Lifestyle: The Relentless Pursuit of Material Things

When the pursuit of happiness gets jumbled up with the pursuit of material things, the outcome will never be a good one. A change of attitude can change your world.

Keeping up with the Joneses can be exhausting, and frankly, they probably do not even notice, or more importantly, even care. In the end, you wind up in debt and with the unavoidable added stress as a reward.

When something is brought into a home, it decreases the perceived value of everything else in that home. We eventually forget what we have and, more often than not, create one big chaotic mess for ourselves. It takes time and energy away from more important things.

Clutter leads to guilt which will never lead to happiness. It all brings us down so we go out and buy more to make us feel better. New stuff has a way of doing that but the high does not last for long. Breaking the cycle is the ultimate cure.

Appreciate what you have and surround yourself with only the things that bring joy into your life. By clearing your home of clutter, you will be clearing your mind of it as well. Only then, will you be able to focus and pursue what really brings you happiness and chance are, it will have nothing to do with the Joneses or burning a bigger hole in your pocket.

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Lifestyle: Redefining the American Dream

The American Dream as we know it has taken a beating. For many, a good secure job and the hope for a big beautiful house equipped with all of the trimmings has all but been left in the dust. While a more promising future may be on the horizon, there are lessons to be learned today.

Hard work, commitment and an intense drive to get ahead are all key ingredients to success but sometimes fall short. Living large now will not lead to a carefree future and retirement.

Despite the obstacles, we all have some say as to our destiny. By living within our means and appreciating what we do have, we can create a fulfilling lifestyle. It may take a little ingenuity but is well within our grasp.

For the vast majority, a house will by far be the largest investment of a lifetime. The old adage that “less is more” certainly applies. By simply cleaning out the clutter, a home will suddenly feel less crowded. Go a step further by using smart storage solutions to organize the remaining contents and that same house will feel even more spacious. Perhaps the answer has never been bigger and better.

By simplifying the home front, more time can be devoted to more worthwhile pursuits. Shackled by debt and worry will never put anyone on the road to the Promised Land. The freedom to become all we can be may have been the American Dream all along but we just got a little lost in all of the material stuff to realize that we were already in reach of grabbing the brass ring.

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Clean Out before Putting the House up for Sale

Moving into a new house is usually a life changing event. It is a fresh beginning. Out with the old and in with the new has a nice ring to it. It is also an opportune time to get organized and clean out the clutter.

Cleaning out and organizing an existing home could very well mean more money in your pocket. Neat and orderly homes show better to potential buyers. People can actually visualize themselves living in this dream home. The rooms will look larger when there is less stuff lying out and about as well.

Clutter cannot be hidden like it can when company is coming to visit. Basements, attics and most importantly, closets are all fair game and open to inspection. Crammed spaces look smaller and remind buyers of their own storage issues. The majority of people will not buy a particular house if they do not think that it has enough storage space.

The neater that a home appears, then the more attractive it will be to a wider audience of potential homeowners. It is likely that the house will sell more quickly and at a more lucrative price for the seller.

Lastly, clearing out lightens the load and does wonders for a person’s peace of mind. It is the catalyst that helps jumpstart a new beginning.