The Ugly, Valuable Before Photo


I’ve been a DIY blogger for seven years and I always regret not taking more before photos. Will I ever learn?

When you are in the midst of the before it just seems like one big mess where the goal is to get through as quickly as possible and then forget so that you can focus on all that is pretty and fixed up. I hate taking before photos and usually rush through it and move on….

I’ve learned how important it is to document your before, read the rest today at (in)courage.


  1. This is such good advice! It was certainly difficult for us to see the forest through the trees so to speak when our kitchen was being demolished, but just looking at the before pictures gave us the strength to know we were making the right moves.

  2. Great reminder!

  3. I keep getting an “oops” error whenever I try to access the entire post.

  4. Such a good post. I recently learned that if I must compare, I need to compare to myself at a specific point. If I think my husband hasn’t had to change at all, I try to remind myself what he was like on college. Very different. If I want to whine about my house, I look at pictures I took a year ago. There is always progress and forward change. If I want to whine about my life, I look at last year’s calendar on today’s date. Most of the time, what I’m doing now is better. Thanks for this. I was headed into a pity party today and this helped a lot.
    All the best,
    The Other Marian

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