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The Reality of Magazine Pictures
The Reality of Magazine Pictures

Browsing through home decorating and organizing magazine pictures or scrolling around Pinterest can give you inspiration or it can give you an inferiority complex.  I mean, really, how many people really keep their closet so perfectly color coded or their pantry stocked with all matching containers? I’m sure there are some people who live this way but for most of us, we are lucky if our clothes get hung up and the groceries disappear behind the pantry door.


My warning to you today is don’t feel that you have to live up to the pictures in the magazines and on websites or if your closet doesn’t look like that one on Pinterest that you are a failure. Most of these rooms have been highly staged, meaning that someone has taken a huge amount of time to set the scene, to perfectly arrange the spices and to precisely place all the pillows. These images are also shot by a professional photographer with a fantastic camera, perfect lighting and a heavy hand with photoshop. It’s like all those retouched pictures of models and actresses we hear so much about - based in reality but not really real.


I’ll admit that I’ve done this kind of staging for several of the videos I’ve shot for our local NBC affiliate and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. No one wants to hear organizing advice from someone with kitchen counter clutter so clearing the decks is necessary. But I will tell you that this is not how my family normally lives. We are a busy family of 4 who frequently forgets to put the peanut butter away.


So the takeaway here is that perfection should not be your goal when organizing your home. Do what works best for your family, let good be good enough and let those pictures inspire you but not intimidate you. You live in the real world; they don’t.



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Andi Willis is a Home and Photo Organizing Expert and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is a Professional Organizer who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! 


Find Andi at Good Life Organizing, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.. You can also contact her by email or (478) 550-1969. Check out her guest blog and videos on The Decluttered Home. You can find her ebooks exclusively on Amazon.

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