Creating a Home for the Homebody

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Y’all I am a homebody.  I did not realize how much until I flew to California last week and left the boss with the minions.  My awesome husband literally took my kids to ALL THE PLACES.  They must have seen more in those four days than the entire 2019 with me.  It’s not that I don’t like to go to all the places, I just prefer to be in my cozy little home.

However, the house has recently felt overwhelming.  I steer to the outside to get away from the piles; of dishes, laundry, toys, and to-dos.  I avoid attempting to deal with the clutter that has built up because I don’t even know where to start!  There is an entire basement that I hardly ever hang out in... why?  The one place I loved has turned into a place that breeds anxiousness and insecurity.  Whenever I don’t feel at home in my own house I go back to the beginning with this one simple question. 

I want my home to be a cozy space.  I long for it to breed joy and memories.  Our home is where we learn and make mistakes.  I dream for it to be free from clutter, organized, beautifully decorated and a lived-in kind of tidy.  There’s a rhythm we all move to that allows for the fast pace to find rest.  It is where we can focus, create, and serve.  My home is my family’s sanctuary where they can encounter God and know within those four walls they will be loved and accepted.  

I want my home to always be ready to welcome visitors with the smell of coffee, tea, and treats.   I want others to come in and experience the traditions, witness our history displayed on our walls, and have the opportunity to connect.  Our table is the centerpiece where love is served and the stresses of the busy outside left behind.  I long for it to be a place that offers others rest, joy, peace, love, and healing.  

It sounds like a huge order but there was a time when my home felt this way.  I know with some work it is possible.  I simply need to SIMPLIFY.  Simplify our calendar, meals, our everything!  BUT first our space.  

For June I will be tackling the home starting with decluttering all the following areas:

The rules are simple:
  1. NO organizing or buying bins/new things (YET)
  2. Have two bags ready to go, one for trash and one for donations
  3. Go through everything and get rid of anything that doesn't serve a purpose, hasn't been used in years, or is not my favorite. 

It’s that simple!   Ya’ll will be keeping me accountable on Instagram as I fill trash bags and clear the clutter each week.  I am a child, I really need the accountability. 

I want you to take a moment to answer that first question.  How do I want my home to feel like?  Then save the list and let'ss tackle the clutter together.  Share your answer and progress with me by tagging me on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #makeitcozeehomebody

Grab your bags, ready, set DECLUTTER! 

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