Painter’s drop cloths unite my mismatched furniture.
Inexpensive seagrass rug covers wall to wall carpet.
Do you ever feel frustrated because your home doesn’t feel “put together?” Are you living with hand me downs or old furniture and struggle with discontentment? Do you gaze longingly at other people’s updated homes and feel that green eyed monster of jealously start to well up inside?
Here is how I see things.
- Your house doesn’t have to be magazine perfect.
- Your style doesn’t have to be the most current.
- Your furniture doesn’t have to be new, expensive or ridiculously adorable.
- You can have a mixture of furniture styles and hand me downs.
- You can spend your money on things that matter more than the latest trend in home decor.
And you can still enjoy the process of creating a warm, welcoming home! You CAN find contentment right where you are, even with what you already have.
Unifying random accessories with paint eliminates
chaotic feeling of “nothing goes together”
The secret to finding contentment is not as difficult as we might think.
Yes, we do sometimes just need to get our priorities in check and stop obsessing over what other people have that we don’t.
Yes, we need to be more grateful for what we already have instead of spending our days longing for something new, or justifying buying things outside of our budget.
But beyond just accepting and being grateful for what we have, HOW can we truly find CONTENTMENT and even happiness with what we have?
We have to be looking for the right thing.
I love making my home beautiful. It is a God-given passion for me to create beauty. But when I let my passion for beauty become an obsession for things I don’t have, stuff I don’t need or things “everyone else” has, I start to focus on the wrong things.
There is nothing wrong with desiring a beautiful home. God is the creator of beauty and he blesses us with a desire to be like Him! So how can we reconcile a God given passion for creating a beautiful home with our desire and responsibility to keep our priorities in check?
I find happiness with what I have by changing my goal to what I want to achieve. I have to focus on creative contentment as the goal rather than ‘perfect’ as the goal! Hmmm, what a concept!
When my focus changes to the right goal, I start looking at old things in new ways. Often there is a simple creative solution to contentment right under my own nose. A coat of paint, an inexpensive slipcover instead of a new sofa, a simple rug to cover less than ideal flooring, or moving furniture around can give new life to a dull, outdated or predictable space.
When an unachievable level of perfection is no longer the goal, I can find simple solutions along the way to work with what I have. I am no longer in search of the “perfect solution” but rather looking for the most reasonable and creative solution to work with what I have.
When contentment with what I have becomes the goal, creativity has a chance to flow and I can actually begin to really enjoy my home! The pressure of perfect is removed. The creative challenge takes perfection’s place and I often times end up with something even more beautiful to me than what I thought I needed.
Do you struggle with perfectionism?
Follow my journey to contentment via my post on Living an Authentic Life!
By Melissa, The Inspired Room