31 Days To Make A House A Home.

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Tomorrow begins a journey to turn our house into a home.  Tomorrow I will have to to turn our shack into chic.  Tomorrow I will hang pictures, hang shelves, and perhaps hang myself.

I'm dreading tomorrow.

I've thought about rebooting my topic everyday since I announced it.  Why didn't I do something simpler, that wouldn't demand hours of my time every single day?  How am I going to turn this place into a Martha Stewart masterpiece?  Cue panic, self doubt, and terror.

Then I realized something.

It doesn't have to be perfect.

In fact, it shouldn't be.  Our house is very much lived in.  We bustle around it getting the things we need to do done, we play, we laugh.  We're real.

And so this challenge is going to be absolutely realistic.  Does that mean lowering the bar for myself?  Absolutely.  I don't want people to follow my challenge and say "Wow, that is absolutely impossible for my to achieve.  I'm a working mother.  I'm a stay at home mom with children to home school and care for.  I'm a person with better things to do than spend hours a day making my house the epitome of homemaker perfection."  I want people to be able to follow my journey and see little things that they can do to make a change.

I'll be coming back to this post after each step I make and to link here, so if you're following me, this is where you'll want to be.

Thank you lovelies.

God Bless.

Day 1: Come To The Table
Day 2: It's Curtains For You
Day 3: Comin' Clean
Day 4: Brrr It's Cold In Here
Day 5: It Might Make You Eat Butter
Day 6: Declutter Bug
Day 7: What Really Makes A Home
Day 8: Store Don't Bore
Day 9: Eat, Pray, Love
Day 10: Upkeep
Day 11: Skeletons In My Closet, Part 1
Day 12: Failures
Day 13: Little By Little
Day 14: Planning Meals & Repurposing
Day 15: Bathing the Bathroom
Day 16: Dear Paul
Day 17: Mason Jarden
Day 18: Below the Bathroom Sink
Day 19: Skeletons In My Closet Part 2
Day 20: Ten Second Tidy
Day 21: Putting Baby In The Corner Part 1
Day 22: Sorting and Sorting and Sorting
Day 23: October 23, 2007
Day 24: Putting Baby In the Corner, Part 2
Day 25: Putting Baby In the Corner, Part 3
Day 26: Putting Baby In the Corner, Part 4
Day 27: Paint!
Day 28: Putting It Back Together
Day 29: Pipes & Cider
Day 30: Unkept Hanging Secrets
Day 31: The End

Organize and Decorate Everything


  1. Oh. My. Goodness. What a wonderful idea!! I hadn't seen your announcement, but I LOVE this!! I'm slowly working on doing the same to our house. I don't think I could do it in 31 days, but I'm excited to watch you do it!

  2. I love when my home is lived in. It is so much easier to care for things when there is less though. I am excited to see what becomes of your home in the next 31 days. What a great idea!

  3. You go girl! I too am embarking a major overhaul in my home and have to remind myself to take things slowly. Otherwise I will be disgusted with myself and quit on the first day. I'll be following you!

  4. You're right. Slowly, but surely, we can and should make our houses - homes. I'm looking forward to following along with you!

  5. Hi Megan.

    I am eager to see what you come up with for the 31 days. Will you be posting before pictures as well? I am also slowly trying to decorate and make our house *even though its a rental*, into our home.

    Looking forward to seeing your progress. Good luck.

    1. Most definitely! It'll take me a minute to swallow my pride but you can't see progress without knowing the past! :)

  6. I've popped in with the 31 days blog link and I'm glad you didn't choose Make a house into a Perfect Home - I hope that you keep your goals true to you and your family and don't be pressured to an outcome because of the blogging commitment. That being said - I look forward to the changes that you make.

  7. Looking forward to reading about your changes, and being inspired to make my own changes! Oh, wait, I'll probably have to wait to make my own changes until October is done, since I'm doing my own 31 Day series :)

  8. younghouselove.com

    ^John and Sherry = amazing.
    You're gonna do great!

    1. I'm totally addicted now! They do some amazing things!

  9. Ditto about younghouselove.com! Lots of ideas and very realistic. Also BowerPowerblog.com! Good luck, I have some projects of my own I've been meaning to pull off the back burner.

  10. I just liked you on FB so that I don't miss a day. I can't wait to see and I'm excited for you. It's an undertaking but it will be well worth it.

  11. We bought our first home back in May and we are still working on it being "lived in". We prefer the minimalist look (not easy with a toddler), so sometimes it still looks a bit bare. I second the rec from Margaux for Young House Love, and pinterest for inspiration of course! Lots of DIY stuff you can do to make things more cozy!

  12. What a great inspiration! My first time with the 31 days, and I am excited!

  13. This sounds fantastic! ♥ I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  14. this sounds great. what is even more great is that I came up with the SAME topic. I didn't even look at any of the ideas. I sat with my head down for a week trying to figure out what I was going to write about...I have lived in my hosue for a little over 6 months and still want to have it feel more lived in. Good luck Topic Sister :)

    1. I'm looking forward to seeing what this month has in store for you!

  15. I love this series idea, and the fact that you are willing to embrace the imperfect. Often I look around my home and think that it just isn't up to snuff - but who gets to define what that is? Looking forward to your journey!

  16. Great topic Megan, I'm joing the chorus of 'me too's', I've just started my blog to record our home meakeover - and very much the focus on being imperfect, and a 'real' home!! Looking forward to sharing your adventure this month.

  17. I third YHL they are so inspirational! I can't wait to see what you come up with! I really need to fix up our house too, looking forwards to trying some of your ideas!

  18. Nope, you don't need to be perfect, just good enough. With 5 kids in different stages, I've learned that my home is always going to be a work in progress while we try to meet everyone's needs.

  19. New here from The Nester. ;) I'll be reading ... my topic is similar in making our rental house a home. We homeschool too, so our house is very lived in! I look forward to your ideas.

  20. I absolutely love this challenge you've given yourself! We just moved, so I am totally needing to do this as well. I might have to join you with some of your daily posts!

    I think the perfect home is the one with all its' imperfections.

  21. When you said this, "Tomorrow I will hang pictures, hang shelves, and perhaps hang myself.", I knew I was in. Looking forward to your series.

  22. Firstly, I completely agree with Connie above - hilarious! Secondly, I am so insanely happy that I am not the only blogger attempting this! I can't wait to see what you do this month :)