Do you find yourself struggling with indecisiveness and have a hard time making decorating decisions? Let me just say, I get it. There was a time where it took me over 2 years to decide on the flooring I wanted in my basement. Yep, 730 whole days of “I can’t make up my mind.” But when we finally switched from carpet to wood floors, I was able to pick the area rug in one day. So, what gives? Why do we get so stuck when it comes to picking things out for our home? Well, I’ve finally figured it out and I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s time to move past the stuck phase. So, if you’ve been stuck in the land of indecisiveness when it comes to decorating your home, I’ve got you. But before we get started, go ahead and grab my FREE Home Styling Cheat Sheets. They break down exactly what you need to beautifully style any area of your home. Now let’s get started.
How To Make Decorating Decisions When You’re Indecisive
Get clear about what you really want – yes, let’s start with getting honest with ourselves. You may not be able to initially articulate why you’re having a hard time making up your mind. And that’s OK. But if you take some time, I’m sure you can figure it out. I’m a big fan of journaling, or at least, writing down what’s really bothering you. Do you not like the options that are available to you? Did you find something you like but it’s out of budget? Whatever you write down, the next step is to think about work arounds and solutions. If you find you’re indecisive over how much to spend, consider if waiting and saving, working more hours or selling another item is worth it to you. Once you’re clear on what you want and what you’re willing to do to get it, decisions become easier.
Understand your style and lifestyle – once you understand what you like and what will actually work for your lifestyle, choosing décor becomes much easier. Otherwise, questions like “Will the item even match the rest of my décor?” consume your thoughts. You see something in the store, and you get excited, but you’re not really sure if it will match the décor style you currently have in that room. Or, you run across something online and it’s gorgeous, but…you’re not quite sure if it will look right in the space you have in mind. One great way to move past this is to understand your preferred style, what that style looks like for specific pieces (the color and shape of furniture, lights, or décor items). Once you understand that, then it becomes easier to choose items because you know they’ll go along with your overall theme. Speaking of overall theme, it’s good to make a plan.
Make a plan – having a plan will help reduce your indecisiveness, too. Your plan can be as simple as picking a room and writing down what you want and need in that space. And then take a few extra minutes to create a budget and envision what you’d like the room to look like. You could also make a plan by setting up Pinterest boards and pinning styles that speak to you. Or you can create a mood board with the free online site Canva. Here, you would take the furniture, colors or décor items that speak to you and put them on a blank Canva sheet so you can have a clear visual of what your room will look like. Then you simply use the plan or mood board you’ve created to direct your steps when you go shopping.
Reduce the number of choices – too many choices make it hard for anyone to make a decision. So, if you haven’t taken the time to get real about what you want, understand your style, or make a plan of how each item will work together, then it’s going to be really hard narrowing down your choices. But if you want to move past stuck, then you’ll need to reduce your choices down to less than 5. Make sure the options you choose are ones that you absolutely love, and you’d be happy with any of them. From that point, there are a few ways you can make your final decision. You can get samples, get other’s opinions, or establish criteria for your choices and narrow down based on that. For example, make sure what you chosen fits within the style, size and price what works best for you. Then, you’ll have to pick a decision date and just decide. Knowing that whatever you choose will work just fine.
Let perfectionism go – yes, you have to let perfectionism go in order to move past indecisiveness. It’s time to kick it out the door and know that nothing this side of heaven is perfect. There’s freedom in that revelation so let yourself rest in that truth. Because, worst case scenario, even if you choose something that you’ll later regret, life will not end. You can find ways to work around it, replace it, sell it, or donate it to someone that could really use it. In other words, you’ll have options. Understand that what makes a space perfect is that it’s a reflection of you. What makes a space perfect is that it’s the perfect backdrop for you and your family to create wonderful memories in.
How To Make Decorating Decisions When You’re Indecisive
Wow – we just covered some of the big reasons why you find yourself stuck in a rut and in a cycle of analysis paralysis when it comes to decorating. If you didn’t figure it out, you’re most likely hesitant and indecisive because you don’t trust your own judgement and you fear making a mistake. That’s why I shared what’s probably holding you back and what you can do to move past it. With that said, if you’d like some more help, tips or pointers, grab my FREE Home Styling Cheat Sheets. They break down exactly what you need so you can beautifully style any area of your home.
And please, take a few minutes and leave a comment below and let me know how these tips have helped you.
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