I’m overwhelmed. With decorating. With projects. With parenting. With cleaning. With blogging. With–with–with– And I never feel like I have adequate time to achieve my lofty ideas and ambitions. I often wonder how in the hell other people are able to juggle it all and make it look so easy (they probably aren’t, either–ha! They just hide it better…..).
Then it struck me today– the reason people usually feel overwhelmed is because they lack a sense of control. And how to you gain a sense of control? Through structure. And planning. And routines. And clean, uncluttered spaces. Basically, good space and time management, which honestly, I suck at.
Do any of you reading this ever feel the same way? Like you just don’t have enough of YOU to go around and get it all done, and your living space makes you feel irritable?
Join the club, my friend 🙂
LIFE is not getting any more calm or simple (not with 3 small boys, a full-time 9-to-5, or a long list of “To Do”s). Let’s face it. But I’m tired of feeling overwhelmed with wanting and needing to “DO” and “GET DONE” but never getting it done. I’m tired of unfinished projects littering my house, cluttering up my psyche! Aren’t you tired of that, too??
So let’s support each!! Let’s take control of our houses, our LIVES! Let’s choose a project that we’ve been wanting to get done, but haven’t completed because LIFE keeps getting in the way. And let’s start planning!
Ok, so I’m starting with my basement, one big source of anxiety:
This is what my uninspiring basement looks like:
Hospital-grade linoleum tiles never looks good in ANY house!
The stairs leading up, along with the utility room.
My basement is L-shaped. The back will house that $400 pool table I snagged at an estate sale, which retailed for $4,000!
I complained about my basement a couple months ago, and some of y’all made me feel better when you replied, “WHATEVER–you should see MY basement!!” Thank you guys for making me NOT feel crappy for being unable to pull-off a Pinterest look-alike. LOL
But now’s the time for this basement to change. But I’m still a little stumped about the purpose….the decor…..but I can’t delay any longer. So here we go!
(FYI…..I am in no way a planning expert! I’m just throwing some ideas out there. Please feel free to LEAVE A COMMENT and add more suggestions and tips on how to pull off a room makeover!)
STEP 1: QUESTION YOURSELF
STEP 2: GET INSPIRED
It’s a given that you’ll use Pinterest for inspirational ideas. But don’t forget other cool sites like Houzz, which features tons of beautiful rooms and decorating ideas. It’s actually a bit overwhelming–both Pinterest and Houzz, or really, any of those home sites, because 1. You wonder how in the hell you’ll find time and money to turn your room into something so beautiful, and 2. There are too many beautiful images to decide which looks will look best for your room. But anyhow….those resources are out there. Use them. I also sort of like to go to Ikea and walk around the room displays because I can see for myself the paint colors they choose, the way they’ve set up the rooms, etc. In fact, I am DYING to paint my laundry room a pretty lavender I discovered at Ikea! (Yet another project that will take forever to get to, but I digress….).
STEP 3: MEASURE YOUR ROOM
Knowing the dimensions of your room allows you to figure out what works in your space and what doesn’t.
STEP 4: MEASURE ALL YOUR FURNITURE
Know the stats of your furniture. Also, when you’re out and about (e.g. AT THE THRIFT STORE!) and you find something you love, you’ll know if it’s comparative to your current furnishings regarding its size.
STEP 5: GET VISUAL: PLAN YOUR ROOM USING FREE ONLINE SOFTWARE
So I had found an awesome online software program, HomeStyler, that allowed me to input those exact room dimensions in order to get THIS, which is pretty cool! This is why it’s important to know your room measurements; enter it into this program to get a schematic of your room.
You can even change the color of your walls easily while in 3-D mode. HAHA, much easier than painting and re-painting in real life! This program (it’s free, by the way, and this is NOT a sponsored post–I just think it’s cool), also allows you to decorate with drag-and-drop features of sofas, tables, artwork–you name it. Knowing the size of your furniture helps makes it super accurate and can help gauge what your space would look like.
Here’s my basement in RED.
HomeStyler even lets you rotate your 3-D image so you can view your room from different angles. Here’s what my basement looks like from the far corner:
And here’s what that view looks like when viewed in HomeStyler. Pretty cool! (FYI, that’s supposed to be a pool table back in the space, but HomeStyler didn’t have a pool table listed. Grrrr……)
STEP 6: LIST, LIST, LIST
This is the tedious part that I suck at–listing everything you’ll need–from paint, to spackle for filling holes, to picture hanger hooks. I haven’t even begun to list everything I need yet (I’ll do that in another part). But you get the idea….And be sure to assign a cost to it, because things will begin to add up!!! Know what you have to spend and try to stick to it.
STEP 7: SAMPLES, SAMPLES, SAMPLES
While planning, get tons of paint samples! I’m a fool. I’ve actually painted whole rooms (including vaulted ceilings!!!) and the next day, hated it and had to paint every square inch over again with a lighter shade I liked better. WTF. I’ve learned my lesson. I’m sure you guys aren’t as air-headed as me. ;). I love the Sherwin Williams samples because they’re only $5.00, and it seems like you get a lot of paint for that price. If I don’t like it on the walls, I can always use it to paint a piece of furniture. Win, win, eh?
Here are some samples I picked up tonight and was experimenting with:
Which one do you like the best?
What do you think of this green, Recycled Glass, by Sherwin Williams? I’m thinking the back portion of the basement will be this color, but not sure yet….
SW Comfort Grey (top) and SW Khaki Shade are totally not doing it for me. Then I tried to cover it up with yellow?? I should have stopped while I was ahead…..LOL…And those God-awful stairs. We WILL be pulling up that carpet, FYI….
And I have to admit–I’m totally smitted with Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams. It’s the same color I used in my master bathroom makeover, and I love it, but I’m a little hesitant to put blue down in the basement because my whole freakin’ house is being overrun by shades of blue. I just can’t help it. Blue is beautiful!! What do you guys think?? Is this shade of blue suitable for a basement that will primarily be used for socializing and kid’s stuff? I just tend to like cooler colors more than warmer colors.
NOW what’s the plan? Well, personally, I must fully answer those 9 questions, as well as select a paint color that reflects my style, as well as the purpose of the room. More on that later, in Part 2!
Anyhow, please give me some feedback!
1. Do you have a basement, and if so, what color(s) is it? What do you use it for, primarily?
2. What do you think about the paint colors I posted? Specifically, do you like the Rainwashed shade of blue for the basement, or should I stick with money green? 😉 OPINIONS WELCOMED!!!