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How to Embrace Your Home’s Limitations

This post is Part 2 of the Decorating Your Home series.

All of our homes have some kind of limitation. Whether it’s size, location or structure, we often find little (or big) things that we don’t like about our house, duplex or apartment. Especially if you are a renter. I have found that there are two things that you can do to embrace your home’s limitations: cultivate contentment and get creative.

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The most important thing to remember when dealing with limitations is the need to cultivate contentment. It is very easy to slip into the sin of covetousness when it comes to our homes. You pine for the picture-perfect furniture found in your favorite magazine. You wish you had the money to redecorate after reading home decor blogs. Learning to be content is the key to embracing your home’s limitations. Finding the blessings in where you are and with what you have will bring you joy and allow you to see the beauty in imperfect.

Along with contentment, creativity will go a long way in helping you create a home that makes you smile. The steps you take for this will depend on your situation.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” –Dr. Suess

When we moved into our duplex last year, I realized that I needed to get a bit creative when it came to decor. As most renters do. One of my limitations came in the form of an electric panel in the middle of the master bedroom wall.  “How am I supposed to decorate around that?!?” I thought.

As you can see above, my husband and I created a fake window to cover it up.  It was the perfect solution as we can easily get to the panel if it is ever needed and made the room feel much more balanced with the illusion of two windows instead of just one.

With a little creativity and a lot of contentment cultivating, you can learn to be truly happy with your home without a decorating overhaul.

How are you embracing your home’s limitations?

 

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  1. That was a brilliant idea with the curtains! You must watch HGTV. :)

    • Haha! We don’t have cable, so I don’t get the opportunity to watch HGTV very often. I’m sure I would get addicted to the remodeling shows if I did, so it’s a good thing we don’t… ;-)

  2. Absolutely inspired. I wish you could come to my house…(smile)
    Thank you for every blessing…
    Peace and good.

  3. Yikes! I usually don’t embrace the limitations, I usually ignore them or hide from them. My creative juices seem to have fled the coop a while back. If I see something that needs to be fixed or changed I just add it to the ‘some-day we will have money to change it’ list!!

    • I think it’s easy to get in a rut when it comes to decorating. I find that I get spurts of energy and inspiration, so I try to take advantage of them. :)

  4. How smart of you to cover that panel with a curtain. I’ve been trying to figure out how to cover a thermostat and cluster of light switches on a wall, and thought I had the perfect idea until I found out it wouldn’t allow the thermostat enough ventilation. Back to the drawing board. But I like your “fake curtain” idea. And I’m wondering where I might be able to use this trick. Thanks for sharing. It is good to make the most of our limitations : )
    Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

    • Hope you find something that works for your situation! LMK if you end up using the curtain idea somewhere. I would love to read about it! :)

  5. I really needed this encouragement today! I often struggle with contentment in our apartment.

    • Anne, I can certainly sympathize with you. There are days when I wish we could move and own our own place. (Mainly due to neighbor issues, but that’s another story!) So glad this post encouraged you. Thanks for your comment.

  6. What a smart idea!
    In my rental house, there is a weird heater that we don’t use in our bedroom. But it juts out from the wall nearly a foot. However, it is the perfect height for a bedside table. So, I cover it with a coordinating fabric (thrifted, naturally) and use it to store bedside items. Works for me!

  7. That is a clever idea to cover an electric panel. Contentment is a hard virtue but one that needs to be worked on at all times. It may be hard to imagine but even those in mansions with unlimited budgets experience discontent – thus all the redecorating and remodeling – Contentment is a heart issue and once you are content in the heart you can be content no matter where you live. :)
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  8. Love the wisdom you share in this post! Thanks!
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  9. Our house isn’t big enough to have a room dedicated just to homeschooling. So our third bedroom is a guest room and school room. One desk is built into the closet and the schoolroom table folds up to move it out of the way when guests arrive. We also have a pull down Murphy Bed that stays out of the way for school days. You are right contentment is key. So glad I visited!
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  10. Oh my! Brilliant! I never would have thought of that, but I’m tucking in the back of my mind in “the just in case it ever happens to me” file. :)
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