There are a few things you may have noticed about me. One of them being, I tend to start on a room, complete a few projects, get it looking close to how I want, then leave it and drop it cold. Ouch.
Sorry about that. And I’m even more sorry if you’re waiting for the full mudroom reveal, laundry room reveal, powder bathroom reveal, or… wait for it, the office reveal. Even the dining room and breakfast nook, if truth be told.
But before we get sad about it, let me share my method of madness, in the hopes I can explain why I choose to skip around… and what I’ve found to be my flow.
I decided a while ago, that instead of busting out several new projects to finish them just for the sake of “being done”, I instead wanted to take it slow and really appreciate what we were adding- and why.
When we first built our house, I knew there would be things we needed/ wanted to change. Yes, even though it was brand new, I couldn’t help but already imagine things we could improve on, change, or add over time with extra money. My goal, has always been to slowly build our home up to what we want, one project at a time, and as our budget allows.
That’s a fine line.
I originally started on the breakfast nook. We built the bench, added the planks and changed the light fixture. And even though I really, really, really wanted to completely finish the room and call it a reveal, I couldn’t. And the main reasoning for that is, to me it will never really be done. I’ll always be changing things, adding something as the budget allows, or dreaming of something new. That’s what keeps me going, and in all honesty, this blog.
And so my pattern continued. Once I felt like the breakfast nook had grown to my inspiration, or there close, I left it alone and began on a different room. Room, after room, I continued the same pattern. From an outsiders perspective, it would seem I’m all over the place. And that may be right.
At times, it can feel scattered, hopeless… and unorganized. One room may “look” finished, but it rarely ever is. Our breakfast nook isn’t even close. Really. I have a whole list of things I’d like to accomplish and change, but that’s just the beauty of it. There will always be something to change and dream about. And for me, that’s the way I operate. The important step, is the first one we make.
I wish I could be the type that does a big reveal every time I finish a new room (I LOVE THEM SO MUCH), and maybe some day I will, but for now, I’m going to continue to be all over the place. It works for me.
One minute it will be about our patio, then our entry (changes come soon), and the next I can’t stop thinking about our master bedroom (changes coming soon), bathroom and giving our pantry a makeover. That is exactly how my mind thinks. And truth be told, it sometimes drives me a little crazy. One minute I’m over here, and the next I’m over there. That’s exactly how I see things.
One day I’ll open up a closet and have a new idea come to mind. That idea may not leave my thoughts until it’s complete. So instead of writing it down, and filing it in the “closet” folder of my brain, it sits forefront, not-so patiently waiting for me to “just do it” already. Famous last words?
If you’ve ever heard the saying, one thing leads to another, then that’s exactly how my home projects/ inspiration works. I’m here, focusing on one thing, then I stumble upon something else, and leave my previous thought for the new one. Thank goodness I’m naturally clean and tidy, and despise obvious unfinished projects that just sit waiting for “someday”, or else I wouldn’t be able to exist in our home. It would eat at me, and make me itch. Luckily I don’t have that problem, because honestly, no one can ever tell what’s missing. It looks finished from the outside… but under the surface things are rippling and swaying. 😀
My goal this year, is to be perfectly content with what I do have. It’s so easy to get caught up in looking at beautiful homes and playing the comparison game. No matter what you have, or how you’ve done it, you are your worst critic and it’s time for that to stop.
So, let’s unite in being all over the place. After all, it is progress to admire. 😀