Decorating and redecorating has been a passion of mine for decades. One of the most exciting things about moving into a new house (or new to us) is the prospect of a clean slate and letting my creative juices flow. We've lived in almost a dozen apartments, townhouses and houses since we've been together, and each one needed decor.
It's not just the end result that is satisfying, it's also the process leading up to it. I never had formal training in home decor or interior design. It's something that seems to come naturally to me, somewhat like my photography.
Moving into our fifth wheel full-time was a real adventure in home decor, having to juggle space and comfort and create a living space. That's quite different from using an RV for weekends.
Some see redecorating as a personal project to design and implement, some as a relief from a boring or stale existence. There are those who see it as a tedious task that might be slightly more than a necessity. Others see decorating as a totally creative endeavor. No matter the purpose, beautiful outcomes can be exceedingly rewarding.
I received a few terrific responses on this topic from friends and followers,. Here are some of those (I've edited or paraphrased some):
WendyJo S.- The first thought in my mind about replacing my flooring is that I would be happy because then my floors would be as I prefer. The second thing to make me happy would be potential added value to my house. Third, then my dog could be in house more because I have white carpet, and I love my dog. Fourth, it would give me a sense of accomplishment, which always makes me happier than being stagnant and or settling for things I don’t care for!
Pat H.- My favorite part of redecorating is emptying a room of clutter and starting fresh. The polished feeling after all the hard work is so calming.
Nadyne H.- I like the new, clean, feel of the redecorated space. I love the results of new paint, or eye-wash, best. Everything feels new again. Since moving into our 5th wheel, I have missed moving the furniture around.
Holly C.- Change ... change makes me happy
Mary Ann S.- My daughter and son in law just installed new flooring, stairs and all of upstairs. When they're happy, I'm happy! Family matters a lot especially when times are tough.
Shelley A.- Knowing I did iit myself makes me happy. Making the updates to something fresh and new is good for the soul!
Donna B.- I love the design process and then seeing my vision come to fruition.
Linda H.- There is nothing brings me joy like decorating a home. It makes it a home that fits my personal likes and comforts. When successfully completed it should make living in the home welcoming and comfortable for uniquely you. When I bought my place in 2018, I knew the layout fit me but it needed cleanup and updating. My whole goal was to accomplish a place I want to come home to, settle in and never want to leave. I have just that! I thank God every day I get to live here. It brings me peace, comfort and security to be here. That's what decorating does for me. Unlike most, I'm very spacial and know just what feels right to me when I find it, so it becomes very personal and satisfying. Ten years from now I'll feel the same way about it as I do when I got done. Then I'll hate any change -- when it's right for me, it's right.
Ayub B.- Home decorating or redecorating is like watering a sapling in your garden which brings freshness, multiplies joy and kills the boredom.
BLSMSS- We love our Toy Hauler, but things have changed in the way we were doing things, so we will be redoing our kitchen and living room. We want to make it more ours and not like our neighbors. We need little more storage and an easier flow. We will be bringing more color. We put up curtains and added carpet for that, but need touch more. We have replaced door knobs as they were hitting each other.
Kevin, Yvonne and 4 Doxies- Simple decoration is best for us -- full length over the door hanger mirror with Command Strips or double sided Velcro to steady.
Patte M.- I love the results of redecorating. My background has been in fabricating home decor stuff like upholstery, window treatments, pillows, etc. What I love most and what makes me happy is the bonding time with my sewing machine and manipulating fabrics. The results are a side effect.
D. Clark- Happiness is building a RV from empty trailer. Creating something from nothing is very satisfying.
See Spot Run RV- Several things I like about remodeling -- the challenges that come with a project, then the learning process of what it takes to do the job with quality. The change is always exciting and the final project is rewarding. I will say they usually come in over budget but we have always been happy with the results.
To complete this discussion, I'll quote American businessman Gary Hamel, who said, "As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it's laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe - we are happiest when we are creating."
Jack Huber is a writer, blogger, poet and photographer. Like many, he is concerned about the psyche of our planet's inhabitants and wants to try to improve his little corner of it.