Perfectionism: Sometimes A Curse




Yes, I actually hung that sign!

I figured out that the thing that is really causing my messy closet problems is the home-decorating items that I've gradually accumulated over the last year and a half. I know I listed a few different kinds of items in my last post, but that was mostly for variety's sake - if a book or a clothing item ends up in the closet, it typically doesn't stay there long. The decorating items are the actual problem area, and that is what's causing the build-up.

I think it's because I feel like I have to have everything perfect before I hang something on the wall, or put it on a table, or whatever - I have to know exactly where it will go and what I'll put with it, because I don't like to hang things up or put things somewhere and then change it. And it takes me a while to decide where I want things. Thus, they sit in the closet until I decide.

But I bought each of those things for a reason, with a purpose in mind. When I bought them I knew which room I wanted them to go in, and I had a vague idea of the arrangement.

But because I wasn't sure if it was perfect, I didn't put them up right away.

That pesky perfectionist thing.

Perfectionism can make one's life so difficult in so many ways. Perfectionism is like a less severe form of Obsessive-compulsive Disorder. There are so many things you may not do that you could do, because they have to be perfect first.

Sometimes perfectionism is a good thing. It leads you to strive for excellence. But it can also just become a ball and chain if you let it.

Well, I've let it.

I think that's the underlying cause of my weird closet (no pun intended) habit. I get something for a certain room in my house, and then I get all bogged down in finding the perfect place to put them, or the perfect way to arrange them, and I never use them at all. And that is poor stewardship, and it's a waste.

Sometimes things just don't have to be perfect.

So hanging this lovely sign was a first step. Yes, I think it would have looked cute with family pictures, but then I have to find the perfect family pictures, and the perfect place to hang them, and the perfect arrangement. And you know when it would actually get hung? Maybe in another year.

No more of that. So, I found a place I thought it would look nice, and I hung it. And I'm quite happy with the effect. And if I have to move it at a later date, I'll move it, and it won't be a big deal.

I want to be a better steward of the things the Lord has given us, and that means not wasting a perfectly good sign by being too OCD to use it, or buying something before I can use it (ie: Wait until the basement is finished, Callie!).

So that's my plan. I'll keep you updated with anything else I get out of that closet.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway! I announce the winner tomorrow, so this is your last chance!

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Lauren said...

Way to go! I think the sign looks great there & you can always add stuff in later!

And you're definitely right, perfectionism can very easily get me down & I just give up altogether!

Unknown said...

Good for you! I tend to do the same thing sometimes

Brittney Galloway said...

oooh, I like it! And I totally agree about being a better steward of all the Lord has given us. Thanks for the reminder Callie!

Unknown said...

I think the sign looks great where it is! :)

LeAnna said...

Love the sign, it looks perfect up there!

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