Hitting the RESET button...In Your House

Hello again!  While on the topic of RESET I thought I’d share the mess I’ve gotten myself into the past few days.  Literally, a mess!  My beautiful little house looks like its been ransacked by tasmanian devils.  Let me explain.

Christmas 2016 was one of overwhelming abundance.  Wow, God is good!  It was especially fun because each child received something they had really wanted and even been praying for. One of those gifts was a drum set for my 10 year old son Dominic. If you know us personally you know that all our kids are musical, especially Dominic.  He has a PASSION for music that cannot be quenched!  He received his first toddler drum set at at 18 months old on Christmas of 2007. He was SO happy! Here are some pics of Dominic at 18 months receiving his first set and a few of him at age 2 & 3.

 18 months - Christmas 2007

18 months - Christmas 2007

 18 months - Christmas 2007

18 months - Christmas 2007

 2 years - playing along with music on the iPod

2 years - playing along with music on the iPod

 3 years

3 years

Unfortunately he never received an upgrade, but thankfully he has parents who are pastors therefore he has enjoyed access to good drum sets through the years.  Anyway, this year he got his upgrade! A huge thanks to Pap and Grammie for making it possible as well as keeping it hidden at their house! The drums are now neatly set up in our NEW MUSIC ROOM….which leads me back to why my house is in a current state of disaster.

Do you find that starting a project in your house leads to one horrifying mess after another? Ugh.  This is the part I hate!  I love the final product but getting there is so exhausting.  Obviously the drums couldn’t stay at Pap and Grammie’s. The question then became where will they do in our house??? Scott and I decided against the loft because there is no way to contain the volume (if that’s even possible with drums). The only option that made sense was to convert the boys’ bedroom into a music room and move the boys beds out to the open loft.  The loft would now serve as part sleeping quarters, part play area.  The boys’ room would become not just the drum room but the NEW MUSIC STUDIO!  Everyone (including Dominic and James of course) was in agreement that this was the right plan so we moved forward.

I’ll keep this as short and concise as I can but you know the drill.  First we cleared the space in the loft for the beds, moved the beds, mattresses, etc into place.  Then all shelves, night stands, books, toys, fish tank and…stuff.. had to be taken out of the old room and arranged in the loft. I must say, it looks awesome!  This however took a lot of time. Theeeennnnn….we had to clean the boys old room!  My word. It was like running a marathon.  Just keep going…don’t. stop. cleaning.  One inch at a time.  This is where I’m grateful for my essential oils! Well, the job got done with my awesome little helper Kelly Joy by my side.  What a good sissy she is! While we cleaned the boys were picking up the drums from the grandparent’s house and let me tell you….the mess and hard work was WELL WORTH it as Scott and I watched Dominic set up his new drum set in his new space!

You see, as a family we decided to hit the RESET button.  TOGETHER we decided to do something based on what God has called us to as a family.  It’s not only Dominic that has a passion for music, we all do!  The truth is we really do need a music room/studio in our home because music, worship, songwriting is OUR calling.  We made an adjustment based on a family call.  We have always taught our kids that we are called to ministry as a family.  Individually we bring unique strengths, talents, and anointings to the table but when we come together as a family, it is powerful!  We decided to get creative and do something a little unconventional.  Now the boys sleep in an open loft that their siblings and little cousins could easily mess up.  Oh well!  Now the clanging sound of drums will fill my home.  Bring it on!  Now James can practice his guitar, Scott can set up his console for recording, the girls can sing into their mics and amps, I can record demo’s and we can have fun as a family doing something we are all passionate about!

To me, this was a much needed RESET!

Do you have an area in your home where you need to hit the RESET button?  Do you love to read and write but have no quiet, beautiful space to do so? Is your house cluttered with all sorts of stuff you don’t use?  Get rid of it!  You’ll feel SO MUCH BETTER! Quick side note to Moms who may be reading this….your house is probably filled with WAY TOO MANY TOYS…and crap! For example – broken pencils, colored pencils and crayons. Random puzzle pieces. Books that have torn pages or are from like 7 years ago. Every piece of artwork they ever created in school.  Your kids don’t need it and neither do you.  Take a quick second and think through what your kids actually play with.  Keep those toys.  Get rid of the rest.  Keep all the really sweet stuff they made in school too (I’m not totally heartless). Moms and dads – how many kitchen utensils, office supplies, clothes, shoes, ear buds, DVD’s, receipts, books, cleaning supplies, toiletries do you really need? Scale down.

Tune into your passions and the passions of your kids and build your space around what adds true value to you and each person in your family.  Make your bedroom peaceful.  Make your kids rooms fun and focused on who they are as a person.  Make your living spaces functional and less cluttered.  Yes, it takes time, planning, energy, sometimes money (but it doesn’t have to).  Sell stuff online and use the money to buy organizational stuff or maybe a few new decor pieces.  Anyway, you get the point.

I really hope you’ll take some time to hit the RESET button in your home because after all we spend a ton of time at home!  There a saying that goes, “there’s no place like home.” It makes me sad that home is often stressful to a lot of people.  None of us are perfect (I’m the queen of piles).  Start somewhere! Ready, set, go!

Talk to you soon!

Lydia