I am hosting a party this weekend, and have been feeling increasingly stronger “house anxiety” as the days have been getting closer. Truly, I have no reason to worry; my house is sturdy, clean, and fairly attractive if I say so myself. However, the time I spend on Pinterest while procrastinating writing my syllabi for next semester has given me the urge to do some form of home improvement project before this weekend. After all, a house isn’t a home unless it’s decked out in season-specific decor, with fresh baked s’mores-brownie-fudge-cookie goodness on the immaculate stove (because dishes magically do themselves and never sit in the sink when you’re baking) and your dogs lying peacefully on their coordinated memory foam doggy beds, right?
Pinterest increases my dislike of minor imperfections. I decided that changing out my curtains in the living room would give the house a new feeling and make the living room feel cozy. The curtains I have hanging now are fine and all, but wow! The curtains I see when I search Pinterest for “cozy fall living room” are just incredible. I have to have them.
I’ll spare you the painstaking details about how I comparison shopped through a variety of online stores, then how I dragged N through three different stores to search for just the right curtains. I stopped searching when we realized we were looking at $80 minimum for curtains that sort of fit the look I liked on Pinterest. To recreate the beautiful layered curtain looks with curtains I loved, we were looking at over $100.
Needless to say, I walked away from the curtain aisle and all the curtain websites. My supposedly cheap attempt to pacify my desire for home improvement would actually cost me as much as, if not more than, it would cost me to paint the remaining two rooms in my house that need face lifts.
Pinterest has also:
- Given me the top 243,532 secrets to losing belly fat…
- … while simultaneously giving me 7,000 new ways to bake chocolate chip cookies.
- Made pallets and mason jars a staple in every home.
- Shown me the benefits of cutting into my walls and making shelving between the studs in every room.
- Impressed upon me the importance of baking season-inspired gifts for all my friends, family members, students, and total strangers.
- Inspired the wreaths I see on many doors on my commute to work…
- … while simultaneously making me feel bad that I didn’t run to the craft store and make the wreath myself.
OK, OK, I can’t blame Pinterest for everything. I am ultimately responsible for my own buying habits, which is why I decided to put the curtains away and be happy with what I have. But Pinterest does have a way of making my own cozy home seem inadequate.
Have you experienced Pinterest-envy? Does Pinterest make you want to remodel your home/build a dog house out of pallets/exercise while making chocolate caramel mini trifles?