Simplify by Not Playing the Comparison Game

Simplify by Not Playing the Comparison Game
source: TheBusyBrain

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that they can’t watch HGTV or look at home magazines because it leaves them feeling discontent with their own homes. If you struggle comparing your home to other people’s, here are a few things to remember:

1. Someone’s home will always be more beautiful than yours.

This may be the key to contentment in every area of life, accepting that there will always be someone who has it better than you. Our homes are no exception, and there will always, always be someone whose home is more beautiful than yours — whether that means more put together, more complete, whatever.

Once you accept this, you’ll be in a much better place to appreciate the beauty in other people’s homes without feeling like you need to compare it to your own!

2. Focus on the beauty rather than the lack.

Rather than focusing on what your home doesn’t have, focus on what it does have. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re fairly “rich” by world standards, and I’m willing to bet that there is beauty in your home. Maybe it’s a picture wall with a lifetime of memories or a big picture window or a piece of furniture that you love. Look for the beauty in your home rather than looking for the ugly!

3. Be creative and make the most of what you have.

I love to be creative with our home decor. My husband is the real artist, and he makes most of the decisions about our home, but I put the finishing touches on our guest bath a couple of years ago before my grandmother came to visit.

Because we didn’t have a lot of money at the time, I used items from around our house to do it. I rolled up the washcloths and slipped a napkin ring over them to sit on the shelf, used a porcelain platter to hold the toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, etc. and filled a basket with miscellaneous toiletries. It really has a shabby chic feel to it, and I enjoy it so much more than I would have if I’d just gone out and spent the money.

4. If it means not looking at others, unsubscribe or turn off the TV.

Finally, if looking at other people’s homes inevitably leads to comparing your home to others’, unsubscribe from the blogs or magazines or turn off the TV. Playing the comparison game leads to discontentment and discontentment leads to depression and despair. It’s just not worth it!

Do you struggle with the comparison game?