When a person believes that everything in their home is important and absolutely necessary, it usually suggests a problem. In reality, nothing is important except the fear of letting go.
Real treasures lose their value when they get buried and forgotten. Neglect and the ravages of time eventually put the final nail in the coffin. If something is not worth caring for and honoring in some way, then it makes little sense to keep it. In the end, remorse comes too late and all that remains is clutter.
The underlying purpose of holding on to sentimental things is for the memories. Too much stuff translates into too few memories. It will drown you while trying to wade through it all on a daily basis.
Choose to cherish the most important ones. It does not mean that the rest will be forgotten. Dwelling on the past can be fine in moderation but when it interferes with living in the present, change needs to happen. A healthy balance reaps its own rewards.
Jump off the runaway train. A little perspective could lead to more time and energy for today. An occasional trip down memory lane can certainly be worthwhile but so can a less stressful journey ahead as well.
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Magazines with pretty pictures can inspire all of us and get the creative juices flowing when it comes to our relentless pursuit of the perfect home. However, a healthy dose of reality may be called for when it comes to meeting the day-to-day lifestyle of you and your family.
Planning for enough storage space is as important as the overall look and feel of a room. Without places to put everything that will inevitably turn up, the space will never look picture perfect. The path of least resistance is the road most often taken, especially when it comes to children and spouses. Plan your space accordingly.
The busiest rooms need the most attention. Think double duty. An enclosed cabinet can serve as a microwave stand in the kitchen. A coffee table with built-in storage can be a lifesaver in the den. It seems that there can never be enough drawer space in a bedroom so under the bed storage is a welcome addition. Baskets add charm to any room and provide an easy and convenient solution for housing a multitude of things.
We should all live within our means as well as our lifestyle. Let your surrounding fit you. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can have a beautiful home that also works and functions well for you and yours.
Many folks are absolutely convinced that their homes are too small. Some are absolutely right depending on the size of their home and family as well as their lifestyle. Some are absolutely wrong.
Before a contractor is called to build a great room, devote some time and effort into weeding out all of the excess stuff that has somehow accumulated over the years. The rest should be organized and put in an appropriate place. Whatever the circumstances, it will be time well spent.
If uncontrolled clutter is the driving force behind increasing the size of a home, then the space issue will never be resolved. In reality, the problem will just become worse along with the clutter. The result will inevitably be more useless stuff over a wider area.
By efficiently using the space that is already available, there are many advantages to be gained. Out-of-pocket expenses for the cost of an addition could be eliminated all together or at least reduced if there is still some type of expansion still warranted. As an added bonus, there will be less of a strain on the household heating and cooling budget. It will also be easier to clean and maintain.
Delusions of grandeur can be trouble if an underlying clutter issue is to blame. Bigger will not get you better. With equal parts of creativity and practicality, an organized house might very well turn into a more spacious home without the headaches and added expense of putting on an addition.
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