When I was a younger mom, with only 3 and 4 children, we had a spare bedroom. It had a few file cabinets, a small desk, a full-size bed, a rocking chair, a dresser, and a crib in it. The crib was unused, since Baby J refused to sleep in it. The room itself wasn't really used, unless we had overnight company. As such, it was the only room in the house that was quiet, and uncluttered.
Often, I would slip into the spare bedroom, shut the door, rock in the rocking chair, and enjoy the clean quiet space. The bed was always made, the floor was clean, and it was a pretty room. It was rest for my soul.
Of course, it was always short-lived. With 4 children all under age 7, it wasn't long before someone would need me. But it was there whenever I needed a moment of peace.
We no longer have a spare bedroom. Each of our 3 bedrooms are in use, with soon-to-be 8 kids. Being a homeschool family, the kids are here all day long. Our living room and dining room are one large area, and they are fairly open to the kitchen, as well. The only bathroom is in high-demand, so it doesn't offer any sanctuary.
Yet, I still find myself slipping away to a quiet place. My bedroom. Although the bed isn't always made, and there isn't as much open floor space as that spare bedroom had, it is still a quiet place, and often much cleaner than the rest of the house (as long as I don't look in my closet.)
There isn't room for a rocking chair in my bedroom, but I have found myself slipping into my room to lay on the bed for a moment fairly often this pregnancy (especially this summer). Just a moment's peace is so refreshing. It never lasts long, but it is always there.
When the noise, the clutter, and the activity just gets to be too much, my room is my sanctuary.
What is your sanctuary? What do you do to refresh yourself from the demands of your family?