Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. - William Morris
Now, I don't agree with everything that William Morris had to say, but this line is one I have written down and have hanging in my home office. It just rings so true to what I desire for our home: practical and useful...but also beautiful.
Yours can be, and most likely are, totally different words. But, stop and ask yourself, if you could narrow it down to a couple words, what words would you use to describe what you want your home to be? And then, are you taking any steps to get there or, if you have already arrived, are you intentional in keeping it that way?
It's January, the month that stores have their biggest uptick on purchases of all things organization. And it's no coincidence that best-selling author and world famous organizer, Marie Kondo, has released her show on Netflix this month. After the drive of purchasing and materialism that surrounds December, January floods in and so many people are thinking through their need for all their stuff.
This isn't a blog post telling you to go purge your home. If you are reading this you most likely have your own computer or electronic device which means you also have the means to have a whole lot of other items in your life and no doubt every one of us has things that we could get rid of. But, instead of telling you to go toss it all to the thrift store, I will encourage you to take a good look at what you have, and if it is contributing to what you want your home to be? Those couple words that came to mind earlier, is your stuff helping or hindering in that pursuit?
There will be posts in the future with some more practical tips on how to get your home to what you want it to me. To be intentional this year in pursuing your home's best reflection of those words you thought of above. For now, pause and take inventory. Maybe even start with one room, one surface, one drawer. Think through how that room reflects your description words. What's working....and what is not. And then be intentional this week on making that spot you picked out a true reflection of you and your family, and what you want your home to be.