It is 4 o’clock in the afternoon and you just found out that your husband is coming home after work with…friends! But don’t worry he says, they are bringing pizza so you don’t have to worry at all about cooking for everyone on such short notice. Perfect, because now you have approximately one WHOLE hour to clean the ENTIRE house. Ok, well, maybe I can just concentrate on the main floor. But what if someone is in the bathroom and someone else needs to use the bathroom upstairs? And what if they go upstairs and the kids’ bedroom doors are OPEN? GASP! Shivers go down your spine! Thanks for taking care of dinner, honey, you mumble under your breath while rushing to clean BOTH bathrooms.
The truth is…we all have things that motivate us and things in our home that we are living with that drive us nuts. But before you can tackle each room in your house, you need to know why you want to live more simply.
Personally, I was tired of feeling overwhelmed by our home and stuff. I was tired of turning every corner only to see more chaos and more confusion. I desperately wanted our home to be an inviting, peaceful place for people to gather and rest. I also wanted to enjoy our home and not just brainstorm how I would fix it up someday, if we ever decided to sell it.
But could we have a clean and orderly home AND have five children?!? I certainly asked myself that question countless times over the past five years.
Then I was motivated more as I started to implement solutions for the things in our home that were driving me nuts! Why are all of these backpacks on the floor? Why can’t I ever find my keys when I need them? Why do I keep stepping on LEGOS everywhere I turn!?!
I uncovered a home that was becoming more and more peaceful and was enjoyed by all of us, not just our visitors.
I’m currently writing all about our AIRBNB experience, with helpful tips and how to’s for hosting, in an E-book that will be available to purchase this Spring. Maybe you’ve dreamed of going on a family vacation this summer and have considered listing your home. You’ll have plenty of time to read the book and get set up to do that later, but first, you need to find out what motivates you.
we have all been there.
we can all move forward and do the work to simplify together.
To help you get even more motivated, check out this documentary on Netflix called, Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. I heard one person say that she immediately organized all of her spices after watching it. I personally, went through every single thing in our dining room after I finished the film. The trailer is below!