Keep On Keeping On (and a picture of my living room)

I wrote yesterday about my messy tendencies and wanted to quickly share my clean living room:

There are little bits on the floor that need vacuuming, the shelves are still overstuffed, but it’s not terrible, right? I don’t think so. I’m happy with it. It’s lived in.

My desire is to make my home a welcoming a place. It’s terrible to visit somewhere and feel concerned about messing things up. I much prefer visiting homes that are cozy and warm.

I have been reading and attempting to participate in the 31 Days to Clean Challenge , hosted by Christin at Joyful Mothering. Christin is doing a wonderful job encouraging everyone to put the book into practice.

Even though I powered through reading 31 Days to Clean, I’m only up to Day 2 of the challenges!

My fridge is lovely and clean. In fact, my daughter eve gasped when she opened it. (What does that tell you?)

I took a before picture, but forgot the after. I’m all about being real, but I’m not going to show you a before picture of my fridge without an after to redeem myself!

I want to encourage you to keep on taking baby steps. As long as you keep on moving forward, you are getting there. It is going to take me much more than 31Days to complete all the challenges in the book.

In the past that would have discouraged me. For some reason, it doesn’t any more. I know my limitations. I know I have children to love and dinner to cook.

And clean home without love is worthless.

So, here’s too continuing on, inch by inch. Or mile by mile if that is possible. Just be aware of your current season. Accept it and work with what you’ve got.

In closing, I’d like to show you one of my favorite pieces of furniture:

My husband and I stained this armoire together many years ago. I love the color and I also enjoy closing off the TV. Of course, you can see I have a little problem with over stuffing the book shelf next to it. Hey, I’m a work in progress.

Don’t forget to enter to win the 31 days to Clean book! Giveaway closes on Monday night. I’d love for you all to have a copy. It’s such a great book!


  1. That is a REALLY beautiful armoire!! You guys did a wonderful job! And your living room looks amazing!!

    I’m finding some days I’m more up for this challenge than others, but I am really loving how my home is beginning to sparkle! You never notice the layers piling up until you start cleaning and then suddenly you remember the ACTUAL colour everything is and your house feels brand new!! :)

  2. Great post! I’m not participating in the challenge, but I am working my way through my house to prepare for our new baby and move! It feels so good to get things in order, but I also want my house to be livable and welcoming to guests (so I just can’t even hope for “perfection”!).

    What you said about remembering the season you are in, and a clean house without love is worthless are so important!

  3. I love taking pictures when my home is looking really nice. It helps inspire me and remind me how good it can look if I just take a little extra effort!

  4. Stacy, you are doing a wonderful job and the fact that you recognize your limitations is such a stress reliever in and of itself!

    I have not completed all the challenges either and I think next time I will take it one challenge per week – and that’s still OK! :) Sometimes (often) we learn by trial and error, right? :)

    Your living room is gorgeous! Warm & inviting!! I ought to share a pic of mine tomorrow on our link up day. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  5. Great post!! I even linked to you in my 31 days post! I plan to keep on keeping on too! :)