It’s fun to read magazines that give us tips and ideas, but don’t lose sight of the fact that these magazines are for entertainment, not for new standards of living.
In the pages of a home and garden magazine:
- Closets look more organized because the clothes are all matching neutral colors with plenty of space between the hangers.
- Storage containers are always pretty, and usually expensive.
- There are no tell-tale signs of little kids actually playing.
- The photos are executed by a professional photographer with a crew of assistants, stylists, and editors.
- The stylish furniture and products were borrowed for the shoot, and then later returned to the retailer.
- If the photos are taken in someone’s home, a team of professionals stepped in to rearrange furniture and temporarily take out the clutter.
If it was real, they would never tell you that if you own the right things, you’ll be happier. New boots are not a cure-all, they’re just boots. If it was real, there would be dishes in the sink from dinner, laundry from the baby, and a trail of toys from whatever game was made up today. Don’t think of those things as imperfections, be thankful for all the signs of life within your home.