Perfection Is OFF the Table

Sometimes if I can't make a perfect change I make no change at all.  Which is self-defeating.  it makes me think of the old Hee Haw song, "If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all..." But replace the lyrics with, "If I can't be perfect, I'll make no change at all..."

So I started looking at things differently.  Instead of perfect, my goal is to make changes which are at least 50% better.  In most scenarios in order to be worth doing, the change has to yield a 50% improvement.  For some scenarios, a 50% improvement can make a giant difference!  This applies to so many things.  House improvements, health, art-making.  Do you choose 0% improvement or 50% improvement?  (NOTE to my children and descendents:  Do not misunderstand me, I am not advocating doing a half-way job.) If you are kind of stuck in the doing nothing land, maybe choosing a 50% improvement is a good way to go.  

This was the case with my house.  I am thankful for my house.  I have a nice house.  But I had a mindset of "If I can't do the gut kitchen renovation job I will do nothing."  Things are only getting a little settled after a family member was really ill last fall. I just didn't want any more major mayhem, because I am still recovering from that mayhem.  While the kitchen was nicely designed, I hated the light sucking property of the black countertop and the dark cabinets. I hated it for TEN YEARS. Sorry, previous owners, it is/was beautiful but I need more light.

Enter the Cozy Minimalist course, which I gave myself for my birthday last spring.  (I get nothing for mentioning this course, I just like Nester's site and loved the course).  Because of the Cozy Minimalist course, I've started making some changes.  I am slowly lightening things up, one piece at a time.  This winter will be SO much lighter in my house.  I'm about 1/6 of the way through painting my cabinets.  If I were to do it again, I would pay someone to paint them.   But I've started, so will take the kitchen a section at a time.  It will be so much better!  Maybe even 75%!  ;-)  Of course, 0% or 50% change are not the only options. 

 Perfection is off the table

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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