Before we jump into these tips, let’s remember that less is more. You don’t need all of the latest fashion statements to create a warm environment where you can serve and love people well. Although, you can totally have an Instagram worthy home on a budget! It is all about how you use your resources. The home was created by God to be a place where people are nurtured and grow to know Him. It has such potential to be a place where ministry happens amidst the chaos. Discipleship over coffee, children learning about a God who loves them, people who are invited and wanted, strangers welcomed amiably, Small group meetings taking place, and the list goes on and on.
What we often disregard is the environment of our home. While it is fine to be “lived in” and even messy at times, we should strive to make it warm and inviting. We all know the difference between walking into a home that is well loved and one that feels gross.
One way that we can make our homes warm and inviting (besides cleaning!) is by nesting. With that said, here are some tips on how to nest on a budget!
- Go thrift shopping! This is one of the best ways to save money. “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” as they say. You can decorate your home (jars, baskets, picture frames, wreaths, lamps, rugs, furniture, etc.) and buy clothes. This is an affordable way to get things that are new to you. When you replace an item or have too much of something, you can donate it back to the store.
- Recycle the Items you have. Repurpose something that you have used in the past for something else. You can do this by repainting, repairing, cleaning, etc. By doing this and maintaining what you have, you can greatly decrease the money you spend on things you “need”.
- Save up for quality items. If you want to have the same rocking chair when you are a grandma, learn to go without for awhile and save up. You will be glad you did! It is all about splurging wisely.
- Make items with the skills you already have OR learn new skills! One way that I do this is by painting on a canvas and using calligraphy to put some scripture or a quote on it. I have a friend that knows how to cross stitch so this is my next skill I want to learn! As a homemaker learning new skills should be something we look forward to and enjoy, whether that is learning how to cook or bake a new dish, small engine repair, artistic endeavors, or whatever you can think of! I took my mother-in-laws idea of posting scripture on my bathroom mirror so that I am memorizing it throughout my day.
- Learn to NOT impulse buy. The amount of money that we spend just because we happened to see something that we have wanted is unreasonable. If we learn to curb these habits, and save instead, we will be able to buy those things later on (if they are still even wanted!)
In the end remember that the atmosphere in your home is most greatly effected by none other that you! Your attitude as a homemaker is not the cherry on top, but the foundation upon which comes the warm and inviting atmosphere that you are striving for. You make or break your home. Speaking and meditating on the truth is a huge way that we can change our attitudes to be more focused on Christ!
Scripture about our Homes:
Isaiah 32:18- “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”
Proverbs 14:1- “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Proverbs 24:2-4-“By wisdom a house is build, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”
Have a beautiful day ❤