When I Have No Real Time or Money to Decorate My House
How do you feel about decorating your house? Is it a priority? Do you make time for it?
I have had decorating on my brain lately. Sometimes I have long stretches where I just don't care. I'm content to do life in my space and not obsess over how it looks.
And then there are times when I CARE. I get the itch to change and improve things. My thoughts become obsessive. I think a large part of it is that it's a creative outlet. It's "play" and a break from the monotony of mothering taking care of the daily household stuff.
Rarely are any of us in a place to do a complete overhaul of a space. It is impractical for our lives, our time, and our finances.
Gradual improvements are more realistic for most all of us. It takes months and years to make a beautiful home. Patience. It's a process. Plus, I love an eclectic, collected look. We can't rush it.
I mentioned that we are renovating the main living area in our home. I'm dreaming of pillows and seating arrangements (finishing touches), but we don't have a ceiling. This is not the time to go hunting for a great piece of art. I need to hunker down, wait out the renovation, and save our money.
We all have limitations - time, money, new babies, sickness, general busyness. But even when it's just not the week to load up on throw pillows and candles and buy a new arm chair, we can still do a few little somethings.
I have found a few totally FREE tricks to hold me over when I am overcome by my desires to decorate but because of life, I simply can't make it a real priority.
These are my 5 no-spend "decorating" tips that settle me down.
1- clean up
Sometimes a clean house is all I need. It's refreshing and calming.
2- get rid of something
My best example for this is when my mom encouraged me to get rid of a too-big-for-the-space coffee table that was dark and awkward. The room didn't need a new thing, it needed some sparseness. It was a revelation to me that getting rid of something can improve a room verses adding something.
Even getting rid of a load of kids toys can be such a rush.
3- ROY G. BIV your books
I love books when like colors are together. Rainbow books are my favorite. It makes such an impact.
I rearrange furniture all the time. Sometimes I move it right back. But it is worth a try to experiment with different layouts.
5- shop your own house
If you are trying to improve a particular space, sometimes you can "shop" your own house and find the perfect thing. Examples: moving art to better lighting, raiding your linen closet for a change of bedding, moving picture frames to a new shelf.
All these things are free and can be done in a nap time. What are your thoughts?
new favorite podcast - How To Decorate
one of my favorite decorating and design books Design Mom....and this one too, The Nesting Place
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