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Creating a Space You’re Grateful For

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Dear Reader: 

It’s easy to take our homes for granted. We often complain about the noise, the mess, and the lack of privacy. But what if we took a step back and tried to see our homes differently? What if, instead of complaining about all the things we don’t like, we try to find things to be grateful for? Here are a few tips on how to make home a place you’re grateful for, even if it’s not perfect.

A couple of weeks back, I was talking to a man about how frustrated mess makes me and he told me about the gospel of closing the cabinet door and turning off the light. He told me the story of how his now-deceased mother-in-law used to always leave the kitchen light on and one of the cabinets ajar. He told me about how he used to get so incensed about it. Then he thought to himself, it’s easier to just turn the switch and close a door than get into an argument. 

Find the beauty in the chaos.

Our homes are often reflections of our lives. They are messy and chaotic because our lives are messy and chaotic. But instead of seeing this as a bad thing, try to find the beauty in the chaos. Embrace the fact that your home is full of life and energy. Appreciate all the little moments that make up your day-to-day existence.

For example, instead of feeling annoyed by the piles of laundry that seem to be constantly growing, take a moment to appreciate all the people in your life who wear those clothes. Think about all the activities they’ve been involved in and all the memories they’ve helped to create. Those clothes are more than just fabric; they’re a tangible representation of your life and all the things that make it extraordinary.

So next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the messiness of your home, take a step back and try to see the beauty in the chaos. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. After all, your home is where your life happens. And your life is beautiful, even when it’s messy.

Make it your own.

A home is a special place. It’s where we can relax and be ourselves. It’s a refuge from the outside world. And it should reflect our personalities. Unfortunately, too often, our homes become just a reflection of the latest trends. We buy what’s popular, not what we like. We follow the herd instead of listening to our hearts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your home can be a true expression of who you are. All you have to do is make it your own. Hang some pictures, put out some plants, and light candles. Whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy, do it! Your home should be a reflection of you and your unique personality. So go ahead, make it your own!

Be present in the moment.

Getting caught up in thoughts of what could be or what might have been is easy. But dwelling on what’s not doesn’t do any good. Instead, try to focus on what is. Be present in the moment and appreciate all the good things that are happening right now, in this very moment.

The moment will be gone soon. Like that man whose mother-in-law is no longer with us. All he has is, what has now become a fond memory, of a woman who left a single cabinet ajar every single day. LOL.  

It can be helpful to think of your life as a journey. Each day is a new step, and each moment is a new experience. If you’re always looking back at what’s already happened, you’ll miss out on all the good things happening right now. So instead, focus on the present and savor all the little moments that make up your life. They’ll be gone before you know it.

Remember, it’s not forever.

It’s easy to be grateful when everything is going well. But what about when you’re struggling? When it feels like life is one big challenge, it can be hard to see anything worth being thankful for. If you’re finding it hard to be grateful, try reminding yourself that nothing is permanent. Your current situation is only temporary, and it will eventually change. So instead of dwelling on the negative, try to be patient and ride out the tough times. After all, better days are always ahead. Who knows, maybe even your current struggles will become something you’re grateful for someday. After all, they often lead us to growth and strength we would never have found otherwise. So next time you’re feeling down, remember that this too shall pass. And then find something small to be grateful for in the meantime.

Creating a space, you’re grateful for starts with changing your mindset. Instead of seeing all the things wrong with your home, try to find things to appreciate. Yes, it might be noisy and messy, but that’s because there’s so much life inside its walls! Embrace the chaos and make it your own by personalizing your space with things that make you happy. And if you’re struggling, just remember that your current situation is only temporary, and better days are ahead.

A home is a special place. It’s where we can relax and be ourselves. It’s a refuge from the outside world. And it should reflect our personalities. Unfortunately, too often, our homes become just a reflection of the latest trends. We buy what’s popular, not what we like. We follow the herd instead of listening to our hearts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your home can be a true expression of who you are. All you have to do is make it your own. Hang some pictures, put out some plants, and light candles. Whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy, do it! Your home should be a reflection of you and your unique personality. So go ahead, make it your own!

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