We’ve lived here for 5 years. The house had plantation shutters when we moved in so I didn’t need to rush with drapes in the bedroom. Nevertheless, drapes in the bedroom were on “the-list”.
But I needed to wait.
Wait until I could afford the steep price for the perfect fabric, lining, and rods and of course I’d have to pay someone to sew, because if I use expensive fabric, I’d never trust my elementary sewing skills.
So year after year…I waited.
Creating a sense of place – of home, inside those four walls where we live, is a desire that most of us share. But some of us…me included, have a critical eye for detail. And it’s that over-attention to detail, that can get in the way of creating a home, by keeping us stuck while we wait for perfect.
Over time, the waiting went from this:
“I can’t wait to have drapes done for this room, I’m thinking solid fabric with a pattern on the bottom…”
“I am never going to be able to justify spending so much money on drapes for this room- and it feels so unfinished without them…ahhhhhh, I’m going to shut the door.”
Waiting for perfect had definitely thrown me into a negative rut.
Since I really dislike being in a negative rut, a few weeks ago, I decided that I wouldn’t wait any longer for those elusive perfect drapes.
I put up drop cloths.
***Lots of emails about my chair-source at the end of post***
You heard me.
I. Put. Up. Drop. Cloths.
Waiting for perfect is highly overrated.
It’s overrated because waiting for perfect can be exhausting and truthfully, it can take a toll on the very heart of you.
One day you might turn around and realize that every time you walk into one room or another, you feel annoyed.
Why not think outside the perfect-box? What can you do right now, even if your budget is zero, to give that room a sense of home? (*I’m going to give some zero-budget nesting ideas soon)
But waiting for perfect doesn’t just apply to decorating…waiting for perfect runs deep…
What if every time you get dressed to go out to dinner, you stand in the mirror and berate yourself until you end up wishing you could just put on your yoga pants and stay home.
Why not give that woman in the mirror, made in God’s image a break. Stop the negative verbiage and say something outloud that is true like:
Thank you for creating me and for knowing my anxious ways and for giving me peace and joy in this moment…
And then, there’s that sinister comparison side of waiting for perfect-because no matter what we do, someone else is doing it better, for instance:
When someone tells you you’re doing a great job at work, you force a smile while the mentally comparing yourself to your coworkers who after all, are doing a much better job.
Why not breathe in that compliment? Enjoy it. If the voice in your head screams that your coworker is doing the job better than you, thank God for the gifts He’s given that coworker and move on.
Anybody else relate to this?
Because while you may cringe at the thought of using drop cloths as curtains, there might be other areas of your home and/or life where you could use a creative alternative to perfect...just a thought.
Oh, and in case you might consider using drop cloths as curtains, here’s how I did it!
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(there are affiliate links to the rod and clips that I purchased from Amazon)
*I used 4 of these canvas drop cloths from Home Depot at under $11.00 each…
***Make sure you get the drop cloths from the same store at the same time! The different lots are a slightly different color***
*Satin Nickel Curtain Rod (long enough to go past your windows a few inches)
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***I got 2" rings but should have gotten smaller- the 2" rings work but they seem a little big!***
First I put the drop cloths in the wash on hot and added bleach- then tumble dried.
Immediately, I hung them to keep them from wrinkling- I didn’t have to iron them, just smoothed out some of the wrinkled places. Drop cloths aren’t perfectly hemmed- to keep from having to cut and hem them, I simply folded over the top edge when needed before clipping-
(In some places the top edge isn’t folded over at all, at other places (where the curtain was longer), the top edge is folded over before clipping. This doesn’t show at the top and ensures that the edge along the bottom is even-it takes a little time, but I stood on a ladder and carefully placed every clip while checking the bottom hem-)
These simple canvas drop cloths were the answer for my bedroom windows. I’m happy with them and every time I walk into this room, I’m reminded that waiting for perfect in any area of life is highly overrated.