You are feeling good and all is running smoothly with your home design project.You have taken the time to figure out your plan of action, even designed your exact vision for what you to want to manifest in your home. With this clear vision of your dream home your project has finally started!
Out of nowhere, there is another “Umph” moment. Some kind of unexpected bump that you hit that throws everything way off track. Something or someone puts a big blockade in your way. Maybe you lost your contractor, or your spouse has decided to change his job. Or the placement for your sink doesn’t fit or the price has tripled for that must-have fixture you fell in love with. Read on to read my tips to help you since with so many moving parts in the arena of home design, it is most likely you will encounter a hiccup (or two) during your journey and I can offer some insights to help you get back on track.
Change is the only constant in life. As we evolve, our home designs should too.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus on the light.
Tips for Getting Back on Track in your Home Design Project
Ask for help
- Ask for help when you need it and don’t take no for an answer. Politely continue to seek assistance. Stay consistent. This is also why working with a professional on your home design project is also something I highly recommend. You aren’t the best at everything so use others when needed to help you in these areas. The world is all about DIY but you need to be realistic and decide when it is better (and less expensive) to hire the pros first time around. Also, note that you can ask for help in just one area and do not need to get professionals to take over the whole project. My DIWY (design-it-with-you) services is one example. Also, a designer by the hour is another option to just get what you need where you need it.
- Stay focused on the end game and one small step in the right direction is good enough at the moment. Do not allow yourself to go into overwhelm which freezes you from action. Small, steady steps often wins the race in the long run. A design or home renovation project is a process and often the media makes you have unrealistic expectations on timing and schedules. My advice is always remind yourself of the end result of your home design project and as long as you are working towards that goal, everything is okay. If you change too many things in the middle of the project then you will end up with a messy result. Make sure you stay on the same path and focus on the ultimate result. Do not get shiny penny syndrome and think that someone else’s idea is better than your own. Stay focused on your original plan
Adjust and Continue
- Be willing to adjust and continue with a new plan of action. Looking for other solutions, changing your schedule and creating a new vision! Life will continue to put “Umph” moments into your path. That is part of the deal so learning how to manage these is a good idea. All home design projects, from small decorating jobs to full-on home renovations, are subject to a few unexpected moments requiring you to pivot your expectations. Better to know in advance and be able to be in the flow. You can find creative solutions to almost everything but you need to be willing to change your original vision to see things differently. Design is a process and being willing to adjust and continue (or compromise) is often necessary because many expectations are unrealistic to start off with.
- Be grateful for all you still have. This was probably the hardest but most crucial element to how you will make sure your home design project is a great success. Living with an attitude of gratitude is a great life path because seeing the silver lining allows the vibration to remain high. It is from this place that often solutions to the bumps are most often discovered. You can always find the things that are not perfect, but the expectation for perfection is often not realistic. In a design project there is a balance between time, money, quality. Know yours and be grateful you have the chance to create a better home, however humble it may be.