And don't worry about your pet -- she'll fit in perfectly.
In fact, according to Diane Durston, author of Wabi Sabi, The Art of Everyday Life, "Animals live in the present moment, and living with animals can help one stay grounded and focused on the simple beauties of everyday life. In that way they could be seen as contributing to a Wabi Sabi approach to life."
A Wabi Sabi home -- where you can truly be at peace -- should incorporate uncluttered spaces that bring a feeling of simplicity, along with objects that mean something and stir happy memories or gratitude, be it something you've created yourself such as a painting; family photographs; items picked up on travels; or gifts from special people.
And none of this has to be perfect, because life isn't perfect. The point is that there's nothing personal or comforting in a living space that looks like a home store advertisement, according to Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House.
Wabi Sabi means learning to appreciate the small things like your favorite coffee cup or the way your pet has rumpled her blanket.
How can you live a Wabi Sabi life with a pet that turns your home upside down so frequently?
Griggs Lawrence has some advice.
Wabi Sabi Tip 1: Accept the Inevitable
"Accept that your pet's going to bring all sorts of imperfections, because your pet brings enough soul to make those imperfections beautiful," Griggs Lawrence explains, adding that it's important to let go of the idea of having a perfect house.
Wabi Sabi Tip 2: Minimize Your Pet's "Stuff"
Much like people stuff, excessive pet toys, bowls, blankets and clothing are unnecessary and amount to clutter. If you do need to have it, contain it -- maybe in an old crate or basket, advises Griggs Lawrence. Or make the items you have more meaningful -- look in consignment stores and flea markets for unusual items and try to buy those that are as natural as possible, such as a burlap blanket.
Wabi Sabi Tip 3: Nap Time
Keep your pet's bed as subdued as possible. Use plain, natural materials instead of bright prints on synthetic fabrics. And in small homes, have a bed that you can pick up or put down as needed to give the feeling of more space and keep things serene and uncluttered.
Wabi Sabi Tip 4: Natural Nibbling
Steer clear of plastic and super bright ceramic bowls. "Instead opt for a simple inexpensive bowl with a natural finish."
As for the food itself, take your time when serving. Contemplate the food, and your cat or dog's health and live in the moment. Cook food yourself if you have time.
Wabi Sabi Tip 5: Leave the House
Walk your dog regularly in the neighborhood and leave your cell phone at home. Your dog will also force you to stop often, says Griggs Lawrence, making you notice the little things that are right outside your door -- be it your neighbors if you are an urbanite, or the changes in nature if you live in a more rural setting.
Wabi Sabi Tip 6: Designate a Treasure Trove
Designate an area that's just for you, where your pet can't reach, and place an item in it that has special meaning to you. It will help you focus on what you're grateful for and help you forget your worries. Change the item regularly so you really appreciate it because its only there for a fleeting period of time.