One of my favourite things to do in my spare time is work on our home. I love dreaming up how to make our home more beautiful and functional for our family. But that in between time, when you’re updating your home and things feel more unfinished than finished, I find hard sometimes.
It’s so easy to get caught up in wanting to do everything at once, but I know that’s not the best for our family in this season of our lives. We have real life commitments, young kids and we want our home improvement budget to come from what’s extra at the end of each month.
I’ve come to understand that updating our home is a process for us. It’s not going to happen overnight and that’s okay. Little by little, project by project we’ll get there and I want to fully enjoy and embrace each step along the way. So when I start to feel restless about the state of our home, this is what I try to do to help me step back and really love where we are right now.
Be thankful for today.
Each day is a gift and I feel so blessed with where we are now. We bought our first home just over a year ago and there are so many things about it that we love. It’s location, size and layout are perfect for our family. Taking the time to stop and remember that helps so much.
Take the time to enjoy and relish each project.
One of the things that always make my day a little brighter is taking the time to stop and mentally take note of a new project as I see it through the day. Often it’s the little things that really make a difference in making your day easier and taking note and being thankful for them helps you remember how far you’ve come.
Break up larger projects, makeovers or renovations into smaller steps that you can do in stages.
This one is a bit of a new idea for me, as I like to have all my ducks in a row before I start a project. And for some renovations, when each projects is dependent on the other, that totally makes sense. But often, I think I could go ahead and do some makeovers in smaller, bite sized pieces that would work better for our family and budget.
Find smaller projects that you can do right now.
I love doing little things around our home to make it into a place that reflects our family more, which is perfect for those times when you may not have a large amount of time or money to work on a big project. When I sit down and think of simple things I want to do for our home that are low cost or that I already have supplies for I can often put together quite a few ideas that I can do in an hour or two. Often it just takes thinking about it to remember them.
I love making our house into a home and I want to do that with purpose. Thinking through projects ahead of time is the first part of that process for me as it helps me be more ready to know what we’d love and what would work best for us when we are ready to tackle them. But I don’t just want to stop there. I want to take the time to really love where we are, remember how far we’ve come and do what I can to make our house more like home right now.
And you know what, it’s often in embracing those imperfections in our life, in our home or in our budget that we are really pushed to come up with the most creative, beautiful ideas.