The guiding word for my home (and life) in 2017 is simplify.
Choosing a guiding word for my home has become a New Year’s tradition. My past guiding words were:
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How I’m Displaying My Guiding Word this Year
This year, in the spirit of keeping it simple and using what I already have, my word is displayed on the chalkboard in my kitchen.
But I didn’t just want to write my word up there. Instead, I collected all my favorite quotes about simplifying. Many have the word simplify in them; others are about living simply.
I filled two pages in my journal with simplify quotes. Then, I channeled my inner Amy Latta, author of Hand Lettering for Relaxation, and designed each of the quotes in my bullet journal, planning them out in pencil first, then inking them in.
I ended up with 19 quotes in all—enough to display a new quote on my chalkboard every few weeks.
Now, I’m not much of a chalk artist. So, I cheated and used my mini projector to transfer my handwritten quotes to the chalkboard. It took less than five minutes, and I didn’t have to worry about centering and straight lines.
I think the quotes will help me maintain focus on my guiding word and home goals throughout the year. Each quote offers something new to ponder and a reminder of why I chose the word simplify in the first place.
For us, simplifying our home in 2018 is going to involve a lot of change, and it won’t always be easy. I think the quotes will serve as reminders, but also as nudges to keep going.
Collecting these quotes inspired me to add a NEW extra credit page to the Guiding Word for Your Home workbook this year. It includes space to document quotes for your chosen word.
Free Guiding Word for Your Home Workbook
To make it as easy as possible for you to find the right word for your home, I created a workbook for you. Inside you’ll find:
- Eight journal questions to help you choose a guiding word
- A place to document your chosen word and journal how you will use it to improve your home
- Extra Credit: A bonus page to collect and document quotes related to your word
Share Your Word Below
Each year I collect and post a list of guiding words chosen by School of Decorating readers. Once you’ve picked a word, please come back and share it in the comments. Your word might inspire someone else.