So, I found the nirvana that is Pinterest. And by that I mean it has inspired me to get my house in order. Seeing all those wonderful home settings and cool DIY crafts has motivated me to finally decorate. After living in my house for seven years!
See, when I was growing up we moved around a lot. Not the normal moving around that most people think of. It was not from town-to-town; it was simply from house-to-house: always in the same town, mostly in the same neighborhood, and almost always right next door to the house we were just living in. I remember taking boxes of my stuff from one house across the yard to the next house.
Before you think we were really weird (which we might have been anyway): my mother had gotten the idea that there was money to be made in flipping houses. And despite it being the 1980s, when interest rates were double-digits, she was right. From the time I was eight years old until I was twenty, we lived in no less than 11 houses. If you do the math that’s about a house every two years. We traded houses like some people trade cars. Then when I moved out of their house, I moved every year or two or three. The longest stint (prior to this house we’re in now) was 5 years.
So every two years or so, I get the urge to move.
But I haven’t moved in 7 years. So, I’m living with the same walls and furniture we started with when we moved in, thinking “Why bother. We’re moving soon.” And as a friend of mine would say, it’s rather “early American bachelor” because I haven’t wanted to invest m time, my energy, *myself* in the house.
But I’m tired of that.
- There are two kids and a husband living with me in 1600 square feet. That makes for a lot of storage issues (especially with toys) and needing places that are definably “adult” (i.e. sans toys) in the house.
- I am and “tosser” and the husband is a “keeper” so we don’t see eye-to-eye on what needs to get done with regards to what to keep and what to donate or sell.
- We are swimming in clutter.
- I can’t afford what I really want, which is someone to come in and tell me what do and what to buy (at *whatever cost*), so I’m having to be smart about what I do. I know it can be done less expensively and still look good (plus, where’s the fun and challenge in letting someone else dictate my style?)…but I’m not that creative when it comes to decorating. That’s why Pinterest has been like a gift from the gods for me.
I’ve amassed quite a few ideas for at least two rooms in my house (I’ve decided to get them done before focusing on anything else). My goal is to work on them a little bit every day.
So I’m going to Pin great ideas, Do them, and Love my home after.