Have you ever noticed that life is messy? I mean, surely my washcloths aren’t the only ones to get stinky (guilty) and if you still haven’t figured out how burrito beans get streaked across your couch cushions don’t feel bad … I’m puzzled too. The truth is life is messy, sometimes it’s downright dingy. We don’t live in fairy tale worlds where cutely dressed mice sweep our floors; sometimes the Christmas tree stays up till July and the let’s forget about having the patio arranged in floral bliss.
Making life pretty can be hard.
Especially when you’re busy, tired, broke or one of those non-creative folks.
But, dear one, it is important.
Making ordinary, everyday life pretty is important because it is artwork. Never let someone tell you otherwise; washing your dishes, dusting the furniture and making a home both functional and beautiful is a creative outlet. Some paint, some play music and others make everyday life pretty.
Here are five reasons why making (everyday) life pretty is important.
1. Making Life Pretty Makes You Feel Better
Remember how good it felt to look outside of your freshly washed windows? Or maybe you’ve experienced the joy of putting wildflowers in a mason jar? Making life pretty makes you feel better. When we set the timer for 15 minutes and join our kids in a blitz-cleaning spree we feel good (and they feel good too!). When our homes are kept organized, clean and pretty we feel organized, clean and pretty.
2. Making Life Pretty Brings Peace Into Your Home
We all know that life can be chaotic but I want to encourage you to bring peace into your home by making life pretty. Sometimes, it’s as simple as lighting a candle or using the good set of dishes for once. Turn on worship music while you wash dishes and sing while you fold laundry. We bring peace into our homes when we purpose to make life pretty — suddenly, life becomes a little less hurried and a little more cherished.
3. Making Life Pretty Creates Purpose
There have been days when I don’t feel like going the extra mile. Instead of making life pretty I simply push through it, accomplishing my to-do list with little drive or joy. Soon I find myself in a “funk” (typically signified by tv marathons and cookie dough raids). And while everyone needs a down day (amen?) purposeless days are something we need to avoid. Who likes going through life in a fog, barely able to get supper on the table let alone make it a nice one?
I have found that by taking the time to make life pretty I create more purpose in my day. And when I feel purposeful I feel helpful, settled and happy.
4. Making Life Pretty Encourages Others
I have a few friends I love to visit with; and even though their homes are small, the sinks crowded with dishes and the floors crumby I feel welcomed, wanted and refreshed. One takes the time to make her life pretty by offering me homemade cookies and tea out of a tin can she has collected. Another delights me by discussing the latest feminine styles and ventures she works into her photography business. One ushers me out to her porch where a few simple flower pots and a glass of iced tea make the evening even more lovely.
It doesn’t take much to make life pretty and encourage, bless and refresh our friends and family.
5. Making Life Pretty Makes Your Creator Smile
Finally, when we make our plain, ordinary days pretty we make our Creator smile. How do I know? One of our Creator God’s attributes is that He makes things beautiful. His Word tells us that He was pleased with His creation, that our bodies are made wonderfully and that, as women, we’re to be keepers of our home. When we set about to create beautiful, peace-filled lives we reflect attributes of our Creator. As we aim to make the messy, ordinary bits of life pretty we bring joy to the God Who made everyday life full of purpose.
Why do you make everyday life pretty? Have you discovered some of the rewards which come from creating beauty in the simple days?
With so much love,