It’s so easy to get caught up in a pattern of grumbling about our homes. The floors are sticky, nobody puts anything away, there are handprints all over the walls, stains on the carpet, dishes piled on the kitchen counter, dirty socks on the coffee table. . . Can you tell I’m a grumbler? I try not to be, but some mornings, I get up and can only see the mounds of work that lie ahead of me. And, I get really discouraged.
But, as we all know, the mess will always be there. So, maybe it’s just a matter of choosing what we see. My friend Melissa from The Inspired Room just wrote her first book for people like me. It’s simply titled Love the Home You Have. And, it’s all about finding contentment—and joy—in the home around us instead of wishing for better, prettier or the next big thing.
Even though I love rearranging furniture, chopping pillows and shopping for new treasures, it’s the stuff that I rarely ever show you that makes me the happiest when I stop and really look around—you know, beyond the piles of laundry and toys on the floor. I took five minutes yesterday, and this is what I found when I was looking for it:
(Another) rock my sweet boy picked up on a walk and wouldn’t part ways with. . .
A kitchen table filled with homework, snacks and noisy people.
My favorite wall, with handprints and height marks from every birthday.
Our family’s March Madness bracket challenge, that I’ve yet to ever win.
(The winner gets to pick where we go out to eat.)
An orthodontic mold on the bookshelf, as a reminder of money well spent.
Framed art and handprints going up the stairs.
A person (who just need a little privacy) in my pantry.
Sunday school masterpieces hanging in the hallway—until next week.
A collage of framed baby faces that remind me of just how fast time is passing.
(And, an abundance of coats and bags on hooks, but mostly in the floor. Always.)
This was a good exercise in gratitude for me. I encourage you to look around your house with new eyes for a few minutes. I’d love to hear about what you “see.”
If you (and your home) could use a little more encouragement and some very practical decorating advice, Melissa’s book is officially in bookstores today (Mar. 31st) or you can order online here.
(Thanks to Melissa for inviting me to take part in the #LoveYourHomeChallenge as part of her book launch. You can visit her blog for a full list of other bloggers who took the challenge, too. Hope you’ll join us!)