Some Thoughts on Homes
Wednesday May 09th 2007, 6:51 pm

“When friends enter a home, they sense it’s personality and character, the family’s style of living - these elements make a house come alive with a sense of identity, a sense of energy, enthusiasm, and warmth, declaring, “This is who we are; this is how we live”. - Ralph Lauren

In my home, I can live with dust, but clutter drives me crazy. I would sooner see dust on my coffee table than magazines, mail or anything that doesn’t belong there. I don’t even mind organized clutter, it is the disorganized clutter that bothers me. Things that don’t belong. I believe that if something is taken out to use, it should be put back when done using it. Clothes should be hung up. Baskets, cabinets and shelves should be used to organize things. I feel that cluttered work areas in a home cause stress and disorganization.

I don’t like throwing something away just because I haven’t used it in a while. I think that someday I will need it, and I will have to buy another one. I like to hoard things, and as long they are neatly stored, it seems okay. I have enough food stored on shelves in my basement to feed our family for a few months. This is something I inherited from my grandmother. People like my grandmother, who lived through the Great Depression, tended to keep a lot of food and other things on hand, just in case. Surprisingly, whenever I do some decluttering, and have thrown away some things, I always feel better for doing it. I read somewhere that when in doubt, throw it away. You don’t need it, you don’t want it, you forgot you ever had it, so don’t keep it.

I like rooms which have character, color and which show the personalities of the people who live there, not just something copied from a decorating magazine.

I am waiting for the day when beige siding on homes goes out of fashion. Why do so many building contractors put only shades of beige on new homes, and why do the buyers of these homes prefer neutral colors. The houses in the “land of beige”, all look the same. Occasionally, I will see a newly built house with dark blue, red or yellow siding, and what a breath of fresh air it is. I guess that is why houses in older neighbourhoods, which are painted different colors, look better and are more interesting, than newer suburbian neighbourhoods. There are several towns in Nova Scotia such as Mahone Bay, Chester and Lunenburg on the south shore, and many of the houses in these towns and villages are painted in the most beautiful colors. Whenever I visit that area, I wonder why more areas don’t adopt their way of decorating the outside of their homes. They are so lovely that tourists take pictures of them. Fashion goes in cycles, so maybe someday beige, and it’s many neutral variations, will be out of fashion, and we won’t be afraid to put some color on our homes.

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice which sounds interesting. It seems illogical that following feng shui would give us harmony, health, prosperity and good fortune in our lives just by hanging some mirrors, or arranging furniture in our home, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Anyway, I love the sound of wind chimes and running water, and the look of mirrors. Someday I will take the time to feng shui my home.

In order for my home to feel comfortable, I prefer cozy rooms to open concept rooms. I like big kitchens with lots of counter space, but the size of the other rooms in the house doesn’t matter. I like large back yards enclosed with white picket fences, and gardens to enjoy. I like quiet streets, which have large trees with leaves which rustle in the breeze, and friendly neighbours.

Have a good day,