Because Perfection Is For The Birds

So, you may have heard that my blog friend “the Nester” has written a book, and it comes out today! Her real name is Myquillyn, but I don’t know if I could ever call her anything but the Nester. . . She says she can only call me Emily “A.” Clark, so I guess it’s all good.

The Nesting Place book

She asked me to write a post about how I’ve embraced imperfection in my home (I’m really trying!) to go along with the book release today. But, I decided to write about why I think the Nester is ‘da bomb instead. (Do people still say that?!) From the beginning, her blog has been built around a concept that I love:IDHTBPTBB

And, that’s the reason her site gets a gazillion page views a month. People love to hear that. Women, especially, need to hear that. There’s so much freedom in realizing that perfection isn’t really attainable when it comes to our homes, our bodies, our hairdos, our relationships, etc. Enjoying things the way they are now instead of the way you hope/want/expect them to be someday is the best way to combat this Instagram/Pinterest/Facebook pretend-perfect world that surrounds—and sometimes suffocates—us.

Nesting Place 1

The Nester is kind of the “anti-blogger” by today’s standards, and I love her for that. You won’t see her taking 1001 selfies of the perfect outfit, the perfectly set table, the perfect night out on the town, the perfect pedicure, the perfectly perfect home. Her realness shines through, and I believe it rubs off on lots of us who strive to make a happy home more than a picture-perfect one.

Nesting Place 3

Nesting Place 2

I sat down with this book Saturday night after the kids went to bed and didn’t get up until I’d finished the whole thing. I learned so much about who the Nester is and why she is the way she is, which only made me love her more. (Did you know her family has moved 14 times in 18 years?!) There’s some great decorating advice for our homes in there, for sure, but there’s so much more that can be gained from this book. Lessons learned about contentment and hospitality and gaining confidence in our decisions.

Nesting Place 4(all images via The Nesting Place)

She also reminded me that you can find beauty in actually living in your home, not just from decorating it:Nester-book-quote

I just loved it. And, I’m not just saying that. If I hadn’t loved it, I would just say the Nester wrote a book about imperfections and I’m giving three away. (There is actually a giveaway. Keep reading.) I really did love every page, and the fact that she talks about sweaty pits, Anna Nicole Smith and why loving your home is like wearing a bikini.  All in a “decorating” book.

Nesting Place giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO:

Sara, Laurianne and Angela Ira (Check your inbox!)

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If you’d like to order a copy, it’s available here.

(I highly recommend it.)

Comments

  1. Lori H says

    The siding on our house is WAY less than perfect, but we have two kids in college, so major things like siding and new windows will need to wait. :)

  2. Melanie says

    The biggest imperfection I’m learning to embrace is throwing all the kids’ toys into a big basket, rather than having them perfectly sorted in individual containers and bins. I still take time to try to get them organized once a week or so. But on a daily basis, as long as they are all up off the floor and off the couch, I’m good! I just keep a big basket in each room to make it easy.

  3. deb says

    We moved within the past year, and I’ve been reluctant to have guests into our new home because it’s a “fixer-upper”….life is passing and I’m fussing!

  4. Josee says

    Well, I love your blog and Nesting place so this post is a great marriage! : ) I’ve learned to love my home through every stage: toys scattered on the ground, piles of laundry that never seem to let up, crumbs (CRUMBS!!!) everywhere. I do my best to stay on top of it but I let the rest go and for my borderline compulsive cleaner self that right there is pretty huge. It translated into loving my body right where it’s at too. I work at keeping healthy but perfectionism…well frankly I just don’t believe it even exists. I’ll shoot for good enough for me!

  5. Taryn says

    AFter having moved into a new home a year ago, I am constantly ogling over what other’s homes look like and getting down on how much I still need to do. Its easy to forget what’s important in life when you are coveting what you think you see through other people’s eyes.

  6. says

    It’s so nice to be reminded that perfection isn’t realistic and that there is beauty to be found in imperfection. I want to read this book! I’m in Canada so not eligible for the giveaway, but I’m going to order a copy right away.

  7. Gillian says

    Not so much imperfections but realizing that whenever I visit a friends home, i never notice if things aren’t “done” or if there are little pretty moments here and there. I’m just happy to be there hanging with a friend – I need to realize that’s what’s happening when people come to my house, nobody who really cares about me is worried about if the patterns and colors in my living room go together :) maybe the crumbs on the chair they just sat in but not the pillow patterns :)

  8. Torey says

    Where do I begin? Our house is a 1960s split level with about a million projects that need to be done and very little money to start them. I just embrace all the imperfections!

  9. says

    Our 1950′s ranch house has one and a half bathrooms, and can feel pretty cramped at times…but I have grown to love the fact that I can talk to my husband when he’s on the opposite side of the house :) There is so much charm and character in our little home, and although it isn’t perfect, I love that it is ours!

  10. Kristen says

    I’m learning to embrace my husbands trail of piles he leaves everywhere. I love him to the moon and back so why not learn to love the piles!

  11. Karen J says

    I am learning how to embrace “good enough”. My hardwood floors need to be refinished very badly but I open the door to friends and family with big hugs and laughter. I don’t have a dishwasher in this house so I stack the dishes and enjoy my company. I am learning the perfection does not exist and trying to maintain/achieve it can suck the very life out of you.

  12. Stacey says

    Yep. I have a gigantic 15 year old in a twin-sized bed. There simply is no room for a bigger bed, and certainly no money to move for a bigger room. Being grateful that he’s growing IS a better perspective than focusing on the guilt and his complaining. Great wisdom from The Nester. :)

  13. marley says

    I have an 80′s master bath that comes with some quite interesting “maroon” “burgundy” tile and carpet….yes carpet in a bathroom. I am learning to live with this “beauty” and all its’ imperfections until the budget permits;)
    Love the Nester. Her blog was one of the first ones I came across many moons ago!

  14. Mel says

    The imperfections that I am embracing is that paper chaos reigns in this house. The “systems” are not quite working, yet there is plenty of joy, living in the moment, and evidence that we LIVE here.

  15. Chelsea says

    My husband works from home and it is a constant battle to get him to organize his desk and office. I have to remind myself to be grateful that he can provide for us and that I get to spend more time at home with him rather than nag him about being messy.

  16. Sequana says

    I’ve finally learned that if I wait for perfection in anything, I’ll never get anything completed. Now I can feel good about just moving from one project to another and enjoying the new one. It’s not easy tho.

  17. Jena says

    As a mom to a 2 year old and newborn, I have no other choice than imperfection, whether it be paring down the accessories so they aren’t destroyed or making do with the train table in the family room, it’s our life and we love it!

  18. says

    I’ve been following Nester’s blog from the beginning, and actually discovered your blog from hers back when you first started. Been addicted to both of you since.

    The imperfection I’m trying to get over is a messy house. My husband and I own our business, which requires that we work a lot. When we are home, we’d rather do stuff with our kids than do laundry. My house is always a wreck, and it drives me crazy! Far from perfect . . .

  19. Lindsay F. says

    I’m learning to accept the fact that with a 1 year old and a 7 year old, the toys will never stay picked up and the dishes will never be done! And, that my house doesn’t have to be “done” or perfect to have anyone over.

  20. patricia c says

    I’m learning to embrace my house won’t always be spotless and that is ok…its better to focus on more important things

  21. Christina Marie Interiors says

    I’m learning to enjoy my home in every stage of decorating it and not to always think I will be happier if I add just one more thing.
    The book looks fantastic!

  22. says

    Oh I can’t wait to read her book! I love her philosophy on how it doesn’t have to be perfect! I would love to get a copy for my Son and DIL as they just bought a cute fixer and think it all has to be done “Today!” Great housewarming gift!! XO Kathy

  23. says

    We live in a built-in-the-80s townhouse in the Bay Area and the lack of character and charm used to bother the heck out of me but now I’ve embraced it because this is my home with my sweet family.

  24. Erin says

    I am learning to be ok with the fact that my house looks like little kids call it home. Dishes can wait, dust isn’t thst important. Creating memories is

  25. Rhonda K says

    I am trying to embrace MY imperfections – my clothing size, waist size, thigh size (you get the point!) Seems I think too much about how I need to be perfect that sometimes I forget to enjoy my life and surroundings. My house isn’t perfect either, but if I can be happy with ME, the rest should be easy! LOVE your blog and the Nester’s too! God Bless.

  26. Lana says

    Our house has real hardwood floors. After raising 5 children in this house, which had a good bit of character already when we bought it, the floors are really showing a lot of wear and tear. Often people say to me that they love that about our house. And then there is our crumbling asphalt driveway…

  27. Sina says

    I am learning to love the imperfection of life itself. As I seem to get older, I get busier- and I find it more and more difficult to find time to “nest” in my home (and if we are being honest- clean it). I am learning the love the “lived in” look.

  28. Tracy H. says

    I need to realize that people don’t see what I see. I notice all the little things that aren’t right — the dog hair on the floor {even though I vacuum all of the time}, the scratched hardwood floors, the mismatched pieces that my husband and I acquired over the years. We have finally come to a point financially where we can make some changes to make our house a beautiful home…and I want to do it all at once. But I need to remember to slow down and enjoy the time spent making memories with my family since my kids will grow up too fast and I don’t want any regrets. I seriously think there should be a formal diagnosis for something that we women have – dealing with imperfection — since it can truly make us crazy!

  29. Laura says

    I realized it when my grown kids to come over and hang out because they want to be with me, and they don’t care if everything is in it’s place, or when after college, my grown son lived with me in our small apartment for 9 months, and the bathroom wasn’t always cleaned up. But then he moved out, and I missed that messy bathroom…..they know how to clean up yes, but they also know that it isn’t the most important thing…….we together are.

  30. Rebecca Musser says

    I’m learning to embrace the imperfection in my current window (mis)treatments and waiting until the right color fabric comes along.

  31. Leslie C says

    I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over a year ago, and I’ve learned to really embrace imperfection in my life. It spans from not being able to take my kids to everything they want to, because I can’t, to being ok with leaving the dishes until tomorrow, because I wore out cooking supper. My house is not as tidy or decorated as I would like, but that’s ok, because I do what I can, when I can, and if someone doesn’t like it, they can do it themselves, or embrace it as well!

  32. Kristin says

    We have almost to the floor windows in our home and they are always covered with hand prints and smudges. I know that someday I am going to miss all those itty bitty hand prints.

  33. Christina McCormick-Yates says

    We moved into our fixer-upper last July and I can’t change out the 1970′s decor fast enough (literally 5 different colors of shag carpet). I am having to learn to celebrate my accomplished projects instead of the growing list of things we plan to change.

  34. says

    I learning to embrace my checklist not always getting done, and a million house projects that are almost…almost done and instead spending time with my daughter and my husband during an hour of free time here and there. Working full-time and doing part time consulting is just plain tough and then seeming an imperfect house sometimes adds to the stress, especially for a list check-er off-er. :)

  35. Nicolle says

    The outside of my home is a mess!!! But new porch constructions take time & money…which we have very little of at the moment!

  36. says

    I am learning to embrace the imperfections that will come with living in a rental home, which we will be moving to in a few months. The challenge of making a house that isn’t mine a home is both exciting and frightening.

  37. Amy Wolff says

    I am working on the idea that my house is not perfect like my best friend’s house…. AND THE FACT THAT MY HOUSE WILL NEVER BE PERFECT no matter how many lists I make!

  38. says

    Ok, I admit it I am a huge procrastinator. My biggest downfall is the laundry. On any given day, if you walk into my laundry room it will be full of dirty clothes. Ugg! I will never ever catch up!

  39. Lauren P. says

    I am learning to embrace the fact that not everything will always be in its “proper” place. The house may not always be spotless. And that’s okay. My husband and I are expecting our first child in the fall and I am working on getting my head around the priorities (fun, relaxing, family, snuggles, etc.) right now, and letting go of the things that don’t really matter. This book looks beautiful and fantastic. Thanks for the awesome giveaway (and even if I don’t win, I’ll probably buy it!).

  40. JR says

    I’m learning to embrace grace, which in a roundabout kind of way, means accepting the fact that *I* am imperfect. And in embracing grace, I’m learning how to better take care of myself, which I suppose involves a bit of nesting (as opposed to “man caving”, which is what I had been doing…I’m a single girl! No single girl should be living in a man cave!)

  41. Beth P says

    I’m embracing the fact that my living room will be covered in toys for years :) plus embracing having my sewing machine sitting in front of my huge window in the living room so I can sew while watching my littles play outside in the yard on beautiful days!

  42. says

    I’m still trying to embrace how LONG progress can take. Our kitchen table has been covered in an old fitted sheet for a month now as we slowly work our way through a kitchen update. As much as I’d love to dedicate entire weekends to getting the project finished, I always seem to find a friend I’d rather go to lunch with or a date I’d rather go on with my fiance. What a blessing!

  43. says

    I’m kind of a neat freak so I’m constantly walking around behind my kids all day picking up after them. But I’m learning to embrace (and even love) the little reminders of them that they leave all over the house. The dining room chandelier is missing a couple of glass links from when one of my toddler twins stood under it with a ball and threw it straight up at the chandelier. There is marker on the playroom rug from the kids coloring. The horse statue on one of the bookcases always has a doll or stuffed animal riding on it’s back. And a million other little things that I feel like keep my perfectionism in check. I’ll have plenty of time for a perfect house in the future. And then I’ll be missing these years so much. (Sometimes I have to really keep reminding myself of that though!:)

  44. Jenn says

    I’m learning patience as I try to furnish and decorate our new home slowly on a budget. All the while, I’m still discovering my style and still want to make the house fun and comfy for my two little kids. I can really relate to the saying that perfection is overrated and learning that it’s just fine! :-)

  45. Jenna B says

    I’m learning to be content with our small apartment when I really want a house and lots of space. I’m trying to enjoy not having to clean much and trying to be content with my decorations and furniture that we have now.

  46. Anne G says

    Decorating for me feels like the space needs to be perfect to look good. My imperfection would be that I need to learn to relax and enjoy it!

  47. Marie says

    This looks like a lovely book. I’m embracing the fact that I will be living with peach and powder blue “vintage” bathrooms for many years to come. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book!

  48. Nicole says

    I suppose it’s an imperfection within myself–the feeling of wanting more/bigger/better. I truly believe that it’s not where you live that matters, rather how you live, but I still have those moments. And it’s not easy to admit!

  49. Ashley Gonzales says

    I have always been into decorating our home and changing things up but my husband and I lost our son at 36 weeks last July and afterwards I became obsessed with perfection in our home. I lost track of what it’s like to enjoy home and each other and focused only on making it look picture perfect because everything inside me was a big mess. We are expecting again in November and since then I have began to realize to appreciate every single day and not rush a minute because it can be taken from you in an instant. So please excuse our messy house…we are busy making memories :)

  50. says

    Unfinished projects. As a first-time home owner and momma, there’s always something that needs doing, but oftentimes it’s better to just sit and enjoy the moment rather than leaping up to fold laundry or finish refinishing a dresser.

  51. Valerie says

    We found out we were having a baby 4 months after moving into our first home- I have learned to embrace having less furniture than originally planned in every room EXCEPT (of course) the nursery- which is done to the 9′s and perfect for our girl. I’ve embraced living without night stands…

  52. Haley W says

    I’m learning to embrace imperfection all around me – in myself, in my home, and in things I create. Nester’s mantra is one I repeat daily and in the midst of projects when things aren’t turning out quite how I planned!

  53. Tardevil says

    Yay! I hope to meet her in Cornelius on Sat. I struggle daily with wanting to move b/c this was not suppose to be the ‘long term’ house when we bought it, and I’m about ‘done’ decorating-wise in terms of the big pieces, so I’m bored and need a challenge…thus, trying to learn to love it. On a lighter note, can’t wait to see pictures of your booth, and hopefully, this summer, the real thing live and in person! ;o)

  54. says

    There are so many imperfections Im working to embrace right now! One is that I will never be the woman who only gains 20 pounds in a pregnancy. The other is that I will never be the minimalist I think I want to be. I like having things around. It makes everything feel homier to me, even when I like the uncluttered pictures in the magazines!

  55. nan says

    I’m learning to embrace our house always being in process. When we moved in, our house was covered in pink and peach wallpaper and other dated aspects. We are working slowly to make changes, but because of limited time and money, it has to be a little at a time. AND there is the reality that by the time we “finish,” gray walls might be old hat and pink and peach wallpaper will be all the rage!

  56. Andrea says

    We just moved. The boxes are making me nuts, the bathrooms are cramped and need diy love…but hubby and i work full time and love our kids full time. That comes first. The new house is a blessing. All the rest of it can wait.

  57. says

    After having three kids, I’m learning to embrace the idea that messes happen. Before kids, I would get so irritated when I found spots & stains on the carpet & upholstery. Now, it’s a part of daily life & I realize that in the light of eternity, a spot on my carpet doesn’t matter!

  58. Melissa says

    I am learning to embrace the dings and imperfections on our furniture as they reflect a life of use and love. Sometimes they still make me cringe though!! : )

  59. says

    She’s always been a favorite. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Whenever I see my home as messy – with forts built up all over the basement and nerf darts suctioned on to the bathroom mirror – I think to myself “the Nester would approve”! ;)

  60. Renee says

    Learning to embrace the little lines (won’t call them wrinkles!) that I’m starting to notice on my face more and more. Here’s to aging gracefully!

  61. Sandy A says

    This has always been hard for me–I love a home with a place for everything and everything in it’s place–but–nothing will warm my heart more than finding little trinkets and surprises our Grandchildren leave around our home. They love to rearrange vignette’s and find their special places for Barbie’s and Army men….

  62. Nanette says

    With 3 little boys I let a LOT go. Sometimes they want to “decorate” a room…that means taping lots of stuff all over the walls. I leave it up for a while because I know in a few years they won’t want to do it anymore. People over stuff.

  63. Melissa D says

    I am that Type A, perfectionist by nature, kind of person. Although, I am learning slowly but surely that life is too short to worry about a tidy house everyday. I have loosened up my compulsive cleaning reigns and learned to enjoy life more instead of using weekends to try to accomplish as many chores as possible. My husband and little boy are what’s most important and they surely don’t mind if every pillow is in place and all the laundry is complete. I want my 4 year old to remember all the fun and experiences we had together, not the spotless floors and the mom that cleaned all the time!!

  64. Angela says

    Oh my! This book is for me! I struggle terribly with perfectionism! I never have anyone over unless my house is perfect! It’s a true curse! I was brought up this way and cannot seem to break the cycle.

    There are little things that my kids and husband do, around the house, that drive me crazy, I am trying very very hard to just keep my mouth shut though! : )

    Help is needed here! : )

  65. Sara says

    We currently rent and I’m sometimes so distressed that our home is temporary. I’ve been so desperate for the ‘final destination’ that I almost ignore the beauty in our little house. I’m embracing the lack of a play room and the fact that toddler toys and art supplies and baby swings litter our open concept. I grew up in a home my mother kept to catalog clean standards. MY home is not a museum!

  66. says

    I’ve been wanting a new kitchen since we moved in 10 years ago. However, 2 kids and a shaky economy have taught me to make due, be grateful and even appreciate what I have. I can put hot pots right on top of my white laminate countertop and they don’t even leave a mark. :)

  67. Ashley H. says

    I’m trying to embrace and see the beauty in our little condo. I was hoping to be packing our bags this year to move into a house, but we think it might be best to stay here for another year (or two?)…. I am also trying to embrace my “style” and creativity, even when it doesn’t look like the magazines. :)

  68. Mandy S. says

    I just adopted this mantra into my whole life this year actually! I just had to let go of not inviting people over because my kids chipped paint off of the bar, because there are dirty hand prints running the full length of the stairs, because we literally just toss toys behind the couch where we can’t see them and because my front flowerbed is dead of flowers and overgrown with weeds. I was losing an intimate connection with people because I couldn’t let go of what I saw as shortcomings.
    They aren’t. They’re me. I have 3 kids and they all LIVE in my house, and I like it that way. Tiny shoes that my twin daughters drag out of the entry basket make me grin from ear to ear. Evidence of a tiny battle of Army men vs. dinosaurs gives me a chuckle. Dishes left on my table warm my heart because we all sat down there. If my friends couldn’t love that, they aren’t the right kind of people for me to love.

  69. Sarah O. says

    Every room in our house is a playroom. Every. Single. Room. I have a 3-year-old and nearly-2-year-old and new baby due in a few weeks. Having activities and toys everywhere helps me. But it makes my house look like a toy outlet. I have lots of baskets and shelves and we manage to clear the floors once in a while…so I am embracing this very short time of early childhood. Someday my throw pillows won’t be dumped on the floor for most of the day. Someday I’ll have whole pretty rooms instead of corners here and there- and since I’ll still have three active boys, those pretty rooms will be super functional as well. =) Love the Nester’s work, love yours, Emily A. Clark. You have both helped me make my somewhat charmless dr horton house into a home I love walking into.
    Sarah

  70. JoBea says

    I’m learning to embrace very mismatched furniture that was purchased for our last home, formal living room & family room. Then was moved to our present home great room. Think cranberry & tan buffalo checks & peach & teal chintz. Wow. Queen Anne & farmhouse legs. mmm Slipcovers help. Paint will too. Also remembering to be thankful that we don’t have a mountain of debt for replacing furniture that was in good shape, just not looking great together.

  71. says

    I’m trying to embrace the fact that all the little messes all over the house from my little boys is just evidence that they are having fun. They are more independent and can do so much without needing my help anymore, so I should hold on to the fact that they do still need me a little bit, especially when it’s time to clean up.

  72. Jennifer Talley says

    I have to say that when I read the part from her book that talks about the twin bed being too small for her 15 year old it brought tears to my eyes. I have a 13 year old that we had to remove the head and foot board from his twin for that very reason. They were tears…of joy, but also a little sad to know he’s not the 3 year old cotton top that collected every Hot Wheel he could get his hands on! Sounds like a unique book that we would all love to read. Thanks for sharing.

  73. Jasmine says

    This is such a refreshing idea on a Monday morning after a weekend of striving for perfection and failing :) It’s a reminder that a home is meant to be lived in.

  74. says

    I am so excited, I am going to her book signing next week! And just so you know- you have been much of the same kind of inspiration to me (and I am sure countless others!)

  75. Amanda S. says

    I am learning to embrace kids toys all over the house at all times of the day. It can be so difficult to just leave them out, but it makes life so much easier to embrace these little tripping hazards. It doesn’t hurt when I see my daughter playing with her toys and a huge smile on her face too!

  76. emily says

    Being a single mom. This is something I never ever imagined, but there’s nothing I can do about it, so I need to work on embracing it.

  77. nan k says

    What a great message – and inspiration. Loved reading through the previous comments. Trying to change my views and live more now and love it. Thanks to all.

  78. Laurieanne says

    I am learning to accept imperfection as a whole. A couple of years ago when I started reading blogs, I was constantly comparing my home to the perfectly photographed, perfectly staged, perfectly designed, and perfectly organized homes that I was reading about. I doubted every design decision I was making. I joked with my family saying that I was going to start a blog called “Blogs Ruined My Life”. I realized that was taking it a bit too far, but it’s so hard to not compare and envy what others “seem” to have. I will always read blogs because I’ve feel I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people (even though I totally don’t know them!), but I know that my house isn’t their house, my style isn’t their style and life is too short to let the little imperfections around me define me.

  79. Stephanie Jennings says

    I don’t know what I’m learning to embrace. I have lots of clutter that I’m working on, but I’d rather “fix” that than embrace it. Haha!! Apparently, I could use to read the book :)

  80. Holly says

    I’ve learned that everything good in my life, “perfect”or not, is a gift from God. Because the Giver is perfect, then His gifts must be perfect…for me!

  81. says

    My stage of life has an almost 2 year old following me around making messes of every area I just cleaned. And a 4 year old that is sure that she’s supposed to be naked every time my back it turned. And a 9 year old that thinks her entire laundry hamper should be spread all over her bedroom – “it makes it look homey” in her words.

    But they are mine. And that makes it beautiful.

  82. Sandra K says

    I’m learning to embrace that my daughter’s room doesn’t look all shiney & new, with everything matching like a famous kid’s furniture & decor catalog, but she loves hanging out in her room and her friends do too – so that’s awesome.

  83. Jessica Singletary says

    TOYS! In our home everything has it’s place except our toddler’s toys! No matter how many baskets I buy they always end up on the floor in what seems like every room. Our first daughter passed away when she was a day old and her birthday is in 2 weeks so I’ve been dealing with tons of “what ifs” and “whys” lately and this post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. The reality is I would give the world to have both of our girl’s toys all over the house so today I’m letting go of control and going to just live life. It’s the imperfect beautiful that makes life worth living!

  84. Deb A. says

    I’m learning to just enjoy my home in the stage it is in and not to always think I will be happier if I add just one more thing. The book looks fantastic! Thank you.

  85. says

    We moved to an old farmhouse built in 1881 with peeling plaster and a disgusting kitchen. We’re slowwwwly restoring her back to her glory days. In the meantime, I am learning to live in the imperfection of construction chaos because it means that we’re making progress one step at a time.

  86. says

    We’ve been in our new home going on two years now, and there are still so many things that need to be done that I haven’t gotten around to yet – either because I need to make the time to do it, or we need to buy it. However, I want to take my time and only buy things I love. So for now I have to look at a mirror hung in the entryway with no piece of furniture below it. It looks lonely, but in time I’ll find the perfect piece to fill that spot. I still love my home, and it’s actually fun when friends visit and notice any new additions to the home each time they come. It will get done in time…

  87. says

    Our 9 foot long sofa. There is one big cushion wider than a twin mattress. It has a horrible print. Unfortunately, slip covers do not come that large so I have one that sorta fits. This sofa is an eye sore but it’s a great extra bed when our guest room is full. We had a high school boy who needed out of an abusive situation at home who slept there for a month and then was able to move into our guest room (after some other long term guests left). For that reason, it will stay.

  88. Susan says

    I’m embracing my cherry woodwork. I know for many people, that would be a dream, but I prefer white woodwork. I gravitate to inspiration photos with white trim, but I am now actively hunting great spaces where wood tones are layered and plentiful.

  89. Jennifer says

    I learning that a home is less about what is in it and more about who I share it with. That means the backpacks on the floor are a reminder that my kids are home! Not a frustration that they were not hung up.

  90. Jessica says

    We moved into a new house 7 months ago and I have a 9 month old son, so needless to say the walls haven’t been painted, little artwork has been hung, shelves haven’t been styled, Puffs litter the floors… when I’m tempted to bash on my house because of it’s current state I remind myself I’m using my time the best way possible for now – to really live in the house for a while and enjoy my son while he’s little!

  91. Laura says

    Our “schoolroom” certainly doesn’t look like ANY of the pictures I’ve pinned on Pinterest, but as I looked at the mess all over the table there Friday afternoon, I couldn’t help but be grateful for all the learning that had taken place this week! Perspective.

  92. Kate says

    We have lived in our house for almost four years, and I am FINALLY learning to embrace all of its imperfections, but most of all I’m trying to live with the fact that it does not have to be perfect RIGHT NOW. I used to constantly think about what needed to be done, decorated, or fixed next. But instead I’m learning to embrace our crooked cabinets and deck that needs to be re-stained and enjoy the perfect family moments in our imperfect home.

  93. says

    I’m trying to get better at living with the imperfection of having kids do things for themselves. No they don’t clean it up or put it away the same way I would, but I need to be happy with their efforts and move on! :)

  94. says

    I’m learning to embrace the pink living room carpet, chosen by the previous owner & that we cannot afford to replace right now. At first, I couldn’t do anything with the room b/c I felt STUCK. I have learned to look past the carpet to what the room can become.

  95. Cortney says

    We’re moving this week, and packing and unpacking drives me crazy. I want it all done right away, but I have to remind myself that it’s ok that it happens slowly over time.

  96. Claudia says

    I am learning to embrace that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. So many times I feel guilty about my parenting skills and think others around me have it all figured out. I love reading about other moms going through the same non-perfect issues. This book sounds awesome. Thanks for the give away.

  97. says

    I think it is so important for women to see the imperfection in other women! We all have them. Love this post–and love the nester! Can’t wait to check out her new book!

  98. Charity says

    My house was built in the 1950′s and the outdated doors and hardware drive me crazy! But our house is cozy and full of love…. so trying to let it go!

  99. Aimee says

    I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to cleaning, but I also want my teenage sons to learn to clean up after themselves. I’ve had to let go of needing things to look perfect and accept that good enough is A-okay, especially because they are learning skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.

  100. Lisa D. says

    The imperfection I have learned to embrace is signs of life strewn about……the things that left around my house are changing as my children grow and I love that is shows that there is actual life going on in our home.

  101. Kates says

    My house is still mostly stuck in the 70′s and is in a desperate need for a renovation. But we are embracing all of its cosmetic flaws for the fact that it has brought us so much joy. My husband said last night…”we picked a good house”! It is right we did, it fits our needs and it has a killer neighborhood with some exceptionally great neighbors and no matter what the house looks like on the inside it all doesn’t matter because we love it!

  102. Heidi Peasron says

    I am doing my best to “embrace” the messiness of life, marriage, kids, work, little time to do what I want to do. Reminding myself to live each day by showing grace to those around me instead of the I’m better than you and I did this can be a struggle, but that’s the joy of living :) Thanks so much!

    Heidi

  103. Andrea says

    Life took the sheen off most of my perfectionists tendencies but they still sneak up here and there…thy name is woman! Flashbacks of goofs and make-do’s do help me whack those bad boys back down. Like the party when the perfect tray of cupcakes flipped onto the floor right in front of the guests. Like When the a year and a half when there were
    three types of bricks and two different pavers cobbled together on the patio, a real ankle-twister. Right now in a smaller house I’m learning to ignore space limitations and offer hospitality anyway, with an open heart with limitless space.
    Andrea

  104. kristin M says

    the imperfection I am learning to embrace is my relationship with God because i waver and i doubt and I don’t open myself enough to it and yet he’s there guiding me, making himself known, fulfilling promises and loving my imperfect self all.the.time.

  105. Kay says

    My son is growing his business from my house. I would rather encourage him than to have a “perfect” house. I must confess the mess sometimes drives me crazy but then I see how he is developing as a man and how good our relationship is and I am grateful for what I have.

  106. Kristen Smith says

    My windows that are still naked on the first floor of my house used to drive me crazy but I am learning to embrace them and enjoy all the light that floods in! Teenagers leaving their junk all over the house drives me crazy too but I know I will miss it in a few years so I’m letting it go. It really doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

  107. Robin says

    I’d love the book…I’m a former perfectionist and have learned that perfectionism is actually poison to me, my efforts & my relationships. Good enough….fits me well.

  108. Mandy Dycus says

    I’m learning to accept that I just can’t have a tan. I’m a redhead and I’m just not ever going to look beautifully bronzed. Made a commitment to show some leg ( transparent as they are) this summer.

  109. says

    Oh what a generous giveaway. Thank you. I have learned to make my house serve me instead of me serving my house. . therefore there is a printer in the dining room (because that is where we use it), there is a pencil sharpener right next to the toaster (because my 5 kids do their homework in the kitchen) and there are 3 mismatched couches in the living room (because we have lots of people over all the time and we wanted a place we could all be together). Not perfect by any means, but certainly a blessing to me and my family.

  110. Kandace says

    I’m embracing that there will always be errant toys and crazy looking drawings taped up in random places. I will miss these reminders of fun, trying days when my kids still want to climb all over me all the time.

  111. Emily says

    In my home, I’m learning to embrace the process & know it will never be “completely perfect.” Personally, God is teaching me a lot about how the same is true in my own life — if I keep waiting for this “picture perfect” life & think that’s the moment, it will never happen. The picture will always change to something else. Instead, trying to look for Him in the here & now!

  112. says

    I live in a home not a museum and the cleaning lady (me) slacks most of the time. So I totally agree, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

  113. Carlotta says

    When my kids create elaborate scenes using every single toy they own and are so proud of what they created and I just want to clean it up, I am trying hard to embrace their “art” instead.

  114. Leslie says

    We’ve been looking for a new house for 6 months (tough market!). During that time, we’ve found wonderful houses that I know wouldn’t work for our family of 2 dogs. I sometimes get frustrated on our search, but then I remind myself these furry creatures deserve to have a good life too. Even if that means we don’t have deck with stairs. Even if that means we need to find an older house so that we have a bigger lot for them to run around. Even if that means I vacuum the floors several times a day to keep them clean from the fur. The toys that are everywhere are a sign of contentment within my family. I wouldn’t trade that for all of the views in the world!

  115. says

    I’m trying to embrace this house that feels too small with bad storage options and just make it work. See how much I can declutter/give away without freaking out my husband. :)

  116. says

    Where do I begin with our home’s imperfections… With 4 young boys there’s always a mess that shows how much fun they had that day. We’re also in a rental so we kind of have to work around what the owners chose for this house, that’s my biggest challenge!

    Meg

  117. jennifer says

    I am trying to embrace the fact that my home will never be the picture perfection that I see in so many blogs, magazines, etc. It is , however, a place where grandchildren feel welcome to play and be messy.

  118. says

    Oh, and because I’d LOVE to win a copy of her book, I’m learning to embrace…that I can’t be in charge of everything when it comes to decor. Everyone in the house makes their own little tweaks and it’s always evolving.

  119. Sharon S says

    I’m learning to embrace the fact that our house is taking longer to update than first expected. It’s a journey. We’re slowly making it ours and I’m constantly reminding myself of how far we’ve come, not how far we have yet to go.

  120. says

    While I certainly love catching up on design blogs and piddling around my home with diy fun…my answer to that question is more rooted in my circumstances. Finding beauty in where God has my family. No fear in the future, no lingering in the could’ve beens…joyful hope in today. The gift of today. Because it may not look like we hoped or prayed it would…but its breathtakingly beautiful. The pain and loss sometimes threatens to steal that lens of hopefulness…but He is good. So we CAN rejoice in the “imperfection.” But in reality, its so much more than I could’ve ever dared dream for :)

  121. Sandy says

    Will definitely tell myself the enormous pile of shoes in my daughter’s house shows the family is adventurous . I still don’t think that will work my mind. My husband tells me that this is our home and we should enjoy it and not turn it into a staged house for sale. I need the Nester’s book.

  122. Tiffany says

    I am learning to embrace the fact that I will never be done decorating and making our house a home! With 6 children and one on the way this fall, nothing is ever perfect and although I am truly okay with that I have times when the lack of order & unfinished projects drives me nuts!!! I am thankful that life is a journey and we have the chance to keep learning :)

  123. says

    Love this! I finally realized that my rooms don’t have to be styled and perfect before I can share the progress on my blog. I read that quote “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good” and it just kind of hit me. I’ve learned to be proud of the progress we’ve made in our house restoration, even if it’s not exactly magazine-worthy yet. Thanks for sharing! :)

  124. Jennifer says

    I’m learning that quality of family time is far better than quantity of time on home projects. I’ll have two in college after next year. It just happened too fast.

  125. Sarah says

    Constant unfinished projects around our home…but a good reminder that I’m making kids a priority over stuff much of the time.

  126. Kerri P says

    I am learning to overlook our unfinished projects and just be happy spending time together! We had such big plans for our new home, and started many of them immediately. Then the hubby got sick and is unable to finish even the smallest project. We are cherishing time not perfection at this point. Thanks for writing the book Nester!

  127. says

    What a wonderful giveaway from a wonderful blogger! I love how real she is! I am constantly trying to embrace the clutter of kid’s toys, sports balls and cleats around my home. I realize that time flies, and they will be grown way too fast. So, I am trying to embrace the fun in our lives right now!

  128. Jamie says

    I have learned that people really don’t care how my home is decorated – or how clean it is. I stressed for months about a big holiday party we hosted. No one said anything about the things I stressed most about. They came to see me and my family and to enjoy time together. So I am embracing this precious time with family and friends. My home will always be here. :)

  129. Penelope says

    I’ve come to accept that my home will never be clean and picked up unless my MIL is coming. Without that impending visit there will always be some untouched bastion b/c I really don’t care enough about all that to keep up with it. I like a clean house, and I like being able to find things, but I have to sacrifice too much of my time to keep it that way. I’d rather be scrapbooking, or messing up the kitchen table for 2 days straight sewing bookmarks. That is what makes me happy. It’s a matter of what I want to do taking precedence (in this one area) over what I should do. I have to have a creative outlet, and with limited time, this is working for now. And now is what I have.

  130. Mary L. says

    T he biggest imperfection I am learning to live with is unmade beds. I am learning to just pull up the covers and not worry about them looking perfect.

  131. Katrina says

    My living room / dining room now seems to be the heart of our home…. that saying, when we moved to a condo from our home last year we lost our family room, so we then made the decision to not put the computers in bedrooms, but to put them in the dinning room space and the dining table into the kitchen…. yes, you can see this space when you come up the stairs into the main part of the living area, but I can live with it ….. I have tried to make it “fit in” and it defiantly isn’t perfect, but it works and we get to be together more.

  132. Andrea says

    I’m learning to love our old (very old) rental house. It’s imperfect for sure but I figure God loves me as I am and I’ll love this house as it is, too!

  133. says

    Our back deck is definitely an eyesore. It needs to be repainted……or torn down. But I’ve discovered that I don’t notice my ugly deck when it’s covered with friends and family. And if I don’t notice, then they don’t notice either.

  134. Eliza says

    I am 22 years old, in graduate school, and renting an apartment. I’m learning (well, trying to learn!) to embrace this phase of life and the homes it will bring me. It is easy to be envious of the beautiful homes I see online, but I try to remember how fortunate I am to have a home at all. I have been very encouraged by the Nester in this way. It has been fun to make my little apartment feel like home, and I know I will be all the more excited when I have my own home someday!

  135. Talitha says

    I am learning to stop apologizing for the “un-finished” parts of my home….I’d love a copy of her book!

  136. Angie says

    A few years ago I did a big cleanup of my kids’ playroom each Friday afternoon. It was organized and the kids played in there a lot more. I have 4 kids now, and while I miss the days of the clean playroom, I have had to let it go. Now I do a major clean every few months (ok, probably more like 2x per year). I am actually tackling it today. It’s a big job, but I am forcing myself to do it.

    I love The Nester! Her perspective is very inspiring.

  137. Sherri Rognstad says

    We rent a townhouse and I’m learning to embrace the ugly vanity in our master bath. Oh the things I could do if we owned this place!

  138. Kim says

    Trying to paint all the walls white! And by the time we do color in every room will be the thing! Love the freshness of all the white!

  139. Molly says

    I am finally coming to terms with the fact that my now 12-year-old daughter has her own ideas about decorating her room. And they involve posters of boy bands and all sorts of things made with a Rainbow Loom and washi tape ;)

  140. Kay says

    A passion for collecting also means…piles everywhere! I am trying to accept these imperfect piles. Piles can wait, a sunny Saturday cannot :) .

  141. Renae says

    Our house only has 1 bathroom and we are a family of five! I’ve learned to be happy that I only have one bathroom to clean!

  142. Penny says

    One big imperfection about our house is the location. We live on a highway–not a main one & not a really busy one until farming starts up. But, I’m learning to embrace it because we do live in the country on our own farm, so I have many beautiful views of gently rolling hills, fields of crops & conservation plantings, & lots of trees.

  143. katie g says

    The tired furniture. It wasn’t new when we got married, and the 3 kids under 3 have made it even less so. I’d love a refresh, but know that it doesn’t need to be a priority.

  144. Traci Morgan says

    Well now I am really intrigued about her book. I had assumed it would be stuff I have already heard since I’ve followed her blog for so long but I haven’t heard these (teaser) stories that you mentioned. My biggest thing that I am discontented about right now in my home would be about the same as what Leslie said. Have chronic illness, I am unable to clean my house like I used to. At the same time my perspective on priorities have changed so I realize it’s not really a big deal.

  145. Bonnie says

    Learning to embrace hospitality even with our 1970s paneling, shabby carpet that desperately needs to be taken up, and popcorn ceiling that “sheds” every time there’s any moisture at all. Not easy. But I am trying.

  146. Jody says

    I’m learning to embrace the imperfections in DIY and home renovations. Not only the imperfections and messes along the way, but many times the small imperfections in the final product…I’m starting to appreciate the added character and lived in/loved look.

  147. Crista says

    I’m learning to embrace the fact that sometimes it takes a while to figure out what you really like, as well as embracing the fingerprints on the glass and piles of little shoes by the door. It is my families home as well as mine and embracing that fact relieves me from stress that it’s not perfect!

  148. says

    I love the Nester. I love her imperfect yet beautiful style. I wish I could just get my stuff to look as imperfectly beautiful as hers. LOL. I would love a copy of her book. Truthfully I am a perfectionist by nature. I’m REALLY picky or at least I used to be. However, we bought an old, old house 4 years ago and I am learning to live with imperfections. It has been a real challenge for a perfectionist like me, but I am learning to see the beauty and to love our houses little quirks. I think Maquillan’s book would be the perfect fit for my life right now.

  149. says

    I’ve been learning to embrace the imperfections in our condo because even though it’s easy to focus on the crooked walls, ugly wallpaper, and cracked tiles, it’s beautiful because it’s the home that my husband and I get to live and make memories.

  150. Brenda says

    ONE of my imperfections I’m learning to live with are my kitchen countertops. I DIY’d my kitchen remodel myself with a plan to replace the countertops and for the past 3 yrs emergencies have had to take a priority to ripping out disgusting dingy white counters. God has been gracious to show me that He can orchestrate life giving life changing conversations in my kitchen without pristine counters. He is good!!

  151. Marilyn says

    The imperfection I’m learning to embrace is the 602 square foot (paid for) home in which I live! Thanks for the giveaway!

  152. Laura Jarding says

    With a new baby and two school age girls, I am learning to be imperfect about cleaning. While I struggle to keep up and would love to hire someone, I’m recognizing the value in teaching my girls how to care for our home.

  153. AmandaH says

    What a wonderful giveaway! The biggest imperfection I’m learning to embrace? That we are STILL living in a rental and there are SO many things I can’t change!

  154. Jen says

    I want to say I just moved, but that was 8 months ago, and I feel bad there are plenty of rooms I haven’t even touched yet. I need to stop feeling bad about that and actually invite people over instead of waiting until everything is “done”

  155. says

    I’m learning to embrace that the kitchen will not stay spotless. I could spend all morning cleaning and by the afternoon, you couldn’t tell. But when I look at the stuff, I’m reminded that people live there. Most of it is kids related but some of it is my hard working boyfriend’s stuff.

  156. says

    How refreshing! I feel better already!
    My 6′ 17-year old is still in a twin bed, but that’s all we can manage right now. So, I loved reading above about looking at that from a different perspective…he’s becoming such a great young man!
    I want to read this book!

  157. julianna says

    I’m trying so hard not to judge people, namely my very own family, by my intentions. I judge their worth based what I “would” do and not necessarily what I “actually” do. It’s wrong. Dirty. And wrong.

  158. Mary Frances says

    My fiance and I just bought a new (to us) home – it is 113 years old. There are imperfections in every aspects of our house, but we love it. There was a lot of work that happened in the months before I moved in, but it was such a fun time for us as as couple! Every evening after work we drove to the new house and got down to business, every weekend was filled with runs to the home improvement store and manual labor. There are still plenty of imperfections in our home – we haven’t gotten most of the doors hung back up, and the furniture isn’t exactly what I would want – but that just means we have many years in front of us, working together to build our home.

  159. Jylle R says

    I guess the imperfection I’m consciously trying to embrace is living in a place that I would never have chosen (the hub’s job brought us here). Each day I try to find gratitude for the foliage, the people at my gym, the diversity of people instead of focusing on my own imperfection of focusing on the bugs, the rain, and the lack of mountains.

  160. says

    Our too-dark and oversized sofa. I love sitting in it and taking a nap, but my style has changed and it just ‘doesn’t go’ anymore. Why do we grow so discontent with perfectly decent things? I have enjoyed the Nester’s blog over the years and look forward to reading her book.

  161. maria says

    The biggest imperfection that I have to embrace is just that – that there will always be the every ready, ever present imperfection that takes a different shape each day or tends to show up daily, like the dirty dishes which don’t seem to stay clean and often we don’t keep up, or yes, the piles of toys that keep coming and crowding out all else! Thank God for them!! What would life be if it were perfectly perfect, perfectly sterile! I know that, yet that is what I need to remember more often and that is what I need to embrace!! I can’t wait to read this book!!

  162. LRenee says

    No large, artfully arranged flowerpots or outdoor mats can hide the giant crack in the cement on our front porch. It tips off every guest right from the start that things are not perfect here. One month of college tuiton would likely cover the repair costs, but I’m pretty sure my child’s future is a more important investment :)

  163. MichelleD says

    We built our home a few years ago and we were not able to finish everything due to lack of funds! I need to learn to stop apologizing for the all the projects that aren’t done and be grateful for all the accomplishments we have been able to finish on our home! Would love to win a copy! Love the Nester and her blog, so I am sure this is a fantastic book!! :)

  164. Sharon says

    Stepping away from the stress of “perfect holiday mantles and tabletops”, I’ve reigned in seasonal/holiday decorating to only putting out a few of my very favorite pieces, enjoying the simplicity of a few cherished things rather than too much fuss (to unpack, repack., repeat). It’s my new perfect.

  165. Gina says

    Love “the nester.” I have learned to embrace dirty floors because with two dogs going in and out all the time it’s just a given. ;) That and all the little unfinished things in my house. :P

  166. Megan says

    My biggest imperfection that I am trying to learn to embrace is the constant rotating of coats. Without a coat closet, we’ve got them on a coat stand and it’s not the prettiest to look at. I’m sure if I would look at it otherwise and be grateful for my sweet family being kept warm, I would feel better about it. Well, looky here, I’m feeling better already!

  167. Rhonda says

    We moved into a fixer-upper last summer with a backyard full of rocks and sand (from the previous owner’s pool). I don’t know if I’ll be able to get anything but weeds to grow in the rocky soil, but last week I decided to take some of those rocks and make a fire pit area. As I shoveled stones and sifted dirt out of pebbles, I continually reminded myself that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”.

  168. Trisha says

    I struggled with decorating my house because I always seemed to be waiting to find the right item or the right paint color or to paint the wall before I can hang that picture….I’m slowly learning to just DO and enjoy the process and, of course, the imperfections that result! Thanks for the giveaway…this sounds like a great book!

  169. Adecia says

    This book is definitely one I need to read and embrace. Sometimes I put off projects because I am afraid they won’t be perfect. I just need to get over it- or as my mother told me this past weekend “I am too old to worry about perfect”

  170. Charlye Sims says

    Having a 10 month old, husband, full time job & busy life leaves our home a mess at times. I’m learning to focus on trying my best at managing our home, but also learning to embrace the mess. After all, we do live there & make memories there in that imperfect mess. Sometimes the dishes or the laundry have to wait so that I can live in the moment & make those memories with my family.

  171. Wendy says

    I’m embracing the imperfections of my family room as well as my inability to recreate anything from Pinterest!

  172. says

    Hi Emily,
    Great blog post. I hope I win this book because I’ve been reading ‘the Nesters’ blog for some time now and want to learn all her tips and tricks for leading an imperfect but perfect life. What inspiration! As for me, I’m trying to fully embrace this…Never Let The Things You Want Make You Forget The Things You Have!
    Shelly

  173. sandy johnson says

    I always have struggled with body image. My body is fine but I always wish it was better :( I am still working on that!

  174. says

    I am trying to embrace that my house is just not as clean as I would like it to be – especially to my husband though. He likes to ‘nag’ about my cleanliness and I have really tried to be better with putting everything away right away, vacuuming or sweeping often (like, often), keeping to a cleaning schedule, but sometimes it’s just not important. Sometimes having lunch dishes out for hours while playing is more important, or some much needed me time is more important than cleaning up the toys after my son is in bed.

  175. Sandra Marshall says

    Life is always trying to balance your life with your things and right now I am trying to get my 4 1/2 grandson to let go of some of his many toys that he no longer plays with. I would love to have a few less baskets of toys in my living room corner plus a zoo, a pirate ship, log set, etc. He loves them all!!

  176. says

    Oh, how I love The Nester!
    I’m learning to embrace the imperfection of just life after childbirth {of #4}. I’m trying to give myself the grace to get back into the swing of things slowly. So the house isn’t quite what I’d like. So the homeschooling doesn’t get entirely finished for the day. So dinner…{let’s not talk about dinner!}. Right now, I’m learning to slow down and embrace life where it is right now. It’s good!

  177. says

    Shoes piled everywhere!! Ok maybe not everywhere but pretty close. Also using what you have and purging what you don’t want/need anymore!

  178. Sam F says

    I’m learning to embrace the fact that decorating my house is going to take time and isn’t perfect from the beginning!

  179. Jackie says

    I am learning to embrace the yellow fur & doggie nail scratches(and some gouges!) on our wood floors. Our yellow fuzzy friend Shirley is such a big part of our family – what’cha gona do!?

  180. Kim Gibson says

    Nothing is perfect over here. Our golden retriever is shedding like crazy, so there is a layer of golden fur on the furniture and floor. My sons often fight with each other too. But there is so much love between these walls. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” That’s my house and my family too.

  181. Jessie says

    I’m learning to embrace my worn out couch that my husband and I bought eight years ago when we were first married. Two boys (and a big dog) later, we just laugh when we find random spills on it—like yogurt yesterday. When our boys break the rules (they know they’re not supposed to eat in the living room) it’s ok because I’d take a yogurt stained couch along with noise and chaos than an empty nest any day!

  182. JennyBC says

    Our bedroom is way less than perfect. We know what we like but it seems to be always not quite there. WE are presently rehabbing two bathrooms…one being the master bath. I am hoping for inspiration to spruce my bedroom up and keep it a peaceful, restful place. Not perfect but peaceful.

  183. Michelle L says

    We bought our furniture when we first got married almost 15 years ago. Our couch cushions are smashed and our arm chairs have big holes in the fabric. The furniture definitely has seen better days, but it’s a reminder that I have 4 great kids that live here. I was a stay at home mom when they were little and I now homeschool my kids, so we are here all-the-time. The furniture reminds me of all the happy moments that happen in my home. It also reminds me of all the great vacations we have chosen to spend our money on. Would I like a new couch? Definitely…but I am willing to wait and appreciate the more important things I have, like my family until the right time comes along.

  184. says

    I wish that my house would stay clean but, with nine grand kids in and out it can’t! I love the grand kiddos, so I have to live with an imperfect house! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I love the nester!

  185. Jill R. says

    I’m learning to embrace the fact that my husband cares about what decorations/colors/furniture goes into our rental house. We may not always see eye-to-eye, but he is super helpful with projects and actually cares- which is a new thing for me (my mom decorated everything). I’m learning to embrace his love for thrifting and to see things with his manly point of view, and trying to blend our styles.

  186. Kerry Boria says

    My current imperfection is having friends live with us due to their financial hardship. It has made my house of 2 into a house of 4 stubborn, messy adults and it’s mostly driving me crazy. I’ve let cleaning, organizing, decorating go by the wayside due to the mess and clutter that is my current home state. Aahh! This book would be a lifesaver. Or a sanity saver. :)

  187. Kelly says

    I’ve learned to be thankful for the smudges on our glass doors, crayons in various places, and matchbox cars and trucks lined up on our piano keys. Those beautiful messes are made by my sweet children, and I know one day I will miss them.

  188. Grace Blake says

    Something I have learned is that it’s okay to just put the vacuum and duster away and join my kids on the floor with their Legos.

  189. says

    Letting little messes stay as is. Not having my shoes on the shelf but rather in a pile in front of the shelf. Having my daughter’s toy stay unorganized in their bins instead of rearranging them by type.

  190. says

    We have no window treatments or art in our living room, because what we had before didn’t match our new furniture. At first I thought I’d replace everything right away, but the longer it went on and I didn’t, the more the drapes and art we had bothered me. One day, I decided just to take them down. Our living room may not be magazine “finished” now, but I like the look so much better – it’s bare, but it breathes, and nothing clashes.

  191. Sheila's says

    Trying to let go of the ideal that my should look like a magazine and embrace the fact that it is always going to be a little messy because after all, we live here!

  192. Clarissa says

    I’ve learned to accept that laundry is a job/project that doesn’t have a tidy ending; it doesn’t have an ending at all! I’ve learned to stay on top of it that best I can, and if the hampers are more full than I’d like, to shut the laundry room door!

  193. says

    I live in a 1922 home that has tons of charm (thick baseboards, cove ceilings, built-ins) but a lot of weird kooky things that constantly get on my nerves (odd layout, uneven walls). But when I remind myself of all the things I love about my home, it is easy to overlook and embrace the imperfections.

    – jaime

  194. Amanda G. says

    After being married for 10 years, and only living in rentals and *gasp* at my in-laws, we nearly have the down payment saved for our very first house! I have so many dreams for this house (not a particular house-but we do have our eye on one), but unfortunately our budget will not allow for new furniture to be delivered and a complete reno the day we get keys. I will instead, have to make due with our hand me downs and dumpster/curb finds, and I’m slowly becoming okay with that. All of our things are imperfect, but, they sure are beautiful.

  195. Susan says

    Im learning to live with the bad addition and ugly 50′s bathrooms. I’m embracing right now and on the things I have control over – instead of what will happen eventually.

  196. Christa says

    I’ve learned that life will go on. Even though. Even though things aren’t just right. Even though I’m sick, again. Even though I want to freeze time and wish the kids would stop growing older. (High school! x2!) Life will go on. The trick is to love the moment. (I’m still learning that trick…)

  197. Kellie says

    I am learning to embrace the fact that with 2 small boys my home is not going to look like a magazine but the love and warmth that is found inside our walls is worth far more than any cover spread.

  198. michele says

    I’m trying to get past not having my bed made and all the dishes put away on a daily basis. It’s hard for we females to relax in our own home until all the work is done and at that very moment, someone rings the doorbell and/or all the kids get home from school or work and relaxing takes a back seat. I wish I had cleaned less when my girls were little and played more!

  199. Regina says

    I’m learning to live with the imperfection of a messy house! Two boys and their friends can wreak havoc but I’m learning to be happy with it because they won’t always be underfoot!

  200. says

    Living with two cats and a dog mean that I’ve learned to embrace the fact that our floors will never be completely “hair-free”. We are also embracing the original tile in the bathrooms of our 1960s ranch because tearing it all out is not in the budget right now.

  201. Crystal says

    My 6 year old daughter and I recently moved into my boyfriend’s house. It’s the home he built, so everything in it are things he loves and brown. It’s not my “ideal” house, but I’m happier now than I was in my perfect 3,000 sq foot home that I “perfectly” decorated every inch of.

  202. Colleen says

    I’m learning to let go of my view of perfection and replace it with a true heart of hospitality. Loving on friends and family is far more important than a clean and beautiful home. Though I’d like to do both, it’s not happening any time soon.

  203. jeannene says

    I have come to appreciate that my kitchen will always be full of paper and laundry. My moulding are chipped and something is always in need of paint. There is also a stain on the family room ceiling from a mystery leak. But my children are happy and healthy and we have our own home. Life is good!

  204. says

    When my youngest writes on the wall, or a room that looked so nice two hours earlier is now in chaos, or it takes longer to accomplish a decor project because I have 4 kids and homeschool, I am reminded who and what this home is for. I’m reminded that I don’t want to chase perfection at the expense of what really matters.

  205. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    And funny thing, what might be seen as perfection to one person may not be the least bit perfect to another! My home has lots of imperfections … one in particular is my small kitchen, family room area … think long bowling alley. I try to think of it as cozy. Some days that works, some days it doesn’t! … I would love to read the book!

  206. says

    I’m learning to embrace my face. No, really. I’ve always been insecure about my complexion. But I’m trying to thank God for it for 2 reasons…1) it’s what He gave me, so it’s perfect for me & 2) it’s only going to get worse as I get older.
    LOL!! ;)

  207. Donnamae says

    The Nester is very inspiring! We’ve lived in our home for 31 years…and it’s a home with lots of little imperfections. Cause let’s face it…life is messy. Our deck needs help…but with plenty of flowers…a little wine…and good friends…it’s the perfect place to be! Thanks for the opportunity! ;)

  208. says

    Last summer we bought a new to us home. It was built in 1978, most of it was original with some added dark brown sponge paint and burlap wainscoting just to name some of it’s wonders! We had a limited budget spent on flooring, paint, light fixtures. Lots of elbow grease later it was move in ready. I always look around at the pending projects like painting the base boards, installing a new bathroom faucet, landscaping, the list goes on and on. I have to stop myself and be thankful for what we have accomplished so far and just appreciate all of the DIY projects ahead!

  209. May says

    That dogs will smell doggy even after only 4 days since their last bath because they so love their daily walks and that sofas will get rumpled from their snarfing and cuddling and their dog toys will be scattered all over the floors.

  210. Cassie D says

    My husband and I live in a tiny apartment. I’m embracing the coziness of living in tight quarters. It’s not perfect, but it’s the perfect home for us and we love it.

  211. Debra Harvard says

    I’m learning to let go of micromanaging
    My teen’s room . In three short years she
    Will be in college . Watching my girlfriends
    Send their kids off makes me a bit more
    Appreciative of ” the mess”

  212. Shannon B. says

    I am learning to embrace the lack of hosting space. We had to change out some furniture to make for more space but mostly I’m just accepting and enjoying that maybe we’ll just have to squish together to be together! And that’s not really a bad thing!

  213. Shannon D says

    As a momma to 15 month old twins I’ve definitely learned to live with the imperfections. Whether it be the toys scattered all of the house or the laundry that never ends I try not to stress over it too much. I’d rather snuggle with my sweet boys and hear their sweet laughter as they chase each other around the house. That’s what I will remember not the mess.

  214. Angela P says

    We live in an apartment. It is a nice apartment, but we moved from own house in another state. Having owned a home with room and PAINT, I find it hard to welcome people into my “home”. Painted walls and lots of windows don’t make it a home. I need to embrace what we have.

  215. Ruth L says

    Dear Emily,
    I love when we can actually be “real” with one another and admit that try as we might, perfection is darn near impossible to achieve! Believe me – I have tried for too long to be those things. The “perfect” daughter, the smartest kid in class, the best cook, the thinnest girl, the most adorable wife, the most creative artist, and keeper of the most incredible home! But frankly, it’s too hard to try to be all those things to all those people and I’m so much happier being exactly who God made me and seeing my imperfections as as an expression of my uniqueness! Although I would love to have the perfect home, where dinner is served promptly at 6pm and all the laundry is folded neatly in drawers and the fridge is full of healthy snacks and there are no weeds in the garden and… I’ve learned to be content with my life exactly as it is, wrinkled laundry, crumbs under the couch and all!

    Thank you for your creative blog and for sharing the Nesters book with us!
    Warm regards,
    Ruth

  216. says

    I’m learning to embrace a lived in house more than a clean, perfectly tidy house. I was wearing myself out cleaning non-stop and picking up everything before guests came over. It is a work in progress, but I’m finding ways to “quick clean and tidy” and not worry if everything is perfect. No one notices but me anyways :)

  217. Lauren says

    As a first-time mom, I had so much fun decorating our daughter’s nursery….and almost finished it before she arrived. Now, 17 months later I’ve learned to embrace the bookshelves that still haven’t been styled to my liking and the blank wall that was supposed to showcase photos of my mother and grandmothers as children. Instead I’m making beautiful memories in that room playing with my daughter, reading to her and snuggling her to sleep each night.

  218. Jen Van Hooser says

    I struggle to accept the lack of baseboard and other trim work in our living room/kitchen. I have accepted the awful 70′s brownish yellow tile in our bath along with the awkward layout that forces you to straddle the toilet to check yourself out in the mirror!

  219. Rachel O says

    Embracing my post-baby body and my toddler-filled house. Crayons and peanut butter all over the walls when I turn my back for 10 seconds.

  220. Emily says

    As new people in a new town, I’m learning to embrace entertaining lots of people, despite the fact that our house is far from perfect!

  221. says

    I’ve accepted that I’m not perfect and will never be which makes life so much easier. There will always be someone prettier, smarter, thinner, in better shape, with better hair, etc. so quit worrying about the little things that don’t matter. We all have imperfections but God loves us anyway.
    carrie@neatsmart.com

  222. mary says

    I retired several years ago and I’ve learned to accept the imperfect me, flaws and all. And if I don’t get something finished today, I may do it tomorrow or maybe not – a good book or the garden may be calling me!

  223. Mary S. says

    I have come to embrace all the dings and dents from my four little ones. We have rope burn on the wood stair railing that I love and have embraced because it has come to symbolize letting my kids be kids and letting them explore and learn.

  224. Gretta B says

    I am trying really hard to embrace the discarded school clothes that litter the laundry room and miss the basket by 6 inches.

  225. says

    As I turned 40 this year I decided to work on self doubt. I am trying to embrace being myself and being confident and to turn off the negative voices in my head that remind me I am imperfect. I am embracing being imperfect and being ME! Attempting to be fabulous at 40!!! :-)

  226. says

    There’s a half-filled pond with exposed concrete tubes (for the fish that currently don’t exist) behind our house, a never-ending stack of dishes, beds that are never made and a 9 year old dog that won’t stop pottying on my floors! Imperfections that make life what they are… I’m learning to deal with them all, but may have to strangle a dog soon…
    Love the Nester so much and would be thrilled to win her book!!! Thanks you and her for the giveaway!!

  227. Sandra says

    I’m still trying to embrace the imperfections that come along of living with 3 little kids and the constant messes they create ;)
    I just discovered The Nester’s blog and loved it!

  228. Carly says

    As someone with OCD, I have spent my entire like trying to embrace the imperfect in order to control my disease. I have learned that messy buns can be beautiful, linen shirts look one when wrinkled, sofa pillows don’t need to be fluffed to be inviting, and that a messy home is imperfectly perfect.

  229. Susan says

    I’ve never had the “perfect” house. I have’ had friends whose houses always seem neater, better decorated, better whatever, but there are days I’d rather enjoy my family or read and not worry about the counters being wiped perfectly clean or the ironing that needs to be done or name the chore of your choice. The older I get, the more I have relaxed about it. I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity, Emily! S.

  230. Lynne says

    I’m learning a house is just a house without people you love in it. Fingerprints and stains are reminders ones I love have been here!

  231. Susan Reidy says

    I have finally begun to love the imperfection of life. It is up to us to adjust to it; it does not adjust to us, so we have to take it on it’s terms. I would love to read this book and see her photos. Thanks.

  232. Molly says

    Being OK with the house not looking perfect all the time and spending more time with my five children instead.

  233. Christine McDonald says

    Not having a perfectly styled coffee table. In pictures, everyone’s coffee table looks beautiful!! Ours is usually piled with something we just read, the latest newspaper & several coasters so you can always plop your drink down. It’s not pretty, but it’s how we live!

  234. Rachel says

    I am learning to embrace that not every military move will be the same and so goes with the places they choose for us to live. Being able to host friends in our small community is more important than having the picture perfect home to do it in.

  235. Bonnie Jean says

    I am learning to live with the imperfections of living in an apartment that is nice enough, but way too small… after we lost our home. I am learning to live with the imperfections of furniture that I hate 99%of… as it was my husband’s before we were married and I was a single mother living with hand me downs. I wish I could give it all away and start from scratch… even if we had to sleep on blankets on the carpet for a year and live with our things in boxes. Too many bad memories. I could really use such a book I think !!!

  236. BeckyAnn says

    There’s little I love more than a perfectly clean home, but with 3 little boys and 1 baby girl it’s a struggle from “son up to son down”. I’m realizing my time is far better spent teaching and enjoying my noisy, messy, crazy childen, than striving for the perfect home. Our home doesn’t have to be perfectly clean to be a beautiful place to raise a family.

  237. Joan Head says

    I’ve learned that I am never totally content with the way my home is decorated……and I thank God that He has given me such an interest in changing things often. I don’t make big changes but I am constantly thinking about how I can make things look better. It brings me joy.

  238. Beth DelConte says

    Imperfections-oh let me count the ways! Doing dishes the next morning, reading materials everywhere, cracks in the door from male teen years. All the rewards of having successfully raised 2 wonderful young adults! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  239. Sheri says

    I’m learning to embrace that I can’t keep up with everything, but only the things that are most important.

  240. says

    I hate our flooring in this house, would love to upgrade to hardwoods but I have 2 kids in college, so we are making choices and right now, we choose our kids! Thanks for such an awesome give away….pick me~

  241. says

    I’m learning to embrace the dailiness of the imperfections of my home. And by that I mean the daily dishes and the daily laundry and the daily junk mail and the daily piles of dog hair collecting in the corner…it’s not perfect because it never ends! Always laundry, always dishes, always mail, always dog hair, all the time! All remind me of the people that live here and the privilege that is mine to serve them! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  242. Debbie w says

    I have 2 bathrooms that gave blue fixtures…….fortunately, they are upstairs and I do not have to see them…….but the upside is…..our kids picked the colors out 25 yrs ago….so somebody liked that color! I would love to be a winner of a book!

  243. Melissa D says

    My husband and I bought our very first house almost a year ago and it is STILL pretty empty…We are young, and on a budget; I’m sure we will get more furniture -eventually!

  244. Amie says

    I am learning to embrace the imperfections in our home. Between an old home and two little boys, it can always feel like nothing is put together. I am learning to be thankful and enjoy this season of life

  245. says

    We rent so this place is far from our dream home. We’ve just signed the lease for another year so I’m learning to love the builder beige everything. I’m thinking of it as a blank slate rather than an eyesore!

  246. says

    This past year has been a lesson in embracing what is important- people not things, enjoying the moment and what is, not what people see on FB, not trying to portray a picture perfect life on social media and embracing the messes, imperfections and realities of everyday life. This book looks like a great read and would be an amazing way to spend a rare spare moment with a cup of hot tea. Joy is not in perfect decor, clean houses, or over the top parties – it’s in being with the people you care about and being healthy and thankful in the everyday “moment” . Embracing imperfection is perfect!!
    M

  247. Kelly T. says

    Our home has come a long way since moving in 4 years ago. And while we’ve done a whole lot of renovating it’s still not perfect but I still love it! It’s in a great location & just the right size for the two of us! Love seeing the evolution of your house & the Nester’s. Great inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!

  248. Kristen says

    My biggest imperfection is my desire for perfection. I actually had a stress dream the other night about the piles of stuff on my counters growing instead of shrinking as I was putting stuff away. I have a hard time seeing thru the mess to the beauty all around me. This book is perfect for me.

  249. Casey says

    I’m learning how to maintain our house for our sweet family of 3, but most of all to truly enjoy the life in it…and realizing that toddler and perfect house just don’t go together…and it’s much better that way anyways. :)

  250. Shauna TerHark says

    I’m going to try to quit comparing my home to others – their homes may be cleaner/newer/neater/more designer, but mine is comfortable and I want to enjoy the memories the 3 of us make in our home.

  251. Lindsey White says

    I can’t wait to read this! Within the past 6 months I have accepted that our home is not going to be perfectly clean/organized/decorated every second of every day with 2 small kids running around. And I’m going to welcome people over anyway! None of my friends have ever pointed out that stack of papers, random Cheerio on the floor or pair of toddler underwear sticking out from under the couch. Imperfection should be embraced – no one wants to be friends with that overachiever Pinterest mom anyway :-)

  252. Pat Konzen says

    I am embracing less “stuff” but more things with meaning…even if it doesn’t match, go, fit, etc.
    Just like the little plat I moose and 2 black bears my son leaves on the coffee table. I love them.

  253. Leanne says

    I’m living in an imperfect 1970′s split entry. There’s just not time or money to fix it up. Life is short. There are other things more important.

  254. says

    I can’t wait to see her book one day. I live in a rental and was spending a lot of time being frustrated over the imperfections but have learnt to embrace how I can make my home ‘feel’ – for ourselves and for our friends. I have had to learn to live with black carpet in one room, a horrible brick wall in our family room and dreadfully outdated kitchen cabinets. But our home is full of love and a welcoming spirit and that outshines those things.

  255. Betty says

    I’m so happy she has written this book. I purchased one of her ebooks and absolutely love it. I am trying to remember our home doesn’t have to be perfect to have the “picky” people here to visit. Boy, that’s a hard lesson to get through this thick old head! I would love to have the Nester’s new book. Maybe that will get the message through! :)

  256. Kristina Johnson says

    I love reading your blog, Emily, because I have 5 kids too! That, plus a dog, means my carpet is always way less than perfect. Also, the outlay of our house, particularly kitchen and laundry room, means making it perfect for us would be sooooo expensive – other things ARE more important. Thanks – to you and the Nester – for the reminder!

  257. Brittany says

    With a 3 1/2 year old and a 3 mo old I’m learning that sometimes the house will be a mess and t.r.y.i.n.g. to be ok with that! ….and not let it affect my mood! :( :)

  258. Tina Matteson says

    It’s important to me that my kids help at home and I’m learning to appreciate their contributions even when the lawn is mowed unevenly, the laundry isn’t folded the way I’d do it, and some of the dishes are put away in the wrong places! I can’t wait to read this book!!

  259. Kendra says

    I’m learning to live with the dog hair dust bunnies that are everywhere. Even vacuuming every day wouldn’t keep it under control and I don’t want to spend all my time vacuuming! I keep telling myself that my kids will have amazing immune systems after growing up with dogs :-)

  260. Marybeth D says

    I am learning to find a blended style with my husband in our tiny one bedroom apartment. It’s not my dream nor is his style like mine at all but as we continue to merge our lives we can find what fits us best as well.

  261. Sarah Hefner says

    I am learning to embrace my nearly empty living room. We recently moved into s new house and it has more room than any house we’ve had thus far. It is hard for me to see the hodge podge of furniture and not get frustrated by the “non Pinterest” look it has. But it is beautiful because we have room to grow!

  262. Madi says

    It’s taken me too long to be content with what I have been blessed with. A (small) home, that is always cluttered with the insane amount of toys (that have been generously given to my girls), and what feels like never enough time to clean and organize the house (because we have jobs we love, a church to call home & family & friends who are like family, that keep us busy), and a (chubby, cellulite/stretch mark ridden) healthy body that helped bring 2 beautiful girls to this world, and that my husband (still) finds ridiculously attractive. All of the above is far from perfect, but I’m better at finding and embracing the beauty in it all, everyday.

  263. Catherine says

    I’m trying to learn that no one has a perfect house and that I should not be afraid to have people over just because things are not perfectly in their place or that things are not perfectly decorated. It is bloggers like you and The Nester that remind me to focus on these things and I am very grateful for that!

  264. Carla says

    I feel like I need to embrace everything right now because it is all so very imperfect. We are in a very homely rental – old everything – so we need to just work within those perimeters. It is a challenge but it makes you remember that the house is about home, not about display.

  265. Sarah says

    I’ve learned through a few years of financial hardships, illness, job losses, and a move from our own home to living with my mom that what matters is loving what you have, not accumulating something new in hopes that it is better. Circa 1961 kitchen with original appliances–perfect! Clothesline in the basement instead of a dryer–perfect! One bathroom for five of us–perfect! Home is where we are together. It’s not in the perfection of possessions. Relationships matter. Whatever we possess is a gift and is treasured in all it’s imperfect glory!

  266. Rachel Baughman says

    As a first time homeowner, it’s so easy to feel burdened by all the things I need to be doing to, and for, my home. I’m embracing the imperfections of my yard. It’s a constant work in progress. But hey… Aren’t we all?!

  267. Elise says

    I’m just learning to embrace imperfection in general. Learning that in most cases, good enough really is good enough. It’s so tempting for me to want everything I do to be 100% perfectly done, but then I find I’m missing out on better things in pursuit of that 100%.

  268. Melanie says

    I am learning to embrace my home even though many rooms need to be painted, furniture switched up and walls filled. One step at a time, when it’s time!!

  269. Heidi says

    Oh, wow…there are so many imperfections I could list now about our home and my self (particularly my post-baby body), but today I’ll go with our kitchen. The original galley kitchen in our 1940s cozy home. The previous owners put in awful counter tops and we had to retile the floor when the babies starting crawling since broken tile isn’t toddler-knee friendly. I love and hate this kitchen equally. It’s awfully imperfect, but it’s ours.

  270. Julianne says

    I am learning (slowly) that my favorite days are those spent reading to my kids and playing with them instead of worrying about the dishes that need to be washed or floors that need to be mopped.

  271. Heather says

    I am trying my best to embrace the imperfection that is living with children! Laundry, crumbs, toys, spills, dirty toilets. Our home is very well used and therefore very well loved.

  272. Peggy Savage says

    My place of imperfection is my yard. I’m just not an outdoors person and I,m learning to be okay with that.

  273. Jessica Rivera says

    Dog hair. Finger prints on the walls. Sink full of dishes. Dog hair. Clothes that are next to the laundry basket. Crumbs. Life 101.

  274. Carol says

    Several years ago I began decorating my living room. I was so happy with it. Today my living room includes an IV pole and several boxes of medical supplies that my two year old needs. When we first started using the equipment I was unsure where I should keep it. As we approach the one year mark, I am glad that my husband and I opted to keep everything in a high traffic area. It is not pretty, but having our son spend his time in the main room of the house is far more important to me.
    I have been following Nester’s blog and I enjoy reminding myself that perfection and beauty are not the same thing. In my house beauty is an IV pole, a cardboard box filled with supplies, a basket of rags, and a stained arm chair.

  275. Amie says

    With an old home and little boys,
    I am learning that imperfections abound. I am learning to accept that nothing will be complete and to be thankful for this season in every way.

  276. Bekah Strangarity says

    Learnign to embrace that my life is in transit right now, that as I raise support and prayer coverings my time and ‘things’ are a gift to be given and stewarded well. My ‘roots’ are not perfect but I hope one day they can be planted for now I am storing up the wealth of time and joy in others.

  277. Shelli says

    I am learning to embrace a home, that is (and never will be) “finished”, but rather is comfortable and happy.

  278. Barbara says

    My house’s biggest imperfection is the kitchen. Short of a full gut and re-do, there is not much to help it! And yet we still manage to get 3 meals a day out of it!

  279. jackie says

    With a baby I’m learning my “perfectly” organized house just might not be so perfect these days and I need to enjoy every second I can with my daughter.

  280. says

    I swear I find myself saying the Nester’s mantra over and over in my head everyday when I stare at the perpetual mess in my home :) I would love to win a copy!

  281. Shari McNiff says

    My imperfections are my beat up leather living room furniture. It is all scratched up and spotty but so comfy. We raised five kids and four dogs on those couches and I can’t bear to spend another 17 years “breaking in ” newer visually more appealing furniture.

  282. says

    We are learning to embrace imperfect paint job. We used to wait to paint until my husband the perfectionist was both off work and in the mood. We would sand and use all the correct chemicals, sprayer, etc. It was a big deal. But with this house, we have both realized that that’s exactly how we ended up getting stuck with a mile-high to-do list and unpainted walls and trims. Now we are living with the imperfection of DIYed doors and trims painted by yours truly and guess what? Things are moving right along and our house is cuter than ever!

  283. says

    It would break Dave’s heart but the farm is on the market. There are boxes stacked everywhere and I’m not finished packing. No staging here but the house is clean so am prayerful folks will overlook the boxes and stage of life for me now. God will bring the right buyer, then He’ll move me where He wants me. My life is perfectly imperfect because He holds me in His hand and I rest in His will.

  284. Carolyn says

    My imperfection is my bedroom. It’s still contains matched, dated furniture so I’m just working around it for now.

  285. Susn T says

    My daughter is moving in May, the fourth time in 6 years. I would love to give the book to her. Renting is a challenge in itself. Thank you for a chance to get this book.

  286. Hollie says

    I’m learning to embrace dog hair! We have two wonderful, amazing, and very hairy dogs, so there is constantly dog hair on the couch or on the floor. After a few years of trying to chase after them with a vacuum cleaner, I’m finally trying to accept that dog hair is going to be a part of my life–but I wouldn’t want it any other way. :)

  287. michelle k says

    love the scratch marks on my hard woods and baseboards from my daughter riding her scooter all over the house at all hours of the day.

  288. Veronica Guajardo says

    I am learning to live with piles of paper and clothes that my husband love to have all over the house. I love him so I gotta love the piles.

  289. says

    Oh, gosh. Well, since we just moved into our first house over the weekend, I’d say I’m learning to embrace the imperfection of boxes scattered hither, there, and yon. I’m dying to get it all unpacked, but it will happen.

  290. Jenn says

    Well, living in a big 1964 home that hasn’t been updated…umm, ever…has left me with lots and lots of embracing practice. I am currently learning to utilize patience with the 4 bathrooms that need some serious love. Chandeliers and all. The Nester has been a reminder of thankfulness and process as I have started tackling this house, along with raising 4 children, a year ago. Would devour this book!

  291. Christene says

    I am learning to embrace our imperfect newlywed apartment. It’s completely NOT finished but little by little we are adding to it and it’s ok that its not finished. I’m learning to love it :)

  292. Elyse Greenwell says

    We’re renting an older home but it’s our first home together since being married. It’s not perfect and not nearly my “dream house” but I’m learning to live with it’s little imperfections & call those imperfections “character”. We’ll move on soon enough and one day, I know I’ll miss this house terribly so I’m loving it now. My husband’s sneakers and hats laying around is another thing that I find a little more difficult to embrace – but I really try :)

  293. Megan says

    My boyfriend and I moved in together six months ago and, while we’ve adjusted well to living with someone else, we’re still adjusting to living with someone else’s stuff. Integrating our belongings and de-duplicating has been a process, and I still find duplicates he has squirreled away in high cupboards — I call it his “bachelor starter pack.”

  294. says

    Having had our first baby last year, I’ve had to learn that she is the most important. Not keeping the house perfectly clean. Not making sure the dishes are washed at all times. And just not getting nearly as much done. And that should be okay! But it’s hard to get used to!

  295. Sandy says

    I am learning to embrace that my kitchen is too small when the whole family is here and cooking (I just step aside and let the daughters-in-law cook!) and the living room carpet really needs to be replaced but I haven’t found the right color yet.

  296. Erin says

    I love this! I’m learning that the size of my house doesn’t have to be perfectly big, open and put together in order to have company.

  297. Colleen says

    I’m learning to accept and love all the scratches, nicks, and dents we’ve added to our house. At first I was angry that we were ruining it, but the Nester has taught me to try to embrace them as signs of us living here. We use this house, and it will show, and that’s okay. :)

  298. JennyJoT says

    Dog Hair! I’m trying not to stress so much about seeing it on top of the coffee table, etc. etc. etc,., because we really love our dog and I do NOT wish to dust every 3 hours! Also, I am terrible at sewing and I’m trying not to feel inadequate because of that.

  299. Elizabeth says

    I’m learning to embrace the constant, messy workflow of my job – nothing is ever really finished and I’m learning (and getting closer to saying) it’s ok!

  300. ELLEN TILLERY says

    I’m trying to embrace the mismatched, hand-me-down furniture in my living/dining room and focusing on feeling grateful for the roof over my head.

  301. Kay says

    I’ve downsized my home and am learning to love it’s smaller size while still missing my larger home. It’s imperfect, but so am I so we have a lot in common and a lot to love! :)

  302. says

    i’m learning to embrace that we live here with three small children and though things are messy sometimes, we can still host guests and just enjoy their company rather than worrying about being perfect. :)

  303. Kendra says

    As a Wife, Mom, Business Owner and Friend, pretending to accept rejection gracefully when all I really want to do is pull the covers over my head and have a good cry!

    Kendra

  304. Dirose says

    When it comes to decorating my home I can be a rascal. I am a control freak and I don’t want the opinion of my husband at all when it comes to decorating. With that being said… I finally let go a little when we were building our new home–I now how have dark wood cabinets in my kitchen that I totally hate but he loves. That is the imperfection I live with everyday. But it’s OK

  305. Yvonne says

    We’re in-between homes right now, living with my inlaws. I’m embracing the imperfect so I can keep from being miserable in a house that’s not mine to change.

  306. Laura says

    Oh geez. What ONE imperfection am I trying to embrace? It could be embracing a house that is in transition. We’re adding to our family. While I have never felt that my barely 1100 sq ft home was too small, it’s taking creativity and the releasing of “just stuff” to make a set up that will make sense to us going from one child to two.

    It could also be the perfect vision I have in my head of what I want my house to look like instead of embracing it for what it is, a home that is living. A home where meals are made in the kitchen, eaten at the table, on dishes that will probably sit in the sink too long. A home where laundry is NEVER done. A home where Daddy gives our sweet pea a bath in a tub that is not designer and that will inevitably lead to bubbles and water on the floor.

    I should be embracing the imperfection of where God has placed me because I am not perfect. The only place to find perfection is in Christ, where I am being made perfect–whole, conformed to His image, not the image that the world has for me.

  307. Miriam says

    I am learning to embrace imperfection in my half-remodeled house, including a very dated kitchen (carpet and all) as we focus on spending time with our four kids and saving money to remodel while remaining debt free.

  308. Ashley says

    This year, I am committing to invitng more people into my life and home…. Even though much is still under renovation. :)

  309. CT says

    I live in a 85-year-old house. There is a lot of intrinsic beauty to this home, but it will never be perfect (uneven plaster, cracked tile) and it seems like the money always has to go to the things that don’t add to the beauty but do add to the integrity (foundation, electrical, etc.). There is a lot of imperfection to embrace in an old house!

  310. Jen Bell says

    Learning to embrace dirty floors I can’t keep up with… because it means that many lovely people have walked through our doors.

  311. J- says

    meals home-cooked from scratch, a clean house, and up-to-date laundry, as we adjust to being a family of three :)

  312. says

    I am a reformed perfectionist and find myself slipping back into my old tendencies especially when it comes to opening up my home for parties that I love to throw…sometimes I drive myself too hard to make everything perfect that I lose the joy in why I want to spend time with my friends. I would love to win this book so I can find some “rest”. Thanks for sharing, Mary

  313. Holly A. says

    It’s not house related, but I’m learning to embrace my body. I always struggle with the way that I look but I’ve decided to be happy and content with my body as it is NOW …… and maybe those extra 25 baby pounds will come off soon :)

  314. Erin says

    Embrace is a strong word….it’s hard, isn’t it? In the Pinterest world, it’s hard to keep perspective, which was difficult even before daily doses of perfectly staged rooms, but I’m learning to be OK with it. I still have to talk myself into having people over, because I want everything to look perfect when they come; however, I know that’s not important in the scheme of life. I remind myself that my favorite friend to visit was my friend in Southern CA, raising 5 girls in a 1200 square foot house. It was crowded, and none of the furniture matched, but EVERYONE wanted to hang at Debbie’s because of the way she made you feel when you were in her home. I’ve become braver as I’ve gotten older, and I’ve allowed myself to be more vulnerable by showing my “real house” to the world. About a month ago, I had an acquaintance over and we headed down to the basement. In my heart I dreaded her seeing it, but I said, “OK, I’m going to take you downstairs, but afterwards just know we are friends for life so you can’t think badly of me.” We both laughed and we have become friends. I’m trying to embrace imperfection, but it’s a process for me.

  315. Elizabeth says

    I’m trying to embrace imperfection throughout our entire home. With three young boys at home, it’s absolutely impossible to keep everything clean and orderly. I’ve learned over the past year or two that i don’t have to wait until things are perfect to invite people over. We were waiting for that in our last house and never really hosted folks other than family and a few close friends. It prevented us from really putting down roots in our neighborhood. We’re not doing that here. I could always use a little more encouragement in the imperfection is okay area of my life.

  316. Kara says

    I am learning to live with lots and lots of stained alder woodwork. I love all the blog photos of homes with crisp white baseboards, cabinets, and crown molding–but that is not what I have and I’m coming to terms with it.

  317. says

    My white tile in the kitchen. It is always dirty, but that means my 2 boys are going outside to play and being boys. I will miss that when they are older.

  318. MissyV says

    Living with 5 kids means learning to enjoy perfection in little things – one room being clean (for 5 minutes!) or all the laundry being caught up. I gave up on having the “perfect” house all the time – it is possible, but it is exhausting to try to achieve and maintain.

  319. says

    We live in an apartment, and while I would LOVE a house….this is where we are right now. It’s smaller than I’d like and doesn’t have a yard but it’s cozy, and I’m proud of what I’ve turned it into. :) I guess that’s the imperfection I’ve come to accept.

  320. Mickey says

    With young children and a lack of decorating sense sounds like a book to help give me perspective on both! Neat giveaway – thanks!

  321. Jenn Crawford says

    I have three boys who have taught me to embrace many things. In my home, they have taught me to embrace baseboards that look like they’ve been beaten with baseball bats, walls with dings from lacrosse sticks being moved from room to room, and most recently a broken picture frame from a boy who was trying to keep a ping pong ball from hitting the frame and accidentally knocked it down himself. But mostly importantly, they are teaching me to embrace these imperfections because one day, when they are no longer living in my home, I may come to miss it.

  322. says

    Having three kids three and under, I am still trying to learn to let go! Not having every single thing in its place at all times, loving the casual and effortless look versus perfect, and walking by the piles of laundry without stressing because we have got living to do!

  323. Debbie G. says

    Our 1929 bungalow has lots of imperfections: sad floors, uneven walls, sagging foundation are just a few and when we moved into this fixer-upper, I wanted to tackle everything NOW! But as time moved on, I began to realize most of the imperfections about the house were what made it charming…. and this 85 years old gal has taught me to embrace my imperfections as we go on in life, sagging foundation and all :)

  324. Amy says

    Three kids six and under (including boy/girl twins!), a full-ish time job, no housekeeper or yard help = a not-even-close-to-perfect house. I love your inspiration and would love to check out the Nester’s book, too! Thank you for the fun giveaway!

  325. Regina says

    Procrastination! I have good intentions on getting things done, but seem to put things off anyways. Maybe one day I’ll overcome this.

  326. Elisabeth says

    So….I have a degree in interior design…I work at a well known residential design firm in my area….I’m 22….and I always feel pressured to have everything perfect. and i’ve realized that authenticity is what makes my heart sing. So thats the goal!

  327. Emily says

    With a 5 year old and a 3 year old, I’m pretty much embracing imperfection in my house daily! :) But I would love to read the Nester’s tips on making things a little more beautiful. Our house is very imperfect and mismatched, but not in a cute way!

  328. Emma P says

    We have recently sold our house and moved into a rental in another town… the rental is interesting… it needs paint everywhere, storage, and general updating. I am trying to embrace it and love this home we are in for now!

  329. Autumn Beach says

    Our three bedroom, two bathroom 1970′s ranch felt big enough…until we had our second kid. But this house used to be my grandma and grandpa’s house, which makes dealing with all of its “imperfections” completely worth it. And even beautiful at times. :) Thanks for chance to win.

  330. Angela Ira says

    The imperfection I am currently overcoming… One painful step at a time is breathing. I recently left a job which I had allowed to define me for 13 years. To walk away was utterly frightening… A loss of self balance if you will. The reason why though, outweighed the fear and she is a 4 year old tutu wearing princess that I find myself utterly captivated by. I stumble often as a stay at home Mommy but she is there always willing to give me another shot as I relearn how to live a life of joy.

  331. says

    seriously could not agree more!
    I love her line “love the house you are with” which is exactly what I’m learning to do now!
    Our little rental has a beastly painted red brick fireplace and mismatched hardwood floors and I’m finding her advice on using “arrows” and embracing imperfection to be so affirming.
    LOVE her and loved this post too! :)

  332. Jodi says

    Life in a small space with no back yard and two littles brings about so many opportunities to strive to embrace imperfections…bleach on the carpet…permanent marker on the carpet…lack of storage, tiny kitchen…letting people into the every day is hard…I mentally fights between relationship and “looking all together” all the time! …but one step at a time, trying to choose people even in the midst of chaos!

  333. Stephanie O'Neil says

    Hmmm…..can I be honest and say that I don’t know if I am embracing imperfections in my home yet?? My house is far from perfect–and with two little kids it isn’t getting any closer to that any time soon–but I am really enjoying the process of making it ours. And at this stage in our life, “ours” means finding fun baskets for all of the toys, choosing indoor outdoor rugs for our family room, and tables without sharp corners. But I’m learning that even though my decorating choices these days are a bit compromised, that there’s great pleasure in living in a house that all of the family members can enjoy, not just mom. :)

  334. Rachel D says

    Unused wires peeking out from holes in my rented apartment. Who knows what exactly they were meant to be for (or why they were left that way)…but I have some cheery yellow-and-orange bunting hanging from them.

  335. erica sweatman says

    I absolutely ADORE decorating my home. But I’ve learned that I love the people in my home more. And playing with my littles while they still want me to, is a decision I’ll never regret. So we have many half-decorated rooms, and rooms decorated with children’s things, and I LOVE it. LOVE it. I’m still learning to let go of it looking MY WAY all the time. I feel the Nester has that perfected if nothing else. And I strive to do it too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  336. DinT says

    There is a lot of imperfection in our home as far as style and improvements but we choose to live with it until we have money to pay for changes instead of going into debt or working so much that we don’t get to be home to enjoy it.

  337. Pam M. says

    My house is about 850 square feet. We have one bathroom. THAT is challenging (although I grew up with one bathroom). Storage space has been a real issue. I can our garden’s produce and cook a lot from scratch in my beloved cast iron collection. I was storing it all in the oven which was a pain to take everything out each time I needed to cook. We have this weird wall that butts up to the doorway so there is no space to put a shelving system to hold anything. So, my husband built me a rack and screwed into the studs that has hooks to hold all of my skillets. He also built me a chicken wire frame to hang my herbs to dry. On each side of that I hung hooks and that’s where I hang my colanders. What started as an awkward, good-for-nothing wall has actually ended up being really useful and cute. It’s one of the first things people comment on when they come over. Love that!

  338. Stephanie says

    As I mature (and unfortunately, that means age) I have begun to realize perfection is in the beauty of all the imperfections around me. Toys scattered across the floor=blessed with small children. Messy table and crumbs=blessed with family and food. Decorating decisions (whether they turn out to be good or bad)=blessed with a home.
    Happiness comes from the imperfections, and sometimes it’s just the perspective that needs changing as well as a good furniture rearranging (because that part is pure fun!).

  339. Amanda says

    I would live to read “The Nesting Place!” Often I get into a panic when I have company coming to my house, I make a mad dash for a basket to hide toys, the vacuum and fluff pillows. After reading so many reviews on this book, I’m already being given a new perspective. I’m looking at my messy living room now, knowing that it’s filled with love, laughter, warmth, happiness and a little craziness thrown in! It’s perfectly imperfect!

  340. says

    my insecurities try to strangle me, even writing this comment. i wanted to see whate veryone else said so i could make sure what i write is good enough. but isnt that ironic. it’s why i need the book. i am trying to learn to love the different, the budget friendly, the imperfect. thanks for the opportunity to win a book. xoxo

  341. Brenda Thompson says

    This is such a refreshing outlook! There is no need for guilt at not living photogenically constantly… throwing that burden to the side:).

  342. says

    I feel like I embrace imperfection everyday living with kids. I would like everything to be in its place but then I remind myself that would mean kids did not live her and that would be sad. So for now my whole house is imperfect and that is ok. I would love to read this book I always need reminders on what is really important! Thanks for the chance.

  343. says

    I’m learning to embrace my imperfection in entertaining. I’m ALWAYS going to have a stack of books somewhere instead of prettily in a bookcase. It’s beautiful because I’m reading them all, and its part of my quirkiness and charm. I’m never going to have a spotless kitchen, but I want to let people in anyway.

  344. Heidi Knepper says

    The imperfection of a home that is well loved but not quite big enough for our family…leaving constant imperfection in every room ….

  345. Beverly says

    I am learning how it really is ok to be imperfect and still be hospitable. You waste many wonderful opportunities to gather and enjoy people if you wait for everything in your home/life to be perfect.

  346. says

    Oh my gosh, I can’t think of anything in my home that isn’t imperfect. The fact that we moved in a year ago and still haven’t hung any of our pictures, that every room in the house desperately needs to be painted, that my boys love more than anything to jump on a freshly made bed leaving it less than fresh, that there is always, ALWAYS clean/dirty/half-folded/almost dry laundry everywhere. But I am happy to be here every…single…day.

  347. Rae says

    I am learning to live with dinged walls, walls covered in crayon and spaces that are “junk rooms.” I’d love to have every inch beautfully landscaped, but would rather play outside with my peeps this summer.

  348. Angela says

    I am learning to embrace that nothing in this life is perfect, and that as we live we need to have joy despite our perfectionism and our society’s fixation on it. I love to decorate in ways that will work for real life! I would love to read this book and get more help living in the REAL world and having a REAL nest!
    Thanks.
    Angela

  349. esther says

    i’m trying to find joy in toothpaste-splattered (teenager) bathroom mirrors. i guess it means he’s brushing!!

  350. Jacie Sytsma says

    Our entire downstairs ceiling needs to be repainted after we had a shower upstairs leak through. The repaired part is a different color than the rest of the ceiling. But every time I look at it, I’m reminded of dear friends from church – a plumber and a builder, who helped us fix it and charged us nothing… Gifts of grace…

  351. Katrina J says

    We moved in a house rental a year ago this month. One week away from giving birth to our Son. I looked at this walls that were not our own and could not fathom how we went from our home, to a rental. But, in California and elsewhere…I am not alone. I decided to embrace the imperfection of this not being our home. I embraced that I had a clean slate to plant what I wanted in the back yard. I embraced the fact my old house stuff wouldn’t “fit” this rental, I had a yard sale and from that, purchased things that would “fit this rental”. This rental is imperfection, but we are making it our own…one imperfect item at a time.

  352. Marilyn C. says

    I dislike dusting. Who cares if there’s dust on the shelves? Lots of people, but I’ve learned it doesn’t bother me!

  353. Kristin says

    Howdy! I am learning to embrace my own quirky style. My husband and I have moved 5 times in the 7 years we’ve been married and each place has been different. Over the years I have collected several keepsakes that are precious in their own rights but finding a way to fit them all together has been the challenge! I have loved reading The Nesting Place and know the book will be even more helpful! Thanks for offering this giveaway

  354. Christy says

    We have 2 boys so I live with toys, sports equipment, books, socks, socks and more socks and lots of fun, thus my house is lived-in and imperfect. I would love a copy of her new book!

  355. erin says

    I am letting my kids playroom be “theirs” & a giant mess except one time a week clean up. I can close that door if needed :)

  356. Abby says

    I would LOVE to read this! I’m learning to embrace the imperfections of my yard…ours is full of dirt because our neighbor kids have killed all the grass by their playing on it.

  357. Lori says

    Our house is a fixer-upper with lovely bones… and horrific pale yellow siding with peeling trim…but the renovation process is slow…so day by day, I try and remember that although I want it to be beautiful in every way, the real beauty is in the people and the moments created here :)

  358. Kate T. says

    Oh my, I don’t even know where to begin! I love our (nearly 100 year old house) but storage is sorely lacking…hoping one day to afford to add on but for now – I have been trying to embrace how blessed we are and try not to be the perfectionist I used to be:) And still want to be, but that is just not real like with kids, school work, cleaning, laundry, dinner etc etc! Nothing is perfect – which is why I love this book, can’t wait to read it if I win one! If not will have to get a copy! Thanks in advance!

  359. Brooke says

    I loved this post. We’ve lived in our new home just under a year without a single piece of art or photo on the walls. Ive been waiting on a remodel that is likely several years out, but this past weekend I hung a few of our things (in some cases right over paint samples on the wall) and suddenly I felt home. Looking forward to reading this book!

  360. says

    Let me squeeze in here at 399! I can write the book on imperfection since I am probably the oldest…..but it has taken me many years to realize that the memories attached to “things” is what is really important. I consider everything about me a work in progress….and it is the journey towards “perfection” that is filled with the fun!!!

  361. Shannon Flaherty says

    Nothing in life is perfect and it’s so refreshing to see someone become successful being “real.” Love the nester!

  362. says

    i am learning to embrace the imperfection that i cannot do everything. i overload myself with way too much and hold myself to way too high of expectations. i’m learning that i can’t do everything and that is okay. i don’t have to!

  363. Rachael M. says

    Probably the fact that I live on a farm, and on farms, there is dirt. There will forever and always be dirt on my floors. Even after I clean them, there is still dirt. And I’m learning that this is ok. We chose to live our dreams by living on a farm. And if I wanted spotless floors for the rest of my life, living on a farm wouldn’t be a possibility. So, I am embracing this fact, being thankful for my circumstances, and cleaning my floors once a week, then calling it good enough ;-)

  364. S.Hoover says

    We have 2 kids in college and two boys (and all their friends) at home! I have learned to do things with duck tape that would impress!! Life is way to short and messy to be perfect :)

  365. Blake says

    Our yard is very imperfect, but it is full of life & color! So, I’m learning to see the beauty in that instead of focusing on having a perfectly well groomed yard. This book looks amazing.

  366. Christine says

    I am working really hard to embrace perfection in so many ways, too many for me to think about. My son is coming home from college this weekend and I found myself deep cleaning and “refluffing” his room so he’ll feel happy to be home. He called me last night and told us just how much he misses us and just wants to sleep in his own bed. So simple! I know his room will be a total mess again within 24 hours , but he’ll be home!

  367. says

    Talk about perfect timing! I have one imperfection that I have wrestled with for…oh, thirty years, at least. I am NOT A MORNING PERSON! Like, I spend the first hour in silence, thankyouverymuch. And the next hour…slooowly. I have tried so hard and so many times to change it, but I have finally decided that is just who I am, and since it really doesn’t mess up my life too badly anymore, I’m just going to go with it.I still feel guilty a lot of times, but I know that many people who are on fire in the morning completely wimp out about the time I get going, so I am trying to just accept it and work with it.

  368. Madeline says

    I am learning to embrace a dirty kitchen; the floor covered in play dough, splattered food and juice and marker is a not messy but a work of art; the dirty window is picture of love from little noses and hands pressed to it when daddy comes home from work; a sink full of dishes at night will only get higher but not any dirtier while, while I embrace every last minute of the day with my toddlers trying to tickle every smile out of them and hear every little giggle they will give me, savoring the moments that they are delighted with me.

    I would love to receive a copy of that book! A messy house and life is one that is fully lived in my book!

  369. lauren Sagmiller says

    Learning to embrace the mess that comes with a baby and how beautiful the mess is…all signs that I have a baby and I adore him!

  370. Teal says

    My husband and I are “stackers”. Stacks of mail, stacks to go through, stacks to file away, stacks to ______… Sometimes we combine stacks to stash them away and then we must sort and re-stack later. Sigh. I think in general the main rooms in our house look ok but the kitchen table and our bedroom seem to collect most of the stuff. One day maybe?

  371. Jennifer S says

    I’m one who usually feels every inch of my home must be scrubbed down and perfect before we have house guests. I”m learning to embrace the fact that our friends and family don’t care if there are dust bunnies on the base boards. They love me for me, not my perfectly clean home. And honestly, all that cleaning just makes me tired and grumpy before they arrive – my husband would much rather I be relaxed and happy!

  372. Shannon says

    With 4 rowdy boys I am learning to embrace the mess. I have a plaque that my mom gave me saying “pardon the mess, my kids are making memories”. Here’s to hoping we have a lot of memories along with the messes!

  373. Melissa Clapp says

    This goes right along with the MOPS theme for this year … A Beautiful Mess: Embrace Your Story.
    I’m working on not being perfect simply by not straightening up our house (too much) before guests come. I’m trying to remember they are not coming to see my home. They are coming to see me and spend time with us.

  374. says

    This is LOVE and exactly what I needed to hear at this time in my life. The imperfection I’m learning to embrace? That would be me as in Me, Myself and I. Wearing different hats all day long – SAHM, wife, cook, cheerleader, daughter, etcetera etcetera etcetera…

  375. Dianne Read says

    Lots of imperfections around here, but you do what you have to do when you are
    raising a family and getting through life!

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