I don’t know about you but I love me some home decor. Whether it’s a vintage find at the local antique store or a distressed frame at Home Goods, I often find myself feeling like I’d be missing out if I didn’t buy it. This, of course, is the typical mindset of the weakened consumer, it’s exactly where retail companies want you… We’re lost souls trying to find our way home. We come across Aisle 27 and suddenly our eyes light up. We still don’t know the way home but we could definitely use that 2-tiered mid-century modern candle holder… on sale for $12.99?! YES. *places item in the cart* Wait. Where will you even put that thing? Ahh, who cares, you’ll figure that out later!
Here’s the thing: Purchasing home decor isn’t bad. Loving to decorate isn’t bad. The slippery slope comes into play with mindless purchasing. How many times do you go to Target intending to buy laundry detergent, and leave with WAY more than that? (I’ve even seen memes about this! It’s almost everyone’s battle.) We’ve become victims to sales, to great deals (I’m looking at you “BOGO”), to everything shiny and new.
We end up filling our houses with stuff that only gratifies for a little while, stuff that has very little meaning to our lives. Many homes across America are filled with a ridiculous amount of clutter, and it’s because we aren’t more careful about what we bring into our homes. We might not qualify for the the TV show “Hoarders”, but in a sense, that’s what a lot of us are.
How can we overcome this issue when it comes to home decor? I’m still figuring that out but here are a few basic tips that have helped me:
- Try decorating with items that hold more meaning. Support local artists at craft fairs or on Etsy. Purchase decor when you travel. Make your own home decor. These items will bring you so much more happiness than any mass produced items you can buy on the shelf at a big retailer.
- Don’t purchase anything unless you have a specific plan for it. Don’t buy that frame unless you already have a photo to put in it. Don’t buy the wall painting unless you already know what wall it will go on. Don’t just buy things because they look nice. I know this is hard!
- Ask a family member or friend for help. If you need to decorate a room, but feel like you struggle with interior design or can’t decide on specifics, browsing Pinterest might just overwhelm you. Ask someone with “an eye” to help you come up with a plan, and be specific, write every item down. Maybe even make a sketch so you can visualize where things will be going.
I hope those tips are helpful! Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with a few photos of the decor I used in my son’s nursery. I wanted a simple and clean look that still had lots of meaning and character, and I’m pretty happy with these details.