Laundry room improvements

Anyone who knows me would probably agree that I am a bit of an “all-or-nothing,” “go-big-or-go-home” kind of person. I suffer from what I like to call “perfection paralysis” (otherwise known as “If I can’t do it perfectly, I won’t do it at all” syndrome). Needless to say, this philosophy has not always served me well.

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting one of my favorite authors, Jon Acuff, at Blissdom. One of his mantras is, “Ninety percent perfect and shared with the world is better than 100 percent perfect and stuck in your head.” How true!

There have been many projects, ideas, conversations, charitable contributions, etc. that I have left undone or unshared because, well, I didn’t have the time, money, resources, help, energy, whatever, to do them perfectly. Well, no more, people! I have designated May as my “now, not later” month and I am determined to accomplish and share more with y’all, regardless of whether my ventures will meet Martha Stewart’s approval. (No offense, Martha; I love your work!) 🙂

So let’s get started “now, not later,” shall we?

For more than a year, our laundry room has looked like this:

Gorgeous, huh? Well, I never did much with it because our plans are to bust out the back wall (which opens into a garage closet) and expand the space to create a laundry/craft room that will eventually look something like this:

OK. Maybe not exactly like that, but you get the idea. In the meantime, while I’ve been dreaming of a spectacular laundry/craft space, our family has been wading through clothes and junk every day (I recently found a Christmas present in the heap) to use the washer and dryer. Not cool. So instead of waiting for the day I can create the PERFECT room, I decided to make the laundry room I’ve got right now look as good as possible.

First I cleaned up the crap and the hubster hung a cabinet that had been sitting on our garage floor for-eva. I also hung some art I found in the basement.

Then I organized all my laundry supplies and placed them neatly in the cabinet.

I was even able to use a Pier One Imports basket I got for $1 at a yard sale as a clothespin holder.

Here’s the room now:



Do you suffer from “perfection paralysis?” Is there something you can do now to improve your situation (even if it won’t make things PERFECT)? I’d love for you to share your ideas.

Philippians 3:12-15 – Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things …

I’m linking up to … Women Living Well.

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4 Responses

  1. Sharon Hines says:

    Oh, girl! I’m am so identifyin’ with ya! I am definitely an all or nothing kind of girl and perfectionist is my middle name…and it’s a curse! I LOVE your idea to dedicate the month of May to “now, not later” I will join you. 😉
    Love your laundry looks so clean, and fresh like I imagine a laundry room should be. I wouldn’t know…my laundry room resembles your before picture. In fact, it was last summer when I announced on my blog that I was going to redo the laundry room. That will be my main “now, not later” project. Thanks for inspiring and motivating.
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  2. michelle says:

    Yes! I figured I just had OCD with a touch of perfectionism. Horrible combination. I’m the Queen of Unfinished Projects. I still have paint trim to finish up in the front room (started about 3 years ago) and kitchen (started about 3 months ago), and that’s just the tip of the iceburg! 🙂 I like your term, perfection paralysis.

  3. I can so relate! I have perfection paralysis constantly which is why my son’s nursery is still unfinished. Glad to know its an actual “condition” because I suffer constantly from it!

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