In pursuit of a simple, fabulous, imperfect life at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is this site called The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking?

A: I once felt that I should strive for perfection while being willing to settle for my best.  But I've come to see that the things I want from my life and home are so much better than "perfection".  I want authentic, lovely, welcoming, grace-filled.   Perfect doesn't even make the list.

Also, I enjoy the notion of a complete guide to imperfection. 

Q: How on earth , with five kids, do you find the time to craft and blog?

A: I've addressed this question before (in this post) and been open about some of the things I fail to do (here and here) but here are 3 points that y'all should know.
  1. I really don't do it all.  If I'm crafting up a storm, we might order take out.  If I'm blogging, the dishes aren't done.  Our home is about 70% clean about 70% of the time and I'm okay with that.
  2. I work hard.   I didn't sign up for the easy life when I decided to have a ton of kids, homeschool them, create a handmade home and blog in my spare time.  It's hard work, but it's awesome!  Also, I drink a lot of coffee and consider sleep optional.
  3. My husband is super supportive, super helpful, and has a flexible work schedule.  He also works very hard and loves with such joy and wisdom and grace that he brings out the best in those around him.

Q: Why do you talk about God on a homemaking blog?

A: I am a Christian.  I don't claim to have all the answers or to have it all together (oh, goodness no!) but my faith is a huge part of who I am as a wife, mother and homemaker.  I have no intention of shoving my faith down anybodies throat, but I am going to share candidly about the things I am passionate about.

If you would like to know more about what Jesus Christ has done to save each of us from ourselves, please email me at Kelly {at} imperfecthomemaking {dot} com.  I would love to speak with you  :)

Q:  Wow, you are kinda passionate about this homemaking stuff, aren't you?!

A: We all make decisions in life that define the path we will travel.  And I made all the wrong ones.  Even after I became a Christian, I made decisions from a place of fear and hurt and ended up in a really bad spot.
And I didn't pick myself up by my bootstraps or get my act together.  To the contrary: in my desperation God poured grace upon grace and gave me an opportunity to start over.
So now I have this entirely undeserved privilege of spending my days in service to the most incredible people I know.   So yes, I am kinda passionate about it.

Q: Can you tell me the paint colour in your laundry room/entry?

A: I wish I could!  I purchased 3 cans of Benjamin Moore's "Blue Grass" to paint my bathroom and my laundry room. But after painting the bathroom I was not loving the colour as much as I thought I would. So I took it back and had them add about 20 shots of blue.  Now, It's pretty much my dream colour.

This is the original colour: Benjamin Moore's "Blue Grass"

This is the re-tint that I absolutely adore.

Same room, different angle and lighting.

Q:Hey, what is that hangy thing in your laundry room.  Where can I get one?

A:  It's the Antonius Height Adjustable clothes Dryer from Ikea.  It's on a pulley, so that you can lower it to put your clothes on it, and raise it again while they dry.  It's pretty nifty.

Q: I want to start/grow my blog.  Can you give me some advice?

A: I am sincerely flattered that people ask this.  Honestly, I think there are thousands of resources on the internet better suited to give you blogging advice, but I will share with you the things that have helped me.
  1. Create the kind of blog you would like to read.
  2. Create content as regularly as you can.  This is difficult to do and will be change with the different seasons of your life, but basically more blog posts=faster growth
  3. I never post a blog post without a picture.  I don't tend to read blog posts without pictures, so I don't expect my readers to.
  4. Be patient.  I was blogging for a year before I received my first paycheck.  You could probably accomplish it in less time, but the point is that what others see as overnight success normally has months/years/decades of work behind it.
  5. If you really want to take your blog to the next level, read probloggers 31 days to Build a Better Blog. It is exactly the kick in the butt some of us need to get our blogs functioning better. Click here to learn more.

    Q: You made a typo and this bugs me to no end.  Where should I send the hate mail regarding this matter?

    A: All complaints concerning my typos and grammatical errors can be sent to my third grade teacher who will process your complaint and remove the appropriate gold star from my file.

    But seriously, if you could just get over it, that would be awesome.  Thanks  :)

    Thank you for spending your precious free time at The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.  I'm honoured that you take the time to read my words!
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