My home motto is to work with what you have.
Do you ever scroll through Pinterest in search of a DIY project or decorating ideas and become overwhelmed?
I used to experience that. I’d scroll and save so many pins, but often I felt clueless on how to actually implement anything I was seeing.
Therefore, I became paralyzed because of comparison, suffering from what Heather Freeman calls Pinterest Paralysis.
I was focusing too much on making it look exactly like so-and-so’s home, instead of incorporating elements and pieces of it to make it work for our home.
I’ve learned to work with what I have.
I don’t have the biggest or prettiest home. It’s not “Pinterest Perfect” by any means. But I love this home for so many reasons and I’ve learned to appreciate what I do have and make the most of it.
Does that mean I’ll never buy a new piece of decor again? Or tackle a renovation? Not at all. The point isn’t to stop working towards a beautiful home – the point is to enjoy the process and be grateful for where you’re at.
Besides, there’s no point in pressuring ourselves to have that “Pinterest Home” because it only exists on Pinterest.
I absolutely love Pinterest, don’t get me wrong, but we have to look at it for what it is: as a curation of images – it’s like a magazine.
It’s wonderful to gain ideas and inspiration, but remember: that is the end result of a lot of hard work.
The before, the in-between’s of tools all over the floor, dust on every surface in your home, or bags of Dorito chips in the corner don’t make it into the “After.”
How To Work With What You Have.
So how do you work with what you have? What does that even mean?
It means that if you dislike the flooring in your entrance, get a plant and place it in the corner to add a new dimension.
Or a cute area rug.
Or DIY a bench or entrance table. Use or create pieces that you’ll really love to make the space more charming and align it with your vision.
Here are 12 other examples of how to do this in your home:
- Paint your walls.
- Change up your furniture layout.
- Get rid of clutter on the floor.
- Add throw pillows and blankets to your couches.
- Add pieces that reflect your personality (Do you collect mugs? Candles?)
- Update a light fixture.
- Get creative with a DIY project for a specific room/space.
- Use spray paint.
- Utilize baskets.
- Create a gallery wall with items on hand.
- Get an area rug.
- Find bargain items at thrift stores and garage sales.
Every home is unique with its own challenges and charming quirks.
It’s possible to create a home you love without all the stress. Because ultimately, it’s about creating an atmosphere, a place you love coming home to and spending your time at with the people you love.
“You were born and designed to create. Creativity and intelligence are a gift from God.”
Our homes are a canvas. A place for us to harness our creativity and imagination. Whether that happens through baking, organizing or decorating, we all find joy and purpose in it in different ways.
When you start working with what you have.
When you realize what’s in front of you, rather than looking around at what everyone else has or is doing (#guilty), life gets so much easier.
Everything can happen on your timeline when you’re ready and able.
Additionally, when you realize how good you have it, you gladly use what’s in front of you and work with what you have.
You learn to appreciate everything around you and utilize things in unique and creative ways.
I could easily have thrown in the towel on this blog and my Instagram account multiple times already. It was hard, so hard, seeing some of these stunning, jaw-droppinly gorgeous homes and feeling like you’ll never measure up or be seen.
However, God knew I would need to get that comparison thing out of my system or I’d always be in my own way. I’d never fulfill my potential or step out and do what He wanted me to do.
So one night He took it away.
That doesn’t mean the comparison magically disappeared forever, but I know how to deal with it now.
Your Home Is Unique.
There is beauty and personality in every single one of our homes. You may not always see it, but it’s there.
You hate the paint color on the walls? You’re allowed to change it.
You wish your lighting wasn’t outdated? Try some fun DIY’s and surprise yourself – you’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try.
Lastly, how do you work with what you have? By appreciating what you have, even as you’re browsing and thinking of ways to change some things up in the future.
Working with what’s in your home should be fun. Scrolling through Pinterest should not be stressful or overwhelming.
It starts right where you are. Embrace your home and the journey towards every project and making your home your own.