Take stock of what you have


Hey, that would make a good column! It’s a phrase I hear often. And it is usually true.

During a recent trip to Jerry’s Home Quality Foods, I ran into Carol Hed. Somehow we got to talking about the amount of stuff people accumulate versus what we really need. How this came up at the grocery store, I’m not sure, but that is the fun of talking to Mrs. Hed, you just never know what will come up next!

Carol’s son took a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. The happiest people he met where not the fellow tourists, but the natives who were their guides.People who seemed to have nothing were happier than those who seemed to have everything. She said, “Hey that could be a column.” And she is right.

The first of the year is a time to take stock of who you are and what you have.

After you have unwrapped all your gifts, take a good look around. Chances are you received things you wanted, but not things you needed. (Except in the case of my sisters-in-law who received wine. One is an at-home mom and one works at a prison. Enough said.)

Now is the time to purge. Rid your home of the stuff you don’t need. The basic rule of thumb is ask yourself three questions: Is it useful? Is it beautiful? Do you love it? If not, get rid of it. Re-purpose it, donate it, or give it to someone who will use it or love it.

Once you have learned to let things go, you can learn to live with less. And as any good designer will tell you, less is more.