Trucking along, very slowly.

Oh hey there. It’s been a while, little blog. I didn’t intend to be away for so long, but then I hadn’t written for ages and it became a self-perpetuating cycle. The longer I was away from it, the easier it was to stay away. As it is with all habits.

I’ve been working on a few little home projects here and there, but I admit it, the bookcase burnt me out a bit. I was so tired of it that by the end I just needed it to be done and move on to other things. That’s the problem with slow decorating. It’s absolutely necessary for me for so many reasons – to spread out costs most importantly, but also to find things slowly, to learn, to make things myself. But it does have a downside, and that is that it requires massive patience, which I don’t always have. I’m not as conscientious at the end of a project as I am at the beginning. If it goes for too long, I start to cut corners, rush things along. Seeing as I’m not changing my decorating style anytime soon, I need to just be aware of this and be okay with the state of semi-completion.

Moreover, I’m finding that my home projects divide into two categories – small, and huge. The huge ones are long term and costly, like renovating the kitchen or rebuilding our closets (more on that later). The small ones are things like paint colours and furnishing. I can pretty easily work on the small ones, but the big ones are so huge and looming that I’m not sure how to tackle them, or whether I’m doing things in the right order. In retrospect, I think it makes sense to have an overall space plan that you’re working towards – one that you chip away at every year, even if you’re not doing huge layout changes. The fine folks at Chezerbey did this and it really rings true for me, even if our changes are way less dramatic and architectural than theirs. After almost two years of living in this apartment I’m only now really getting a vision for what it could look like long-term, and it seems so much easier to make decisions on what to work on based on that.

But again – this requires a lot of patience. Patience for living in a half-finished space. Patience to wait until your vision for a space becomes clear. Patience I don’t always have.

All that said, things have been happening over here. The chaos of the bathroom is no more – the lights are installed and the ceiling is closed back up. We’ve done some small changes (painted doors, the guest room, installed curtains, hung a light fixture). We’re also making tentative plans for the kitchen. I’ll get this into a post or two or three. If you’re still around, thanks for your patience!

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2 Comments

  1. October 29, 2012 | 10:35 am |

    Yeah! Excited to see a new post!
    I think we are exactly the same when it comes to projects and patience. It sounds like you are getting things done little by little though, which is forward momentum. I need a kick in the pants to finish some that were left half way done.

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to.

    • Christine
      October 30, 2012 | 10:37 pm |

      Thanks so much Alison! I am definitely cultivating a new level of patience.

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