Early last week after a long and much-needed vacation to see my college besties in Kansas, I returned home worn out, nostalgic and with the daunting task of packing up my apartment in preparation for the trek to my new place across town. It was a lot of work, and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. Each night I came home from work, packed up a few boxes, took down picture frames here and there and as my first home in Dallas emptied out and the white walls became even more white – if that’s even possible- and I was at an all-time low.
Friday afternoon my parents pulled into town in their car packed to the roof with rugs, lamps, tables and chairs, all from their first homes. We spent the whole night and much of the next day dusting dishes and artwork and throwing out old shoes and ratted sweaters, all the while listening to Dad’s favorite Allman Brothers Spotify playlist.
Saturday night around 8 p.m. we had officially moved every item, and it was all piled up in our new living room, right next to the pile of boxes and trash (see photo). Everything that had once been so strategically placed on every wall, in every room was in one big mound.
Sunday came, and with it a rush of new, fresh vibes! It took a village – little brother and cousins included – but by the end of the day my parents’ old stuff paired with my new table from HomeGoods was lookin’ pretty great! And all it took was a lit candle, my Dad’s tunes and some new perspective.
Now I know SPM isn’t planning on moving any time soon and we definitely aren’t planning on moving any of our clients – unless they need our help of course! BUT even if it’s ordering new corkboards for the wall in your office (Tracy and I just so happened to do this last week ) or brainstorming new ways to use old material for our clients, it is always a good idea to start fresh and look at things with fresh eyes. We all know it’s easy to get in a rhythm with our clients, and even when things are going well, it’s good to remember to occasionally shake things up, move them around and get some new inspiration.