Monday, October 5, 2015

A Joyful Home // The Beginnings
This month, I have loved learning new ways to free my home of clutter once and for all. I hate clutter. It honestly stresses me out. But sometimes, I never know where to start when it comes to organizing and cleaning my home! We live in a 1,600+ sq. ft. home with three bedrooms and an open living space. Overall, I wouldn't say that my home is overly cluttered but it definitely does get cluttered during the week. My hubby and I have been looking at homes with more space and more acreage for the future since our family will be expanding in February. I realized that I'm just not content with our home. But I want to be. Oh, I'm so thankful for it. It's a wonderful home in a perfect little neighborhood. But I've lived in the mindset for two years that "we may move out so I'm not going to put 100% of my time and energy into making our house a home completely."  I hate that that has been my mindset on and off since we have lived here. I desire to be content, at peace, and joyful about my home. It's such a blessing and I don't want to take it for granted! And lately, I have changed my "temporary living" attitude.
 I want our home to be cozy, welcoming, not stressful to my husband and I, and a place of relaxation before the baby comes. I want a truly joyful home. We have so far to go. We still have no furniture in our bedroom besides a broken goodwill bachelor-pad dresser. I have a few photos on the wall but it's not finished. We need more storage and need to get rid of less crap that we don't use. I want both our wardrobes to spark joy and be small enough to find something we love to wear quickly and easily. I don't need 15 tank tops and Lord knows I can't fit into my jeans at this season in life. Our kitchen isn't that big so storage in this room is definitely limited. Ideally, I would love a coffee bar but I am too lazy to create one. I want to redecorate our guest bathroom. These are just a few things I want to accomplish before we add another live to this home. I am decided to document the process on this blog! I think it will be a fun motivator to get our home in the shape we want and love.
So far, I have read a bit of the "magic book", The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In it, Marie Kondo shares her AWESOME secrets of creating clutter-free joyful spaces. She is a genius, y'all. I follow her on Facebook and am also a part of an awesome group through Facebook called "minimalism + motherhood". They're super helpful when it comes to the journey of creating a home you love that is clean and clutter-free. It's fun!
First, we are going to go through each room and tidy up. (Right now we are working on the garage.) Then, I'm going to deep clean and purge each room, getting rid of everything we don't need, haven't used lately, or have multiples of. When I'm finished, I hope to go into each room and breath a sigh of relief instead of stress like I do now. One thing that I love in the book is she says to keep anything that sparks joy. This helps get rid of things that "I may use one day". I can't remember if it was in the book or not, but someone said that "one day" means never so get rid of it. I love that!
I can not wait to declutter my life once and for all and hopefully share some tips and tricks of what I'm learning along the way!
Remember to like + follow Hot Tea and the Empty Seat on Facebook for some embarrassing before photos + some exciting after photos of our de-cluttering adventure!

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