For the past year we’ve been slowly but surely renovating our home. While some of our projects were more involved, like reconfiguring a section of our kitchen and getting new counter tops and flooring, many of the changes were simple updates such as painting walls, rearranging how we used the space we have, updating accessories with flea market finds or simple craft projects.
All of the changes we made actually make living in our home more enjoyable for us. While some of the updates might appear to be just cosmetic or even superficial, there is something very refreshing and rejuvenating about taking care of our family’s home. Not only did we update how our home looks, but we have been working on better organizational systems and function. And many of the things we focused on this past year involved nurturing relationships, both in our marriage and family life. It’s been good to see how small steps towards change add up to bigger impact.
Our home is a blessing. It is place to nurture our family relationships and that safe place where we recharge ourselves to go back out into the world and serve God. It is so important to create that place of refuge. We invested creatively in our life at home last year and it has paid off in more ways than we can count.
Here are five “REFRESHING R’s” and some links to posts that might inspire you to creatively REJUVENATE your life at home this year!
Is there a better way to use the space you have? We don’t necessarily need a bigger or better house, we just might need to rethink the space you already have and then create a home that works for your family.
Renewing your home doesn’t have to be expensive or require special skills. Simple makeovers can be done in a weekend!
If a system (or lack of!) is not working for you or causing you stress, it is time to reorganize! I recently solved one of the most stressful paper problems we had in our home, maybe this “Take Action Magnetic Board” will inspire you too? Better organization means less stress, which leads to more peace and more energy!
There is something exhilarating about stepping outside of your usual safety zone to try something a little more adventurous in your decor! Adventure will fuel your inner creativity and actually reenergize your life at home. Maybe try something new to you, like mixing and layering patterns and colors or be more adventurous with a color scheme (and maybe take a risk with painting your kitchen cabinets!)
It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing greener grass in your neighbors yard, or coveting the house you see on someone else’s blog. But no house is perfect, it is a matter of perspective. And part of that is accepting the season of life we are in and acknowledging how we’ve been cared for. God has blessed us with a roof over our heads. That’s a gift we can be grateful for. How can we creatively nurture that space as a blessing and love the home we have, even if it isn’t our dream house?
What are some ways you find renewed energy and creative inspiration at home?