Benjamin Franklin, a prolific wordsmith, said that “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” That’s for sure, but it sure also helps to really love your space. And, I’ll add a “Dr. DeClutter-ism”, that your space must love you back.
Right now, look around you, what do you see? What do you love about it? What is not so loveable!?
If you’re not at home, visualize your home. Do you love it? Does it love you back?
When I’m working with people on organizing jobs, or teaching an organizing workshop, I always remind my listeners that “your home is your castle, your sacred space. You should love it. And, it should love you back.”
Now, have I said that enough times to have it sink in?
“Where we love is home -
home that our feet may leave,
but not our hearts.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
LOVE YOUR SPACE
Whatever you choose to have around you – plus the decor, colors, chotchkies (knick-knacks), books and more – it should all be things that you love, that bring your heart happiness and your mind peace. Is that true for you?
Choose a corner. What is not happy-making in that space right now? What can you do to change it in a few minutes for a few hours? Do it!
You will be amazed at how much better you feel when your surroundings reflect your personality and are an uncluttered joy to be in.
YOUR SPACE SHOULD LOVE YOU BACK
What does this mean? Everything around you should make you feel peaceful and happy reflecting your personality . . . loving you back. It should make you want it in your space, use and enjoy and appreciate it. Clutter, piles and heaps, old pictures that are meaningless, worn out items, dust and cobwebs that always make you feel kind of bad or depressed are not loving you back.
Either fix and shine up the items you have, or let them go (donate) and leave the space open or replace it with something awesomely you.
And, this doesn’t have to be about money, as in “I don’t have lots of money to put into changes, so I won’t do anything”. Just start moving items and energy and you’ll be amazed at how much you might like more open space or that you already have replacements in other areas of the house.
THIS IS THE MONTH OF LOVE
In the US, especially – thank you, or curse you, Hallmark – we get wrapped up in Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t care about it, or scorn its very existence, take this month before spring settles in and shine up your living space. Fall in love again, or for the first time, with your home, one area at a time and enjoy spring, summer, fall and winter of this new year anew.
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
~ Jane Austen