My mom told me that her friend saw my site the other day, and remarked at how clean my house was. She said, “Wow, it doesn’t look like a baby lives there at all!”
When I heard that, my heart fell. This whole blogging thing…it’s all about inspiration. I am inspired by other people, I make projects and share how to do them, and hope to inspire others to make their homes a little more beautiful on a budget.
BUT – my home does not look like those “after” pictures that I proudly share.
Here’s a glimpse into what my home looks like on any given day:
Recognize our open shelving pantry? Isaac has discovered the “overflow” underneath, and thinks it’s greater than all of his toys. Sigh.
The thing is, I’m a DIY/home décor blogger. That means I usually have at least two projects going on at a time. Projects = mess. There’s always some kind of furniture being rehabbed, or some craft in progress. Since our house is about 1300 square feet, there’s not a whole lot of room to put those projects away.
I show you pictures of our gorgeous new bedding in our master bedroom, but you don’t see the life that’s happening in that space every day:
Some people say this isn’t truthful, but I disagree. Because I make some money from this blog (which all goes back into our house projects), I need to present things professionally. No one wants to pin a messy room.
Think of it this way – when you get family portraits taken, you will probably get dressed in a nice outfit. You’ll take time to put on a little bit of extra makeup. You’ll spend a little more time doing your hair. The photographer might even edit out a few blemishes in your finished pictures.
I do the same with our “after” pictures. I buy fresh flowers, make sure there’s optimal lighting, clear any clutter out of the way, and adjust the colors while editing the pictures before I share them with you.
Just remember – when you’re looking at gorgeous pictures on Pinterest, you’re only seeing a small piece of the picture. When you see these pictures, you don’t see what’s right on the outside of the frame:
Homes are made for living. I love making my home beautiful, and I hope you can see how beautiful your home is when it’s filled with everyday life.
Please share this post if you know of anyone that needs to hear this message today!
Also see: My Imperfect Christmas House Tour