We always encourage the de-cluttering of physical things from the home. It's just not useful to hold on to "stuff" — old magazines, clothes that no longer fit, stuff you bought impulsively — you don't need. This weekend, as you relax, work on DIY projects or just enjoy your time off from work, it might be useful to consider eliminating some mental clutter — ideas and views about your home — so you can fit in more of the things you love (say perhaps contemplating more leisure activities?).
1. Talking down about your home or yourself to others (or yourself)
I'm the author of this post, Practice Positive: 3 Things to Stop Saying to Your Home's Visitors. And I meant every word...and I'm still struggling with it. The worst is trying to accept compliments about my space. But though it's tough to take this kind of advice, it's the sort of challenge worth accepting (and toppling).
3. Home decor perfectionism
4. Wanting to impress others with your home
Of course you want your guests — who are usually either friends or family — to feel welcome and comfortable in your home. And you should consider how your furniture is arranged to maximize conversation. But worrying about what people think about your home? Or trying to please someone else's personality with your home? Forget that. It's your place and the only person you should be worrying about impressing is yourself.
6. Waiting for ... until you can ...
Feel like you can't hold a dinner party because you don't have a giant dining room? Whatever you're holding off on because of some limitation you've discovered (or imagined) well, stop. Life's too short! Do that thing you want to do now.
7. Always being in front of a screen instead of enjoying your home
It's a special sort of waste to spend a lot of time making a home you love...and then spending most of your time at home in front of a computer or TV screen. Taking breaks from technology to enjoy your home by doing favorite hobbies in it will boost the appreciation you feel for your home.
- Re-edited from a post originally published 8.17.2014 - CM