I love decorating. And I'd love to photograph gorgeous photos of my home that get pinned all over pinterest. Only..there's a few hiccups. Things like love, our children, our budget, our time- those all get in my way.
In an effort to relate to anyone that might feel the same, I thought I'd show you what that looks like in my own home.
Sliding closet doors that seem to always be off their tracks.
Bright and colorful home made crafts. :) My favorite.
Blankets and stuffed animals that get prime real estate.
Mattresses that don't photograph like those big fluffy ones in Pottery Barn.
A desperate need for a paint job.
Custom pillow cases in the cutest preppy dog fabric already ripped before a photo of it can even be taken. This one must have served us well in our daily wrestling match.
Carpets with stains that appeared when the previous carpet cleaning "wore off".
Kids who follow you around everywhere so nothing stays clean for the amount of time it takes to take a photo.
I'm not saying that all those perfect photos all over pinterest can't be real, or that a clean, pretty space can't be our goal. After all, someday I hope to get these rooms to that status that they are in the way I imagine them- and photograph them that way.
What I am saying, is that
we I shouldn't get so obsessed with doing so that I get depressed about money, wish all my kids were in school, or covet those with more time and talent than me. I need to realize that while a clean and well decorated home is a worthy goal, it shouldn't come at the expense of my husband, our kids, or our budget or happiness. There has to be priorities, and there has to be balance.
Someday I'll take my photos of a sterile, decorated room- but I'll wish my kids were home to mess it up. I'll miss them so bad my guts will ache.
So don't be discouraged, or covet pretty design photos- real or not. Do your best with what you have now, and try to remember what is most important to you. Your family, your religion, your own well being. It's okay to set goals to go after those things you want- but allow time to adjust through different phases of life. Here's a favorite scripture that reminds me of what's important: