Do you fret over certain aspects of your home? Do they keep you up at night? Do you spend hours Googling (or Apartment Therapy-ing) for the answer that will fix your problem and tone down your home-related stress? There are plenty of things to worry about when it comes to home, but these seven things aren't them. Take the worries after the jump off your plate and spend your mental energy on enjoying your space and your life!
1. That you've got a couple of half-finished DIY projects around the house
Hey, who doesn't? Unless there are live wires dangling near someone's head, don't worry about it. Don't get so relaxed that it never gets finished, but calmly create a finish schedule that gives you plenty of time to get it done and then try and enjoy the process!
When you should worry: If you haven't completed anything yet because you're afraid of making mistakes, get over that fear and finish. The pride of accomplishment will make up for the mental discomfort of getting over any DIY hurdles.
Isn't that always how it goes? You keep your house clean most of the time and then you have unexpected guests show up the one week it looks like you're auditioning for an episode of "Hoarders." Don't worry about it. And DON'T keep saying how it's usually much cleaner. Don't say these three things either. People just aren't judging you as much as you might think.
When to worry: If you start letting your dogs use the bathroom in the house or if there are any stacks of things threatening to topple onto someone.
Considering how many people count among their families furry friends, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who's going to judge you too hard for loving your pets so much you let them get comfy and make themselves at home.
When you should worry: If there's so much fur it ends up in the food you're serving — or if your or your guests' allergies are out of control.
As far as I'm concerned, a junk drawer or two is a healthy sign of a house being used. The aim's not to never have a junk drawer, just to be aware that they need to be cleaned out (and things put where they're supposed to go) every once and while.
When you should worry: When it starts to become junk closets, rooms and homes.
When you should worry: If you're on the once-a-year-the-day-before-holiday-guests-arrive-only cleaning routine schedule.
When you should worry: If you've tried every small-space maximizing trick in the book and there's still not enough room to live comfortably, it might be time for a move.
When you should worry: Again, if it's fear that's getting in the way of it not looking the way you want after living in it for awhile. You might consider asking yourself some fear-busting questions.