We can all get caught up in our life with comparing ourselves and our homes to others. The thing you need to remember is this…we are not all on a level playing field here. People are all on different incomes, the number of children we may have can vary, the head start we may have had from our parents can vary.
It makes me sad when women feel that they can’t make their homes look and feel the way they want because they don’t have the money to spend. This is actually true to a certain extent. For example renovating a home, ripping out bathrooms, upgrading the kitchen, having someone paint the house, all takes a lot of money and many times we are not in a position to do anything about that. But we can dream big in other ways.
FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND DREAM SIMPLY
Aside from the big projects, we can still walk into a humble little home that feels so special, completely interesting and beautiful because of the dream that the woman inside it had for it. It’s the love and the dedication to making it home that brings the beauty.
That brings me to a little story of my cute, little old neighbour that we had in our previous home. Mrs Phillp was a local school teacher in The Gap and I loved so much to visit her with my young children at the time. Her house was TINY, nothing out of the box in terms of architectural genius, but she had a knack for creating a home that was interesting, super-homely and a joy to be in. When I would visit her minute kitchen, she would bring out fine china, a special, little hand made cake and she put her heart and soul into making it an occasion. What few possessions she did have, were displayed carefully and it showed that she loved it and took care of it. I loved her for it. She never complained that the place was small, the bathroom needed a renovation or she would love a drive in garage. She appreciated what she had and I admired her so much for that.
My mother always taught me that whatever type of home you have and no matter what furniture is inside it, to take the best care you can of it. She believes that if you love and care for what is in your home, then the beauty of it shines through no matter how cheap it may have been or even how worn and used it may seem. I have never forgotten her telling me that.
When I get caught up in wanting more, striving for something new I have to take a step back, look around and think. Instead maybe I should just make the best of what I have and be grateful for that. Allow yourself to dream big within the parameters of what is achievable for you and your home the way it is now.
1.Make a list of what you can do to improve your current spaces.
2.What can you add in an inexpensive way?
3.What can you rejuvenate?
4.Can you paint some of your own art?
Let me know in the comments below how you feel the dreams for your home.
Until next time,
Love your home and those within it,