Confession - My House is a Mess

03.16.2016

If there was a rock bottom for a messy house, I think I just hit it. My piles and piles of things seem to have no end. I've even read Marie Kondo's, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, twice. Truth is, the thought of deep diving into a full house purge, clean and re-organization feels very overwhelming and I'm delaying the task in any way that I can.

Why the confession? One of the biggest concerns I hear from families when they're thinking about getting professional portraits done in their home is that they want to wait until they have time to make it look nice, renovate that room, put away the baby stuff, insert your own here ________. I'm using myself as an example to show you that a family photography session done inside the home can turn out beautifully, even if you don't have a perfectly spotless house or one that looks straight out of a design magazine.

You see, I have a little secret. I can make messy look beautiful. 

 There's winter, and then there's tulip season. 

There's winter, and then there's tulip season. 

Okay, I don't know any magic tricks but I am pretty nifty with a camera and remember, what's captured on camera is only part of the full picture. The photos below? You would've never guessed that there's a pile of dishes and meal prep mess from the breakfast I just ate.

 Like owner, like cat. Kayla loves tulips as much as I do.

Like owner, like cat. Kayla loves tulips as much as I do.

 Tea and tulips = my perfect Sunday. 

Tea and tulips = my perfect Sunday. 

That mail I have to clear and a some empty bottles I have to return in the background? Blurred into oblivion. 

 Sunday afternoons with coffee and a vase of fresh spring tulips.

Sunday afternoons with coffee and a vase of fresh spring tulips.

Personally, I love doing day in the life family portraits in the family's own home because that's where everyone eats together, plays together and have their most meaningful moments together. Sure, you can wait until the timing is perfect, but life gets busy, things get messy and everything moves right along until all of a sudden it's a year later and you still haven't gotten around to doing everything you wanted to do (true story).

Would you rather:
Spend half a day cleaning?
or spend half a day doing something fun, hanging out with your favourite people and turn that time into beautiful memories?

Yes, you really can skip the first option and go right to the second. 

 I love the smell of fresh cut tulips. Happy spring!

I love the smell of fresh cut tulips. Happy spring!

So back to my original problem, before I successfully changed the topic for myself. About my mess. I do plan to do a full Konmari in the *near future, so please do check back to watch my progress. Or if you haven't joined the Sunday Kind of Love community, you can do that here to get monthly updates right to your inbox.

**If you are one of those lucky people who have no trouble keeping a tidy home, I want to hear from you! Please share your best cleaning tips for me in the comments below. 

Hope you enjoyed the tulips! 

xoxo,
Vivian

 

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