5 Giant Mistakes People Make When Redecorating Their Home
Our single greatest investment, whether we rent or own, is our home. Far beyond the obvious financial considerations are those of personal pride, artistic accomplishment and self-expression which all get a boost when our home is artfully arranged. What is more pleasing to return home after a long challenging day than a thoughtfully detailed interior where there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place? And I’m not even speaking of a home that has been the recipient of vast sums of money. No, the most basic design implementation can raise the pleasure bar on an apartment or house to levels not previously experienced. All those teary-eyed folks on TV who experience their newly decorated abode during their big reveal are demonstrating the warm sense of joy and gratitude common to home-dwellers who’ve taken the time and invested the resources in even the most basic decorating tactics. Now imagine experiencing that on a daily basis and you begin to glimpse the potential impact of a well-designed home.
But don’t be fooled. Just because you decide to redecorate does not guarantee the project will be completed successfully. As with every worthwhile challenge in life there are hurdles to be mastered on your way to the home of your dreams. Here are 5 Giant Mistakes People Make When Redecorating Their Home:
1. Failing to Plan. It’s an old but true saying, “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”. And it holds true when decorating a home. Plan everything. From the initial description of the work to be done (a design brief) and which spells out not only the scope of work but the why behind the work being done. It’s nice to say you’d like to remodel your kitchen. But that description carries much more emotional weight when you document how you and your partner love to cook and want to spend time doing this together each day and thus want a better equipped kitchen. Don’t you think you’d be more motivated to complete the job if you and those living under your roof were perfectly clear about why the work is being done? So write out clearly what’s to be accomplished, why it’s to be accomplished, what resources (time, money… etc) are available to aid in the projects’ accomplishment and how the project will be organized and coordinated. I suggest a project journal to house all the planning you will be doing.
2. Failing to Document. While an extension of the “planning” concept touched on in item 1, documentation deserves its own emphatic heading and detailed observations. From documenting the existing conditions in a set of drafted floor plans, to a complete photo catalog of the room(s) in their original condition documenting a project will take you far down the road to a successful resolution. If it’s not drawn, written or photographed I promise you it will be missed or forgotten and these things typically happen when there is money at stake. Save yourself dollars down the road by documenting everything today.
3. Failing to Be Accountable. Nothing happens in a vacuum and that includes decorating projects. Whether it’s a friend at work, your book club or an online community find someone somewhere to whom you can be accountable for the forward progress of your project. You won’t always make perfect progress but on the day’s you feel like giving up and tossing out your contractor, or firing your upholsterer just knowing that you have a friendly face who wants your project done too can help stem the momentary tide and keep the ball rolling toward completion.
4. Failing to Execute. The only thing worse than failing to plan is to complete your planning and never execute. Pulling the trigger on projects (both large and small) can be a sticking point for some… a point beyond which they never seem to stray. Planning and executing takes strength and a fearlessness. Neither is simple but both are necessary to accomplish anything in this old world. Also helps to have someone to whom you are accountable. This prevents things from not getting done.
5. Failing to Assess. No path to project completion, regardless of how large or small, is ever perfect. Things go wrong and things go right and it’s important to recognize the difference. Only by assessing all aspects of a project can you hope to make the next one go just as smoothly or, better yet, smoother still.