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stories of home

Hello, first day of August. So friends – how is your story-telling and life-documenting going lately?

I was recently scrolling through my pictures and reflecting on our Summer. Our family has really enjoyed the change of pace, the break from an early alarm clock, the chance to travel and enjoy extended family, and other opportunities that Summer affords. Naturally, my pictures have been really heavy on events and activities and places … and I love that.

Something I have found is missing in my camera roll recently is pictures of HOME. Stories of home.

When I asked you how your story-telling and life-documenting is going, this is really the follow-up question: Will you join me in telling the stories of your home?

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Today (Thursday, August 1) I am going to flood my social media channels with lots of pictures from our home for the purpose of inspiring others to do the same.

But why?

I feel like our home gets left out of much of our life documenting and story telling. It’s important to record special memories and people we love and places we go. But HOME is often forgotten, for a number of reasons. Perhaps because it’s such a part of our everyday, it’s easy to look over it. Perhaps we don’t love the messes and unfinished projects. Perhaps we like the idea of photographing our living space but we’re putting it off until we finish decorating that room or we’re waiting until we can replace that old couch.

HOME holds an abundance of stories of you – and your family. Telling the stories of home is telling the stories of life. I’m not asking you to write an essay (certainly if you wanted to, go right ahead). I’m inviting you to snap pictures around your house, and capture details of this physical space where you live, work, eat, play, organize, make messes, and love.

In a few days we’re going to re-group and I will share a quick & easy project idea that helps pull together those photos with written notes and stories that accompany the photos so that what we all have as a result, is a keepsake that we will absolutely treasure.

All day long today – starting right now this morning and ending late this evening – I will be sharing details of our home with the hope that you will feel inspired to do the same around your home. I am sharing the pictures in 3 places – facebook, instagram, and twitter (exact same pictures across the board). You’re going to see favorite pieces of furniture, un-made beds, messy drawers, a few DIY projects – and you’ll get glimpses of the STORIES OF HOME that I’m trying to document for our family.

All of my photos are taken with my iPhone. No big, fancy camera.

Since instagram & twitter utilize hash tags, I’ll be tagging my pictures there with #storiesofhome. So for those of you who want to join me in sharing some of your own pictures, go ahead and use #storiesofhome too! I’d love to see how you’re documenting home.

The “end result” project that I’m pulling together will have roughly 80 photos, so if you want to participate in that with me, this gives you an idea of how many pictures to take. Don’t think you could take that many pictures of home? Oh, for sure you can. It’s about the details – and the stories. And really, when you think about it, there is a story in everything. If your walls could talk …

I hope you’ll join me.

PS – There is no “deadline” attached to this. I’m sharing my photos all day today, and I’m sure some of you will also participate today – but I also know that some of you are better able to do this over the weekend or even next week … or later. It’s all good.

COMMENTS

34 Responses

  1. Heatherle says:

    I’m in. Been thinking the same thing. Between you and me, Becky, and your many followers. I’ll be tweeting my home office desk. I purged the office of two 50 gallon trollys of recycling, and 500 lbs of books because I needed to space to write a book this year — but I’m not ready to share it with my twitter people yet. So smile to yourself when you see that unnaturally clean work space. You’re on the list of people I thought about when I mistakenly told myself at first that it was impossible for a working mom to pull off a big dream.

  2. ShellyJaquet says:

    What a fun idea! I am in :)

  3. Pam K says:

    Becky ~ this is a terrific idea! Although my home is often messy; it is certainly lived in! I am going to try this ~ mess & all! Thanks for inspiring us with another great idea!

    I’ve often thought of doing something like this; not in the home but outside of our home. As I drive down the street or around the neighborhood (where we have lived for over 25 years), I’ve noticed a lot of changes … the trees have certainly grown taller, new businesses, neighbors come & go … we live in a beautiful neighborhood, but I don’t have any photos of it.

  4. Cyndee says:

    Becky,

    I LOVE this idea!

    We moved from NC to KY just over two years ago. We had spent about 9 years in that home and it hit me AFTER we were already packing that I didn’t really have any pictures of what the inside of our home looked like other than in the background of photos…

    How I wish I had even taken a photo of the blue jean faux painting technique I put on one son’s wall for a season. Or had captured their little boys rooms before they were gone.

    I supposed I could have bugged our realtor for our staged photos and had something, but let’s just say our relationship had deteriorated by that point.

    I won’t let that happen here! :)

    Blessings and thanks for all you do to encourage and inspire!
    Cyndee

    PS/ I’m heading to Michaels TODAY to get a new PL album – I’ve got 400 pics from our NYC trip the hubby and I took that I’ve already printed and need to get documented (as soon as school starts I’m going to get the rest of our albums caught up!). :))))

  5. Jaimee Howard says:

    Love this idea!!! Think I know what I will do for my Scrapfest PL workshop mini album now. You planned this strategically didn’t you Becky??

  6. Amy L says:

    Pictures of home can be so powerful. Over the course of a few years I decided to take pictures of the rooms of the house my grandparents raised their children in. Just for fun as a personal remembrance of all the memories I had. After my grandparents passed away I took a few more and I compiled all of them into a book for my family. As the family had to sell the house it meant the world to them that they had a visual record of the place so many memories were made. And I love that my youngest kids who don’t have many memories of their house and my nieces and nephews who have none can see the place we have so many good memories of. Take pictures of everything! There are some things I missed that I regret now, but I am so grateful for what I have. My grandfather built the house, my mom was raised their and I learned what family and unconditional love was there and I will forever treasure the record I have of that house.

  7. Jennifer D says:

    I’m in! Don’t have a large place by any means, but what a great way to document this place and the memories that we have made in the 10 years we have lived there.

    Thanks for the “push” to document the every day things in life that we forget. Can’t wait to see you at the MOA next month!

  8. Tanya says:

    LOVE THIS IDEA!! I’m so in! <3

  9. Sherry Stone says:

    Love this idea! Actually, I have lots of pictures of my house because #1. It’s my favorite place to be #2 it doesn’t run away when I get the camera out, #3 it always smiles at me

    • Wendy says:

      Oh, Sherry, I just laughed out loud all by myself while reading this. You are SO right! Well said!

  10. Alexandra says:

    Becky love the idea but 80 photos of my 2 room appartment, that´s going be tough :-)
    However I am going to try, because I think it will be fun to do ;-)

  11. ElseT says:

    I love this idea. I work outside the home every day and am glad when i get home at night! I don’t get much vacation (any, really) so home is my special place all the time. I like the idea of documenting it in photos. When I get home tonight, I’m taking pictures!!!

  12. Sandi says:

    Don’t forget the pantry/cabinets and the inside of the fridge! Very interesting years from now.

  13. erica K says:

    This is such a good idea! It drives me crazy that I can seem to take a pic in my house without catching a mess in the background. One day it occurred to me that I should journal about that, so I did. :)

  14. Ebony says:

    I love this idea!! I too have not taken vey many pics at apartment home as it is a “work in progress”‘ lol!
    I only have 2 rooms completly finished and just like you stated above, I keep saying “I’ll take pics when it’s all finished.” Seems like that’s taking forever though. hopefully this will help inspire me since I tend not to take many pics due to the mess.

  15. Susan says:

    I have already done this but with my garden over the weekend. Took over 40 pics and will put them in a mini Album for my sons.

  16. Carrie says:

    AAAAAANNNNNDDD (singing) this is why I love reading your blog and following you on Instagram. :)
    You have given me so many new ideas to document REAL LIFE, not just the happy, pretty stuff. I want to be able to produce a picture when my kids tell their kids “we had this ugly as sin blanket that we used when we watched tv in the winter”, or be able to say “here is a picture of how we handled laundry when your mommy was your age”. It’s this kind of stuff that tends to get forgotten, and this is the stuff that I want in my PL albums. Thank you Becky for all your hard work and all the inspiration you have given. I might need to put you on my “Thankful List” again this year.

  17. Wendy says:

    I love this idea. Things change and the walls get repainted and we get a new comforter, but the memories remain if you allow them to. It may just look like a laundry room door to most people, but it will ALWAYS make me remember that in that exact spot my daughter smiled for the first time when her Daddy was leaving for work one day. I am going home from work today and I will be taking a picture of that door first thing. Thanks for this beautiful idea – I can’t wait to see what project you have in store!

  18. Latrice says:

    I’m in. This is so true. I love what you’ve shared so far. Things I never thought of. I has been struggling with really capturing our EVERYDAY if it didn’t seem perfect. I was too caught up in getting great photos. You’ve shown me that the pictures can be amazing in a different way.

    Thank You

  19. Donna says:

    Hey Becky I just wanted to share a little something with you, my great niece Kelseye has been staying with me for a little while before she goes off to college in a couple weeks, she is so excited to be getting her FIRST apartment and has been having a ball gathering things for it. We were going thru some of my albums and she kind of laughed as some of my MUNDANE pictures u know like the laundry detg, Clorox wipes, my purse etc you know what I am talking about and I began to share with her why I took these odd pictures and then she showed me her phone and the pics in it and I was shocked ok so they may be a little different random pics but they are her Mundane at 18. So I am setting her up with a kit of her own and explained how flexible PL is and she is really excited to do this thank you again for this wonderful way of recording out lives…. Donna

  20. Charlene says:

    I’m from Australia….I love this idea, love my home. I’m in

  21. dawn says:

    Thanks so much Becky for including us in with you today! It was fun to document special things in my house. So awesome seeing all the pictures from you and others on IG.

    This would be a good idea for Ali Edward’s Hello Story class I’m in right now.

    Thanks again, keep the fun coming!

  22. Charlene says:

    I’ve spent all night photographing and uploading photos to Instagram as #qldaussie for #storiesofhome. It was so much fun because it is also about memories in my home and I love to share. Thanks for sharing yours Becky, I love seeing inside your home. It is like being a guest in your house from Australia. One of these memories was I actually planned one of our visits around driving through Arizona desert area so I could get a photo of myself in front of one of those Wild West looking cactus! We drove from Sedona to Phoenix (in winter) along a busy highway I’m telling my husband quick pullover, there they are! I’m off and running into this gravelly bush area and stood in front of this huge cactus. I was in heaven! Goodness knows what the passing motorists thought, must have thought I was a bit looney.

  23. Heidi says:

    Oh i wish i would have thought of this. My mom passed away a year ago and we are in the process of moving out of the house and i should have taken pictures of things to remember before i started packing. Maybe i can do this for when i move into my new home and take pictures of things that i am bringing from her home. Thanks for the inspirations!

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  25. Kristina says:

    I absolutely love this idea!! I can’t wait to see what the project will be:)

  26. Andrea says:

    Becky this is a FANTASTIC idea. I am about to move away from home, and I’m going to miss thee house I grew up in and the house my children have grown up in, quite terribly. I can’t take home with me when I go, but I can do this. LOVE this.

  27. CA Angel says:

    I saw this on one of the last days staying at my dad’s 110+ year old family farm house. I was able to take a ton of photos of the inside and out. This post inspired me to take photos of the little details that are often missed when taking a “whole room” shot. I can’t wait to put them all together.

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  29. Melanie says:

    I love this project! When I was 14, my dad passed away and my mom and I ended up moving around a lot. It meant everything to me to have pictures of all the special things from rooms in the house and of the house itself. Even now, almost 30 years later, those pictures from my childhood home evoke such great memories. It reminds me of one of my favorite songs, “If that Chair Could Talk”, by Rachel Proctor. Thank you so much for sharing pages from your album!

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