The Importance of Decorating Slowly

We’ve been living in our new house now for a little over 3 months. While the un-boxing and organizing is mostly behind us {besides the dreaded basement}, the decorating is moving slowly.

While part of me is just ready to have the whole thing decorated and done, the other part of me is intentionally choosing to decorate slowly.

Decorating Slowly- Umbrella Bucket & Dentist Sign

This is a house we labored on for over a year and a half and a house we plan on spending many many years in. While it’s tempting to go out to several home decor retail stores and buy a bunch of random stuff to fill the walls and spaces, that’s not the way to create a home.

Antique Fireplace with Cotton Wreath

Your home should be reflective of you and your family. It should be filled with items that have memories, treasures from trips and vacations, and filled with things that you truly truly love. Things that you stumbled upon and just knew would look perfect in your home.

Cute Baskets in Laundry Room

As I’m sorting through all the decor I’ve collected over the years, the things that I love and want to incorporate in our new home are the things that were bought with a purpose. Things that were found at antique stores, given as gifts, or things I splurged on because I knew I would regret not taking it home with me.

I think it’s so important to be intentional with everything you put in your home. After all, it’s your hard earned dollars that buy it, so why not be strategic and purposeful with what you are buying.

Organizational Baskets in Laundry Room

Don’t feel pressure or stressed to fill those blank walls and empty spaces in your home. It’s ok to take your time and really figure out how you want a space to look and feel. Another thing, don’t feel embarrassed when people come over and your house isn’t ‘done’ or feel tempted to apologize for a lack of decor.

Organizational Baskets for Bathroom

This is something I have to consistently tell myself. Just like The Nester says, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. People aren’t coming over to see perfection, they are coming over to visit, to talk, to share, and spend time with you. Your house is beautiful even with blank walls and empty corners. The fact is, it’s not permanent. They will be filled one day. That day just doesn’t have to be now.

Vintage Laundry Basket

So for now, there are many many blank walls and corners in our home. Many of which I have ideas for, but in many cases, I’m just waiting for the right thing to come along. To stumble across something and know exactly where it would fit perfectly in our home.

And until it’s completely decorated, I’m just going to enjoy the decorating process and enjoy making our new house feel more and more like home.

What about you? Do you feel pressured to fill a new space quickly, or do you take your time and decorate slowly?

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  1. says

    I’ve been known to go either way. We are hoping to move into our own home in the spring…. the first after 10 years of apartment living, so I will take this advice to heart.

    • says

      That’s so exciting Cassie! Some people can decorate more quickly and still fill their home with things they love and that have meaning, I’m just not one of them. 😉 Can’t wait to see your new home when you move in and see how you make your house a home!

  2. june says

    Oh Megan…your advice comes with great wisdom as I complete a total remodel of my main floor – kitchen, living room, dining room and foyer.

    In our home 27 years and as newlyweds and double professional incomes to me it was about getting it all done. So many foolish mistakes – one being following tradition back then with a formal living and dining room.

    Today we are deformalizing and took a wall out to our dining room. I’m practicing patience and taking my time to only bring back in to the space those items that have meaning and reflect who we are.

    Growing up my parents couldn’t purchase on a whim. My mother however created a beautiful home for us. I remember days coming home from school where she would have spent the day moving furniture around or changing out pictures or knick knacks here and there. It always created a refreshed feeling.

    That is what I’m striving for in our home as we refresh the living spaces.

    • says

      That’s exciting all the changes you are getting to make in your home to make it your own June! This journey of life is a learning process and we learn from past mistakes. It is totally all about patience, and I have to remind myself that daily when I feel the pressure. Good luck on the re-model! I’m sure it will turn out amazing!

      • june says

        All your hard work makes me feel a bit guilty for complaining about the snags we have stumbled upon getting everything done. Your blog inspires me to keep my head above water.

        Your home is absolutely lovely!

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