Thursday, September 3, 2015

Decorating 101

Have you ever watched HGTV?  In just 30 minutes (and with no budget), they turn any home into a decorator show place.  Why can't I get those results?  With the kids back in school and summer fun finished up, I have turned my focus to trying to decorate our "newish" house.  Unlike HGTV, real world decorating takes a lot of time and effort and budget.  All things, I would prefer to spend in other ways.

Here I sit with infinite ideas pouring out of Houzz and Pinterest.  Kids art wall?  Love it.   Everything stored in cute matching baskets?  Sounds great.  Mural on the Wall?  That must be easy.

Research shows it takes 20 positive comments to offset just one negative comment.  Maybe the same is true of decorator pictures.  For every one picture of pristine closets or perfect play rooms, I need 20 pictures of cluttered, clashing real world homes. Then, I may actually settle into realistic decorating expectations.

The kids rooms will be cluttered.   The pantry will be disorganized.   Things will get dirty, scratched, and broken. Instead of fighting these realities, I should except clutter follows kids like jelly follows peanut better.  I should be thankful we have enough food to make it messy.  And, I should realize homes are made to get broken - it means you are living and enjoying them.

While at some point, I do need to empty that box of glassware sitting in our coat closet. I need to cover up our currently naked walls.  And I need to get a table for our currently junk filled dining room.  Right now, I need to step away from Houzz and delete all HGTV content from the DVR.

Instead, I am going to grab the dog and walk to pick up the kids at school.  The weather is perfect today.  I will save the decorating for a day when it isn't (which may be a while, since it is usually nice here).

As for the family, we are mostly back to the school routine.  Lunches are in the fridge.  Homework is (I hope) getting done.  Activities are taking over our schedule.  Scott is back to traveling again, but not as much as in the spring.  I am volunteering for a myriad of things.  It definitely sounds like Fall.

That is life in MomZania

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