Home projects make themselves clear. It’s the stuff that irritates you to no end but you just can’t seem to get a grip on completing them. Blank walls. No bed frame. The half-moved-into home. Clutter out of control. A closet full of clothes from the wrong season. A home office that half-functions. Home projects are the things we can write off as “I don’t have time for that.” Or “I don’t want to live here forever.” Or, ” I am not that into this space.” The things is, these home projects are actually not just home projects. These unfinished bits of business at home almost always represent issues that are a part of your life that you are also not willing to acknowledge, develop or handle. If your home is in limbo, to some degree your life is in limbo.
While the issues vary and the projects are personal to you, here are a few common “unfinished home” projects and their meanings:
Blank walls- unless you have a super-vibrant home, blank (artless) or colorless walls are often a sign of sensory deprivation in life. While it varies from person to person, blank walls are a way of “not quite settling in”. Art that is perfunctory and impersonal is not what you need- you need to connect to imagery in your home.
No bed frame- I know, you like to sleep close to the ground. I know, you aren’t sure you want to go through the hassle of getting a bed frame. I’ve been in mega-mansions with homes minus bed-frames. If you aren’t willing to really appropriate your bed, you are not really settled where you are. Unless you decide to move right away (like right now) I suggest you get a bed frame and stay for a while.
Half-moved-into-home- This is the place still packed in boxes for months or even years after moving. If you aren’t unpacking in your house, where else are you not unpacking in life?
The home office that half-functions- If you have a home office and do not use it, you do not have a home office. If you work at home and your home office is also used for a zillion other things (like storage, or a random table) you are likely not taking your business very seriously, or you are letting it bleed haphazardly through your life. My own home office is under major “redoing” right now because I notice I will work anywhere but there; it is a big house project. I understand how it has affected my career and my habits in small and big ways. Every change I make creates a huge shift in my work. Take this space seriously and you will notice the difference!
And on, and on, and on… I bet if you picked an “unfinished anything” in your home and you thought about it you could determine what it mirrors in your own life!
Investing in a home project, no matter how big or small- will change things in your life. Even if you aren’t living in your dream home, if you can’t get comfortable where you are, you are holding yourself back from your dream home. It is rarely money or time that holds back home upgrades, repairs and changes- it is a lack of willingness or a lack of feeling that it is worth it to make the changes. Instead, we languish, dissatisfied and mildly annoyed by all that is unfinished. Let this serve as a reminder that you are worth it and you shouldn’t waste another day sitting in limbo.
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