Pinterest and the blogging world have spurred quite a generation of DIYers, myself included. I love making something my own, with my own hands, and saving money in the process. DIY allows us to create unique decor for our homes, often at a fraction of the price of a store-bought piece, and fulfills that creative need some of us have.
But then there’s that dark side.
What happens when we plan all these projects and don’t have time to complete them? Let’s face it. We’ve aaalllllll been there! Life is just busy these days, and I don’t care who you are, you probably have at least some projects waiting in the wings that you just never got to…yet. My husband came to me the other day with a list of things in the garage that needed to go. Projects that didn’t get done, things that never found a home and aren’t being used, and things he wants out of his space!
Then there are all the wreaths I thought I had to make for every holiday. Wreaths are not easy to store and they take up a good amount of space. Those pool noodle wreaths? Forget about it. One season and done because they just don’t hold together. And I decided about a year ago that I was not recreating a wreath or new decor every year for every holiday ANY. MORE.
Don’t get me wrong, I had fun making them, most were pretty simple and they turned out cute. Last year was my best blogging year and it was largely because I was DIYing like crazy. But this year’s been so busy that I didn’t even decorate for the summer holidays which NEVER HAPPENS! Making new decor for every holiday ever year?? #aintnobodygottimeforthat
This weekend I was organizing the basement. Again. Seriously, neverending project. There is just too much stuff no matter what I do. Granted, a large chunk is ready for sale as I’ve pared down my daycare supplies and Faith has outgrown clothes. Storage baskets that I have used and reused for many years are also now in storage and just need to go, because for many months now they are finally NOT being used. But there is also a section of my basement that is taken up with bins for “DIY projects to complete”. As I looked at it and was honest about my time lately, and what my priorities are, I decided this:
- Saving things for DIY creates clutter.
- I don’t have time to do all my planned DIY projects nor do I “need” them.
- I want to complete some of them, but the rest of the stuff has to go.
- I am so behind on scrapbooking and that’s something important to me. I need to ditch the other craft projects and use my creative time on catching those books up.
- I’m an organizer. My priority needs to be keeping my own space organized, working my business and blogging about organizing. DIY isn’t on that list!
- I love having a cozy, cute home but I don’t need to change things quite so often to achieve that. I will decorate with timeless things I really love.