Placing Value On Your "Things"

Placing Value On Your "Things"

Rebecca Orlov
Sep 1, 2009

We've anxiously been watching coverage of the Southern California fires (and the residual cloud of smoke hovering over the city) that have devastated and displaced so many people and homes. During an interview last night, a poor man who had lost his home and his possessions shared "I'll have to learn to love things again."

He went on to describe some of his losses, including a tribute photo album he had made with imagery and photos of his late father. This incredibly sad and touching moment had us thinking about our own "things" and the value we place on them - our couch, our art collection, our grandmother's silverware.

Whatever these items are, it's the "value" that people place that brings them to life. It's an emotion about an object versus just an object. We've heard the idea that "things are just things" and while that is true to some degree, you place importance on it, then it's important to you. Think about it as the emotional description behind the furniture, decor or accents.

What "things" in your home do you place your value? Are they family heirlooms, like in Laure's home pictured above, or a combination of things?

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