It’s been said, more than a few times, that our homes are reflections of who we are.
As in, the current state of your home is a mirror of your current state of mind, what’s going on, on the inside.
If you’re honest with yourself, would you agree with that statement?
This maaaay or may not be something that’s fun to think about. lol
How do we feel when our home is freshly cleaned, the laundry is folded and put away and there are no dishes in the sink? I don’t know about you, but that one time that happened, I felt pretty amazing! LOL
After a little thought and a little looking around my own space, this is what my home, at this very minute, is saying about me (good and bad, lol):
1. There are a lot of areas that I want to improve (they don’t reflect how I currently feel about myself.)
2. There are a lot of areas that need to be completed, they are unfinished/unrenovated. (I still have a lot of personal work to do.)
3. I have done so much decluttering, but I still have a ways to go.
4. I’m still working on defining my true, personal style (I got a late start, that’s a story for another time).
5. I am most definitely a Creative Soul.
6. I take risks in some areas and play it safe in others.
7. I have a quirky, mischievous side.
8. My colors truly reflect my personality:
loyal, trustworthy, dependable, passionate, energetic.
What does your home say about you? :-)
This exercise doesn’t have to be a negative experience, if we are willing to look at our personal spaces with fresh eyes, we can learn a lot about ourselves!
Think about it..
Ever known someone with an immaculate home where everything is in order without a speck of dust anywhere? I’m not talking about special occasions, I’m talking everyday life. Would you say that person likes to be in control? Would they follow behind you re-fluffing the pillows and putting a coaster under your glass? Their perfectly controlled environment is reflecting their desire to either be in control or appear to be in control.
Without getting too deep, those who have every square inch of their walls covered with decor are sometimes feeling the need to hide or cover up some aspect in their lives and will feel vulnerable or naked if their walls are bare.
The other day, I was looking for a pair of earrings and it struck me, just as I would never be found living in a home with a matching set of sofa and chairs (just my personal preference, not a rule for everyone), I also do not own any jewelry sets with matching necklace and earrings. Weird, right?
That absolutely isn’t a conscious decision. I don’t consciously choose to not buy matching sets of furniture or matching jewelry but when I buy what I like, not giving any thought to what others expect me to like, I naturally gravitate towards what coordinates vs. what matches.
This is my home and personal style reflecting who I am.
So, when I look around my home (that is a true reflection of who I am in this moment), as much as I may not want to admit it, I have some work to do. I understand that I am under construction and my home definitely reflects that.
But.. I also see objects, artwork and furnishings that I love to look at and be around. I bought them because they said something to me and I see myself reflected in them, and I’m at home with what I see.
Our homes are ever evolving, (hopefully) just like us. May we give ourselves and others abundant grace during the transitional times.
I would love to hear about what your home is saying about you! The good, bad and the ugly, all are welcome. :-)
Karen and my home
Right now my home is screaming PLEASE CLEAN ME!!
I have been out of commission for 5 months, requiring back surgery with complications. So you can imagine the dust bunnies my house is showing me!!
When we built our home 15 years ago we got rid of a lot of good things. We gave those things to my in-laws in which they had a garage sale after they kept what they wanted. I said that I did not want clutter in out new home.
Now out home is telling me to get rid of the clutter! How can I do this when most of it was given as gifts?
My house tells me NO MORE ROOSTERS! I told my Mom no more but she finds these “cute roosters that I MUST have. Hum……
My carpet says it is 15 years old and tired of Stains from 8 grandkids. So we planned to steam clean it and if not satisfied buy new carpet. One day.
I do love our home. I have different colors in different rooms. Olive green in the great room, kitchen and breakfast room. Dining room has a lighter green to tie into the other rooms since they are all open to each other. A mauve room for the grand girls, khaki for the grand boys room and bathroom, blue per request by my handicapped son , then our off white bedroom with wine carpet and an off white master bath and wash room. Balcony is white and husband’s game room above our bedroom has off white walks with linoleum floors. Carpet in great room us beige to match the tile in the breakfast room and kitchen. Wood floors in foyer, dining room and hall. White trim in all rooms.
I want new curtains. We have no coffee table because I got tired of our grands hitting their heads on the corners. Got rid of it! I have no corners on my kitchen counter for the same reason.
I wish I could post pictures here to show but I haven’t figured out how to do that on this smart phone which is a dumb phone.
As our family has grown I find we need more beds and a bigger great room. Unless I will the lottery this will never happen. I have a pine table with 6 chairs that is 40 years old. Bought it new. It needs to be redone, but it has math embedded in it from years of children’s homework. It has hearts in it that the boys drew on their paper. Pressing hard caused these things and more to be embedded. How could I cover those memories up? It’s part of raising a family. But if I could at least stain parts that need it and put a new shine on it I would be so happy.
My kitchen is always where everyone comes when we have a family gathering. I built a bar with stools that ppl could sit on to watch the food being prepared. Others just crowd me in the kitchen. I don’t know what to do about that. I want decorate for Christmas! I know Thanksgiving hadn’t came yet. But I am ready for Christmas! That’s another whole story. Yes my house speaks to me.
I hear you about everyone crowding into your kitchen, Karen, it happens at my house, too! lol My house is 110 years old so she has been in renovation mode in one form or another since we bought her eight years ago. Our homes are always needing something done, right?
I hope you get to put up your Christmas decorations as soon as YOU want to! Blessing to you!