This blog began as a DIY blog, but lately it’s become a LIB blog. Because now that I’m a renter of a small space and it’s the middle of an incredibly cold winter, the attitude I’m learning to take toward my house is “let it be.”
The idea behind my blog title is to work on the house overhead—whatever house—as if it’s my dream home. This was relevant to my life three years ago.
Back then it was 2012, and we had fallen out of love with our house and were ready to move on. But major things like job inconsistency, the sluggish housing market, and being overwhelmed with the busyness of parenting made it clear we needed to stay put. My motto helped me to make the best of my ho-hum house while I crafted the home around me into something I wanted to be in.
But now it’s 2015, and we’re nine months into a year-long lease. We don’t wish to stay in this same rental a second year. We love the charm of it, but we didn’t realize how difficult it would be to get heat to stay inside a 200-year-old cabin. We’ll be moving on, most likely to another rental. But we don’t know where, and it’s too early to start looking.
So I have a do-it-yourself blog dedicated to making the most of my current space. But major things like the end of our lease and not knowing what furniture we’ll still need in a few months are making it clear that what I shouldn’t do right now is, well, do.
This season of looming transition has brought serious inertia to the blog. Being a renter with short-timer’s mentality has flattened my interest in redoing any furniture. This winter of record-breaking cold temperatures in the mid-Atlantic hasn’t helped either, since it limits me to indoor projects like sewing.
I’m re-living what it means to be actively patient. I’m remembering that patience, or waiting, is doing something. It’s useful for thinking through what kind of checklist we might need to run the next rental property through (like heat in the bathrooms and the office, a washing machine that doesn’t drain into the kitchen sink). If I’m smart with budgeting, it gives me a chance to save up for the furniture we might need in the next space.
Along the way I decided to embrace the inertia, which brings me to my let-it-be approach. My space is not what I would like it to be, temperature- and space-wise, but it’s okay for now. More than okay, really. We’re all safe, happy, and here together. So now I’ll try to transition into being an LIB (let-it-be) blogger. Being okay with okay-ness around me, or contentment, has been a weakness of mine anyway. Now is a good time to work on that.
So far the best byproduct of being an let-it-be renter is I’ve found other outlets for the creative energy I usually channel into my home. Because the best byproduct of blogging is learning that the process of being creative with my space is what I value. If I can have that, I am okay with giving my space time to become what I want it to be.
Or, in other words, I don’t need my house to look like a catalog. But I would like to treat it like my canvas. I didn’t always know this about myself and my love of all things home. I prefer making my mark on my physical space. But if that’s not possible, I can be happy finding other ways to express myself creatively.
But back to the byproduct of finding other outlets: I’ve begun to spend time thinking about the ways other people use and makeover their houses. I’ve started to work as a contributor for Houzz and have had the fun opportunity of documenting the creative things other people do to their spaces. It’s a great outlet, and I’ll have more on it soon. But it’s also meant that I’ve had reason to upgrade my camera lens—so much for saving for the someday furniture—which has also been a new outlet for creativity. The pictures I took of our yard and neighboring church were yesterday’s practice with it.
My period of inertia may continue for a while, or I may start to gain momentum in a new direction. Either way, I’ll aim to remain an LIB renter finding creative ways to wait well.