Love the Home You Have | Day 4: Make it Pretty
Today is day four of the #lovethehomeyouhave challenge and to be completely honest with you I'm already struggling. One of my biggest character flaws is follow-through. I'm notorious for starting projects and then quitting halfway through. I blame my overactive imagination. Once a new idea pops into my head, I'm quick to abandon pursuit of the previous one. So, in addition to taking on this challenge to love my home more, I'm also doing it to better myself.
For today’s "make it pretty" challenge, I decided to tackle the room that most reflects my personality: the laundry room. It's a space that, from a design perspective, always seems to brim with potential, but is often left unfinished. If you check out my Pinterest Home Board you'll see tons of ideas for breakfast nooks, bedrooms, and living spaces, but nothing really on the laundry room.
This is unfortunate because we spend a lot of time doing laundry in our house. It’s not because we own a ton of clothes or anything. We are just really messy people! We’re constantly outside wrangling a muddy toddler, cooking fresh meals with sauces that spatter, or trying to do DIY home projects that create a lot of dust and dirt. Since we’ve made a commitment to spending less money on clothes it also means we spend a lot of time constantly cleaning the ones we have.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be sacrificing time every day on something, I’d like it to be at least somewhat enjoyable. I’m a visually motivated person, so my goal is to clean up and finish decorating my laundry room space, so that washing and folding clothes isn’t something I dread doing everyday. It'll also feel nice to have some follow-through instead of ignoring the space to focus on other more "trendy" rooms to decorate.
On a side note, the weather is AWFUL today, so please forgive the dingy photos. I tried to brighten them up as best as I could.
As you can see, the before picture perfectly displays my procrastination habit. There is a laundry basket I brought from upstairs the second week we moved in and I still have not taken it back to its proper place in over two months. There is also a mop and broom which belong on wall hooks located behind the door. In true "lack of follow through" fashion, I simply left them propped in the middle of the room instead of taking two seconds to hang them back up. I swear I'm working on this y'all.
The next thing I did was finally hang artwork and organize the shelf a bit better. I'd prefer to hide our soaps completely, but for now this will do. David found a really cool DIY modern laundry room, so I have a feeling that in the future I will be writing a post covering our attempts at recreating it.
My biggest takeaway from today's challenge is to stop being lazy and "make it pretty." I think in general people spend a lot of time cleaning and decorating entertainment spaces such as the living room, kitchen, or guest bathroom, because those are rooms that we show off to other people. However, I say show off to yourself too! We spend a lot of time in the laundry room and it's nice to have it match the rest of the house (in terms of style).
If you're following along with me on this challenge, I'd like for you to pick a room that needs some love, preferably a space you spend a lot of time in. It's easy to take for granted the spaces we occupy when doing menial or everyday tasks. However, if we are more mindful about cultivating beauty in those overlooked spaces, we can perhaps transform our approach to tedious tasks into one of joy.
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