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Is Instagram Sucking The Joy Out Of Our Homes?

Like many people, Instagram became one of my favourite places to hang out when I first bought my new home.

I loved getting inspiration when it came to interiors and decorating, I loved seeing how other people had put their own stamp on their living spaces, and I loved dreaming up my own plans and how I’d bring them into fruition.

There’s no harm in a little escapism, but along the way, I realised that you sometimes have to take social media with a pinch of salt. Otherwise, comparison can set in, and it often becomes a real problem.

If you’ve ever felt inferior because your home doesn’t quite measure up, then I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been there myself, and there are a few things that I’ve learned along the way…

Remember that you only ever see part of the story

We all know, logically at least, that social media is a highlight reel. We see the best part of people’s lives. When an interiors influencer shows their perfectly decorated bedroom, they’re not telling you that their bathroom is currently upside down, and in desperate need of a clean!

Equally, many accounts on Instagram that are dedicated to homes and interiors aren’t just a nice hobby for their creators. They’re a full time job, and they have the time and budget necessary to curate a very careful and considered look. They might be pretty, but they’re not a real comparison to your own home.

Use Instagram for inspiration, but know where to draw the line and put down your phone

I don’t want this to be a blog post that’s dedicated to putting Instagram down. It can teach us so much, and when we’re decorating our first homes, it can be a really positive influence. We can get a heads-up on bargains, we can get tips for making our budgets go further, and we can get ideas that we can turn into a reality.

The key here is know where to draw the line. If social media is making you feel ‘less than’, recognise it and step away for a while. It’s totally healthy and normal to have a social detox from time to time, and it’ll probably do lots for your mindset and general feelings of wellbeing!

What are your own experiences with Instagram? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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