4 Reasons to Be Grateful for Your Home

House with hands around itTo be grateful is defined as:  feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.

There may be a little chipped paint on the wall, a stain or two on the carpet and a few cracked tiles, but that doesn’t mean it is time to ditch your home. Read the 4 ways to be grateful for your home below and remember, there is always something to be grateful for.

1. Be grateful you have a roof over your head

This may seem ridiculous, but seriously, anyone that has a safe, covered place to sleep at night should be grateful for it. I realize that as you read this article over your smart phone or tablet this may seem like such a silly thing, but there are many people around your state, our country and the world who would have been grateful to have had a roof over their family’s heads last night.

On top of that, a roof protects us from the elements. Well maintained roofs will help keep pouring rain and freezing snow from leaking into your home. Roofs, in conjunction with your heating or cooling system help your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Correctly ventilated roofs will also help prevent mold and mildew from growing in your home.

Hopefully, next time you’re driving home from a bad day of work and all hope seems lost, remember to be thankful to be going home to a roof over your head.

2. Be grateful for what you have, don’t compare your home to others

Sure your friend’s new top of the line, custom built living room furniture is beautiful, but ever stop to think something in your house may be beautiful too? I tend to overlook this sometimes. Yes, my eclectic mix of IKEA clearance items and yard sale scores are arranged in my living space just how I like them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t dream of brand new, top of the line furniture.

In the scheme of things though, what do you really gain in life from having one set of furniture over another. Absolutely nothing! So stop comparing the items in your home to someone else’s.

So, even though my friends and I were oohing and aahing over the new, glossy, perfect furniture, I am reminded that I receive endless compliments on the furniture that I have also. I am also grateful that the kids can leave a glass on the coffee table and it won’t ruin a thing! Be grateful for what you have; life is not a competition.

3. Be grateful for the things in your home without a physical presence.

This is the nostalgic feeling you get when your family is all together laughing at the dinner table or the feeling you get after a long day and you rest your head on the pillow and can easily drift off to sleep knowing your family is home safe, under the same roof. I also sometimes get this feeling when I am gazing out my back window when no one is home and I can relish in the silence and peace.

These feelings I have in my home usually take precedence over any physical object that I have taking up space and collecting dust. Appreciating these can give you can help you change your perspective about your home, and maybe overlook the bathroom with the slightly older yellow bathroom tiles. Just think, when the kids are grown what will matter more? The color of the tiles or how much fun they had at tubby time?

4. Be grateful for your home by keeping it clean.

Speaking of collecting dust, I think one of the best ways to be grateful for your home is to keep it clean. A little clutter here and there is normal. After all, the house your family lives in the house. I am talking about making beds in the morning, not stacking dishes in the sink up to the ceiling and having everyone clean up after themselves. Vacuuming, dusting, washing windows and mopping the floors as needed also helps do the trick.

Keeping my home clean makes me feel grateful that I have a home the size that it is. I might be even a little more grateful after cleaning it top to bottom that my house isn’t double the size it is.

In conclusion, remember, there is always something to be grateful for. When you are feeling low or not great about what you have, take a minute to step back from your smudge free window, take a seat on your cheap Swedish chair and remind yourself of all the reasons that life is good.

 

 

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