On Appreciating Your Home
I’ll be the first to tell you that our home is too small for our family of four (six if you count the dogs, and we probably should since one of them is bigger – and often needier – than both of my children combined).
I’ll also be the first to tell you that it has a lot of shortcomings that just don’t really meet the needs of our family. I’d love an office space. The garage isn’t super functional as a workshop. There isn’t enough natural light. There isn’t enough storage space.
But, one thing that Corey and I have been talking about a lot lately is the idea of appreciating our home and all that it does do for us.
It all started when we watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo a few months ago. In every episode, when Kondo first arrives in a home, she spends some time sitting on the floor saying “hello” to the home and encourages family members to thank the house for the shelter and safety it provides. Every time, the family seems reluctant to participate in the exercise, but they often come out of it with tears in their eyes.
After watching this happen a few times, we looked at each other and knew that we were both thinking the same thing – we don’t appreciate our home nearly often enough.
So, we’ve been making more of an effort to slow down and appreciate this stage we’re in and the home we’re in. I hadn’t originally planned on talking about this here on the blog, but then it hit me that many of you may be in the same position as us.
Maybe you’re in a too-small, in-between home while you save up for the home of your dreams. Maybe you’re living with family because you aren’t in a position to purchase right now. Maybe you’re fine with your home but you still find yourself complaining about it more often than you’d like.
Maybe none of this has ever crossed your mind, but as you’re reading this you are realizing that you don’t know the last time you actively appreciated your home.
This post is for you. It’s for us. It’s for anyone who spends more time than they’d like thinking about the things they want to change in their home (or, the different home they want to move into).
Let’s take some time today to thank our houses, okay?
It’s sounds a little hokey, I get it.
But think about it – your home is (likely) the most expensive thing you own. It keeps your family safe every night. It’s your haven to return to at the end of a long day.
Do you want to have an attitude of resentment towards your house, or one of love and appreciation?
Even if your house is too small. Even if there are things you want to change. Even if it’s not finished, or it’s always messy, or it’s mid-renovation.
Let’s love our homes, y’all.
Here are 10 things about my home that I love.
1. I can watch the sunset every night from the bay windows in our dining nook, and it feels a little like a private show being put on just for me.
2. Our house is small enough that I can light just one or two of my favorite candles, and the smell permeates every single room.
3. This home has taught me so much about my design style, what I love, and what I don’t. I’ll walk away from this home with a better sense of what I want in a home and how to get there.
4. This home helped get us out of debt. Without this house, we’d still feel like we were drowning. This home quite literally changed our lives.
5. This house has encouraged us to take risks and learn that if often pays off to do something bold. From the black fireplace to the floral wallpaper, this home has so many little moments that make me smile.
6. We may not have a good spot for a Christmas tree, but our skinny tree from this past Christmas felt so, so special.
7. I found out I was pregnant almost exactly a month after moving into this house, which means our sweet younger son has basically always been a part of this home.
8. This home allowed us to experience the beauty of a newer build with no popcorn ceilings, double-paned windows, and walls that aren’t so textured they can scratch your skin. This is the first home I’ve ever lived in with all of those features, and it was a little life-changing.
9. When the house is clean, all the windows are open, and I have some music on and a candle going, this home feels like the coziest, most welcoming place in the world.
10. No matter the downfalls, this home has become a part of our story. We brought a baby home here. We’ve had two magical Christmases. We’ve hosted holidays and dinners and game nights and play dates. It is the backdrop of our lives, our safe haven, and the only place we really want to be most of the time. This house is home, and we are so grateful for it.
Now it’s your turn. I’d LOVE to hear the things you love the most about your home! Let’s all commit to loving our home where it’s at right now, for what it is right now, and for all it gives us.
I think this is such an important thing for people to do. I can definitely get caught up in thinking about all of the things we still need to fix with our house, and I really need to be more intentional about appreciating the things that work well. So here are a few: 1) We have no super close neighbors, and we are surrounded by woods. It’s pretty peaceful. 2) We didn’t pay much for the house, so our mortgage balance is getting really low (like less than a nice used vehicle). This has allowed us the freedom to make job changes, endure illnesses, and keep our total debt almost at zero. It’s great when we don’t feel stuck and overwhelmed. 3) Our laundry area is on our main level, between our bedroom and only bathroom. It’s so efficient. 4) I have learned and honed so many DIY skills living in this house and realized how much I LOVE doing house projects. 5) This house helped me to realize we don’t need a bigger house… I just needed less stuff! (Imagine that. LOL) Thanks so much for prompting a moment of gratitude!
I love this!! I don’t take the time to appreciate our home as much either. We are always so busy working and cooking dinner and figuring out our responsibilities that the “home” part of it gets lost and it is just a shelter preparing us for the next day. Since leaving my job, however, I’ve been able to tap into my DIY home renovating love again and I am bringing back the “home”!! I love that I have laid down our floors and they are warm and inviting. I love that our daughter Emily has always been a part of this house as well. I love that I can sit on the back porch and look up to see thousands of uninterrupted, Texas sky stars. I love that we make a fire in the fireplace as soon as it hits 60 degrees – Texas doesn’t give you many opportunities! Finally, I love our 3 acres – we have space for our dogs to run around chasing the squirrels, we make fires on the ground for our BBQs, and we drive a tractor around to shred the tall grass. It’s something not many people have the opportunity to experience, especially if they live on smaller parcels of land!
Yes! It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind. And I’m totally with you on the fire as soon as you possibly can. You gotta take what you can get here in Texas, haha. Three acres sounds amazing, too! We’ve always dreamed of having land like that!
I love my travel trailer, being disabled, it’s just enough room for me to have the space I need, but nothing extra. I can actually prop up in my bed and see out the bay windows in my living room. I love It!
That sounds so lovely!
We also live in a small home (800 sq ft – 2 bed/1 bath), but rather than think about it as too small for us, I look at the things I love about it. My husband’s desk is in a nook off the living room, so even if he’s working, we’re all in the same space and he doesn’t miss any moments with our daughter. You can see straight into our only bathroom from the couch, so when my daughter is taking a bath, I can relax a few feet away from the comfort of the couch rather than perch myself on the toilet. I’ve also noticed that our style of living is that we pretty rarely hang out in the bedrooms of our home, so having smaller bedroom isn’t a loss at all. Sure, I sometimes am annoyed at the toys that spread themselves across our entire living room, but at the end of the day, I love that we’re all always together. AND then there’s the real benefit of being less than 4 miles from downtown Austin with a 15 minute commute. NEVER MOVING.
LOVE your attitude, Meagan! I’ve been working on doing the same and it really does make all the difference.