I don’t know about you, but I second-guess every decorating decision. We moved into this house coming up on 3 years ago, and most of the rooms still feel “unfinished” because I just can’t figure out what I want a room to look like.
I know, I’m lame.
I would like to contribute my lack of decorating productivity to being super busy (just blame it on the kids, right? LOL). But the truth is that I have been making 5 bad decorating habits ever since moving into this house.
And it’s time to knock it off, already!
Do you find yourself in the same dilemma? Or are you a total rock star and your house look totally reflects you? If so, then I love you, and I’m going to stalk you for suggestions :).
But if you’re like me and you’ve been stuck in the decorating department, here are 5 bad decorating habits to let go of NOW!
Who’s with me?
1. STOP asking for permission on how to decorate.
If you want turquoise on every square inch of your walls, do it! Seriously, nearly all the painted walls in my house (except for my “school bus yellow” kitchen) are turquoise or some shade of it. Thankfully, hubby doesn’t care (whew!), but I was asking people from permission, if it was a “good idea” to paint everything turquoise, and…….well…..don’t ask others for their opinions. I’m realizing that if you love it, go for it! I doubt House Beautiful is going to be knocking on your door anytime soon, so who cares? I know they ain’t comin’ to mine!
My bedroom is Sherwin Williams Rainwashed. Ahhh….love it!
My thrifted craft room is also turquoise:
2. STOP ignoring your feelings.
I am tired of cringing every time I come home. I want to come home and feel like a queen in a pretty, clean, well-organized home (um, I wish my kids could read this–clean, I say!!). If you’re walking into your home and you’re not feeling like it’s your oasis, it’s time to change some things. That’s what I’m trying to do! Stop decorating with someone else’s style.
3. STOP comparing your home on Pinterest.
I hate Pinterest (okay…it’s really a love/hate relationship). Every time I go there, I leave a bit frustrated after a few minutes, because nothing in my house stacks up to what those other chicks’ places look like! My house feels like an “Eclectic Nightmare” because everything doesn’t fit well together yet, and I have limited time and money to (and sometimes VISION!) to pull a room together to look so “together” If you compare, too, it’s time to stop. Inspiration is good, but let’s not have inspiration cause frustration!
Here’s a video I recorded to bring home this message — Stop Thinking You Have an Ugly House
4. STOP buying “anything” and “everything.”
Okay, you know how we thrift divers love a good deal (and if you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you know I fully support impulse buying at the thrift store . I have bought many ‘a things just because it was a smokin’ deal. But later, I realize that it’s either “not me” or that I just don’t LOVE it. But for some reason, I’ve got it sitting around for whatever reason. I’m on a new kick now to start buying only the things I love, and leaving the things I “like” for other people that may “love” it!
5. STOP trying to be perfect.
I spend too much time trying to make things look and feel perfect. Do you do this, too? Going forward, I’m going to fill my house with the things that I love and that make my house my oasis of coziness and comfort! Every picture won’t have to be perfect. My sofa won’t have to be manicured perfectly with pillows. In fact, it may even be milk-stained with mashed veggie nuggets underneath of it But as long as it’s cozy and cheerful, it will be perfect for my family
Do you have any bad decorating habits that you’re tired of? LEAVE A COMMENT below and tell me!
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