Do you ever find yourself discouraged or even overwhelmed by the state of your home? I know I have found myself in that place more than I would like to admit! The messy rooms, the imperfect decor, the never-ending dirty dishes, and the repairs I couldn’t seem to keep up with threatened my sanity at times.
My expectations for my home were often too high and my ability to maintain it all seemed to be lacking. I’d get one room pulled together and another area would fall apart. Can you relate?
Would I ever get it together? I often wished I could figure out how to arrive at the perfect house, so everything in my life and home would be just as I dreamed it should be. Looking back, I realize how silly and even destructive that was.
Isn’t that just how we feel sometimes? We want to wish away our reality and head off in search of something we think would be more perfect for us? But what if the home we already have is the home of our dreams? Isn’t what we really want a sanctuary, a home where we can nurture our family, welcome guests, and be creative in an environment that inspires us to serve the Lord well? That seems like a dream house to me!
The pursuit of perfection is futile, but our desire to create a home that is warm, welcoming, and comfortable isn’t necessarily a sign of discontentment. It can be a blessing to the people we love. In spite of the imperfections or limitations of our house, a love for our home is something we can nurture right where we are. The love we show our home should be a reflection of gratitude to God for what we have. Our home is a gift.
Here are five easy ways to show a little more love and gratitude for your home!
1) Start a Cleaning Frenzy
Cleaning frenzies are simple. Set a timer for 15 minutes, turn on some fun music, and just start putting things away! Before you know it, the house is cleaner than it was 15 minutes earlier. You can step back and smile at how much tidier the room looks. You’ll be amazed that it really wasn’t that difficult at all to clean it up and make it “better than it was!” You just had to get started! You might even be having so much fun with your progress that you’ll be inspired to continue the cleaning frenzy a bit longer!
2) Set a Pretty Table
Give yourself the gift of a pretty table! I believe a nicely set table shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions. Mix and match your dishes, use what you have for a tablecloth, or treat yourself to a fun new serving bowl. Add a simple centerpiece, whether it’s a bundle of cheery flowers in a vase or a few candles. Enjoy dinner at the table tonight!
3) Tidy Your Room
Making the bed is one of the simplest ways to show a little love to the home you have. It doesn’t cost a thing and doesn’t take more than a minute or two. When my bed is made, I feel more together and more prepared to tackle the day ahead because I’ve already accomplished one simple task! I feel more at peace and less frazzled when I don’t have to see a disheveled bedroom throughout the day.
4) Decorate Your Door
Add something welcoming to your door to inspire you every time you come home. What would you like to come home to? A pretty wreath? A simple ‘welcome’ sign? A cheery front door can remind you daily what a blessing it is to have a home to come return to.
5) Start a New Tradition
Family traditions give your home a sense of warmth, heart, and soul. They create positive memories associated with your home. Start a fun new tradition for the ones you share your home with. Maybe it’s special dinner music you play as you prepare a meal together, or maybe you begin a weekly game night, or start a tradition of reading to each other after dinner.
It’s the little things that make a home more beautiful!