In today’s day and age, many of us seem to wear busyness as a badge of honor on our sleeves. Personally, this time of year is just the beginning of our busiest. While we personally don’t want to wear it as a badge of honor, we do want to make sure that we take time to stop and savor the little moments of quiet and togetherness.
Many of you are sending (or have sent) your children back to school. This means a new pace, a new busyness, and a new year full of tasks and opportunity. It’s so vital as parents to take time to savor the moments, spend a little extra time with your kiddos, and find new ways to connect to each other. I think a big part of that is what happens in our homes.
Home is Where You Hang Your Heart. Let it be More Than Just Things.
While a massive part of this website is about homes and the things we put in them to make them more attractive, welcoming, and inviting, my heart for this website is that is would be much more. Part of making your home beautiful is also about working on yourself. Because home is more than a house…
I made this website to focus on helping my friends by giving them ideas on making their homes beautiful on a budget. A major part of budgeting is compromise. Compromise means sometimes we don’t get exactly what we want. Instead, we become okay with what we can afford, by creating a written plan and making ourselves become a little more realistic than the Pinterest perfect world we live in. Compromise helps us become better people by creating a sense of contentment. Compromise also means we put in the [physical] work, ourselves. And it means working on ourselves by becoming something we weren’t yesterday.
There are a lot of psychological things that come into play when our homes are cluttered, messy, or dysfunctional. Anxiety and depression are just a few affects of living in a home that’s cluttered. Here’s a quick and easy read on why and how it does: “There’s Proof That Clutter Causes Anxiety.” I’m not saying that to cure all our family’s dysfunction is to simply clean. But making our homes more welcoming for our family be it cleanliness, functionality, or brightening it up with a new paint color can help our attitudes and emphasis. Sometimes that means getting help by asking a friend, your spouse, or hiring a pro.
Here’s a quick list of FIVE different ways you can help reduce your stress and shift your focus.
1. Declutter. Have a garage sale, recycle, and donate your items you haven’t used in the past 6 months. If you haven’t used it, you don’t need it.
2. Paint. Brightening up a wall color can help lift your mood. Dark colors are proven to be more depressing than lighter ones.
3. Create a command station. Keeping schedules straight is always a challenge. Create an area that holds a calendar, meal planner, and message area. This will help solidify communication and keep everyone on the same page.
4. Do small chores everyday. Create a list of chores that need done each week. Determine what needs to be done more often to make life less complicated. One easy thing we do, is a load of laundry everyday. Laundry doesn’t pile up quite as much and we spend less time procrastinating until it becomes unbearable and stressful. (And yes, sometimes we fail at this but that’s, okay).
5. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. Set aside time to disconnect and reconnect. Simply put take time each day to tell your family how much you love them. Put your phone away, have a meaningful conversation, eat a meal together, and/or read a few extra stories snuggled up with your little ones before they go to bed. Make time for what matters and fight to love each other, everyday. Love is a choice, period.
This is probably a deeper post than normal. But I think it’s full of some of the most important lessons I have learnt and am yet still working on. Having a beautiful home isn’t only about making it physically beautiful, it’s about your heart. Make changes to stress less, do small chores every day, and reconnect with your loved ones.
Thank you for reading my perspective on what has been on my heart during this busy time. My hope is that it will challenge you to find a way to make your life easier, simpler, and more love filled. For more daily inspiration, follow my Instagram and Pinterest. Here’s to making your day and home more beautiful!