31 Days To a Less Messy Nest Day 19:: For the Right Reasons

The reason I like my house to be less messy is two fold. 

1. When the house is less messy, it is available.

Last Friday morning my sister called and wanted to make a spur of the moment visit.  All I had to do was get groceries and put sheets on the guest bed.  I could fully enjoy the fact that we got to hang out with them.  And fully enjoy our home.

2. I function better in a less messy nest.

If I feel like my house is a wreck, I am unsettled and ultimately I make my people miserable. I am a better person when our home is somewhat tidy and organized.

You may want your house to be less messy for other reasons. And my definition of “less messy” may be WAY different than yours.  And that is totally fine.

One way I accomplish having a less messy nest is to let go of expectations. I’m not very good at too many things but one of my biggest strengths is my ability to put up with imperfection. Learning to enjoy the pretty while living with the good enough for now takes practice.

Life is quickly passing by even while your home is less than perfect.

Last Easter we had 30 + people over for lunch.  Most had never been to our home before.  The house looked random, chaotic, odd, and other adjectives that I hate to associate with my nest.  I had one drape hung, sample paint colors on the walls and hardly any furniture in the family room.  And I made it a point not to apologize for any of it.  The focus was on the people.  It was perfect. Perfect for all the right reasons.

What is the the purpose of your home in this season of life and how does that affect your standards of messiness and perfection?

Be sure to visit the other 31 dayers::Life With My 3 Boybarians, Reluctant Entertainer, The Inspired Room, Remodeling This Life, Chatting at the Sky, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, My First Kitchen,  over the next 31 days. Want to read all the Less Messy Nests posts? Click here.


  1. I stress in getting to the finished product. I love a clean home but it seems like I can never get there. I just need to let go and realize that there will be messes as long as I have children in the house.

  2. Recently discovered your site {where have I been??} and just read all 31 days in the series. Love them! Not only am I thankful for your generosity in sharing your decorating/organizing/life-simplifying tips, I truly enjoy your writing style and your sense of humor. Thank you!

  3. What is the purpose of your home in this season of your life? I love that thought…..we are living in a rental while we build our ‘cottage’ home. It’s purpose is to provide a place for my family to ‘be’. I don’t waste my time keeping it perfectly neat because, well, it’s a rental! But really, all houses are rentals. We use them for the season in our life that we are in. They are ours to use, not the other way around. Sometimes I get so caught up in wanting to be creative and make my house the ‘home’ of my dreams that I become a slave to it. It’s the ‘thing’ and we are the ‘people’. The people are what matter!

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