52 Weeks: #18 Functional Vs. Fabulous
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These weeks are just flying by aren’t they? Do you ever see photos on blogs and in magazines of immaculate homes that are so completely organized it causes drooling of magnificent proportions? Everything in it’s place, not a toy on the floor or a dirty dish on the counter?
And while we may sit and drool over these pictures, they do set up unrealistic expectations because no one can live like that 100% of the time. Especially if you have kids, forget about it. I always have to laugh because as soon as people hear what I do for a living they almost always say to me “wow your house must be immaculate”. Umm that would be no. Not only isn’t it immaculate 100% of the time but I also don’t have designer baskets in every nook and cranny, built in bookshelves in every room or top of the line furniture.
What is important to me though is functionality, way more so than how it might look. The majority of my baskets are from the dollar store and my shelves from Walmart. It works awesome but it’s no show home that is for sure. I work with what I have and what I can afford. I can’t tell you how excited I get when I find a functional + fabulous storage solution that doesn’t break the bank. Now that’s a thrill!
If we are constantly looking through designer show home type magazines we can easily feel defeated in our efforts to do what we can. Go for affordable functionality now and then if you want you can always upgrade later.
My old dollar store in BC, oh how I miss it!
I’m not giving you any specific assignment this week as I like to see what little thing each of you are working on off your own list.
I hope you all have a terrific weekend that has a little bit of time set aside in it for organizing! :)
Questions to ponder:
- Do you sometimes use limited funds as an excuse not to get organized?
- What’s on your list to organize this week?
- What one task do you notice yourself continually putting off? Why do you think that is?
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