A few months ago, I was writing out my wish list for our home along with other life & family goals. I knew our budget didn’t have a make our house uniquely “us” category but I REALLY wanted to make some changes…and didn’t want to wait. Can you relate?!?! Having three little girls, a husband, a dog, and my packrat tendencies, clutter can literally swallow us up. So, here my tips for creating a thankful home by decluttering & upcycling for a purpose: The purpose of creating a home we love that blesses us & others reminding us to be thankful for everything we have. It has been so much fun and practically FREE!
Decluttering and upcylcling are powerful ways to make your home a thankful home:
√ Making you aware of your abundance, that you have more than enough for yourself with extra left over to give to others
√ Unleasing your creativity as you use the things that have become outdated to create something new & being thankful for how God provides the materials and creativity for each new-to-you upcycled project.
√ Surrounding yourself with things that bless your family and getting rid of the things that cause unnecessary stress so you can truly live in an environment that brings out the best in you and your family. Clearing out the clutter also makes your home easier to clean and that is something to be THANKFUL for. Am I right?!?!
My goals going into this project of a thankful home were:
- Keep only what we love & use
- Bless others with the stuff I am constantly tripping over
- Either make something fabulous out of the not-so-fabulous items or Get. Rid. Of. Them.
- Teach the girls (& myself) to only hold on to what we love & use as a new way of life
- Make our home look like “us”, making it a fun place to hang out have others over to hang out with us
I started by going through my Pinterest Boards and making a list of my favorite projects I thought I was able to tackle. Then I started brainstorming ways I could accomplish them by making them myself with materials I already had. Next stop, our garage. Ughhhh. It is a scary and intimidating place to me, that garage. But, I had promised myself (and my adorable and not-so-patient-anymore husband) when we moved here almost 2 years ago, to keep this space CLEAR of randomness and clutter. It was time to make good on my promise.
The more I searched for things to use, the more I decluttered. It was getting prettier and easier with each box & bag I donated and I was re-claiming more garage space all at the same-time. Win-win-win-win.
Here are my favorite projects so far:
- Family Collage Wall: (Less than $30) Lots of DIY love went into this wall and I just smile every time I look at it. I painted over old canvases, and used items I found around the house for the most part.
- Closet inspiration & jewelry holder: ($10) I found inspiration art journaling and then drew/ painted them myself. I spray painted the bulletin board, the shelf I had found in our garage, the board with pegs, and the wooden box that I painted one of the verses on.
- You Are My Lobster: ($2) I painted “You are my lobster” (A favorite quote from Phoebe on Friends) over a random painting I bought at Goodwill using leftover paint from other projects. This was part of my master bedroom romantification efforts.
I share all of this not to have a show and tell session (although sharing my projects with you IS fun for me), but to encourage you to create your own thankful home. A home where you are grateful for everything in it and you don’t keep things around that you don’t like, that don’t fit, or that make you feel depressed or sad or even guilty (think of that pile of unfinished projects that you don’t even want to finish anymore it has been so long!).
Life is too short for you to not love the space you live in. For me, I love artsy, colorful things that remind me of my family and my faith. For you, it may be a favorite hobby you want to display, pictures from your travels or places you hope to visit someday, cherished photos of family, friends, and pets past and present, or it could be as simple as having your favorite colors around you.
So, take a tour of your home with a fresh pair of eyes. Look for things you’d like to update, paint, donate, or upcycle. Make your list & do your research to get great ideas for the inexpensive updates. Start with what you can do for free or $10 or less. That is how I got started. Also, I love to check out Goodwill and garage sales if there are particular things I am trying to find on a budget.
Choose to be thankful for the blessings God has given you, ask God to give you creative ways to make the most of every resource, piece of furniture, and can of spray paint you have, and ask him to bring to mind people who could be blessed by what you feel is clutter. You will be amazed at what you come up with.
I am by no means “finished” decluttering. It is a process. But now, I am finding JOY in the process and choosing an attitude of gratitude as I sort through the clutter, being so thankful that I have excess to give. Thank you Lord!
Now it’s your turn! What can you give away, throw away, and/ or upcycle? Share below how YOU will create a more thankful home for you and your family to enjoy.