31 Days To Make A House A Home: Day 1: Come To The Table

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There are so many ways I can begin this challenge.  Initially, I wanted to begin with a big house cleaning to give me a nice and sparkly slate to start from.  But since I've only been home to sleep over the last week or so and our house looks like this right now  I think the cleaning portion will have to come on a day when I have time to really make a go of it.  So we're starting small.  Baby steps.

The kitchen table.

I can tell you the last time we sat down as a family and had dinner.  I can tell you this, because it's documented.  I was very, very pregnant and Paul made soup, garlic bread, and brought me flowers.


Yes.  It's been that long.

And this is what it looks like right now:





Are you judging me?  Good.  You should be.  Our table has become the home of things we don't want to put away.  It is not a place of food or conversation, it's a clutter zone.  In fact, I even turned it sideways for better junk storage, as you can see.

And yes, those are the same flowers.  Just dried out and falling apart on the table.  So I'll start there.  I put away the corning ware, the random food stuffs, the dishes.  I wiped down the table, I vacuumed, threw away things I had been keeping just in case. I put back the chairs, and used a sheet as a table cloth. And you know what?  It felt great.

This is more than I've done for the house in months.  It may have been the smallest of baby steps, but it's a start, and I feel accomplished.  My table looks sexy.  It looks like a place where I can put away my worries and enjoy a meal with my husband. 

Tonight



This will be the first sit down meal we've ever had together in our home.  We will be turning off our tech, and focusing on each other.  I want conversation and connection, something that has been missing from our ridiculously busy lives.  If we can't take a moment out of our day just to be then what's the point of it all?  For the next 31 days I want this to be our haven, for our family to start good traditions and continue them beyond October.



Until tomorrow!


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20 comments:

  1. Whoa, looking good!! A tablecloth always makes me feel fancy. We are trying to start eating together at the table too. Good luck :)

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  2. Yay! Good for you!! We home school, too and that is a lot of work, but family dinners are important, too.

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  3. Great work! This makes a huge difference and probably feels good, too. Enjoy your dinner! :)

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  4. I popped over from the Nester. First - your baby is adorable! Second - good for you for taking things one small step at a time. Lasting change happens slowly. Third - family meals are so important. Shutting off the phones/TVs/iPads/computers is a great first step...as is clearning off the table :) Someday, Anthony will take part in your dinnertime conversations, so you're doing this for him too. I hope you get lots of people cheering you on along your journey! I know I will be...in between writing my own 31 Day posts :)

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    1. Thanks lady! I'm looking forward to building traditions for my little one. :)

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  5. Love it!! Definitely a great place to start. :)

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  6. Sounds like you're on a fantastic way! Love the fact that you started with the table- family dinners are such a great way to stay connected.

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  7. Great words of wisdom :) Y'all's whole self-sufficient thing is so cool...we just got chickens and expanded our garden and I was already feeling like Laura Ingalls Wilder :)

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  9. Yaaaay Megs!! What a great start to your journey! We make sure to eat at the table every night (except weekends) and we really enjoy that time. We shut off the TV and leave the phones in the other room, and we just enjoy each other's company. I am so happy you are headed that way too!

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  10. Megan this inspired me, and made me cry. so sweet, so loving. You go girlfriend!

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  11. You picked a great place to start! The family table is so important - its been said that children whose families eat dinner together do better in school! Anyway, a tablecloth is wonderful and I'm so excited for you that you have a "sexy" table. Enjoy!

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  12. This was very inspiring! Uhhh but first I need to get chairs for our table ;0)

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  13. What did hubby think?

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  14. Stopped by from The Nester! Looking forward to coming back this montha nd seeing all that you do!

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  15. I love this :) baby steps! Homes that at lived in are much more inviting that homes where you can't touch anything - remember that :)

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  16. This is not what I expected - and I love it! I'll be back!

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