There’s benefit in baby steps. These curtains are baby steps.
After moving 11 times in the last 20 years, I have learned a lot about myself and my style. I’ve learned that I am impatient and I crave order. When we would move into a new house I would rush to get everything in its place, all the windows and walls and surfaces covered. It’s a coping mechanism, a way to create comfort on the outside when I was in turmoil on the inside.
Some people may think home decorating is silly. But your surroundings can have a profound impact on your mood and well-being. In fact, when we moved to Florida from Georgia, the delivery of all of our possessions was delayed by about a month. It was torture. I would sit in a completely empty house night after night by myself. It was one of the darker times in my life. On the inside, I was completely lost and on the outside, I had no comfortable anchor to cling to.
In the midst of moving 11 times over the past 20 years, a strange thing happened. I also grew 20 years older. 😐 And I’ve grown a lot. I’ve also read a lot of great work by Marie Kondo and Myquillyn Smith. I’ve learned the benefit and clarity of having fewer, more important possessions (from the former). And the joy and reward of becoming less of a stuff manager, and more of a home curator (from the latter).
So, yes, I needed order when we moved into our new house. But that was relatively easily achieved by unpacking the essentials and organizing them, then putting most of the rest of the “stuff” in a closet.
I’m learning the benefit of living in a space for a little while before throwing a bunch of things in it. Doing that in the past has led me to hate everything about my space within a few months and have no idea why.
So, here’s to curtains on the windows after three weeks. And to the future decisions that will make this house a beautiful home.
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