A Case For The Carefully Curated Home

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What’s The Problem With Stuff?

By now, you have at least heard the name Marie Kondo, even if you haven’t read her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, or binge-watched her Netflix hit Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Her method has taken the world by storm and is helping people finally get control over the clutter (as well as teach people how to do the impossible task of folding a fitted sheet). What I loved most as I watched the show was as people weed through their things, deciding what to keep and what to let go, they discover that what they truly value isn’t in what they own. This reminded me of what Jesus said in Luke 12:15, “life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

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It’s one thing to have things, but it’s an entirely different matter when things have you. How can you tell tell the difference? Here are some clues:

  • There are spaces in your home that cause anxiety and feelings of overwhelm at the sight of them. These spaces may be cluttered, disorganized, and/or filled with so many items that you are not exactly sure what they are.

  • You have an innumerable amount of “just in case” items that you cannot bear to part with.

  • There are items in your home that have not been used in years and are just taking up space.

  • You have a hard time finding things that have nothing to do with memory.

  • You can’t remember the last time you saw your garage floor or the top of your dining room table or desk.

  • The clutter is impeding your life in some way (mentally, emotionally, relationally, etc)

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What Defines A Carefully Curated Home

A home that has been carefully curated only contains items that benefit its residents. If an item does not serve a purpose, whether practically or aesthetically, well…why keep it? Now there are some exceptions, for example, certain sentimental items, photographs, letters, family heirlooms, etc. However, every item in the home is carefully selected and cared for.

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The Benefits

There are many benefits to having a carefully curated home. Imagine that every space in your home and every item in your home has a place and a purpose. What are the positive changes?

Less anxiety

Less frustration

More peace

More contentment

Less careless spending

More organization

Less clean up

More use of what you already have

More space

If you want to know how to get started on curating your home read my post “3 Steps To Organize Every Room In Your House”. If you live in the Ottawa area and would like a home redesign consultation, visit https://www.sharlafanous.com/redesign today!