Before, I get rid of everything that does not bring me happiness and attempt to create order in our house (Phase One of Project Perfect), I must do something that is very important; decide what kind of home I want to create. In the lingo of 2015 I might even say how do I want to re-brand my house? What feeling do I want to have when I walk through each room of the house?
The challenge? For my priorities to reveal themselves upon walking through our home. What does that mean? If a strange man walked through our home, before calling the police I might ask him “what kind of people do you think we are?” Right now, strange man would not be impressed. Messy, one-dimensional, narcissistic and boring people he might say. (How dare he insult me after breaking into my home?!) There is barely any art on the wall. The walls are all white. Everything does not have a place. The only thing up is pictures of our children and us. This is not an accurate snapshot of what and who I value in life.
What kind of home do I want? One that splashes who we are as individuals and as a family into each nook and cranny. It will have art, from friends, and trips and relics of our life will be on display. Portraits of people we love will be up. Maps, globes and items that reflect love of travel will appear over time. Art from our children. It will make me feel comforted. It will feel safe.
Why does this matter? For me the space I am in affects me tremendously. Not everyone falls into this category. A disorganized home makes me feel bad. I believe the inverse of that might be also be true. For me the ramifications could be major, if there is physical order in my life I am sure many other more important things will fall into place.
I have a clear vision for how Project Perfect will happen. As mentioned, my first move will be with my clothes. Next, books, then kitchen ware, bathroom products, papers, photographs and sentimental items. Though I have an order in which these things will happen this is also a dynamic process and an experiment.
One thing I want to do in each phase or challenge of Project Perfect is help someone else. Without jumping ahead too much, I got the idea of getting art for our house from a friend who is also an artist. Here is her website. She does watercolor and I love the colors she chooses.watercolorhttp://www.erikasomogyi.com/ERIKA-SOMOGYI
I am going to get in touch with her about choosing a print to help us start the process so I can be inspired as I move through the “getting rid of stuff” phase.
How can you start your own home makeover, or re-brand?
Ask your self these questions:
1. What do you value most in your life?
2. How can those things, that you value most, be represented in your home?
3. How does your home make you feel when you walk into it?
4. How do you want to feel when you walk into your home?
These are key questions to ask yourself before deciding to clean up your home and make it a space where you can be the best version of yourself. See you soon!