Look around Pinterest for more than five minutes and you’re sure to find numerous photos of perfectly arranged photo galleries adorning the walls of random homes across the world. I even have an entire board devoted to the subject.
The photo gallery trend sucked me in, too. With a large blank wall next to my staircase and years of unprinted family photos “living” in my computer, the gallery wall seemed like the perfect way to add even more warmth to my home.
After painstakingly measuring, planning and plotting, I completed my gallery wall (for now – I may add more frames in later). I do love seeing precious memories each time I walk up or down the stairs.
But in addition to memories, do you know what else I see when I look at this gallery wall? DUST. A TON OF DUST. None of my Pinterest photos showed dust half an inch thick on every frame all.the.time! I mean, it is like this gallery wall screams for dust to come settle on the frames and make itself at home among my family and friends.
I am constantly walking by with my Swiffer 360, sending the dust on its merry way. And in the process, I move the frames ever so slightly from their once perfectly level position. This makes me wonder why I bothered to level them in the first place.
I guess I’m going to have to settle for crooked, dusty memories – crooked, dusty memories that make me smile nonetheless.