that of our girls laughing together. It brings an instant smile to my face.

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  7. Silence. After my 3 year old falls asleep and the baby drifts off in my arms, I listen to a blessedly quiet home.

  8. My favorite sound is the sound of my kiddos playing nicely (doesn’t always happen), the sound of them sing songing a made up tune, and the sound of the nighttime silence when everyone is in bed.

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  9. Slackerjo says:

    I wish more children and a few adults followed the “scream at home” rule.

    My apt is not very peaceful as I live below a noisy jerk who stomps around his apt in motorcycle boots (he does not own a motorcycle) and plays loud music. When I work from home, I have to wear headphones to block out his noise. Being assaulted by noise is such a stressor.

    I am moving in 26 days. I can’t wait.

  10. This is funny… but my favorite sound is my youngest son snoring! Its not loud, but you know he is getting in some good snoozies. Peaceful baby sleep! The best time is at 230 am when the kids are sleeping, and there isn’t any noise inside or outside….peaceful, still, and sweet! I love that time of morning!

  11. This weekend I hid a CD player under one of my little side tables in my bedroom. It has a long table skirt on it so you can’t see it. I’ve had soft piano music playing on it ever since. It’s amazing how peaceful it makes our room and how motivating it is to get all the laundry put away, too! It was such a simple thing to do. I wonder why it took me so long to figure that out! I love it!

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  12. I like the sound of early morning with birds chirping. Unfortunately, I live right next to one of the busiest highways in Massachusetts, so I never hear the birds anymore the way I did when living in northern New Hampshire. Time for a change, I think.

  13. Wow, I had never really thought about the sound in my home, but now that you mention it — your thoughts are spot on.

    My kids are quite enthusiastic and rambunctious, and we have a baby who likes to scream (most of the time happily) so things aren’t too quiet around my home right now. I really enjoy the evenings when they are all sleeping in their beds, and things are calm and quiet again for a few hours. It lets me think and breathe.

    That being said, during the day on the very rare instances when I am home alone, and things are quiet, I miss the noise a bit. My kids are great (but whose aren’t, right?)

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  14. I love music, but I love silence even more….and fortunatley, my husband feels the same way!

  15. My favorite sound is my cats purring – followed by the sound of the frogs in the pond in my front yard, and the sound of the foghorn in the distance. (I live on the coast.)

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  16. In the spring and fall, and sometimes on not so hot summer days my favorite sound is the water trickling in the pond right outside our open livingroom windows.

  17. I have to get up early on some days for an early appointment before work, so I’m up at 5:15am and leave around 6am … I love the calmness of my neighborhood so early just before dawn breaks. Only a few cars are out so early and while I”m waiting for the bus, there’s this wonderful calmness that makes me forget that I live in a major city. It’s nice. It makes up for waking up at the crack of dawn.

  18. My favorite sound is laughter! With kids there is a lot of it! We usually don’t have music or background noise on in the house unless it is dance hour!

    I’d suggest spraying door hinges with a silicone spray because it isn’t greasy.

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  19. My favorite sound in my home is the laughter of my girls when they are watching something they find hilarious.

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  20. the “scream at home” bit gave me my first good laugh of the week. thanks Lane!

    I woke up “early” this morning and enjoyed the sound of silence until I ruined it by putting clean dishes away. I need those felt pads on my cupboard doors like you mentioned.

    I love having open windows and hearing birds chirping. I love to overhear someone playing piano or even drums.

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  21. I have a noisy mailbox. Really. I can hear the flap slap shut through the brick wall, but it’s one of my favorite sounds. Since we’ve had our name and address on a no-junk-mail list, I like getting mail.

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  22. Personally, the favorite sound in my house is the sound of the waterfall from my back yard. I love to hear the sound of running water.

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  23. I would say I love the sound of the wind blowing thought the threes and the rain at night.

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  24. I have flea market wind chimes made of old silverware hanging on my porch. I like it when they catch a breeze, which is rare.

    Inside, I sometimes like listening to classical music when I work. I find vocal music distracting because I’m trying to pay attention to the lyrics.

  25. My favorite house sounds? In spring and summer, it’s the early-morning birds; when the house has to stay closed up, I love the sounds of rain on the roof, purring cats, and the old dog snoring.

  26. Laughter, definitely laughter!

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  27. Southern Gal says:

    I’m listening to it right now…my 6 year old son whistling/humming as he works and plays. I also have background noise of the dryer and dishwasher, but they don’t bother me. The laughing/singing/whistling/humming of my children is music to my ears.

  28. We had a 3-year-old boy over yesterday, along with his mom and her boyfriend. I was cooking dinner, talking to the mom and bf. My husband showed the 3-year-old the roomba, and the little boy became fascinated with it. Hours later, I thought I was going to rip my hair out as the roomba still rolled around making its vacuum noise while I made the next meal. (Plus, the roomba kept rolling into the kitchen around my feet while I was chopping and sauteeing.) I finally had to tell the little boy it was past the roomba’s bedtime. Fortunately, he accepted that explanation.

    I love the sound of rain on the roof, of good conversation taking place in my house, of people talking and laughing when I’m in the next room barely overhearing it (I think that came from being in a large family growing up), of music, of bath water running, and of my husband reading to me. At the right time, the sound of the dishwasher can be a peaceful indication of the end of a good meal. I don’t like hearing tv or ads (or the roomba, apparently, after a certain number of hours!) Oh, and I hate the sound of the super-loud bathroom fan.

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  29. I don’t think I can pick just one favorite. I love hearing ‘house sounds’, the dishwasher, the dryer, the refrigerator. There is a certain contentment, a sort of all is well feeling that I get when I hear these sounds. Another favorite is listening to my 7yo dd sing to herself when she is engrossed in something. The sounds of my 9yo ds playing (even when it is battle sounds!) The windchimes I got for Christmas playing Ascension. A cat purring. I suppose my all-time favorite sound is the pure silence that comes over the world during a good snowfall.

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  30. I have very sensitive hearing, so I actually look forward to power outages, I love the “sound of nothing” that wakes me up in the middle of the night!
    Of actual sounds, I love to sit on the back porch in the dark listening to my family go about their evening “settling in” routines behind me.

  31. I have many favorite sounds. Bubba’s laughter. My sewing machine chugging along. The dishwasher running. The deep silence that comes late at night in the hour of the quilt. Good stuff.

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  32. I love the sound of early morning footsteps running across the landing, of my children coming into my room for a hug under the duvet with mummy!!

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  33. I think setting the tone of our voices in our home is SO IMPORTANT. My oldest daughter is particularly sensitive to hearing any upset or anger in my voice. I often apologize to the girls for speaking harshly to them in my anger. The more I apologize and ask for their forgiveness, the more sensitive I am to the tone of voice I use consistently. Great insight!

  34. The sound of the fire is my favorite! And the children singing when they´re playing by themselves!

  35. My two constant favourite sounds are: my son laughing, and the silence of his nap.

    We’re also really enjoying listening to Dean Jones – ‘Napper’s Delight’. It’s a great album.

  36. With 15 and almost 14 year old boys, one of my favorite sounds is when they are having a polite and engaging conversation with each other. Also when they are playing together (not on video games) and it’s going well. :D

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  37. I love the sound of silence! And second to that, the sound of our pool (water feature) through our open doors.

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