I put off writing a lot because I feel like it isn’t good enough.
Not the writing, mind you – I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about my writing style or abilities. I know that my audience understands me and that my points come across, so I don’t fret over every silly word. I mean the content. I read all the homemaking, DIY, crafting, parenting, etc. blogs. I have a Pinterest account. I see the wonder that seems to be everyone else’s creativity and resources and while I absolutely LOVE the project-sharing and inspiration that comes from these blogs, sometimes I think they come with a side of inferiority complex.
When The Fiance and I moved in last week, everything just kind of got placed into the pantry in the most haphazard way, just to get it out of boxes/grocery bags, and get it on the shelves. To say that it needed organizing is an understatement. Of course, as we prepared to make this move, I’ve pinned every beautiful pantry in the blogosphere to my Pinterest, planning and scheming in my mind’s eye how I would arrange ours. I have a few things in mind, and this morning I was itching to attack the disorganization. So, I went into the kitchen and started pulling all of the things off the shelves and putting them on the countertops, ready to clean, beautify and containerize my heart out.
Once everything was out of the pantry, I turned my Pinterest-trained eyes to the pantry itself. Hmmmm… it could use a paint job. What color do I want to paint it? Am I going to start painting now, when I have 2 boxes waiting to be unpacked in the Master Bedroom? Hmmm… I have a fair amount of jars and baskets, but they don’t all match, color or style. Could I spray paint them to bring cohesiveness? What about the mismatched styles? Hmmm.. Canned goods are supposed to be on a lazy susan, right? Didn’t I see that pinned? But I don’t HAVE a lazy susan. How could I possibly organize the cans? Hmmm.. I asked The Fiance for a Silouette machine for Christmas, but it’s not Christmas yet. What will I do about beautiful labels?
Talk about FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. Oh no, I have so much food all over the counters. However will I make it beautiful?!
Snap out of it, lady. Patience has never been a virtue of mine, but it’s one that I need to learn. Yes, yes – One day I will have accumulated all of the things I have in my head that will make my pantry a place that makes angels sing whenever it’s opened. But to do that, I’ll need planning. And time. And to be cost efficient – it has to be over TIME. What on earth will I have accomplished by running out, buying hand-made artisan paper to line the walls, 45,195 of the exact same shape container, and painstakingly making the same number of matching labels for all of those containers in a single day? Will I join the ranks of the Pinterest greats? Will you, dear reader, canonize me and share, link, pin, tweet, and bookmark my post? Probably not.
I will have a pantry that still feels like it could be tweaked, an empty wallet, and I’ll be too tired to make dinner tonight, so I’ll have a cranky family who has Chinese for dinner. Over time, those things are all doable – accumulating the containers at the Thrift store and Flea market will be a much better option than running to Target today. Stumbling upon the perfect pattern for the walls will be a delight and a joy, when it happens.
As I stood there in the kitchen, The Fiance walked in and I frowned at the pantry and said “This isn’t going to be blog worthy.”
He looked at my pout and said, “Okay, so it’s not blog-worthy. You can still put it all back in a more organized way so that the pantry is more functional for you.” Ahhhh, my voice of reason. There’s a reason why not very many men have Pinterest accounts, ladies. If an organized pantry was my goal, I’ve met it today. If having the most awesomest pantry in all of blogland was my goal – I need new goals.
So, my offering today is a simple one. I spent 20 minutes reorganizing my pantry today. It’s functional and organized and for my family, it’s GOOD ENOUGH.
How about you? Do you find yourself Paralyzed by Pinterest? Tell me what you’ve done (or are planning to do) so we can celebrate, no matter how big or small the victory is!