Yes, we all love magazine-worthy home decor. But it’s important to learn to love your home just the way it is. Read on for 7 tips that will help you fall in love with your home again.
“I want this room!”
“That kitchen is gorgeous.”
“Can you imagine having a master bedroom this size?”
It was just a normal spring weekend, and our family was out touring model homes.
No, we’re not planning to move anytime soon. We just love to see new homes. The husband likes to get ideas for his future ‘man cave’, the girls love to see the way kids’ rooms are decorated, and I just like to look at pretty much everything.
But then one day, our fun little family hobby turned sour. As we left another gorgeous model, our second child suddenly hit us with “I don’t want to go home. I don’t like our home.”
What a zinger. Straight to the heart.
Were we teaching our kids that our home isn’t good enough? Was this fun hobby making our kids unappreciative of the home my husband and I have worked so hard to improve?
Let’s be clear. Our house is no model. It’s a split-foyer home that’s going on 50 years old. It was built in a time when contractors had little concern for craftsmanship, storage space, or even household flow. But it’s well maintained, well updated, and provides just enough space for our family of five.
Even though our family loves to see new homes, I realized in that moment that our whole family needed an attitude adjustment. I took inventory of our home and made a plan to update our house.
Most importantly, I started working on improving our whole family’s attitude about our home. Sure, it’s not perfect, but there’s so much to love about it.
Nearly a year after the day we left a model home with a fitful four-year-old, I can now say that we all appreciate our home far more than ever before.
How to Love Your Home Just the Way it is
Start with acceptance.
Just like the famed serenity prayer, we all need to learn to accept what we can and can’t change about our current situation.
Identify what’s bothering you.
Do you feel like you’re constantly battling clutter? Do you just have too much stuff everywhere? Does your house need updating? For us, it was our kitchen and master bathroom (which, ironically, ended up needing renovation far earlier than planned).
Create at least one happy place.
Find one spot that you can quickly clean up or redecorate in a way that makes you deeply happy. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, it could be a bookshelf or even just the top of the coffee table. Take a few minutes each week to tackle small spots like these, and you will suddenly find yourself surrounded by spaces you love.
Make a plan.
Identify a schedule to update the spaces that you don’t like and find a way to make sure you stick to it. If major renovations aren’t in the budget, figure out small things you can do to make a big impact in your room.
Write down what made you love your home at first…and what you still love about it.
What was it that made you choose that space you love? Was it architectural character? Was it the location? What are the happiest memories you have of your home? Write the list down so you can refer back to it. But don’t put it down somewhere it’ll be forgotten.
Remind Yourself Often That Your Home is Worth Loving
Visual reminders are always helpful when changing a mindset. Put something up to remind you that your home is worth loving. It can be as simple as post-it notes on your bathroom mirror, or inspirational quotes in your favorite planner.
My favorite thing to do is to hang up one or two prints in the main area of our home that reminds us why we love our home. Print it on some heavy duty card stock, put it in a classic frame or on a fun clipboard, and you have an instant reminder to love your home without being awkward or obvious.
Finally, Get Started
You can’t just wish to love your home the way it is. Get started right now by signing up for access to the Free Resources Directory. There, you can download your 10 Reasons I Love My Home worksheet and these adorable art prints to help you remember that love lives right where you are.
Then, you can start your plan to take charge of whatever it is that you want to change in your home.
Before you know it, you won’t feel a need to stop at new home models and compare what you have with what life could be like, and you will definite love the home you’re in right now.
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