The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful
By Myquillyn Smith (Published by Zondervan)
By the time we will hit our 11th Anniversary this coming spring, my husband and I will be moving into our 6th apartment since we got married. The first few apartments we had our fair share of boxes, with nothing on the wall. It was always going to be temporary, eventually we would find a place we could call home; we'd unpack, settle in...but rarely did it happen. Then we moved practically to another world going from Alaska to Texas, then came babies, there never seemed any time to settle in. I was greatly unhappy, disconnected from the place I was spending 98% of my time.
This book is not a miracle book, solving all of your problems, but what it does do is give a person permission to make a home right where they are. Reading the author's experiences, thoughts and suggestions not only quieted that nagging dissatisfaction I was feeling that I needed to wait until I owned a home before I could make a place of my own. As we embark on our next move in the spring, I have great plans on how I will make the place our home from the start. I would high recommend this book for those who want to make a home right where they are, even if it might be temporary housing or apartment life.
Some lessons I learned from this book:
1. To ask questions. It can't hurt to ask your landlord if you can paint, we learned our current location allows us to if we will just paint it back before we leave.
2. To make do. You don't need to have a fancy magazine spread for a living environment, you can make do with things found on Craig's list, resale shops, garage Sales, or even repurpose things for alternative jobs from your own collection.
3. Make space. Sometimes clearing the space, getting rid of items that can be sold, traded or given away will help you obtain money or space for your ideas.
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