The “Things” of Life

When did we wrap our arms around a culture that defines us, often almost entirely, by what we own? Can stuff really buy happiness? There’s psychological support that, for many people, there is immediate gratification that takes place when we acquire something. But then, the new becomes old very quickly. Dissatisfaction sets in, and the […]

Simplicity & Clutter

“Love people and use things, not love things and use people.”  I’m not sure who first coined this but, sadly, it can’t be said enough. Organization, and the lack of clutter, are an integral part of a calm, joyful home—or organization. It’s tough to get to Peace if you’re surrounded by chaos. That chaos can be created […]

The Big, Blue Vase and Other Stuff

I just finished teaching a series of home staging classes. Typically, people take this course because they’re planning to put their homes on the market to sell, and staging gives them an advantage. As always, I ask the students what they hope to get out of the classes. Usually, the answers range from “I need […]

Peace During the Holidays

When I looked up an antonym for peaceful, all I found was “unpeaceful”. Okay, that’s fair but I was thinking of something a little more descriptive than that. How about “chaotic”, “draining”, “tense”, exhausting”, “scary” or “stressful?”  I’m sure you could add other words to that list. What emotions do you feel when your home […]