Today, I want you to take a scenic walk through your house…specifically, I want you to look at your walls. Been a while since you really looked at ‘em, right? Still can’t believe you painted your family room a color called romantic sunset? Sounded so beautiful in the store. So serene. So magical. Yeah the 12 year old in the paint store said it was all the rage in the interior design magazines. Too bad he didn’t mention that it was really orange with a catchy name because who buys orange paint for any room in their house??? Walk out of that room and head somewhere else that doesn’t give you a migraine and make you feel like you need sunglasses and sunscreen just to be in it.
Living room, entry way, a bedroom, the dining room….take inventory of your wall space. What is hanging on your wall space real estate? Some candle aubras? Mirror? Clock? Cheap wall art (sorry, but you know it is – most of us are not sporting Monet’s)? What other things are littering…I mean gracing your precious wall space? Are there items that have been hanging up since you were a size 4? Are you wondering what you were thinking when you bought that extra special piece of décor? Or, are you keeping something up on the wall because it was a gift from your mom or your mother-in-law? In the real world you would have filed that item under “hideous” and moved on, right? But you have it hanging up because it isn’t worth a holy war. I hear ya…
My point of this little exercise is to get you to take an inventory of what you have on your walls. For most, it is stuff that borders along the line of a trinket (sorry, but down deep you know I am spot on), or something old in desperate need of replacing, or a guilt object (read: mom/mother-in-law gift). The worst wall offender is the item that is hanging up simply because it filled an open slot. You couldn’t stand walking by that empty, dead space so you put whatever you could find in that gap so it would stop taunting you every time you walked by it. Cramming something into that spot stopped that feeling you had of the world being unbalanced. I know…it is a sickness many people have…you aren’t alone…
I want to challenge you on a couple of things:
#1: For the sake of mankind and to up the resale value of your home and neighborhood, put on some sunglasses and SPF 30 and repaint that ORANGE room. Run…don’t walk to the paint store…if you bump into the 12 year old that sold you “romantic sunset”, let him know there was nothing romantic about that color and that you are on to his little sales tactics of selling orange paint to unsuspecting home owners in an effort to reduce the inventory of ugly paint.
#2: Do you have “walls of fame” or “walls of shame”? If you are feeling disgrace, embarrassment, mortification, or regret, you might have walls of shame. I challenge you to take down the offending pieces. Before your head starts spinning that the world will be unbalanced and your walls will start snidely talking to you in that voice that scares you, take heart…we are gonna fix those walls….
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by Melissa Lloyd