Do you sometimes feel like a failure when it comes to homemaking? Do you ever beat yourself up for not keeping your house spic and span? Do you thumb through magazines and ever wonder why your house can’t look like that, or when you visit your favorite bloggers you wonder how they can keep a tidy home but you can’t?
Well, let’s get REAL!! You are NOT a failure; your house does NOT have to be spic and span 24/7; those magazine photos are NOT real life; and I can guarantee you that the neat and tidy pictures you see of bloggers’ homes are hardly ever like that on a regular basis.
So I thought it would be encouraging and fun to do a little home tour of my own (along with several other bloggers – make sure you check out the other home tours at the end of this post). You know, kind of like those lovely house tours that DIY/Home bloggers do that show pictures of their immaculate, magazine-worthy homes? Like that, but a little different. For this home tour we won’t pretty up our houses or make them picture perfect, but rather show them as they are in their usual state – lived in!
We hope that through these home tours that you are encouraged to know that nobody has it all together, and that’s okay; that you have fun peeking into the life of another family and seeing how other moms do things; and also to dispel the myth that bloggers have a flawless life.
Our home works. It gives us a place to live and is affordable. It would never be “Pinterest” worthy, which is fine.
Our kitchen is consistently messy. To the left is the table where I blog and look out into the backyard to watch my little flock of chickens.
This is our classroom. It also holds the piano that nobody plays and two large boxes of curriculum that I need to get rid of. Now that I have independent teens, we do not use this room as much. It has become the place to throw stuff that really needs to leave the house.
The laundry room is the passageway from the garage to the main part of the house. It’s in the middle of a remodel. We are still discussing the flooring options, I need to put back on a door and put in a countertop for folding. We will be getting a new washer and dryer eventually because the dryer is going out and the repair company told us it was cheaper to buy a new one.
Upstairs holds all the bedrooms. This is our master bedroom. It is an absolute mess because we are remodeling the bathroom. Well, at least we are going to be remodeling the bathroom. All the carpets need replaced so we just deal with messy carpets. The husband and I are horrible at making our bed.
See…we are going to remodel. Those boxes hold the new cabinets that are supposed to go in our bathroom. The bathroom we started demolishing in November.
And this is our bathroom. I can’t wait for the pink tile to go away. The oak cabinets are going to be replaced with these beautiful black cabinets and one of those tile samples on the floor. I’m cluttery as you can see. Although I have a laundry basket (in the lower left corner), most of my laundry stays in piles. At least these pictures give me some motivation to ask about the contractor, again.
So there you have it. What it looks like when I spend a week outside gardening and I don’t take the time to actually clean the house. Or, more honestly, this is just me. I’m messy, cluttery and I don’t like housecleaning.
BUT WAIT! We want to see your homes too!!! Even if you aren’t a blogger, you can join us and share pictures of your home on Instagram. For the next six days we will have a little Instagram challenge; each day will have a different topic for you to post a picture on. Check out the graphic below to see what is assigned on each day. Be sure to use the hashtag #KeepinItRealHomeTour on all your Instagram post so we can find each other easily.