The purpose for our homes change with each season of life.

But in order to have a home that serves your family well, it helps to think of the overall purpose of your home.

Right now, I want our home to be nurturing.  A place of learning and learning how to learn.  A safe place to practice taking risks.  A place to come back to.  A place for laughs and for connection.  A place where you don’t have to pretend you are perfect.  A place to let your guard down. A place to just be.

Words like cozy, warm, inviting, playful, loved on and lived in describe what I want our home to feel like.

All of those words and purposes play a role when it’s time to decide what items should be in our home. They play a role in helping me figure out what I should or shouldn’t purchase and what I could sell or give away.  Creating a beautiful, meaningful home doesn’t start on Pinterest or at the furniture store.

Creating a beautiful, meaningful home starts in your head.

It starts with your goals and thinking about the atmosphere of your home.


“that’s all your house is, is a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff…”

–George Carlin


He’s so funny. But I hope he’s entirely wrong.

Take a few minutes and think about these questions.  Write  down your answers. Leave them in the comments or just think of one main word and keep it to yourself:

What is it that you want to happen in your home in this current season of your life?

What words would visitors use to describe your home?  Are you happy with those words?  Do they describe the home you really want to create?

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