This is going to be a hard one, but I want you to really try. I encourage you to be honest and everything will be okay! Are you afraid of what I'm about to ask you to do?
I've been talking with some friend bloggers over the past few weeks about honesty in blogging. We all show our beautiful decor and we want the best photos for our blogs and there is nothing wrong with that - but we also need to acknowledge that sometimes those photos are staged for the moment and aren't real life.
We all feel the need, as women, to try to be perfect and a blog is the perfect place to attempt to show that to the outside world. What we don't always think about is the effect that can have on others. We are all real people here, we don't live perfect lives and don't always have perfect houses. I have a built in "blog cop" in my husband who calls me out if he feels like I'm not living the life I blog, so that keeps me on my toes.
In talking to some friends about some of the big name home/decor/decorating blogs I discovered a common desire to try to live up to their standards and a resulting feeling of inadequacy when that doesn't happen. Let's face it - even THEY don't live up to their standards when it comes to clean houses, perfect dinners, beautiful rooms all the time!
So, I want all of you to take a deep breath and grab your camera...I'll wait.
Walk to your bedroom/laundry room/messiest room and take a picture right now and post it for all the world to see. Blog it, Flickr it I don't care - just link it up here. Be proud that you are normal. Be proud that you are NOT perfect. Be proud that you are letting all the other women out there see that side of you and take comfort in the fact that we are all in the same boat here.
My heart is palpating here, and I'm totally honest about my shortcomings when it comes to housecleaning! I hope no one actually dies doing this :)
My "real" master bedroom on many days of the month:
My "real" study during our basement renovation (and lots of other times during the year when I've let it go):