The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:3 NIV
How to Make Your Home Your Happy Place
I’m a homebody at heart. Are you? I love being at home more than any place on earth. But trust me, there have been many days when I felt my home didn’t spark enough joy.
In case there was any doubt, no home is always as perfect as our favorite Instagram or Pinterest photos tempt us to believe. The pretty photos in those little squares represent what we want our home to be like, at its very best. But when the other side of the camera zeroes in on a mess, stress, disappointment, or frustration, our joy can quickly deflate.
Years ago we needed to make some positive changes in our home. Clearly, everything wasn’t going to look perfect from every angle at all times. I wasn’t likely to have it all together, either, so our happiness couldn’t rest on having everything arranged just so. But in spite of the imperfections around me, I wanted my home to be my happy place.
As I began to be more intentional about cultivating the environment I wanted to live in, my home (and heart) was transformed.
Here are a few tips that made a big difference for me:
Become a joy-seeker. Give yourself a new mission in your home. You are a joy-seeker. Do you start the day thanking God for what you already have? It’s tempting to just sleep in to the last minute and then fly off into the day. Blessings are everywhere, but it is sure easy to overlook them when we only notice what isn’t to our liking.
Start off the day with a prayer of thankfulness. Look up Bible verses to inspire you to live each day with joy. Keep a gratitude journal and remember to thank God for His good gifts all day long.
A joy-seeker will turn into a joy-spreader. Modeling joy-seeking can help everyone in the home to end the day with a happier heart. Happy hearts make happy homes.
Set up a plan for success. I’m not the most naturally organized person, so I have to work on it. Rather than just feeling overwhelmed by the mess, or by how busy or tired I am, I find more joy in my home when I’ve set aside some time to realign priorities. Without a plan everything can quickly spiral in the wrong direction and soon I’m frazzled and frustrated.
What are the trigger points that stress you out? Identify the main offenders and come up with a plan. If you feel overworked or like your home is out of control, it’s likely that a more efficient daily schedule, a plan for housekeeping, or designated leisure time can make a world of difference in happiness levels.
Even if no one else is on board with my goals, a five minute cleaning frenzy by myself can make me feel happier!
Make your home a place of celebration. Comparisons can so easily bring happiness levels down. When I scroll through social media and see everyone celebrating their glorious highlight reel, my less-than-picture-perfect existence can feel downright depressing. In order to experience more joy in my reality, I started limiting my time scrolling through other people’s lives so I could invest more in celebrating the life and home God blessed us with. We have so much to be grateful for.
What do you want your own home highlight reel to look like? Change the focus from what others do, or what you don’t have or can’t accomplish, to what you want your family to remember today.
Make a celebration out of the ordinary days at home. You don’t need Pinterest-worthy experiences in order to live well. Laugh more, live more, stress less. Embrace the everyday opportunities God gives you to celebrate.
What would your happy home look like?