Hang ups

I'm celebrating a little triumph over procrastination today! We moved here last September, our shipped belongings arrived in late October, and ever since we've lived for...oh...eight months with our pictures in sad little stacks leaned against the walls rather than hung up on them. It was just a little daunting to make such decisions and, honestly, eventually I stopped noticing. Also, I've always identified with Jane Austen's comment in Mansfield Park: "I have no talent for certainty." I have to incubate decisions for a really long time and then poof, I'm suddenly ready.

In this case, my level of embarrassment finally outpaced my procrastination/delay abilities. My friend Christie moved into her new house about three seconds ago and Instagram informed me that she has already decked her walls! It put me to shame.  So I rallied, located my gumption, and enlisted Lauren's help to do the old newspaper pattern trick for visualizing where the frames would go:

newpaper wall.jpg

Then we used a combination of some nails and some of those velcro-like picture hangers. We're renting our home here and our landlord wrote into the lease that we have to ask for permission for every nail hole we make. We asked for a certain number but still want to be mindful that these are not our walls--and avoid landlord grief at the end. (Thanks, Sarah, for suggesting those 3M Command picture hangers*. Worked like a charm!)


It's amazing how much more cozy it feels now. More like home. (There's still space for more and we plan to let it slowly morph over time. Assuming I find my gumption again.) Score one for ye olde internet and a little old fashioned shaming.

Are you a get-er-done type like Christie or a no-talent-for-certainty procrastinator like me? What's on your list of long-awaited projects?

*3M did not pay me anything to say that; I just wanted to tell you what I used in case you're interested and mulling over a hanging project of your own.