In my last post I started to introduce some of the interior-related things I am planning to do for 2019. I deliberately decided to do this in two instalments. And mainly because I knew that as soon as the Christmas festivities were over and the ‘all back to it’ began, it would be too easy to lose sight of those good intentions that you make when you’re overtaken by festive cheer (and most likely inebriated).
One week in, and already, things feel like they’re slipping. They’re not, of course, it’s just when you’re back at work, your non-work things will inevitably slow down or take less of a priority. So, this second instalment is both a boost for me, a prompt to help me remember to keep sight of what I’m wanting to achieve, and hopefully steady encouragement for any of you who are already feeling the strain on the things you’d set for yourself in 2019.
So, here’s numbers six to 10:
6. Organise my mind, my hobbies, my house
My mind works in mysterious ways. It’s all over the place, often over-excitable at the thought of a ‘new’ project and also flits about as it gets bored (which can happen quite quickly). This means that we have lots of unfinished jobs, bits of unpainted furniture lying around awaiting its long-awaited revamp and hopefully sold on to its new home (see number eight!). This can soon get me down. Looking around at piles of stuff everywhere, unfinished rooms and so on is not the most inspiring of environments. Also, thinking of everything that needs doing can be totally overwhelming.
This calls for pragmatism. I was chatting to a friend about this, and like her I am going to list, room by room, what I need to do. I am going to write a list of things I think we need to buy, as well as things I would like to buy (I’m considering a new sofa and armchair in the living room, but that’s not a priority). I can then start to feel like I’m taking back some control as well as working out what the priorities are and how to manage budgets.
7. Think outside the box
This one is covering a few different things. But essentially, it’s really thinking both about what I buy for the house and why and what I already have and whether it could be used better.
This is the kind of scenario I’m talking about. You go shopping to a huge store, perhaps for one thing in particular, or perhaps just for a browse (there’s a few shops in particular I have in mind) and you find yourself just loading your basket with things mindlessly? Then you get home and have to spend three weeks trying to figure out what it is or does, before conceding defeat and giving it to a charity shop to let some other poor person try to work it out? Well, I have. But I need to stop so I can divert my resources towards things I want and things that will make everything a bit more organised and tidy over at No. 31.
Finally, on this point, practical and beautiful do not have to be working against each other. I am going to try to make 2019 the ‘year of the aesthetic’. I see so much inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram from things like your soap and shampoo dispensers through to utility room cupboards. Why not have practical and stylish I say, even on a budget? Which means I’m going to take a long hard look at the niggly little things, the things I need to have on display or to hand, but can be smartened up a little bit (or dare I say, made a bit more IG worthy?)
8. Sell stuff!
My house is slowly starting to look like an antique emporium. I know that sounds like no bad thing, but these are things I’ve slowly been buying to paint and sell off. I don’t need this many coffee tables. In a bedroom. Nobody does. I think there’s a mix of procrastination and nerves here. What if it doesn’t sell? What if it does sell, it gets to its new home and they don’t like? Those types of things are flitting around.
However, the bigger question is ‘how will I ever know if I don’t try?’ Another leap of faith to be taken.
9. Side hustle more
Writing this blog and Instagramming has been quite significant in helping me to find and cultivate hobbies that allow me to possess a more creative outlet. I’m hit and miss at the moment, as I’m trying to work out exactly what I want from my different hobbies, but so far, so good. And with so many things I want to do, I’m just going to have a bash at all of them. I’ll slowly figure out the things that I enjoy, the things I can’t do for whatever reasons and just through natural selection, the ones I don’t want to pursue will just drop off.
I’d also say to anyone thinking of wanting to pursue a creative hobby, or have thought about doing something similar for a while, just have a go. Honestly, as soon as you start painting, typing, whatever it is you’re doing, I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly you get some rhythm.
Last but not least, I am really keen to explore collaborations. I have already starting to build some great partnerships with people on Instagram. I want to continue to do this, building networks and letting each of us gain skills, knowledge and experience from each other. There’s loads of us, we’re sometimes doing similar things, but there’s room for all of us. There’s a few exciting things in the pipeline, so hopefully I will be able to reveal some of these things over the coming months. So let’s keep working together and keep making the community the best it can be.
There you have it. The full set of interiors plans for 2019. I know that there can be some resistance to resolutions for many reasons. A key one I guess, is that you are setting yourself up to fail, which can then be even worse for your motivation. But I don’t see it like that. For me, it’s just a wish list of goals that I can remind myself of throughout the year and give me a bit of a framework to how I focus some of my attention when I have spare time, or wish to spend time doing my hobbies. Nothing bad will happen if these 10 resolutions aren’t kept. But, if just one or two are, then I will have made some good progress on things that are important to me.
If you’re setting your own goals, then good luck!