I love love love looking at pictures and souvenirs and scrapbookable items and artwork we made years ago. I love the people and places they represent, and I love rehearsing the events that brought them into being. I love it when, once every 3-4 years, I trick some hapless acquaintance into studying them with me. I like feeling like my family and I have a history.
I don’t love that I never quite finished my high school scrapbook, which prevented the completionist in me from ever starting my college, graduate school, teaching, wedding, honeymoon, house, and baby scrapbooks. I don’t love that all my photos and souvenirs are locked away in drawers and external hard drives and file folders. I don’t love that our walls are mostly empty.
So, this month, I’m going to use these feelings to drive the fashioning of the front two rooms in our house: the piano room and the “formal” dining room. I’m not sure I’ll finish both…creative pursuits risk more paralysis than practical projects. I think I’ll start with the dining room and see how far I get.
I accidentally already covered this.
- I like looking at and sharing personal memorabilia, but it’s hidden.
- The walls in these two rooms are empty, which makes them feel less homey than I would like.
- Last month, I implied that I find projects to be more worthwhile if they’re accomplishing multiple goals at the same time.
- We easily have upwards of 10,000 pictures to consider for this project. As a deliberative maximizer, this means endless fretting over finding the most meaningful 10-20 pictures to display. Now you know why I can’t finish a scrapbook (it took me five years to get as far as I did on my high school one).
- Although we picked the wall colors for these rooms, I don’t love them.
- The walls in these rooms have design elements that boggle my mind. WHY DOES THE DINING ROOM HAVE THAT EXTRA WINDOW??? When you put a table in the mix, it makes it very difficult to know how to center things on that wall.
- I don’t really know how to properly frame, hang, or otherwise display pictures. I bought a picture-hanging kit once, and I didn’t know what 5/6 kinds of pieces were. The one I did recognize was a nail.
The Intermediate Goals
- Identify periods of life from which I want to display things. Then I can focus on a single “era” at a time, making it all feel less overwhelming.
- Research picture frames/display options. It feels kind of pretentious to call this “research”, but I need to justify my Pinterest time.
- Consider other decorative elements, like curtains! They might help me make sense of that extra window.
- Print pictures, buy frames, etc.
- Put it all together.
I’m not really sure that this is ever going to be an essential component of my projects. I’ve been giving myself prizes for non-project-related achievements (e.g. exercising every day, taking my lunch to work, etc… see my achievements page), but if I’m excited about a project, I don’t need a prize.
I’ll consider us successful if we:
- Put more stuff on the dining room wall(s).
- Buy and hang some curtains. Unless Pinterest teaches me that curtains are stupid.