Having pride in your home when does it become your obsession?


Are you a decorating addict? Are you the type of person that hopes to decorate every 5 – 10 years or it is something that you do yearly?

In a recent survey carried out by Anglian we found that almost half of us do something to our homes once a year.  A quarter of us even reach for the tools to carry out home improvements every 6 months.

We are proud of our homes; we like them to look nice, but the majority of us are not obsessed about the way they look.  However, for those of us who do have tendencies that way and want to make regular changes, then it may be a problem.

What is an obsession?  An overwhelming and can be a repetitive feeling, thought and compulsion that you have to achieve something bigger and better than anyone else.  An obsession is usually something that is enjoyable, but when it goes too far, then it may be bad for you. 

How do you know if you are obsessive about redecorating?  According to The Globe and Mail it can say more about your personality and the person you are than you think!

Some friends have said that their home is their hobby; it gives them great pleasure to carry out the work, even though to others it seems never ending.  Other’s felt like their home was their second skin, they have to personally look good and their homes have to look good too, it was an extension of who they were.

Many of us suffer from the stresses and strains of the outside world, which we can not control or change.  Constantly wanting to re-decorate our homes is something we can control and we can make changes as often as we want to.



Image sourced from Therebelchick of the Hello Kitty House which is most definitely pink!

We are constantly bombarded with new design trends and decorating ideas through magazines and the TV.  However, when we do not find anything that takes our fancy we look to the Internet to feed our imagination.  A relatively new social network  called Pinterest is constantly being updated with pictures and ideas from pinners around the world.  The site offers us inspirational ideas to help us achieve the effects we want in our homes.

One extreme home obsession that we can see today, that perhaps went a bit too far, is that of Neuschwanstein castle in Baveria, the home of King Ludwig II.  

 Castle neuschw_heute

Image sourced from Neuschwanstein castle

During the initial planning stage by King Ludwig II, a number of his designs were rejected.  The adjustments that were accommodated made the castle bigger than first planned.  The castle was built as a private refuge for the reclusive king, and was opened to the public after his death in 1886.   

During the 19th century, significant construction changes were regularly made to many castles to make them more picturesque and we are sure that Neuschwanstein castle is one of these great sights.

Have you ever thought about what makes you want to redecorate again?  Is it damage repair, a cosmetic change or just plain and simple that you have got fed-up with the way in which it looks and you fancy a change?  Is it torture or pleasure achieving the look you are after?

People have suffered and coped with obsessions for thousands of years in varying guises.  Why don’t we just sit back and enjoy our surroundings, but feel the need to keep making the changes to our homes?   Perhaps it is now time that we did appreciate what is around us, not get obsessed over the latest trend or look that someone else may have in their home.

Are you obsessed by decorating and making changes to your home?  Why not share with us your obsession; we would like to prove that it is a feeling that happens to men and women and is not one sided!

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