Most of us don’t live in perfect houses. We live with random furniture handed down and collected over time. We may live in a less-than-ideal rental or a home that was not custom built perfectly for our taste and needs. Things may be deteriorating faster than we can afford to fix or replace them. When faced with a choice of paying for braces for the kids or updating our furniture, the braces probably will win out.
Yet while decorating the house might seem frivolous when kids need to be fed and bills need to be paid, creating a home you love to live in is not necessarily a sign of misplaced priorities. I think loving the home you have while living within your means can be an act of gratitude for what God has provided.
While it would be helpful and even so much easier to feel the love for a home with more funds or mad DIY skills, I think there is a middle ground for the rest of us on a budget of time and money — the art of creatively living with what you have. Whether you rent or own, you can love where you live and still keep your current priorities in order.
You can see photos in this post of some of my extremely simple “creative solutions” for loving my own imperfect home on a budget of time and money. Sometimes it just takes a little creative touch to make something better than it was, even if it can’t be perfect in this season of life. That is often my goal with a project, just to make it better than it was!
There are so many simple ways to fall more in love with your home when we can accept our limitations and make the best of what we have.
Living intentionally and creatively makes it possible to love your home no matter what kind of house you have or what your budget is!
Do you enjoy using what you have to creatively decorate and fix up your home?