Is your home for you?

There are lots of things that we accumulate – or don’t accumulate – because other people tell us we should. This applies to everything from kitchen items to your house as a whole.

For example, some people think you should have enough dishes to entertain a dozen guests. Or that you should have a gigantic set of pots and pans. It’s not uncommon to see huge sets of kitchenware on wedding registries, because that’s what you “should” ask for when you’re getting married. 

And just to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with that – if you enjoy entertaining guests and are really into cooking. But is that “you”?

If you love entertaining guests, and you love cooking, have at it. But if you’d prefer to take guests to nice restaurants, and your idea of “cooking” is more along the lines of “preparing a ready-made meal kit,” you might intentionally choose to have fewer kitchen items – and thus more space for other things.

This is complicated further if you’re a homeowner, as the “should”s extend to things like “maximizing resale value.” And again, that’s fine if that’s your actual goal. But is it? And perhaps more importantly, have you thought about it?

There was a story a ways back about a gentleman who had a house with a dedicated room for playing his favorite musical instrument. The room was very long, and very narrow. That perfectly-suited the acoustics of his instrument, but made the room far less generally-useful for anything else. When asked about why he built such a room when it would harm his house’s resale value, he replied that his house was for living in now – not for selling later.

Does that idea resonate with you?

After all, everybody has a fixed amount of space. The average American has about 900 square feet if they have an apartment, or about 2200 feet if they have a house. And you get to fill that – for the most part – with anything you want. If it’s a home, you can even renovate it, move walls around, etc. Short of maintaining basic standards of sanitation and safety, there are relatively few rules.

Are you using your space to facilitate your life? Or are you stuck in the cycle of “should” and “shouldn’t”?

Our business is in helping people get rid of things. This means that we wind up carting off a lot of “should” stuff, once people realize it doesn’t fit their life anymore. But it also means we get to see the feeling of freedom people have when they reclaim their space for the things that matter to them.

Whether you’re in a season of decluttering or not, take a few minutes sometime in the next few days and think through what your space is actually for. And if (like many people!) what your space is for isn’t what it’s currently being used for, it might be time to consider how to bring those two things into alignment.

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