Congratulations. You’ve made it to the final week of #CLJSummerSchool, “How To Fall In Love With Your Home in 30 Days.” We’ve been on a journey to find love with our homes and I’m so excited to make it this far, because this is where we get to reap all the benefits of our hard-earned progress.
It’s time to open the doors of your home, invite someone over, and fall in love with your home even more.
I have to admit, I love hosting gatherings big and small. I love having one friend over or 45 family members! It’s just how I’ve always been, and when I really think about it, it’s because of the memories created in those moments (the laughs shared, inside jokes formed, sentiments given). It’s what made this move so scary at first–scared of losing the memories attached to our home, and it’s exactly why inviting someone over shouldn’t be delayed.
We’ve spent time decluttering, organizing, and cleaning in week 1, creating rituals to ground us in week 2, and last week we got out of our comfort zone, but in all honesty, you don’t have to do any of those things before inviting someone over. You don’t have to wait until your home is perfectly clean, or until you’ve created the perfect firepit moment in the backyard, and you most definitely don’t have to wait until your home is designed to your satisfaction before inviting people in. In fact, I highly encourage you to stop this perfectionist, restrictive thinking ASAP. It’s not serving you to wait until “the right moment,” because every time we spend near the ones we love the most, is the right moment. I mean that. I feel that, deeply.
However, I want to acknowledge that inviting someone over can be a really scary thing, especially if your home isn’t exactly in the state you want it to be in. It’s sort of an act of vulnerability because our homes typically represent us more than anything. Home is where we sleep, where we make and eat our meals, where we skip laundry day/week at times, but it’s also where we spend our time creating memories with our loved ones, and to invite someone in, takes courage. Your home can be spotless and pristine, and you still might have butterflies awaiting a guest because your home represents YOU.
I think Brene Brown had it right when she said,
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
…and we do what Brene says!
Our homes can be the most personal things about us, but it’s also the easiest way to get to know someone. Every single time I decide to host someone or some thing at our house, I feel a surge of creativity, inspiration, and motivation. I’m reminding myself of all of these things in these early days at our new house. There’s boxes everywhere, we only have 2 chairs at our dining table, and our kitchen is non-existent, but making time to create memories during these early days is something we won’t regret making the time for.
This week, we’ll be talking about planning to have someone over. Start thinking about what that might look like for you and I’d love to hear testimonials in the comments from those of you who have opened your doors and you didn’t regret it!
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