Something decorating for Christmas is teaching me about my home: tiny corners can bring a lot of joy. I have a few areas decorated for Christmas and those few areas make me so happy when I pass them. And the more I think on it: that can be true for my whole home, and not just in December.
The entire thing is likely never going to feel complete. But small corners of it can, and those corners matter.
My house is not an all or nothing any more than I as a person am an all or nothing. There are areas I am excelling in, and areas that need work. There’s changes I am excited to make, and some that just won’t happen in this season. That doesn’t make me disdain my whole person; I can celebrate what is good while also having things that I want to change.
This is true for our homes as well. There can by tiny vignettes of beauty and joy amidst imperfection. A cozy chair with your favorite blanket, and a kitchen in the backdrop you would love to renovate. A bookshelf with photos and trinkets you cherish, while the carpets could use replacing.
I can fight not to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater, to cling to what is good and lovely in my home. Every surface might not be the dream, but that doesn’t mean I can’t love it as it is. So you sit in the chair. Water the plant. Stop and admire that entry table you styled so well. Smile when you pass the gallery wall of faces you cherish. It might seem small, but the corners can add up to a home you love.
(Photos of some of my current favorite corners; first one is my favorite)