It's a Home not a Museum

It's a Home not a Museum

Abby Stone
Sep 22, 2008

atla-092208-off.jpgWe know when we we're invited to visit someone's home that that we're seeing it at its best; their home doesn't always look like this. They've cleaned it and arranged it. There are probably not always fresh flowers in a vase and the clutter's been stuffed into a closet. And, we appreciate the effort they've made for us...

But it's a home is not a museum. The jumble of bottles in the bathroom, a quirky souvenir, a child's toy left out, the pile of papers on a desk (we've all peeked into the medicine cabinet); a home is a living, changing reflection of the people who use it every day. If you're spending a lot of time cleaning before company comes or nervous about having people drop by, perhaps your home isn't working for the life you're actually living. Your home should be easy to clean because it supports how you're living. Rethink the spots that give you trouble. If you don't have time to spend making the bed, skip the top sheet and the multiple pillows and go for a duvet cover and two pillows that need a shake and a toss to look fresh. If you've got kids, incorporate a toy box in your living room decor and make putting stuff away a game. Creating a working landing strip can help your mail from migrating to your dining room table. Set up your home so it works, have company over more often, spend less time cleaning and enjoy your home more. After all, that's the point, right?

[image: Madeleine's Restored Terrace]

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