“A place for everything, and everything in its place” ~ Mrs Beeton
First of all, welcome to Lyd on Life
Is the state of your room a reflection of the state of your mind?
For the past few months I’ve been in a bit of a funk and wanted to change thing up. First it was my blog, then my hair and now my
room. I don’t know what it is but I’ve been feeling as though things are not where I want them to be.
The biggest thing I’ve wanted to change was my room. Partly because it was in a mess from my wardrobe door falling off and partly because I was envious of the bedrooms I’ve seen on YouTube (I watch YouTube a lot). Their white walls and swanky Ikea furniture, I wanted that for myself.
So, I’ve been window shopping for some furniture ideas. From vanity desks and shelves to a new wardrobe, pictures, lamps and a plant (who do I think I am please?). You name it, I thought of a place I could put it. My room was a mess and all I could think about was what new furniture I’d buy once I eventually tidied up of course.
Then reality hit me. I’m spending all this time (and a hefty amount of money if I went through with it) to change up a room I hopefully won’t be in 3 years from now. I still live at home and living with a Kenyan mum means there’s no way I could do one room and not be expected to do the whole house (and pay for 80% of it).
So, last week Saturday I decided to spend the day tidying and reorganising my room to what I needed as a pose to what I wanted. It took me 7 hours (half spent playing with stuff I found) but I managed to create my own little haven. I threw away old clothes, bags, shoes and make-up I hadn’t worn or used in the last 6 months. I took the falling mirror doors off my wardrobe and turned my wardrobe into an open storage system. I used those same doors to create a full-length floor to celling wall mirror. I took what was a broken bottom drawer and turned it into a shoe rack and used the space left behind as an open storage. Then, I finally moved my bed around to create more space. Who knew moving your bed could make such a big difference.
To keep this intentional living I’m on, I need to remember three things:
- Put things back in their place everyday
- Always know why something is in your space
- Only add things that bring value to you and your space
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
Although it’s not my dream room, this budget DIY renovation project helped me take my mind off of this need for change I’ve been having. It helped me realise that making small changes here and there can make a difference. However, there are some change that require patience because the time for that change hasn’t come yet.
I’ll keep that in-mind the next time I feel like changing things up.
How often do you change your room/style etc? Why do you find yourself doing it so often?
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