your home: a story teller
Emyl Jenkins, antiques appraiser and author of Stealing with Style, says “Invite me into your home and within 30 seconds I’ll know all about you.” If we analyze that statement and go deeper than reacting to, “Oh, what will she find out?‚“ we can evaluate and appreciate our choices.
So how do you choose? What is in your home is what you care about. Is your home filled with antiques, beach collections, or modern art? Contemporary furniture or Victorian sofas? Bright, vibrant colors or rich, dark colors? When you add the photos, albums, art on the walls, books, cooking and gardening tools, you have more of the story.Then there are the hobbies and collections which are reflected in your home as well.
“Invite me into your home and within 30 seconds I’ll know all about you.”
If you are surrounded by things that no longer work for you, you can give them to someone for whom they do work. You may have special pieces from family that don’t fit in your home or hold a negative memory, but you do not want to part with them because of the memories they hold. If so, you can give them to another family member and literally, keep them in the family.
I have done that. The point of this is that when you make your choices, you share who you are. If you have things that do not reflect you or are making you unhappy or uneasy, it’s time to make a change. As you grow and change, your choices change. What you loved and used years ago may not be the case today.
You may also want to keep items that do not fit your décor but have special meaning. I suggest an area where you spend a lot of time like your bedroom or office. If those items bring you comfort and joy and their memories bring a smile to your face, keeping those loving memories will help to bring more love into your life.
by Patricia Raskin
Coach, Trainer and Author
Host Patricia Raskin Positive Living, WPRO AM630/99.7FM