What are the things that make your home, home? Family and love are clearly the anchor here in this conversation but I am talking about the creature comforts. What objects do you carry with you that reveal your family's spirit? My kids are too young now but one day, years from now, they will see something in my house and it will bring them straight back to a childhood memory. What will that something be? Right now, I have the editorial rights to that place and time.
This morning while the baby napped and the boy played, I straightened, dusted, sorted, vacuumed, wiped, and mopped. When I got to the desk in the kitchen, it was spilling over with papers, receipts, "treasures" that kids collect, things undone, things to do. The desk tells a tale of my disorganization and my lack of process. I don't want my kids to see that kind of chaos and accept that as our norm. The question is, how do I curate a home that is representative of the spirit and the heartbeat of my family?
My bookshelves are actually a pretty good testimony of our lives. I look at these shelves and I am satisfied with the memories they hold, the function they preform, and the message they send. Cut to my couch; my couch is driving me crazy. I can't get the pillow situation under control. What the heck? I'm the lady that sews, right? The only truth these pillows speak is that I like stripes but that's about it. (I have this friend that gives me major pillow envy. I have definitely overstayed my welcome at her house a time or two as I was lost in throw pillow bliss.) The wall hanging behind is really important to me so I'm on the path to an intentional home.....
ANYWAY, I'm going to take a long hard look at my home in the next few months. I will start eliminating the noise so that our objects of importance can shine. I will ask myself, are these the the sights, the sounds, the feels I want my kids to carry with them?