31 days of Loving Where You Live: Introduction

I hope you’ll be able to join me as we talk about making Your Home a Place Where You Love to Live no matter where you call home. This 31 Days of Loving Where You Live series was originally written 8 years ago but I’ve updated it and added many things to give you more information and ideas. I hope it will be as beneficial to you as it was for me as I wrote it.

I have lived in many homes throughout my life and a total of 14 since I’ve been married. They weren’t all ideal but it was what I called home at the time. Some we rented, some we owned, we had a really old one, a couple new ones, an apartment, a couple duplexes, some were too small, some needed a lot of work and some were perfect for us. The one thing they all had in common was that I tried to make the best out of where I was living at the time. I tried not to think of any of them as temporary because I knew they wouldn’t feel like home if I did.

As we go through the series each day will be linked below (remember that this series is being updated to make it better but it will take the month to update it with all the current information so please be patient):

Day 1: Introduction (you’re here)
Day 2: Declutter
Day 3: Simplify
Day 4: Simple Touches
Day 5: Quick Fixes
Day 6: Change the Look
Day 7: Make It Personal
Day 8: Know Your Style
Day 9: Make It Cozy
Day 10: Collections
Day 11: Tidy It Up
Day 12: Bring the Outdoors In
Day 13: Paint It
Day 14: Using Versatile Pieces
Day 15: Use What You Have
Day 16: Make It Welcoming
Day 17: Add Some Color
Day 18: Say It With Written Words
Day 19: Change It Up
Day 20: Sleeping Area
Day 21: The Porch
Day 22: Young Boys Room
Day 23: Tween Boys Room
Day 24: Teen Girls room
Day 25: The Kitchen
Day 26: The Garage/Shed
Day 27: Household Chores
Day 28: Car Organization
Day 29: Make Lists
Day 30: Home Flow
Day 31: Celebrate Your Home

Making simple changes to your place can help it feel like home and a place you love coming home to. You don’t have to spend much money and sometimes only a little amount of time. I’m going to be sharing ideas on organizing and decorating plus ideas for your whole house, ideas for individual rooms and little projects in this series. I hope you’ll be able to implement these ideas and turn your home into a place you love to live.

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  • Abby September 30, 2012, 6:17 pm

    this sounds like it will be a great series! I’m getting ready to move, again…and it’s nice to be reminded that every home can be made to feel like home.

  • Emily September 30, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Looking forward to this series!

  • Lisa September 30, 2012, 6:43 pm

    I’ll be here following your blog!

  • nebuchudnessar September 30, 2012, 8:09 pm

    Looking forward to the series!

  • Susan October 1, 2012, 6:14 am

    So glad I found this on Pinterest!! I am in home #10 in 21 years of marriage, so I understand what you mean about making each place “home” instead of thinking of it as temporary. Also understand each place has its unique challenges. Currently dealing with storage challenges, which means massive organization…and I am fresh out of ideas. Hoping to find new, interesting ideas here. 🙂

  • Liane October 1, 2012, 6:38 am

    Hi, I’m a new follower! I found you through The Nester and just wanted to say Hi. I’ll definitely be following this challenge! x

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  • Lindsey October 1, 2012, 12:35 pm

    can’t wait to follow you on your 31 Day Challenge. I think I will learn a lot from you in October. I am joining the challenge too!

  • Beth October 1, 2012, 1:07 pm

    I need this, i just moved into a rental and haven’t found that “home” feeling yet.

  • Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple October 1, 2012, 1:39 pm

    I can’t wait for this!! You have the best ideas!

  • Carol @arewethereyet October 1, 2012, 4:32 pm

    We are in our eighth house in thirteen years. The big difference this time is – it’s a rental. (We sold our house so quickly that we decided to rent instead of rushing into something we might regret later.) The problem is – how do I make this rental “feel” like home? I’ll be interested in seeing what you have done.

  • Wendy October 1, 2012, 5:25 pm

    Yes, I am interested in rental friendly ideas too. I live in my parents’ property. And although they wouldn’t “mind” if I changed things up, I always worry about making sure it stays in a state that they can sell it if they need to (builder’s beige anyone?). I use a lot of 3M Command products, but can’t make or afford any great changes.

  • alondra October 1, 2012, 7:52 pm

    Wow this has came at a great time being it October first. I have been in an appt. for the last 6 months. Everything is in it’s place however I have been hesitent to do more because I’m hoping this is temporary. I lived in a house for the past 13+ years & only my 3rd. home outside of my parents. So looking forward to this

  • Saundra M October 2, 2012, 2:49 am

    Can’t wait to see this series. LUV the wreath on your door.

  • Keri October 2, 2012, 9:26 am

    OK, so totally random comment- but is the house in the picture where you live? And are those fake dormer windows? The reason I ask is that this house looks EXACTLY like ours and i have never seen another one like it! Sorry for such a weird comment!!!

  • leanneja October 2, 2012, 9:36 am

    Yes, that is the house we are living in. The dormers were fake when we first moved in. They were in an unfinished attic area of the house but my husband opened up the wall to that area and now it’s a finished extension of our daughter’s bedroom. It’s a fun room and we love those windows now, but they don’t open. We might replace them at some point. I’ve seen a few houses that look just like ours. Are you in Utah?

  • Lottie October 2, 2012, 10:49 am

    I like what you said about not thinking of where you live as temporary because then you will not feel at home. I hope young people will take this to heart because that is one of my greatest regrets. My husband and I bought a 1100 sq. ft. starter home and thought of it as temporary so we never improved it like we wanted it, but what would sell. We ended up living there seventeen years! Really, I never felt at home, but dreamed of that someday house. Missed a lot of happiness that way. Young people, never think of your home as temporary.
    Have a great week!

  • Leah Quinn October 2, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Sounds wonderful and an interesting way to start the fall season off to a ‘right’ start! Im in!

  • Susan October 5, 2012, 2:46 pm

    So glad I found you! Will be catching up on the posts I missed so far, but now just subscribed so won’t miss anymore.

  • Laurie Clayton October 21, 2012, 8:40 pm

    Found your site late in the game but love the ideas!
    I’ll take a look at all of them ans see what I can contribute!

  • Diana January 6, 2013, 6:32 pm

    Someone’s Pinterest post led me to another “Day” in this series. And since I hate to start anything except at the beginning, I found the beginning. I am inspired by your words… “I tried not to think of any of them as temporary because I knew they wouldn’t feel like home if I did.” That’s the mindset I need to take. I look forward to reading your blog (I’m fairly new to it). Thank you for all of the great ideas!

  • Sharon Fleming September 22, 2013, 6:58 pm

    I too am so happy I came across this and look forward to reading and following. After several years of being in the same home town and only two homes a divorce and carrer change brought new living arrangements. When you travel with industrial construction the living arrangements change regularly but I always wanted my house to feel like home!!

  • Kathryn November 30, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Just wondering where Day 1 is? Looking forward to trying a few of these ideas. Thanks for posting.

  • Lacey July 21, 2016, 6:13 am

    Thank you so much for this series. Being an apartment dweller, we move quite a bit and it’s hard to make every place feel like “home” rather than “base-camp.” Thanks for these tips, they’ve really helped.

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