How To Design for the Present (& Live More Mindfully, Too)

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(Image credits: Jacqueline Marque; Bethany Nauert; Adrienne Breaux) Despite knowing better, there are plenty of things that sometimes keep us from designing our current homes to the fullest. How did you finally give yourself permission to design a home you truly love despite knowing you might move later (or whatever reason was standing in the way of you doing it)? Holiday decorations not used because with all the travel you have planned you’ll really only be in your home for a week or two of the holiday season and what’s the point? As much as we write about how important it is to not let the looming possibility of moving — of your current home just being a temporary home — be the thing that holds you back from putting time, effort and money into designing it to fit you, the lure of a temporary mindset is powerful. If you have been dreaming about painting every wall and having a more organized closet, don’t try to do it all at once. Maybe it’s holding off on buying or making a furniture piece you really love because it seems impractical for future dwellings. We shouldn’t completely ignore potential future realities. Some DIY project you’ve decided is too much of a waste of time. Yes we should make our homes be the best they can be because we deserve it. And yes, there are always things we can learn from the past. But when it comes to making final design decisions about the home you live in today, why not give a little more weight to the needs and wants of the present? Like the fact that if you don’t own your home you may have moved a lot in the past few years, knowing that if history repeats itself, you won’t be in this rental for years and years. Here’s how to give yourself permission to design for the present instead:

Remember that as much planning as you can do, you can’t really know the future

Remind yourself how much better your life will be

Get creative to do it on a budget

Make a calendar and timeline to fit into your schedule

Or if it’s simply the fact that you never make time for it and let daily responsibilities get in the way, break down the thing or things you want to do around the house into tiny, bite-sized tasks and schedule them into your existing calendar, even if the tasks will stretch over months. Just take that small step toward picking out a paint color or decluttering a few unneeded items.

Updated: 14.12.2014 — 11:17