Have you been guilty of postponing pleasure because your surroundings had to be perfect? Perhaps you've delayed having guests over or put off quality time because ignoring tasks and clutter is too difficult.
My early influences regarding domestic bliss were undeniably shaped by Leave to Beaver and Father Knows Best. My family home bore no resemblance to this television ideal. And, although most of my friend's homes were like mine, I had a neighbor whose table was always impeccably preset with colorful linen napkins, place mats, and egg cups at every breakfast setting.
I adore tablescapes, home decor, and well ordered space. It is calming to enjoy rooms that are visually appealing. Nonetheless, I've learned that living is more important than perfection. We loose precious moments simply because we cannot overlook what our friends are willing to or what we should.
I like how Rachel at Small Notebook sums it up: "If you organize to perfection, then you’re not organizing to make your life better, you’re living your life to organize, and nobody needs that." She makes the distinction between magazine-perfect versus how quickly we can put our hands on something.
I'll let you know that my house is not perfect today and yet I plan to set up an oasis in the midst of my chores and business calls to enjoy a "me" moment. I hope you do that, too.