Out with the old in with the NEW
Hello, Happy New Year to you all. I did have great intentions of writing a few amazing blogs over the festive period, but to be honest, I haven’t been able to sit down for a few weeks, not even for a couple of minutes! So that has been quite difficult to even think about writing! You see I decided to go to a lovely concert with my son in one of my favourite places, Manchester, and just after my early evening meal, a car decided it would be a good idea to reverse into me, while I was standing on the pavement! It has been a very difficult 3 weeks I am not going to lie. The first week was agony, and the second week I was the grumpiest I honestly think I have ever been. But by the 3rd week I was back to my usual self of thinking positive, believing in good things, and generally counting down to the chimes of midnight. Yes those fireworks going off at midnight on NYE, and boy I was looking forward to it. Don’t get me wrong 2016 was a great year for me in lots of ways, but what with the last 3 weeks being as they were, I think it was safe to look ahead with a smile and optimism.
The good news is that while I was recovering, I ate a whole box of Ferrero Rocher, during a film, I honestly didn’t feel bad, it was just something I had to do! While I was scrolling at everyone’s posts I noticed, of course, a lot of New Year resolutions. The usual going to eat clean, going to get fit, and going to not drink, same old same old. There were, however, some lovely posts on how people had set themselves little challenges. This got me thinking about myself.
I had decided a year ago, after seeing a school playground mum pass away at such a young age, (3 years older than me) that I was going to set myself very small challenges and see if I could stick to them. One of them was to go to the LDF,(London Design Festival) which I achieved, and others were to set up my blog yay! and many other little things. The point is it worked! I did achieve these small challenges because they didn’t seem too big, to begin with. So this got me thinking that when we are at home, and we look around at all the things that annoy us, like storage, or lack of, and clutter, and how to organise our rooms better, that maybe we feel like we do with our New Years resolutions. We think big and so it all falls down after a short while because it just seems so overwhelming. In order to achieve what we are looking for in our homes, maybe it’s just that we have to set ourselves little challenges, and keep on doing little things, which by the end of the year, we can look back, smile, and say yes that worked!
If you’re worried about how you’re going to keep on top of the Study for the next year, then write down what are the negative things that always make it look a mess. Is it the fact there are too many things in there that hasn’t been decluttered? Is it because everyone in your household uses it for separate things, and it’s hard to accommodate everyone’s needs? whatever it is, think small. Think about little ways to improve that space so you can fall in love with it again. Sometimes the only way to go is to rip the whole room out and start again. New colours, new walls, new ideas, and a chance to completely box everything up and be harsh on what goes back in that room. I completely understand that logic, and as an Interior Stylist, enthusiast, this excites me because it’s so good to be able to dress a room all over again. Sometimes though our budget won’t allow that and we have to think of other ways to put a smile on our face when we walk in that room. If paying out money to help sort your room out is not on the cards, then think about changing the furniture around to suit the need of the room. Think about small challenges to help keep it on top form. Then go back to it again and see if it worked? I am going to set myself Interior home challenges which I will share with you this year. It’s good to try, remember the saying ‘If you never try you will never know’