Guest post from Alicia of Turquoise Grace
It’s 5:30 a.m. I’m looking around my house and everything that needs to be done.
The walls need to be repainted. The baseboards need to be replaced. My kitchen is seriously outdated (well, my whole house is, actually).
My furniture is shabby (not shabby chic), inexpensive, or hand-me-downs. My house is small, and with three boys, space is tight.
Some days this really bothers me. Some days I long for a beautiful, put-together house, or nicer things. A place that feels cozy and lived-in, yet lovely.
So I let myself pout for a minute or two. Then I decide something needs to be done to change my attitude. Because I can pout all I want, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s not in our budget to fix these things right now.
And for now, that’s okay.
Here are a few of the things I do when I’m having one of those days, and need to be reminded how truly blessed I am:
1. I rearrange the furniture.
I am the queen of arranging and rearranging… just ask my husband! At times it drives him crazy. (Mostly because he’s the one who ends up doing all the rearranging!)
This is typically the first thing I do when I become discontent. I search for ways to make my small space more usable. I move rugs around, change the furniture from room to room, and find new practical ways to utilize the space we do have.
I also love switching things up on my walls to give my home a fresh feel. It’s another simple way to update the look and feel of a home.
It’s amazing the difference this free “update” can make.
2. I paint.
This is actually on my to-do list for several areas of my home right now. It’s a great, cost-effective way to spruce up any living area, or piece of furniture. Paint easily gives a dated, well-worn area a fresh, clean, new look.
Some ideas of things you could paint to spruce up your house:
- Kitchen cabinets
- Picture Frames
- Wall Décor
3. I clean.
I don’t know about you, but cleaning out the dust bunnies, deep cleaning the bathroom, or scrubbing the kitchen goes a long way for my attitude towards my home.
Sometimes I notice I begin to feel dissatisfied with the appearance of my home when all I really need to do is give it a good, thorough cleaning. Pull out the vacuum and vacuum under the couches, scrub the bathroom floors, wash the cabinets and walls — these can all make such a huge difference in how I feel about my home.
4. I reorganize and purge.
Confession: I’m not the most organized person… however, I seriously dislike clutter.
I organize closets, my kitchen cupboards, under the bathroom sinks, etc. When I start feeling dissatisfied with my home, I’ve found that a good organizing project helps clear the “mental clutter” and allows for a fresh feel in my home.
5. I make a list of what I’m thankful for.
This should really go at the top of the list. This is something I do almost daily, and it really does a number on my outlook on life. It truly helps me to put things in perspective when I realize how blessed I am and how much I actually do have.
If you’re feeling dissatisfied with your home, and maybe rightly so, take a minute and write out every single thing you have to be thankful for. You’ll be amazed how quickly your attitude might change! I know I am.
For example, my 1400-square-foot house is feeling more cramped by the day with 3 active boys and my husband. Our furniture is roughly used, spilled on, wiped on, jumped on, barfed on, slept on…you get the idea.
However, then I remember how blessed I am to even have a house. And really, 1400 square feet is pretty large compared to a good majority of the people living in the world. I’m thankful that I have furniture, comfy beds for my children, a kitchen to cook in, and a house with heat and electricity.
I really have it pretty good, and I’m so very thankful.
When it’s just not in the budget, when there’s simply no wiggle room, and when even spending $20 on used furniture isn’t going to happen, I hope these tips can help you think outside the box.
What do you do when you start to feel dissatisfied with your home?
Alicia is first and foremost a Jesus follower, wife to one amazing guy, and #boymom of three. She’s also a coffee-lover, avid reader, chocolate addict, and self-proclaimed health enthusiast. You can visit her at Turquoise Grace, where she writes about everyday life as a wife and mother of three, offering real-life encouragement and grace-filled living from one mom to another.
There are inexpensive things you can do on the outside, too! Keep things trimmed up and cleaned up. Wash the windows. Plant bright flowers. Spending time getting to know the neighbors has been wonderful for us. Sometimes it takes a lot of cookies and perseverance but the smiles, waves, and friendly chats make it worth it.
Thank you….I need to read this today. I too have shabby (not chic) home. I am so thank full to have a home. There are so many that don’t. I like your ideas and hope to implement some of them into my own home.
I love how honest your post is! As I was reading it was like reading my own displeasure of my home. Living in an 800 square foot apartment with only 2 bedrooms 1 bath with a family of 4 can really wear out my home dreams! I utilize just about all your suggestions with the exception of painting..I’d love to, even just a fresh coat of existing color (which I’m really starting to loathe haha) but the apartments don’t allow this. My routine I’ve started recently is waking before everyone else (around 5AM) and looking around and just being grateful. I agree this really can add so much to your home, and helps me take pride and keep up with what I do have. Great post thank you
Thank you for this post! I am feeling a bit bitter towards our house- we just had to replace the fridge and now our over-the-stove microwave doesn’t seem to be heating food up as fast as it used to. We also have quite a few people from our lower-middle-class neighborhood moving into bigger, nicer homes or building a brand new home and I feel more than a twinge of jealousy. But I try to remind myself that if we moved/built a new house, I would definitely have to return to work, probably full-time, and with our 2 littles and one on the way, it’s just not feasible right now. I try to be thankful for our awesome backyard (with a garden, tire swing, play area, apple trees!), our small mortgage and taxes/insurance, and the beautiful second shower my husband just finished. I know I won’t always feel this way, and once I’m out of the first trimester, I’m hoping for that burst of energy to declutter and get things under control.
Great post! We’ve got 1400 sq. ft., four boys, and one girl. I feel your pain. 😉 Painting is also one of my favorite things to do. I collect Home Depot gift cards using Swagbucks…it probably won’t pay for the bathroom or kitchen renovation I’m dreaming of, but it does help with paint…closet organizers…and other small projects I can tackle while we save for the big jobs.
So timely, We live in a 3 bedroom with 3 kids. There are days I long for one more room. But I am happy my girls have to share a room and I know it will make them closer for it. I do have to keep reminding myself that we are very blessed for what we have. I also love that our bedrooms are right next to each other and I can hear pretty much everything that goes on, something I would miss if we were separated by an enormous house!
Thank you for this reminder. I too live in a small house 1,100 sq. ft. We have three children. We don’t have much storage space and a very small kitchen. Some days I long for a big house with lots of room with a big dinning room to host family. A place for everything to be put away. Our one bedroom has a 2 foot closet! But atleast it has a closet. One of my friends said maybe I should downsize my things but that was coming from someone who’s house is approx. 3,000 sq ft. Ha! I laughed to myself. I try to remember how blessed we are that we do have a warm home and food on the table. Its important not to compare to what others have also.
We do have three bedrooms. It sounded like we only have one bedroom! I am blessed with living in the country so that is lovely!!
I should clarify there are there bedrooms. It sounded like we only have one in the post.
Thank you so much for this reminder. I often pout about our shabby (not chic) home and furnishings. I refuse to have anyone over because I don’t want them to see where we live. So many things need to be done but it’s not in the budget. Our house would not have been what we would have chose but for some reason God has us here. (Probably to work on my attitude. Ha!)
Anyway, I needed these reminders to do what I can and be grateful for what I have.
Thank you for this, because THIS IS ME! We currently rent our home and we have been here now for 4 years and in my heart I keep saying to myself that I really want a home of our own again, and then I stop and realise just how lucky we really are.
I have literally this morning just come in from painting the outside patio and as for moving furniture, ha ha my husband hates it when he leaves the house for any significant length of time because he knows it just will not be the same when he returns!
Jeanne P. says
We raised our 2 children in a 1,000 sf house with one bathroom. 32 years later, we now host grandchildren and gatherings of extended family in the same space. It’s not my “dream house”, but it is where my dreams came true and that’s what really matters.
Alicia @ Turquoise Grace says
That’s beautiful, Jeanne! I couldn’t have said it better myself. 🙂
Wow! Thank you much for this article. It couldn’t have come a better time for me as I was having a little pity party last night.
I am terrible about comparing myself and my house to others…(deep rooted feelings of inadequacy in both areas). You see, my husband and I have lived in our 60’s, 1300sq. ft, 3 bed, 1.5 bath “starter home” for 30 years now. Through the years we have busted our tails to make improvements on a penny and others discards in every room of the house. I am so lucky because my husband works in construction and can do just about anything. My biggest problem is comparison. Instead of being appreciative of all my husbands hard work and the warmth and coziness of our home, sometimes I am sucked into what society dictates. I watch way too much HGTV and find myself feeling depressed. Plus, it seems like most of my friends have gorgeous large homes, with the furniture to match, garages and pristine large lawns. they also have mortgages to match.
My husband and I are different. We always been different. People cannot understand how we have lived in the same house for all these years. I have also fielded questions about how we manage to live without a garage, a basement, big bathrooms……heck….how we manage without two full baths.
I am thrilled that we are not house poor.
Like you, I also try to keep my house clean and clutter free. I am the queen of repurposing and moving things to different rooms. It helps. I hate painting, but I am going to get my butt in gear soon and repaint a few rooms and ceilings to really give things and me a boost.
I am rambling, but seriously, thank you for sharing this. I needed the reality check and to be reminded there are others out there who live like I do!
Alicia @ Turquoise Grace says
I’m so glad you could relate, Laurie! I agree, it’s so nice to know we are not alone. 🙂
I loved this guest blog! It goes to show what can happen when we take a few minutes to cherish what we have. My family and I live in a not-so-desirable part of town, but God has shown us how to make it ours a warm, welcoming home and enjoy it as best we can, until He changes our situation. People constantly comment on how beautiful the home is (and architecturally it’s very nice – we had nothing to do with that), but the biggest compliment we hear is that our visitors feel the love between the family members. To know they feel that love extending to them has literally been an answered prayer. We want our guests to know when they walk in the door who lives here with us – Jesus!
What a helpful article! Being thankful just gives everything else a much more beautiful perspective! (even a very well lived-in house! :)) Thank you for the reminder!
this post cuts deep, because I am so completely unhappy, with my living situation. I would give anything to have a place of my own, even if it was just a crumby old apartment. But as of right now, that is not in the cards for us, as of right now we live and by we I mean my four kids a ND husband are living with relatives. Some days I don’t know how to get through it, but, trying to be thankful always gets me through. Reminding myself, that I have 4 amazing wonderful children, a good man who does his best to provide for us, we may not have a home of our own, but we do have lots of love. I prey that God has a bigger plan for us, and that things will get better. And again remind myself again and again, to be thankful for the roof over our heads, the food on the table, and all the love we have for one another. No we don’t have a place we can call our own, but we have one another, and where ever we are,as long as we’re together we are home. ?
My house is 1080 sq ft ,I raised 3 kids in it,it only has 1 very small bathroom, some how we managed, it is very out dated , I do get depressed watching HGTV , so I try not to watch it, I would like my house to look like the ones on the home improvement shows but that is not reality, we do not have that kind of money, I just make due, I still have the rust colored carpet from 32 years ago, it needs replacing but then everything else will too
Theresa L says
Perfect read for me today! When I feel dissatisfied with my house, I remind myself that 1) I have a mansion waiting for me in Heaven some day. Thanks to Jesus and his saving grace! 2) I have a HOME filled with people I love that love me. Many people with much bigger, better houses can’t say that and 3) I have a warm, safe place to rest my head at night and raise my children. There are women in this world who are trying to care for their children in cardboard boxes. I’m blessed beyond words.
What about if you love your house but suddenly live on a high traffic street? Our home was new when we bought it and was on a cul de sac. A couple years later they opened up the road and we started getting some traffic and now 10 years later it is near constant traffic due to the dense apartments down the street. I have really struggled with this. My kids and husband don’t want to move but I can’t find any peace and quiet not to mention our safety concerns for the kids playing in the front yard. Would love to hear if anyone has experienced this?
It’s probably time to move! The changes usually only get worse and a peaceful home is critical to your sanity!!
I truly love this article, I too, am the queen of rearranging. I think what drew me to this was that you do live in a space the same as me and when I read so many blogs about downsizing and living less I see the houses of these people and they write how big the houses are. I would have died to have had over 1500 square feet to raise my 5 children. But unfortunately that will never be in my future. So rearranging to make things different is a weekly occurrence even now that all my children are grown with families of their own. I still dream of the home with a beautiful large kitchen or a place where I have a room where I can crawl up and read a book or even just have an outdoor space which I can enjoy meals with my children and grandchildren. But even though we trip over each other and the walls are stretched beyond their limits, it never stopped me from having my children over for a night of board games, or sitting around with bowls of soup just enjoying their company.
So, living with less has been the norm for me and wanting more is always in the back of my mind but it was just so nice to read what I always thought in your words.
Well back to pulling something out that I haven’t used for awhile to give my living room coffee table a new life today which in turn will make me feel thankful that I too have a place to call my own.
Love this! You’re exactly right that keeping things clean can make a world of difference in how we feel about our homes. That’s something I need to remember more–sometimes I think it’s clean (toys are picked up, clutter is clear, etc.) but if I would also sweep, vacuum, and dust it would feel totally different 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!
This also reminded me of a conversation I had with a sweet older lady several years ago. Our home is about the size of yours–1375 sq ft, I think. My friend and another lady came over for dessert, and I half apologized with something like, “I know it’s small, but it works for us!” She chuckled and said, “You think this is small? When my husband and I got married our house was about the size of your living room!” I was so thankful for her gentle reminder of how rich we actually are, and how little a person truly “needs” 🙂
I turn off House Hunters because that’s what usually does me in!! Lol
You need to watch it with my dh. He mocks people who “need” this or that. Its pretty funny.
Anyway to all.
In 2013 my family had a fire (total loss)and our manta became “Home is were our people are.”
Our current home has lots of things to work on cosmetically but we work hard to keep it clean and organized and fixing as time and money allow. It doesnt have to look like a magazine.
“In 2013 my family had a fire (total loss)and our manta became ‘Home is were our people are.’ ”
Wow, what a great reminder Chris! I couldn’t agree more.
Haha, that does it for me, too, Angela! Truthfully, some of those people can be so entitled! 🙂
I change the center piece on my dinning table and my kitchen bar top.
I did this today and now instead of the hearts for valentine/ I have the bunnies out for Easter .
I never change anything else , I clean each week, replace items that are worn when needed and just work with my home the way it is.
i am so happy to have a roof over my head / I basically never grow tired of my home. I keep it really clean and neat.
That’s great, Robert! What a great perspective to have. The little things can truly make the biggest impact.
I love every bit of this article! First of all, that you’re evaluating this situation at 530am-I’ve found a kindred spirit, haha! Secondly, our family of 7 (my husband and I plus our 5 boys-6yrs old and under) live in approx a 1000sq foot home. We do have an additional 450-500sq feet of unfinished basement space that we fully utilize as well. 3 bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 baths, 1955, 2 storey home. I too am the queen of rearranging and thankfully learned this from my mother. Over christmas my husband and I traded our bigger bedroom to our 4 older boys for their slightly smaller bedroom-it was quite the undertaking, but we love the results. The 10mth old is still in the tiny 3rd bedroom/nursery. I think one of the biggest things for me is focusing on why we are in a smaller home (for the size family we have). We send our boys to a private Christian school and would rather invest our money in them in that way than in a bigger mortgage. Every family has to make choices in regards to what is best for them and comparing yourself to others is just a recipe for discontentment and envy. So appreciated this post today!
Thank you so much, Jill! I’m so glad it resonated with you! I have mad respect for you, as well! WOW- 5 boys! (That honestly is my dream. I love being a boy-mom, and would love to have a million kids!) Sometimes you have to make it work, and it’s great that you recognize your bigger priorities are well worth the sacrifice of living in a smaller home. I love it! Thank you so much for your perspective! 🙂
Sharon Nelson says
Oh, I love this post!
I’m a single mom raising my 4 boys in a 2 bedroom home that is less than 950 square feet. There are many days that I’m discouraged with our small space and shabby furniture.
I do many of the same things that you do – I am forever rearranging, cleaning, and purging our small home to make it more livable and conducive to our lifestyle.
I also try to look at the positive aspects of small space living, such as less time spent cleaning.
The biggest thing for me, is to count my blessings often. I am fully aware how fortunate I am to have healthy, happy children, a safe home, food on the table, and so much more.
I also remind myself not to compare my situation to that of others. I think that’s the most difficult thing. I see these beautiful, magazine-worthy homes on Instagram and other places, and it can be hard not to feel like I’m less-than because my home doesn’t look anything like those.
Thanks so much for sharing your perspective!
WOW- you have my ultimate respect! Seriously.
And YES and YES! I think you’re two main points are the two most important things to takeaway – being thankful, and not comparing! Two things I can struggle with the most on occasion.
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring perspective! 🙂
Denise (Life With the Lid Up) says
What a great perspective, Alicia! We have a running list of projects for our older home that’s also loved on by three boys! But you are right….a little cleaning or adding some fresh flowers can spruce things up and change my outlook.
Yes that definitely helps! Yay for being a mom of three boys! 🙂
To remove sharpie: try googone. It works on lots of stuff, including gorilla glue. All else fails: old Avon perfume. I ruined many family antiques as a toddler, only to have my mum fix them w/ that. The trick was the mineral spirits/alcohol melting the finish. Good luck.
Oh great tip, thank you !
You can also try acetate nail polish remover pads. We use them at the thrift store to remove lots of various markings.
I watch a documentary about third world countries and then I don’t feel bad about what I have right now. I might not have a great looking house, but it does the job of sheltering and that is the most important thing!
This is so true, Andi, thank you!
What a great post! I have a fairly nice house, but there are still areas that aren’t “done.” The areas that are, are not decorated because we ran out of money after fixing them up. Some of the areas that were re-done, could now really use new paint. I try my best to be thankful for what we do have. It is really a wonderful home, it doesn’t cost much to heat (because we spent the money to insulate) and it isn’t too small or too big.
Great perspective, Rosanna! Being thankful can go such a long way!
Good post. What do you do when your kids ruin stuff on purpose? Just today I discovered yet more Sharpie “art” on my wooden cabinetry. This is not the first time a certain son of mine has found a Sharpie and colored on wood. It does not come off. I have tried vinegar, soap. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, rubbing alcohol, and about 10 other solutions. Nothing. 🙁
Gah! That happened to me with my 4 year old (then 3 year old). He decided to “practice” writing his name and drawing a self-portrait with a Sharpie. Honestly, I don’t know what to do in this regard. We ended up just getting rid of the piece of furniture (it was a very old, raggedy ottoman.) I’m sorry!
I wonder if you could try repainting the wooden furniture? I know that can be a hassle, but it might at least cover up the marks!
Gah! This happened to us with our 4 year (then 3 year old). He decided to “practice” writing his name and drawing a self-portrait all over our ottoman. With a Sharpie. Honestly, I don’t have any suggestions for you. We ended up just getting rid of the ottoman (it was very inexpensive, and pretty old and raggedy). I’m sorry!
Maybe you could try repainting your wooden cabinet? I know that can be a pain, but it might at least help cover up the “art work”!
Did you try going over the sharpie lines with a dry-erase marker? Then wipe off with a dry rag? Works on many surfaces.
I hear that Norwex cleaner (miracle paste or something) takes sharpie off wood. I haven’t tried it personally but saw it done.
Try to get rid of the sharpie ink by using the sharpie ink as a remover. I tried it once and it worked. Just write on top of the existing ink. Hope it works for you!
Very timely for me as my husband and I were just talking about this last night. I’m usually okay with our house but every once in awhile I can’t help comparing our home to those of others. Comparison truly is the thief of joy! I start to spend a lot of time wondering how people manage to afford an entire house of furniture that looks like it came from a store in the past five years. Not the mismatched hand me down dining room set we have and don’t get me started on the hot mess our bedrooms are in terms of decorating. My 6 y/o’s “dresser” is a Rubbermaid set of drawers that desperately needs to be replaced. And there are days I would kill for an office or even just a little nook of my own.
But. Do I want a bigger mortgage? Do I want less money in the bank or credit card debt? Do I want a bigger house to clean? Do I want to be obsessive about getting custom made wood blinds for my kitchen windows? NO, NO, NO, NO! Reminding myself of what truly matters TO ME and my own life helps calm the Beast of Comparison.
I also really agree with the above advice. Often there are very simple things we can do to improve how you feel about our own homes. Keeping things clean and orderly goes a long way in that regard. Painting too. A few years ago we repainted our kids rooms, giving them accent walls in red and blue and it made all of us feel better about the space. Last year I bought a new shower curtain and coordinating towels. It cost very little but made the space seem much more put together. My next project is to figure out other low cost and effort ways to improve our bedrooms. It’s a fun challenge. And isn’t that really what it’s all about? The house is a work in progress and it might take 20 years. Makes life interesting.
I just had this exact conversation with my husband last night, as well! I struggle with comparing, but you are exactly right- right now, I DON’T want a bigger mortgage, space to clean, etc! I also constantly need to remind myself of the choices we made that are right for us.
And you know what? If I had bigger and better, I could bet there’d be times I STILL wouldn’t be content with even that.
Thank you for your helpful perspective, it’s greatly appreciated. 🙂
Have you checked Craiglist or FreeCycle? I bought my daughter’s bed frame, white wooden headboard and a white six drawer wooden dresser from three different people who’d posted their items on Craigslist. I spent $100.
I also stopped one day after church at a yard sale. They had a hutch that I thought could be turned into a bookcase. It cost me $5 for the hutch. My husband used an extra piece of wood he had in the garage to put in a bottom shelf and a bad across the bottom.
I painted all of it white except the headboard (it was perfect for $30). I used a $5 roll of sticky shelf paper to paper the back walls of the bookcase with a fun pattern that tied in the other colors of her room.
My BF moved in with me in my tiny sub-900 square foot “shoebox” last spring, and just two weeks ago, we moved into a place about 150 square feet larger (we hated sharing the one bathroom and got a place that has two). It’s not that much bigger but I already kind of miss some things, like being able to hear him from the other end of the apartment and not spending as much time cleaning. Living smaller definitely has some advantages! 🙂
As far as living room decor goes, I have always purchased on sale or clearance items. I also purchase things in the same or similar colors so that everything is complementary and mixing/matching items is easy. For example, I have a black entertainment center from Target ($50), some black side tables from Ikea ($6 each), a tan loveseat and ottoman from Ashley I got 6 years ago on sale (don’t remember how much, but they were cheap!), a dark brown chaise from Amazon (marked down to around $100), and a thrift store chair for $50 that I sanded, repaired, and painted black to match the other pieces. For accents, I love turquoise for some color; a picture frame from Target (free with sale and coupon), three baskets from Dollar Tree, curtains from Amazon ($14), and a small table lamp from Target ($10). The thrift store chair already had fabric with turquoise in it (this was a splurge purchase for me, but I just adored the seat fabric that had all my living room colors in it). There’s a black photo collage hanging above the TV (Kohl’s, $10 with a coupon) and a huge picture of the Grand Canyon above the sofa (Ikea, $50). I have lived in three different states (and many more than three homes!) and a lot of these pieces have been with me through all of those moves and a few thousand miles, so I don’t believe you have to spend a ton of money for items that hold up well (plus it’s easy to touch up scratches on high gloss black furniture with a Sharpie or touch-up paint). We had some old pictures in our photo collage, so I just spent $3 with Snapfish for a few updated pictures. Now it looks completely different!
My bedroom furniture is from Ikea and it, too, is high gloss black. Inexpensive and easy to touch up scratches!
I love it, great suggestions, Jen!
Excellent suggestions. I also remind myself of the things I don’t want in that “perfect” house.
-I don’t want a bigger mortgage
-I don’t want to freak out when the kids spill something on the rug
Alicia @ Turquoise Grace says
I also don’t want more space that I have to keep clean, am I right? 🙂
Such a timely article – thank you for sharing! We are currently renovating our home. Since my husband is doing most of the work himself (and works 2 jobs!) it is definitely a slow go and I often find myself battling frustration. One thing I find helpful is to do something small that will make me feel like progress is being made. Even something as simple as scraping paint off of one window. Or reminding myself of what we have done in the past year.
Alicia @ Turquoise Grace says
YES I completely agree, Aimee! I can totally relate to the home frustration at times, and I try to do the little things that I am able to check off my list. Thank you for reading!
Wow! I could have written this post. We have an older mobile that we are slowly fixing up, room by room. We just finished the bathroom (it took 3 years!) and now little by little we are working out way through the rest. At times I feel overwhelmed and discouraged by it but I also do these little things (declutter, repaint, rearrange) and it helps tremendously. I also decided to tackle at least one thing a day to keep moving. Small things like, okay – this baseboard needs to be removed, this closet hinge needs to be repaired. At least at the end of the week, I feel like I have done something in the right direction instead of doing nothing and feeling crumby still. Great post – thank you! (oh – and being grateful that we have somewhere to call home is also very helpful). 🙂
Alicia @ Turquoise Grace says
YES! It’s such a help to feel like you’re able to do SOMETHING by completing the little tasks! I completely agree with being grateful, that’s probably my #1, as so many people do not have the luxury of having a home. 🙂
Perfect read for me today as I look around my shabby (not chic) home today. Cleaning and organizing and thanking…that is the plan for today! Thanks!
Alicia @ Turquoise Grace says
So glad you were able to relate! It’s nice to know we’re not alone. 🙂