Richard Koch’s book Living the 80/20 Way encourages us to “work less, worry less, succeed more, and enjoy more.” It’s based on the Pareto Principle: 80% of results come from 20% of your efforts. After I finished reading it recently, it occurred to me that the concept applies to our homes and decorating, too.
It only takes a few beautiful or special things in a room to make it memorable and wow-worthy. But we continue to worry that we should buy more impressive stuff to fill our rooms with and complete more impressive projects until everything is perfect and “finished.” We fret about the state of our rooms as if Margaret Russell might be stopping by any day now to inspect the place.
Well, let’s stop knocking ourselves out. It’s time to get off that treadmill.
Think about the houses you have really loved in your life. Not houses you admired, or envied because they looked perfectly put together, but ones you wanted to linger in. What did you love about them? They probably had their flaws and their quirks, some outdated decor and worn spots. But you were drawn to them anyway. Why?
Figure out what means “home” to you. What is that important 20% that would make the biggest difference? Focus on those few things that make you feel really happy and forget the rest. Put your time and money into what really matters.
Life’s too short to waste it chasing that other 80%, don’t you think?
(Photos via Traditional Home and BHG.)
Now tell me: What’s in Your Dream House?