Creating a Joyful Home

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Here lately as a homemaker, I have been so intrigued on the actual role of what I do daily. While I am more than just a homemaker because I do actually work from home, it's intriguing to think of all the skills, values, work and thought that goes into homemaking. 

It's so easy as women to just get trapped in the ideas of laundry, cooking, housework and raising children. When you think of all the things that we do day to day, even if we work from home or away from home, all of these things can sound daunting. Yet recently I have begun to realize all of the purpose that it truly serves. 

Keeping a home running efficiently isn't easy, but it also shouldn't always be the daunting task that it can seem. I'm not saying that housework is my favorite, but as time goes on, I realize all of the purpose my role serves in our home. I am helping to lay down the foundation of our home...the memories, the shared moments, the tools I teach down to my children and so much more. 

It's important to me to be a joyful homemaker who helps to create a joyful home. 

Having a joyful home is an inviting place. We want our home to be a place for gathering. Keeping a tidy, organized home means that impromptu gatherings doesn't frazzle you too much. While it's completely (and I mean completely) understandable that homes with young children can't always be tidy, keeping your home presentable for others keeps it inviting and helps keep your stress down when visitors stop by unexpectedly or for last minute plans. 

Having a joyful home is a memory. I want my children to remember the small details of life here. From warm cookies after naps to ice cream on the front porch swing and long summer nights playing outside to making smores in the fireplace during the winter, I want my children to have cozy memories of the place they called home. Keeping a happy, joyful and efficient home is helping to create the same memories for our children. Too much chaos isn't too joyful. Structure in our days and a good rhythm through the seasons helps keep us moving swiftly, even when things do get a little crazy. 

Having a joyful home welcomes the Lord. While everyone has their own beliefs and faith, many of us can say that we want faith within the walls of our homes. How little or how much faith we bring to the table depends on us as the parent. Having a simple home, a quiet life and a reason to seek, allows us to bring Jesus where he belongs. 

Having a joyful home brings us together. Some people love to cook and others not so much. I for one dread the task of beginning a meal and cleaning after a meal, but when I'm in the middle of preparing a meal for my family I love it. Cooking wholesome food for the ones I love and care for makes me happy. Having us all gather at the table or on the patio is the perfect end to what can often be busy, long days. I take pride in serving my family real food as much as I can. 

Having a joyful home teaches. Whether you're teaching your children how to cook, how to fold clothes, eat healthy, bake cookies, etc... , our children are learning from us on how to do so much in their own lives one day. Values are learned and skillsets that one day they will need within the walls of their own home is taught as well. We are setting a huge example for our children, even if we do not see it right now. 

Homemaking isn't easy and it looks different for each family. However creating a joyful home with organization, simplicity, laughter, love and faith will instill more in all who enter our home and especially those who live within it. When the days seem long and the laundry seems endless, remember to find the joy in it all because you are creating the foundation of joy for so many. 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Creating a Simple Home

Creating a Simple Home

The pursuit of a simple home, a simple lifestyle and minimalistic mindset is quite the trend right now. People are starting to discover how our modern culture and fast paced lifestyles have led us to have too much stuff, too much sickness, lots of unhappiness and lots of debt. Granted, this is not the case for all people, but the less we have taking stock in our lives, the better off we may be. 

Trying to create a simple home is still a process for me too. I'm your average girl who caves in at Hobby Lobby on occasions and who enjoys wrapping one too many gifts for my childrens' birthdays. Yet somewhere in between these things, I've discovered some ways to make homemaking simple and today I am happy to share what I feel like are some great ways to make your home more simple, natural and hopefully more enjoyable. 

  • "Relaxed" meal planning. I am not strict when it comes to meal planning however I find that shopping for 4-5 meals I can cook, leaves me with a fridge full of things I know I can make. Some meals are fancier and may take longer and some meals will be a quick fix. Either way, cooking my family real food has us eating healthier, more organic options than takeout and boxed meals. Always have 1-2 easy meals planned on your weekly menu such as baked chicken thighs in a dish with fresh green beans or tortillas, a frozen bag of bell peppers and shredded cheese and chicken for fajitas. I do not plan each day's meal until I wake up and decide what we're doing for the day and which meal best fits our time frame. 
  • Make a shopping list. As old school as it is, make a specific list and stick to it. You'll save your money this way and buy less of the junk you really don't need. 
  • Consider before you buy for your home. Only buy the things that you truly love and that bring you joy. Trying to fill up the spaces with too much just to "have it" can be overwhelming. When you see something that you think will work in your home, if you're able to, go home and think about it. Chances are you may realize you really don't have a good spot for it or that it may not be practical. 
  • Less is more. To some people. Some people like a home bustling at the seams with items and that is okay. To each their own! However, don't feel you have to fill your spaces just because. Less really can be more. It's less overwhelming for our state of mind if we don't see as much "stuff." 
  • Purge frequently. Very frequently I purge through my closet, the kid's toys and cabinets around our home. This allows us to free ourselves from things we no longer need and that just take up space. It allows us more room to breathe when new things enter the home during the holidays or for new clothing items that fit your new style, size, etc...
  • Repurpose things. Very often around my home things get reused and repurposed for different things. One week a vintage coke crate is on my front porch for decor and another week it's serving as a wine bottle holder in my home. Before you go out searching for something, see if you don't already have another item that can work. 
  • Do a food cleanup. I am a believer in expiration dates and expiration dates mean I can get rid of things! Clean out the pantry, freezer, fridge and medicine cabinet to free yourself of things that are old and expired. This allows you to have more room! While you're at it, see what unhealthy foods you can start eliminating from your home as well. 
  • Create a rhythm. Schedule is a hard and intimidating word. But a rhythm and structure to your days keeps a good flow, especially when children are involved. This is very beneficial for them. Rhythms change as seasons change. 
  • Rid yourself of artificial aromas. Candles, plug ins, air sprays and room dispensers all are costly to keep up with, overwhelming for some guests and most of all, dangerous to your health. While everyone wants to have a home that smells good, having your "plug in" scent so strong that even food from your freezer smells like it, that's a problem. It's costly to keep up with refills for these items and they are dangerous for your health. Invest in 1-2 beautiful essential oils diffusers and you can covers hundreds of square feet and actually receive many wonderful health benefits for these natural scents. 
  • Toss all of the cleaners. Most of us all have that cabinet under the kitchen sink that is full of cleaners, household items and more. And most of us have to dig for things, keep it locked from babies for fear of poisoning and so much more. You can actually toss all of your cleaners and use just ONE bottle for everything! With Thieves household cleaner you can disinfect and clean all surfaces naturally. Learn more about that here! 
  • FREE yourself. Free yourself of obligations that do not feed joy to yourself or your family. Make the calendar in your home less full and leave more time to just be. Sometimes life gets busy, and that's okay because living and seeking is beautiful. But just being is just as lovely. 

My last thought on creating a simple home is to think back to the days of simplicity. Fresh eggs from the coop, weeding a flower bed, taking a walk with the kids, a tire swing hanging from a tree, rocking on the front porch together, dinner as a family, summer snacks outside, sprinklers with the water hose and so much more. We have a tendency to overthink things sometimes. We have a tendency to think we need so much more than what we do (guilty here too). I think the key to a simple homestead is relying on a simpler time. Find what works for you and create a home of joy and simplicity for your family. 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

A Modern Mama's Desire for Minimalism

Minimalism

Minimalism. Simplicity. Natural. 

Such trendy words in the world of social media these days. I know numerous Insta-famous families who sell all of their things and live in the most hipster RV ever. I see homes all day long filled with just the bare minimums and my Pinterest feed is filled with posts on minimalism, removing clutter and so on. 

Obviously I am attracted to these things. That's why they are in my feeds, it's why I follow these people and it's why I read about it. 

But why? Why am I so attracted to something that seems so out of my reach?

Let's face it, I'm a mom just like everyone else. We have toys here, we have way too many pairs of shoes and I get sentimental as crap over crap. Then on occasions, I see pictures and snippets into others' lives and realize that maybe we don't have quite as much as I thought we did. 

Somewhere, I sit in the crossroads of minimalism and the modern culture of "too much crap." 

Today I want to share with you what I have learned about living simply and why I choose to and why I still have so much more to go. 

What does minimalism mean to me? 

When I think of minimalism I think of what is natural. I think of simplicity. 

It doesn't mean that we function with the bare minimums. It means we function with the things that we love. I love looking into a room and being able to see more of the "bones" of the room instead of the stuff. This is perhaps why my daughters' shared room drives me absolutely insane. I look into there and just see "stuff." However, other rooms of my home are less filled. Those make me happy. 

The journey for me is about only filling my home with things that truly speak to me. Before I would purchase something because it was such a good deal or because I just needed something to fill the space. Now, I usually sit and contemplate on an item for hours, days, or weeks just to make sure it has a spot in my home. Fill your home with only the things that you love. 

Minimalism means so much more to me. It's not just about stuff. It's about life. I hate a full calendar. I hate obligations. I hate when our weeks are filled with too many things - I just want to be home. But, like many others, we do have these busy months. Sometimes the obligations are for beautiful things and that's good. But along the way, I've learned to say no to the things that are less important to me. 

Living simply to me sometimes just means going down a different path. I long to live back in the old days, not in this fast paced, modern world. I love real food, I love those who grow their own food, I love fresh eggs, homemade baked goods and real ingredients. Whether it is real ingredients to clean my home like Lemon oil and baking soda or real ingredients in my children's pancakes, less is so much more to me. It's simple. 

Why do I desire this? 

As much as I am drawn to a home with bare walls and straight lines, the reality is that this is not quite me. I like a little coziness, a warm home with old touches and photos of my children on the walls. I am drawn to find the balance between what fills my cup and what I know will make my life easier. 

As a homemaker, I'm drawn to living more simply because it's just simple. Less is easier. Less is less mess. Less obligations is less headaches and more time for doing things as a family. Clutter makes me anxious. Things are just things. I've learned over time that those Coach bags I longed for so badly in my early adult years mean nothing now. They're out of style, not quite my taste and too flashy. I've learned that going over the top for kid's costumes, parties or dress up days at functions isn't me (P.S. If you're an over the top mom, I tip my hat to you because I'm just not quite that crafty enough and I'm cheap if we're being real here). 

I desire to bring my children up knowing that less is more and that you can always make what you have work. You can make pancakes with flour, milk and eggs. You can make a dress work for fall and spring time too. 

Am I perfect at it?

Heck no. I have daily mental lists of all the things I want to rid my home of. I have toys I want to throw away but like many moms, I just can't. I have things that I keep because I think one day I may need it. But, each day I strive to free myself of something. An obligation or a bag of items to donate or trash. 

I'm a normal mom, attracted to beautiful things with a desire to live with less. You can see from that description, it's a tricky journey. As a homemaker, I feel that we are called to find out who we are. Even for the full time work away from home mamas, we are still a homemaker. We make our home the way it is, we make it cozy and inviting. 

Trying to live a little more simply with a little less, isn't for everyone. There's no right or wrong way to keep a home. But as my journey as a mother and homemaker continues to unravel, I learn more about who I am and who I desire to be. I desire to be simple.

Discover why you may be drawn to living a little more simple. Perhaps you have anxiety issues, perhaps you don't sleep well, perhaps you're unhappy, or perhaps you just feel like life is disorganized and chaotic. I can tell you that if this is you, go around and throw things away, organize all the clutter piles and huff some oils. You'll feel better. 

But for real, take a step back and start eliminating. Fill your home up with what you love. Rid your life of what you don't need, not because it's a cool Pinterest trend, but because it's what you need for your sanity. Say no to the things that you don't want to do and that you don't need, and say yes to what makes your heart happy, cozy and content. 

If it's what you desire, make your home a simple one. 

 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos.