5 Ways to Get Past Creative's Block
Not going to lie guys, I have been really struggling lately. The house we bought needs a lot more work then we originally thought. So my plans for decorating, painting and diying have all been put on hold. Indefinitely at the moment. So that combined with an insane work schedule right now, I am feeling like there is no end in sight. I know there is, I am just being dramatic.
Being on an 8 day work stretch, while my boyfriend is at the house slaving away over building us a kitchen and doing the flooring, has left me a little restless. I hate not being there to help, and I definitely hate not knowing what's going on. That being said, he has been more than helpful by sending me pictures of the house at the end of each day. Thank God for that.
So now I am stuck in my old town, and feeling a little uninspired. I wanted to do a post today about repainting these two nightstands I got recently at a garage sale, but to be honest I just didn't have the time to paint them and I wasn't feeling creative enough to do anything with them. Sound familiar? So now they sit in my mother's living room until I am ready to deal with them.
Have you ever dealt with a situation similar to this? Ever lost that creativity bug? Here are some tips on how to get past it!
- Don't force it. Seriously, there is a reason why I chose this one as my first one. Don't try to force a creative moment. One you'll get frustrated with yourself and that will make things worse. Two you'll probably hate the piece you're working on. The piece won't come from a place of love and you may not appreciate the effort you put into it. Best to postpone it for now.
- Sleep on it. I don't know how many times I have gone to sleep frustrated and woken up inspired. I truly believe that dreams do show us what the subconscious is thinking about. Plus I am sure you have heard the good ol' saying "Everything looks better in the morning".
- Go to someone else's house. Seek inspiration from other people. Next time you go to someone's house look around their place and see what ideas you can steal shamelessly. My best friend has a lot of makeup. Like a ton. My amount is like a third of her stash. Her organizing hack? Put a bookshelf in the bathroom. Simple? Yes! Genius? OMG yes! Something so simple provided her easy access. When I moved, I shamelessly stole that idea. Now that I am at the house, I just need to make that idea work for me. My mom has a bar table uses it for storage. I have a similar piece. I am copying her idea, but am planning on making it an island for my kitchen. See how it easy it is to come up with your ideas once you look at someone else's project?
- Utilize Pinterest. Yep, it's an oldie, but a goodie. It is easy to see why many people suggest it. Type in a few keywords and find lists upon lists of great projects all at your fingertips.
- Go window shopping. What better way to see what inspires you, then by going window shopping? I love going to stores and restaurants, seeing what they provide and figuring out how I can make it and at a cheaper price. Don't be fooled by the price tags. You can create anything that is out there!
These are just some of my tips for getting inspired. Please share some of yours! Maybe they can help me out as well! Let me know in the comment section below!