Today I want to share five ways to be content with your home no matter what stage it’s in!
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We have lived in our home for eight years now, and while I love to create and change things around and tackle DIY projects in order to make our home beautiful, no improvement I make will ever provide true contentment unless I start with the right attitude.
If you are feeling unhappy with your home, I have five tips that I hope will encourage and help you to be content with your home right now.
Take a Break from Social Media
If you aren’t feeling content with your home, the first thing I would suggest is to take a break from social media. I know this might sound crazy coming from someone who’s business and blog really depends on social media, but taking a break can do so much good.
The comparison game is a very dangerous one, and I have talked to so many women who feel discouraged because they feel as though their homes don’t “measure up” to the ones they see on social media.
Take a break from those platforms for a while and you will be amazed at the difference it makes. Stop listening to all the noise and delete the apps that make you feel like your home isn’t good enough.
Make a List of Everything You Love about Your Home
Grab a pen and paper and make a list of everything you love about your home. Every single thing. It will open your eyes as to all that you have been blessed with.
Even the simple things like a bay window, a spacious closet, the fact that you have two bathrooms…whatever it is, write it down. When you start to feel discontent, look through that list to remind your self of what you do have.
Remember, what you love about your home, someone else out there is praying and hoping for.
Be Thankful for the Little Things
I truly believe that if you aren’t thankful for the little things, you will never be thankful for the big things. If you are constantly thinking “if I only had this, then I’d be happy”, the truth is that no matter what you gain, you’ll never feel like it’s enough. You’ll always have a desire for more. Something bigger. Something better.
I remember when my husband and I moved into our first home, a tiny little rental with a kitchen so small, I had no counter space at all to prep food. I’m not sure why, maybe it was the way I was raised, or just because I was a young oblivious newlywed…but I remember being so thankful for that tiny home.
At the end of the day when the kitchen was clean, I would light some candles, sit on our hand-me-down yellow couch and feel so grateful for what God had blessed us with.
When we are thankful for the little things, it makes the big things just that much more special. Moving into the home we have now just felt like a dream come true. I remember our first night here, sleeping on a mattress and crying tears of joy.
If you want to be content with the home you have now, start by being thankful for the little things.
Stop Looking at the Big Picture
My next tip for finding contentment in your home right now is to stop looking at the big picture and break up your home or your space up into smaller projects.
My kitchen is a perfect example of this. We were so blessed with a brand new kitchen when we moved in, but it was lacking some character (you can see the before pictures here). Since moving into our home 8 years ago, we have done so much in the space, from subway tile to new hardware to fresh paint, faux beams, a stone accent wall, and so much more.
Do you think we did all of that the first week we lived here? Absolutely not! We took on one small project at a time. And now looking back, eight years later, I am so amazed at all that we’ve accomplished!
You might not have a handyman, or you might be on a tight budget. Maybe you can’t afford to refinish your floors right now, but you can afford a thirty dollar gallon of paint. Start breaking down your space into mini projects and tackle what you can, right now!
Focus Less on How Your Home Looks, and More on How Your Home Feels
The last thought that I’d like to leave you with is this – more important than how your home looks, is how your home feels for your family.
I know that a few men follow my blog and YouTube channel, but the majority of you are women.
Mama – Wife – Grandma – whatever you go by, we have so much power to set the tone and the atmosphere in our homes.
It’s like the old saying – “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”
Isn’t that the truth. If we are constantly complaining about our homes, it will have an effect on everyone around us.
Stop trying to pursue perfection, and focus on creating a haven for your families. I don’t so much remember what our home looked like growing up, but I do remember how my Mom made our home feel.
The soft music playing, the cinnamon potpourri burning, the cookies fresh out of the oven when I came home from school. Home was a soft landing spot for us, a place of rest.
I want to provide that same safe place for my children just like my Mom did for me.
I hope these tips were an encouragement to you today friends! I am not perfect in any of these areas, but learning how to be content in my home right now has truly helped me in so many ways. How do you find contentment in your homes? I’d love to hear in the comments below! 🙂