When we purchased this home, it was with the intent in my mind to live in it for a while, fix it up, and then sell it to move on to “bigger and better” things. So, with that in my plan, I wasn’t ever really happy – I was always trying to think ahead to the future instead of being happy where God had currently planted me.
I wasn’t happy with my decorations in the house – I felt like nothing actually came together and most of it was crowded. I felt like a wannabe decorator…trying really hard but not succeeding.
What was at the root of my discontent? I’ll tell you – clutter. I felt like I needed something bigger because this space just felt too cramped…this space wasn’t just right for the things I wanted to do. This space wasn’t JUST RIGHT for me.
Dude – that’s stupid. I was being stupid. Like a 5 year old who won’t eat his/her sandwich because it isn’t cut in the right shape.
When I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it was a like a light bulb went off for me…and for Barry too. I don’t need all this stuff to be happy. I don’t need a bigger house to be happy. I don’t need _________.
Guess what? You don’t either.
As I threw each thing out, it was like my load got lighter. My step got bouncier. My plate was a little less full…and the joy just continues as we keep on this path of decluttering. I’m decluttering every single day. Every. Single. Day. And you guys are following along with me on Instagram. (Hash tag #clutterclearout)
God has shown me through Marie Kondo (funny how that works, huh?) that my happiness and security doesn’t come from STUFF. My happiness comes from Him…from my family….and NOT from stuff.
That realization has let me be able to let go of so many of our possessions. With glee. I’m pitching stuff with reckless abandon…okay, not really…but close.
“Mommy, are we going to donate that?” is the new mantra around here.
But as things leave – I have realized I CAN make this house how I want it! I can be happy here with no intense desire to move on until we’re ready. I can be happy where I currently am.
Guess what? So can you.
Be content where you are. Make your space your own. Take what God has given you and make it beautiful.
I do not have a knack for decorating. When God was handing that out, I was in the doughnut line. Truth. So, I’ve always struggled in that area.
Most of my house decorations were Pinterest-inspired. But I didn’t love them – and for some reason, they didn’t feel just right. Kinda like letting a 2 year old decorate your house – it just looked…wrong, crooked, cramped and all around ick to my eye. I just couldn’t get it right.
So, my friend Angela from The Grocery Shrink started helping me out – and she has a good eye. She’s self-taught and has encouraged me to join a class from The Nester called The Cozy Minimalist. I put her off because I didn’t think such a class could help me. If someone can teach me to decorate for $29, I think that’s money well spent. So, I was very tickled to pay that.
So, here are my choices.
- I choose to be happy here.
- I choose to be happy with less…and even less still.
- I choose to decorate my home in a way that brings me intense joy.
Will you join me? It would be so fun to be on this same journey with you guys! For me, I’m choosing to invest $29 in helping my minimalist decorating skills and bringing happiness. For you, maybe it will be to do the same…or maybe just to start decluttering…or maybe just to decide to be happy with where you are TODAY. 🙂 Make sure to watch our AFTER house video so that when we do another (ha ha!) AFTER video, you’ll be able to see the difference in what we’re doing.
Let’s do this. Let’s be happy with less. Let’s turn our house into a home!