Do you ever get paralyzed when it comes to hanging things on your walls? Or maybe you just feel like you are in a creative rut and want to mix things up a bit?
Recently I spotted this pretty embroidered rug. I was instantly smitten with it. I knew this rug had many creative possibilities, too, including becoming a wall hanging!
Here’s the thing. I’m an over-thinker. I’m indecisive and a procrastinator. I will tend to wait to hang something until I’ve explored all of the options and I’m totally positive it’s the right choice.
The best motivator for me to get something done, quickly and potentially imperfectly, has always been a deadline, such as a party. By then I just want it done and don’t even care if it’s the perfect choice or not.
Remember when I hung my plate wall? Yep, people were on their way over for dinner.
When you’ve been stuck at home due to the ‘Snowpacalypse’ that is Seattle right now, and when there is another foot of snow and ice on the way, no one is coming over for dinner to motivate you. :)
But, the thing is, I didn’t even know if I would like this rug on the wall.
I wasn’t even sure WHERE I would put it, if I did want to hang it?
And, even if I had the perfect location, I didn’t have a rod or velcro to hang it from.
Besides, if I hung it on this wall, I might need to get a new table or at least a bench to put under it because I didn’t have the ideal pieces.
My long term plan for this wall (a corner between my living room and dining room) is actually a built in bookcase, so why do ANYTHING here that isn’t exactly what I want?
See what happens in my head?
Too many thoughts.
Too many decisions.
But then I thought one more thought…what could possibly happen if I just put it up on a wall?
Maybe it wouldn’t spark joy ;-).
Well, then I could just take it down.
But we’d have two new nail holes in the wall.
My husband said he would fill them, so no big deal there.
Or … maybe I would like it.
But what if no one else liked it? Or what if they didn’t like that I hung it by nails?
Or if I was judged for hanging a rug on a wall in the first place?
If I just say that it all sparked joy, who can argue with that?
After considering the actual risks involved in this decision, hanging the rug (even by nails or in the wrong location) didn’t sound like such a big risk any more.
Two seconds later, the rug was on a wall.
Does it spark joy?
I still have no idea. Ha! It might come down today. But then again, maybe I will keep it!
Sometimes I need to live with a decorative change for awhile to get more comfortable with it, or play around with what’s around it, in order to decide what’s sparking and what isn’t.
My initial reaction to change (or someone else’s opinion of it) doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right or wrong decision. It’s OK to live with changes for awhile, and maybe then you will feel more comfortable with them.
It’s OK to try something new or different, even if you aren’t sure it’s going to work! Sometimes risks pay off, and sometimes they don’t. But you don’t always know until you try.
Honestly, sometimes I need to just just give myself the freedom to get things DONE and move on. That alone sparks joy, no need to over-think it all!
Are you an indecisive decorator?
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See how in my recent post: Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I’ve Ever Written!
Console table: flea market find
Bench: I got it here awhile back!