January Decorating Tips by Barbara Jennings
Setting New Year's Decorating Resolutions
My first resolution is to
invest more time and effort into blessing the lives of my family members,
friends and associates. In the wake of the terrible events caused by the tsunami
in Indonesia, India, Sumatra, Thailand and surrounding islands and countries,
one is reminded of how precious life is and how easily it can be suddenly taken
from us. My prayers go out to all the families devastated in this massive
For now, as we enter a
brand new year, I thought some tips on setting Decorating Resolutions would be
in order. Hopefully this will help you keep your plans and dreams throughout the
Focus on the Future, Not the
Dwell on what you have planned to do and not what you have failed to
yourself from guilt. Concentrate on the present and your goals. Work on interior
decorating projects during the cold months. In the spring, switch to exterior
projects for a change of pace, then in the hot months move back inside.
Make large and small decorating
Dream about what you want your home to become overall but also about each room
individually. Then set a budget and a realistic date to begin and end. Remember
that it doesn’t have to be accomplished all at once, but you need a clear
picture of where you want to end up or you’ll wind up somewhere else –
Get rid of the “should” goals.
“Should goals” are those that you put on the list out of guilt or
pressure from others. Concentrate on the “must do” items, like repairs that
grow more expensive the longer they are left undone or ones that could be
dangerous if not handled immediately. Stick with them until they are finished.
Divide up your goals into 3-month
Make a list of the repair or replacement items you want to accomplish; of
the purely decorative projects you want to start and complete. Write down the
goals for each. Stick these in a 3-month planner or write on a wall calendar.
You’ll be surprised at how this will help you achieve twice as much in half
Keep track of your progress.
easier to stay on task if you can see and measure your progress.
Align yourself with a
We all need
affirmation, especially if we are being creative. Be sure you have someone
around you at all times who genuinely appreciates you and your creativity. Get
feedback from those kinds of people. It will nourish you and sustain you.
Take time to unwind and relieve any pressures building up. Go buy that new chair
or work of art or fine accessory you saw recently. Treat yourself. You’re
May you all have a safe and prosperous 2005.