Tuesday Tidbit: Three Tips I Use to Keep Perfectionism at Bay in Decorating

Tuesday Tidbit: Three Tips I Use to Keep Perfectionism at Bay in Decorating

Tip 1: Imagine people living in the space.

Drinking coffee, eating at the table, emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry. I literally think about how they will navigate the space and get used to the movement as I am planning the decor. It helps remind me that books are not static items to look at, dishes will get stacked in cupboards and laundry will get thrown into a chute or hamper.

Tip 2: Go all out on Decorations they will use.

I spec out the best french press, the most beautiful laundry hamper, the gorgeous tea pot. I try to spec out lovely UTILITARIAN items that my clients touch each day. I believe it elevates the process & engages stewardship of space. These things are meant to be used, loved, washed, drunk out of. It’s like style points daily.

Tip 3: Practice using something fancy TODAY.

Yup. I’ve said it before, I will say it again. What are you waiting for? Use the china, eat breakfast in the dining room, drink your wine out of your crystal tonight. I absolutely love making the everyday the holy part. The truth is, the every day IS the holy part. And the person sitting next to us is deserving of our best.

Why are these my perfectionist breaking tips?

Because it isn’t until we realize that NOTHING is ever perfect that we start to break the cycle. That ordinary morning cup of coffee will never be perfect. Buy the French Press & make it in the French Press anyway. That perfect party you are planning in your “Martha” head will not materialize peacefully unless you practice using the gorgeous today & get comfortable with it. And it still won’t be perfect when you throw the party.

Tuesday Tidbit: Some takeaways from my own perfectionist in recovery heart…

What are your tips?

How do you get thru these tendencies?

Share!! We need the blessing of each other!!

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

6 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbit: Three Tips I Use to Keep Perfectionism at Bay in Decorating

  1. So fun meeting you at BlogFest! I love being able to call you a Friend!! Perfectionism … I have decided that Imperfection IS perfection for me!! My mother taught me early … we use our Good silver every day … and sometimes when the dishwasher is full, I mix it in with my Stainless … GASP! and Love it!! xo

  2. Pingback: Tuesday Tidbit: Three Tips I Use to Keep Perfectionism at Bay in Decorating | Design Secrets

  3. As a sufferer of “perfection paralysis” I love this post!! “The quality of the present moment is all that matters. Make it joyous.” – Deepak Chopra….to which I add, “So bust out the china & crystal!” Xoxo Colleen

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