‘I just can’t get that ‘magazine’ look to my master bedroom.’
‘Well, you certainly won’t see this on Pinterest!’
‘I spent so much money with a designer on this house! Why doesn’t it look like something out of Southern Living?!’
Ladies, for the most part, it’s because you LIVE there! Yes, of course, the rooms on Pinterest and within the pages of Southern Living and ELLE Décor look fantastic – because they’re set up as ideals!
That multi-million dollar celebrity home that’s featured still goes through a fanatical cleaning, decluttering, and staging process before the photographer picks up his camera. And guess what those stagers are moving out? Generally, everything that makes that house a home. Framed family photos, the dog’s favorite toy on the rug, remote controls. They even PhotoShop out things like the lamp cords!
Take a look at Reese Witherspoon’s tween daughter’s room, for example, featured in Elle Decor.
Gorgeous, sure. Does it look like any teenage girl’s room you’ve seen? None that I’ve ever seen. No photos of family and friends, no discarded outfit possibilities, no phone, no electronics, no evidence of anyone actually living in the space, right?
Here’s another example – Sarah Jessica Parker’s swank Manhattan kitchen, featured on FrontDoor.com.
Does that look like the kitchen of a busy working mom of young twins? I’m a clean freak, and my kitchen isn’t that immaculate on a good day! And look around – where all of the things that make an active family’s kitchen the epicenter of the home? Breakfast dishes, graded papers from school, even the small appliances are gone!
Can we manage the clutter, create spaces and processes that streamline our home lives, and reduce stress? Absolutely! But so many of us get stuck in the idea of perfection, wanting to do things perfectly, that they don’t get done at all.
Do you get stuck getting things perfect?