While kitchen remodels and other big projects are exciting, what I love most of all is the simplicity of puttering. Puttering is easy, it doesn’t involve much money or effort. It’s rewarding to see instant changes and to have the opportunity to recharge your creativity. Puttering is not stressful or overwhelming, it’s enjoyable. I love that I can fit in some puttering time whenever I need a little pick-me-up.
Puttering doesn’t involve trying to make major changes. It’s the little things. Changing pillow covers, moving a chair to a new location just to see how it feels, putting flowers in a vase, or even potting a new plant. It’s like a little session of home therapy.
If a new decorating idea comes to mind as I’m puttering, I usually just file those away for another day so I can keep on going. A puttering session is best when it ends that same day in a finished task, rather than tearing a room apart and not being able to complete it.
It’s never about trying to make a room perfect. If I dwell on imperfections, they will derail my puttering. I don’t let that happen.
Even if I have some ideas brewing in my mind ahead of time, I rarely prepare to putter. Preparing would set up expectations. And expectations are almost the opposite of puttering, so I save those for another day.
Puttering is about living more fully in the moment. It’s not about searching elsewhere for ideas or trying to make your room something it isn’t. Puttering is about enjoying your own space and experiencing gratitude for what is right in front of you.
Are you a putterer, too?
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