It's Time To Tweak

Tweak /twēk/

verb

1. twist or pull (something) sharply.

"he tweaked the boy's ear"

synonyms: pull sharply, twist, tug, pinch, nip, twitch, squeeze, jerk

2. (INFORMAL) improve (a mechanism or system) by making fine adjustments to it.

"engineers tweak the car's operating systems during the race"

synonyms: adjust, make adjustments to, modify, alter, make alterations to, change, adapt;

I must admit I have a love-hate relationship with the word “tweak” – for a couple of reasons.

(I promise this really isn’t a vocabulary lesson)  First, it’s about “onomatopoeia” – yes, this is one of those words that just sounds painful, not unlike the first definition.

BUT I prefer and LOVE the less formal definition which means to IMPROVE IN FINE ADJUSTMENTS – now that’s what I’m talking about – and that’s what I want to focus my thoughts on today.

So you have taken down your holiday decorations and your house looks pretty empty – so this is the PERFECT TIME TO TWEAK! Don’t just put everything back where you think it “belongs” but instead take a good, long look at your home interior and what wasn’t working before you put all the garland and lights on it – chances are it’s still not working. TAKE THE TIME TO TWEAK!

This is so often where I find my clients getting stuck – I hate to tell you, but it’s true, your home interiors should and NEED to be in a constant state of TWEAKING.

It’s been 4 years since my husband and I completely gutted and renovated our 115-year-old home and I am constantly making edits, changes and refreshes – right now touching up the paint in the hallways and stairwells, adding a bit of wallpaper and rotating all my sofa cushions (Yes guys, they are just like car tires – don’t laugh, I know you all have your favorite seat, too!)

When you take the time to continually TWEAK the details of your home interiors those daunting home improvement projects won’t seem so huge because you’ve been proactive with the maintenance. Start 2019 off on the right foot and start some little tweaks today – and keep tweaking all year long. It will help keep those larger tasks manageable along the way!

Carrie OesmannComment