It’s a simple idea really. What if we stopped coveting, and pining, and pinning, and wishing for our dream home and instead chose to love the home we have? Is that even possible? Could we find contentment in our current (fill in the blank) ? You bet your bottom double-wide you can, and today we are going to talk about how you can begin to love the home you are in! Melissa Michaels is a friend, kindred spirit, and fellow blogger. She blogs over at a tiny-little blog (ha!) you might of heard of before, called The Inspired Room. Melissa recently published a book aptly entitled, Love the Home You Have.
This book is perfect for: those struggling with where to even begin with decorating, those needing motivation to get organized, and those wanting affirmation that decorating a home with ease is an obtainable goal. What I love most about this book are the practical 31-day, daily challenges that push you to start retraining the way you see and interact with your home. Falling in love with your home is an issue of the heart before it is ever a matter of decorating formulas or talent. Loving your home begins with counting your blessings, accepting what you have to work with, and seeing the possibilities in the challenges!
Melissa asked several decorating bloggers if we would be willing to choose one of the Love Your Home Challenges and share our before and after pictures with all of you.
I chose the Reclaim the Dining Room Challenge and in a moment you will see why this was the perfect choice for me!
Here is the lovely before picture of my dining room taken just before implementing the challenge. I wish I could say that this is a rare sight around here, but frankly it’s not. The dining room table frequently becomes the dumping ground for everyone in the family, and I have to really fight to keep this space clutter free.
And here is the much-improved after!
So how did I get from the before to the after? Here is what I did:
- Put away all of the clutter and items that didn’t belong in the dining room.
- Dust and vacuum.
- Set the table with pretty Easter decor that I already had on hand.
- Add some faux flowers with scrapbook paper “vases” to the sideboard.
- Re-hang the curtain rod and steal the curtains from my breakfast nook.
That last step certainly wasn’t a necessary one, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do forever! That too-low curtain rod has been plaguing me for years now. Once I got on a roll of decluttering the space, I felt so wonderful that raising the curtain rod and stealing curtains from the breakfast nook just needed to happen. You might find yourself similarly inspired once you begin a Love Your Home Challenge! Thanks Melissa for teaching us how to embrace our homes and create spaces we feel good about!
If you’d like to check out the book for yourself, it can be found on Amazon with this affiliate link: Love the Home you Have.