When I started this blog I had intentions of documenting all the fun renovation and decorating projects we would do to make our home beautiful and uniquely ours.
That started out okay with our kitchen update and the master bedroom, but friends let me tell you, renovating is expensive. Even the two rooms we have redone were done on the cheap. Not to mention, who has the time?! (Click the photos below to see these rooms.)
I would have loved to jump right in to our bathroom remodel and the living room, and design an awesome bedroom for Ivy as soon as our last project was done, but the funds are currently not there.
Instead we have been just living our lives with old carpet, a pink-walled bathroom, and un-designed rooms.
If you’re wondering where this is going, here is my point: That is all perfectly fine. It’s fine that there’s carpet in half of my bathroom, and the fixtures are old and ugly. It’s fine the living room isn’t perfectly designed and the carpet is stained. It’s fine Ivy doesn’t have the perfect bedroom (she stills likes it :))
We are fed this baloney that everything in our homes must be new (cabinetry, flooring, appliances, fixtures). We’re shown that the old stuff isn’t good enough and must be torn out and demo’ed with sledgehammers and reciprocating saws.
We get this picture in our heads of what we want our house to look like- a perfect version of each room, painstakingly designed and organized. A page out of a magazine. Enough to make the whole block peanut butter and jealous.
Instead I’m here to tell you, put that perfect vision aside if it is driving you crazy, be content with what you have. Be thankful your home has kitchen appliances, even if they’re not the newest models. Be glad to have running water in your bathroom, even if the tub that it’s filling has seen better days. Make do with what you have for awhile. Enjoy it rather than despising it for not being shiny and new.
My plans to go room to room remodeling everything in sight have been put on hold. In the meantime you better believe I am pinning all my ideas on my Pinterest boards, but I am also practicing a contentment that comes from within. There’s such a feeling of relief when you learn to be content. It is something I am still learning. I have good days and bad ones, but I try my best to be thankful for it all and enjoy life for every messy moment.
Two quotes come to mind when thinking about this subject. First, from author and social media phenom Mandy Hale, “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like, and celebrating it for everything that it is.” Replace with ‘life’ with ‘home’, and you’ve got exactly what I’m talking about.
And second, “What I love the most about my home is who I share it with.” Amen to that sister. My kiddos are happy in our home. They love taking baths in the little bathtub, and we all play on the carpet in the living room. I am so glad when my busy husband is at home with me, sitting on our old couch. Those are the things that matter.
Thanks for reading, friends.