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Making a House a Home: Keep or Toss?

Over a lifetime, we acquire things and get rid of things.  Just think about all the things you’ve had in your home. A clock that used to belong to a relative, an object purchased on a special vacation, or a childhood toy.  We tend to hold onto the things that have the most meaning.  Things that have a story.  Things that remind us of people or places or a certain time in our lives.  Those are the things that show the world who we are.  Therefore, arranging our “stuff” is not a trivial task.  William Morris, one of the famous designers of the Arts and Crafts period, once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  So the next time you’re cleaning your closets, ask:   Does it work?  Is it useful?  Is it beautiful?  Once you’ve figured out what to keep, then you’ll be more prepared for the important task of arranging and displaying your stuff.  And letting the world see the essence of you. 

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Beth Johnson, Allied ASID


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