Yes, cleaning can be a drag. I don’t always look forward to going through the routine of picking up, cleaning toilets, mopping floors, etc., but I have found that it can actually be very stimulating to my creativity. I know it sounds crazy, but cleaning can be a good time to think and interact with my surroundings in a way that makes me look at them in a fresh way. Sometimes I get my best decorating ideas when I’m cleaning! Really!
Last weekend, as I was cleaning, I started to feel that creative spark. I was motivated to take care of some things that have been hanging out in corners since we moved here… a stack of pictures, ironstone plates, a chandelier still swaddled in bubblewrap. We’ve lived here for several months and it’s time to take care of some of this stuff. Yes, it’ll probably change again down the road, as I find furniture pieces to fill holes or work on various projects, but that doesn’t mean I can’t hang some pictures on the wall for the time being.
So, I hung some pictures and platters on the wall in the master bedroom…
A pair of ironstone platters are now hung above the antique prints next to the bed…
I also hung a grouping of old family photos over the chase in the corner.
And some platters, old photos, and a framed piece of antique crochet-work over the sideboard between the closet and bathroom. (I bought that piece of crochet- work at a thrift store over 15 years ago and it’s been a keeper all that time.)
As I was hanging up the pictures, I realized I’ve been stalling on hanging them, because I’ve been getting stuck in the domino-effect that happens when you’re decorating, especially when you’re working on a new-to-you home. I can’t hang pictures until I paint the walls or until I find the right piece of furniture to go there or until such-and-such is done. I find that I’ve been doing that in places all over the house, but last weekend, I decided to not worry about all that is still on the to-do list.
Hanging pictures and things I already own on the wall is free and it immediately made the room look more finished. Good lesson.
Have you been stalling on simple, free things you can do today or this weekend to make your home feel more finished or more like you? If so, what are you going to do about it…?