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A Lesson in Completion

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Well, I did it.  I found a place for my flower-y china, and it doesn’t look half-bad.  I kept a couple of my existing teapots to balance out the flower-power, and I must admit that it is a vast improvement over the previous arrangement on these shelves.  I had attempted to make this area look cute, but it wound up being the catch-all for things we just didn’t want to deal with (next week’s project – dealing with those thing I just don’t want to deal with – haha).  Most importantly, that spot on my bedroom floor where the dishes had taken up residence is now empty.

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I learned a lesson here. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, which unfortunately, often translates into me just not completing anything. That may seem a bit oxymoronic, but allow me to explain. Whenever I have a project I want to complete I start by thinking about it.  It may take a day, maybe a week, maybe two months . . . then I finally have a perfect vision in my head.  Unfortunately, it is often a little unrealistic.  For example, while trying to decide where to place these dishes I looked at pictures and planned and came up with a glorious vision of the perfect mix between modern, country and antique. However, to realize this look required repainting and wall-papering, sanding down the kitchen cabinets to paint and add pulls, and hey, I might as well re-do the counter-tops, fixtures and floors while I’m at it. I’m only half-exagerating; I really do get carried away. Then reality hits and the perfectionist in me wants to just keep it in that corner until I can “do it right”. Strangely, perfectionists can be quite disorganized for this very reason.

My organizing lesson is: just do it. Just organize those shoes in your closet with or without the perfect California Closets organizer, put those dishes on a shelf even if it isn’t painted the perfect color, place your important documents in the filing cabinet even if you haven’t got that ideal filing system created. I have my life to re-decorate and work out the kinks. If I just do it, I can have order now.