You might have noticed that recently I’ve taken a step back from large or whole room projects. While there’s a part of me that always needs to be creating, and always has ideas flowing, there’s also a part of me that knew I needed a break. The big builds are a blast, but they also require a lot of time and energy. It’s been an interesting season of life, but I’ve learned to embrace my need to take a step back and focus on more simple projects to keep me feeling inspired.
When you post about all your DIYs on social media, or a blog, there’s a certain expectation to always be wowing people. You have to come up with the biggest, most unique project that stands out. Something that solves a huge problem, shows a new perspective, and that no one has ever done before. Well, I’m here to tell you to build what your heart wants to build.
Small, simple DIYs still solve a problem, are original, and invoke lots of creativity. They also allow time for the mind to rest. If you’re like me, your creative mind does not stop. A true, full break in creating would be torture, because the ideas continue to flow. But creating a shelf or a plant stand here and there are 1-2 day projects that bring coziness to your home, and comfort to your heart. When you feel creatively worn, these projects can reignite the spark to keep going.
Slowing down allows more time for details as well. You’re less likely to fall into the 95% club and more likely to remember why you create in the first place. You can read more about my thoughts of my why here. These projects allow you to appreciate every step of the process, and practice skills one at a time that you may use on a larger project.
All the pictures in this post are some of my favorite small scale DIYs in my home.
P.S. my brain is overflowing with larger project ideas too, but I think it’s all about balance. If you haven’t taken a break for small, simple DIYs, I recommend trying it. You may be surprised at how much fun it can be. One of my favorite Louisa May Alcott quotes is an important reminder for simple DIY: “The power in finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy, and life lovely.”