Today I’m sharing 5 ways to love the home you have! We should love our homes and often we are so hard on ourselves and the houses we call home! Often we don’t love our homes the way we should. And we feel guilty and bad about feeling this way. I say, NO MORE! I want every home decorator to read today’s post! This is for YOU!
Let’s talk frankly about our homes! Do you LOVE your home? Most home decorators would say “sometimes” and some “no” but very few would probably say “yes”. Is this really how you want to feel about your home?
If you are in your home right now and you are reading this I want you to look up from the computer and take a good look around your room. A good l-o-n-g look. Come on do it… I’ll wait! What do you see? Now look around your room again and find one thing you love in your room. Do it again and find another something you love and maybe another. Take a minute to enjoy and savor those couple of items you picked out!
Feel the pleasure and blessing of having those things you love? So often we look around our rooms and instead of picking out and focusing on what we love… we see what we don’t! Most of us have many things in our home that bring us joy and gratitude and a feeling of love for our homes but for some reason, we fuss about what we don’t have or don’t like or what we want to update and do over! Let’s learn some ways to love the home we live in right now!
STOP COMPARING YOUR HOME TO OTHERS
I must admit I can get very caught up in “house dissatisfaction”. Especially because I work and live much of my day in the land of home decor and blogging. I sometimes forget to be “inspired ” by the beautiful homes I see and not to get stuck in that horrid pit of comparison!
Believe me, nothing will make us be unhappy in our homes like the greedy comparison demon! “I wish my home looked like.. “I’d love to have….” “I hate my home because…” “My home will NEVER…”
Let’s stop that right now!!! Just STOP IT!!!
We need to love love love the fact that we have a home… bought, borrowed or rented. Big, small or in between. Builder’s grade or uber custom made. Cozy or grand. New or old.
A home is a wonderful thing to have!
If you are comparing your home to others (and sometimes I’m not immune from thinking that way too) you, my dear friend, need an attitude check!
We are telling ourselves a lie! You and ME! We need to get back to the basic reality that if we have walls and a roof and a front door we are BLESSED! HUGE!!!!
START BEING GRATEFUL FOR THE HOME YOU HAVE
There is not one single thing that will allow you to love the home you have like the simple act of being grateful that you have a home! Gratitude for our homes can open our eyes up to the joys of homekeeping and puttering and making a house a home. It lets us see our home for the amazing gift it is… warts and all! And it stops the evils of comparison dead in its tracks!
Take a big deep breath, exhale and let go of all comparisons! DON’T LET COMPARISON CREEP BACK INTO YOUR THINKING. Breathe it out and keep it out!!! Be grateful for the gift of YOUR home!!!!
Now, we can replace comparing with being inspired!
BE INSPIRED BY WHAT YOU SEE
Closing the door of comparison opens another door. The door of inspiration! Run, don’t walk, through this door! Let your mind be inspired by the beauty of other homes and designs and decor. See the possibilities and the creativity in other’s beautiful homes and decor and let that inspire you to make small changes in your own! Inspiration is not envious or greedy or lustful!
Sometimes inspiration can be like drinking out of a fire hose! I know! I can get easily overwhelmed by the beauty and great ideas I find! We must learn to take it all in but be very very selective about what we focus on.
Trying to find one little detail when I’m looking through a magazine or a blog or Pinterest that makes my heart sing and one thing that would be a blessing to my home helps me not to become overwhelmed by what I see.
I don’t necessarily have to buy what I see or change what I have but it opens my mind up to “possibilities”. Be thankful for inspiration and beauty wherever you find it!
HOW INSPIRATION WORKS
I’m always inspired by vignettes. A grouping of things that tell a story of sorts. Vignettes are personal and unique to the person creating it. When I see a vignette that makes me sigh I try to make my own version of it with things I have.
This simple kitchen vignette is one of my favorite inspired creations!
It’s that creative process that helps me to love my home! Let color and texture and simple things inspire you!
KEEP A CLEAN AND TIDY HOME
This is the best way to love your home! Clean your home! Purging, cleaning and getting your home in order makes us feel better about our homes and our lives!
My home can have pockets of big messes especially since I have started blogging. I’m always schlepping things up and down and here and there for a photo shoot! And photo shoots can make my home very messy!
Commit to spending time each day to tidy up and clean your home. Don’t let things unravel and get out of hand. Do a little every day… and do it with a good and grateful attitude.
If your home is more than a little untidy, pick a room and begin there! You will feel so much better and accomplished when your can see progress towards a well kept home.
It takes effort and energy but it will also make living in your home so much easier and comfortable! Make rituals, like cleaning, more enjoyable by visualizing how nice the home you have will look and feel when you are done! Focus on the good things and not the drudgery. It’s all about attitude!
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME IN 30 MINUTES A DAY might help you keep a clean and tidy home!
SHOP YOUR HOME
Are you aware of all the great things you have in your home? Sometimes we can be blinded to the fabulous things we have been gifted or have bought or have been blessed with! My basement is full of those blessings… and so are my rooms for that matter.
Let’s grab a basket or paper bag or a forklift and take a little shopping trip thought our house with a particular room in mind.
I did this when I made over one of my bedrooms. I found items that had lost their pop and pizzazz and had fizzled in one room but would live again to bring beauty and new life to the bedroom!
The “decor weary lettered chair” that had once been in my family room became a new, welcoming focal point in a guest bedroom! As did the pillow cover that had been forgotten in my pillow drawer. It’s now a big fluffy pillow on that chair!
UPSCALE WHAT YOU HAVE
There is certainly a time to update and buy new things for our homes… but why not take a look at what we have first? Can a piece we once loved be upcycled with a coat of paint or a slipcover?
Can we have it reupholstered or reworked to become something entirely new?
For me, this is the creative process that inspires me and makes me love the home I have! Putting sweat equity and time into things that go into my home is very important! I don’t need expensive things that are the best. I do need pieces lovingly worked into treasured items in my home.
Can you stitch up a frayed seam on a duvet? Or restain the surface of a table top or coffee table? Can you paint an old dresser and add some fun new drawer pulls.
Don’t just think big… think small too. Do you have grandmom’s silver flatware? Can you make it a part of your everyday life by putting it in a pretty crock or vintage ironstone pitcher?
There are many, many ways to ignite the spark and love the home you have right now! These 5 ways will be a great start. My wish for you is that you will not just read this post and enjoy it but read it and do it! Get started TODAY! Do it today and start a love affair with the home you have!
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