“Home is my happy place.”
Joanna Gaines spoke right to my heart with this phrase. In fact, I love it SO much that it’s become a personal mantra I’ve taken on myself. This simple little phrase mirrors the feelings of my heart. Home is my refuge. Home is where I want to be. And home is a place I want to make happy, not just for me, but for my entire family too.
Over the past few years, I’ve been on a mission to create an environment that promotes happiness in a less-cluttered, less stuff-centered way. As a mom, I’ve learned that I can’t control if the kids have a bad day at school, or if the four-year-old is having a meltdown over Skittles, but I can control the amount of items in our home, which does seem to take the chaotic feel down a notch—or ten!
My journey to a more minimal home has taught me that striving to create this home that I so desire, is not for the weary, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a slow and steady movement that needs to be fueled by like-minded people, and a strong dose of motivation.
So today I’m here to share a few of my favorite places to go to get inspired—to help you get up and start doing instead dreading, and to keep some pep in your decluttering step!
5 Resources to Inspire a Happier-Less Cluttered Home
A good friend recommended this book a few years ago, and I’ve heard so many fabulous things about it—so much so, that I thought I got the concept. Not so. I decided to pick this one up, and it’s a keeper. So much inspiration, and so many practical ideas in one little book. Marie helped me to shift many of the mental blocks I had about the objects in my home.
Sentimental things? I can now thank them for the joy they’ve given me and send them back out into the world. (Insert my extended arms here—goodbye!)
P.S. Keep in mind that Marie did not have kids when she wrote this book. For me, this was an obvious realization, and I was easily able to overlook a few ideas that didn’t quite feel family-friendly. But all in all, I’d recommend this to anyone who has a strong desire to purge and find some joy in that journey.
Ruth gives a room-by-room method to approaching clutter in thirty-one days. If you’re a visual, systematic person this one is for you! She will have you inspired to clean your house up, and keep it that way.
My favorite motivational bit? Keeping a cleaner home allows you to welcome guests into your home at any time. How great is that? Especially as our kids approach their teenage years. 😬😉
3. 40 Bags in 40 Days
My women’s church group hosted this one, and I loved it. If you’re not as systematic, and just want to see easy, but consistent progress, you might want to check it out.
This book is not dedicated to decluttering (inspiring none-the-less!), rather there is a short section where Joanna talks about her light bulb moment of designing her home around the fun of having a family. If Joanna feels inclined to make a home kid-friendly won’t we all! ;) She says:
“I realized that my determination to make things perfect meant I was chasing an empty obsession all day long. Nothing was ever going to be perfect the way I had envisioned it in the past. Did I want to keep spending my energy on that effort, or did I want to step out of that obsession and to enjoy my kids, maybe allowing myself to get messy right along with them in the process?”
Check perfection at the door, and allow yourself some grace. This one helped me think of my entire home as a happy place that can be lived in, but still beautiful.
5. Simple As That Blog
I’ve been a looong time follower of Rebecca Cooper. Her simple and practical style draws me in every time. Check out all of her projects, and my favorite way to keep school papers neat and tidy in a minimal way. It’s something I have implemented in my own home, and is a one step approach to paper clutter in the cutest way. Done and done!
Tell me! What has inspired you on your journey to live with less? I would love some further inspiration. ;)
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