Most of the time, I’m in charge of my weekend, but not this last one – it was in charge of me. I had high hopes of spending my Saturday gardening after I spent $60 at a local nursery on new plants and annuals, but the rain kept me from my plans, and I was forced indoors. In hindsight, it was a good thing, because instead I set the plants aside and concentrated on some much needed interior spring cleaning, and in the midst of that purging and organizing I came to a conclusion about my home.
I think a lot of us seek purpose in our lives, I know I do. In my later years, I want to look back and hope I made a difference, especially my family’s lives. It came to me during all that scrubbing and dusting that our homes need purpose just as much as our lives do, and I started to think about all the ways a home can serve a purpose beyond just the shelter of four walls and a roof. As I cleaned and decluttered, tossing out the unnecessary, polishing and displaying the lovely, I concluded that there are several elements in a purpose filled home.
A purpose filled home tells a story. Have you ever walked into a home that’s clearly been decorated by an outsider and it felt a bit… cold? I have, many times. Don’t get me wrong, I think interior decorators serve a necessary purpose, the best ones help people pull together a look that suits the resident’s lifestyle and tastes. However, my favorite homes, the ones of friends and family, the ones I recall from the past and love in the present, aren’t fancy or pretentious, instead they tell a story of those who live within because they’re so personalized, from the pictures on the walls to the books on the bookcase. I want our home to tell our story too.
We all know the famous quote by William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Every season as I clean and purge, I think of those words and ask myself, is this thing Useful? Beautiful? Sentimental? If not, out it goes. It’s important to love everything in your home and I believe it’s better to live in a sparsely furnished space than to fill it with meaningless objects.
A purpose filled home is one which reflects the resident’s style, and without apology. We’re inundated with images from shelter magazines, Pinterest, design blogs, and other publications, it’s easy to fall prey to the notion that your home isn’t up to snuff. Nonsense I say. I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go, and I know which ones aren’t for me. I respect and admire all great design, but at the end of the day I know what I like and I’ll stick with it through all the trends that come and go.