It’s darn hard to find the perfect home.
Finding a home to rent or buy is challenging and compromises are often required. Once we finally settle on a home, it’s easy to fall out of love. I do love the location of my home. We live in the small downtown area close to shops, restaurants, beautiful parks, and we are fortunate to have great neighbors. The area is filled with interesting homes and we live in an historic Victorian home (circa 1876). Old homes tend to have lots of rooms vs. large open spaces. While I am traditional and do love formal living and dining rooms, it can make it difficult for everyday living and entertaining. On several occasions we considered moving, but it just didn’t make sense.
How we use our space and love our home can be especially challenging as our family needs change (babies, mobile toddlers, teenagers, no children, grown children or parents). With a little creativity and elbow grease you can reinvent your home over and over again. Additions or remodels are costly solutions. Here are resources and tips to get you started without having to spend a lot of money.
Home is not a place, it’s a feeling
Resources to help you rekindle your love for your home
Gabby at Mom Makes Joy
Gabby has created a Love Your Space Action Steps Workbook. This has to be one of my favorite resources to organize, clean, declutter, and decorate my home on a budget . Mess = Stress. This workbook breaks down the process into manageable steps to help you create a functional space you can be be proud of and enjoy. Gabby describes the psychology around some of our actions and feelings regarding cleaning and decluttering. Now I understand why I procrastinate!
Getting my cleaning strategy down on paper has allowed me to maintain a realistic level of cleanliness that doesn’t get in the way of other responsibilities. It’ easy to browse the internet and magazines for pictures of beautiful, organized homes and rooms, but at some point you have to put those things away and live in your space. By purchasing this workbook and making a small investment, you will feel like you need to take action. It’s time to focus on the home and space you have versus what you think is missing. You can do this!
Ideas and Inpiration
Erica Van Slyke at Designing Vibes
Erica provides great tips to help you claim wasted space, declutter, and organize. Decor really sets the mood. Fresh flowers, pillows, and area rugs allow for simple changes You can also rethink furniture to make a space more functional or storage friendly.
Yvonne Pratt at StoneGable
Stop comparing your home to others. Search catalogs and Pinterest to find what you like and create similar settings in your home to recreate the feeling. Enjoy what you have, your personal belongings are a reflection of what you like and maybe even your family history.
This resource provides some great tips for storage solutions that can help you declutter your home. It also has ideas for maximizing square footage in small spaces.
Homes should be our sanctuary. Here’s a challenge to help you declutter, clean, organize, and decorate. Implement the challenge to get your home ready for holiday guests or use the challenge as part of your home organization New Year’s resolution. Either way, you and your family win.