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Hey ~ while you're doing that Spring cleaning,

why not do some reshuffling?

 Our homes are our castles. Shuffling things around once in a while can help bring new energy into our homes and our lives.

I once read somewhere that if you want to change the energy in your home/life move 27 objects in your house. I have done this and I feel that it does help make a difference. If nothing else, it gives you something besides your troubles to focus on for a little while.

When you enter your home, what do you feel? If you don't know maybe now is the time to pay attention to it. One day when you have to go to the store or run an errand set your intention to pay attention when you come back and enter your home. Even put a sticky note on the outside of the door to remind you when you come back. When you open the door and step in ~ first thing...what do you feel? Is it pleasing, is it drab, is it cluttered, or soothing? Does it say "I live here"? Does it show your personality or anything about the people that live in this house? Does it say the right thing about the person/people that live in this house?

Do you enter from the front door or a side door...say from the garage?

Is there a feeling of relaxation and peace or do you just rush in and not even pay attention?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you walk into a room you want to just turnaround and leave...ever wonder why? Maybe it simply just doesn't feel good, or all you see is piles of stuff...stuff you haven't taken care of or put where it belongs. Or maybe you have just too much or too little in that room. Or it reminds you of a situation that is over but you are still holding onto. Maybe the items in this room are just "not you" anymore.

What would make this room/house feel better? Do you need to add some color? Do you need to move the furniture to make a better flow? Do you need to get rid of half the stuff in there to bring a feeling of peace to the area.

Are your walls totally cluttered with pictures or have you even put anything up on the walls? Is there a mirror right a cross from the door? If so, that mirror may be pushing you right back out of the room.

Where are the items you love? Can you see them clearly and are they in an area where you see them several times during the day? Or are they compacted into one little corner that is yours out of the whole house? Or are they tucked in a drawer or box for safe keeping?

Every room should have something in it that you love and makes a statement about who you are. And if you share your house with a lot of family, then every room could have something that holds memories for you all. As an example, in the main bathroom or a joint living area, you could have a family vacation photo in a picture frame that has sea shells or tiny rocks or some other item that goes with the picture glued onto the frame. Then the entire family will see it and have memories.

It really doesn't matter if you live in a huge house or a tiny apartment or even just rent a room. What ever your space is, it should reflect who you are and what you love. Wouldn't it feel wonderful to walk in the door of your living space and feel like you are getting a nice welcome home hug?

I personally think that a little clutter or "lived in" look helps a house to feel like a home. I don't like a sterile look. I like to see that some fun happens here, some living happens here. But that's just me.

What do you want your home to say? Maybe April is the month for you to listen to what your home has to say to you and reshuffle things around in order to make you both happier!


I wish you a truly Great Day!


Debbie Dalrymple

Publisher & Student of Life

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