There’s something about working with homes for a living. ¬†If I say I do ‘house stuff’ – it’s because there’s not one phase in the life-cycle of a home that I haven’t touched, or been touched by. ¬† ¬†Yes there is a person behind every home – and it’s people that make a house a home.
Those home folks come to me for their house stuff. ¬† ¬†An introspective conversation happened on the phone today with a prospective client. ¬† She called because it had been 20 years since her home had any ‘house stuff’ done to it. ¬†It’s been a shelter, a storage unit, a heater, ¬†a cooler, a mini hospital when occupants don’t feel well, a restaurant certain times of the year (AKA Holidays!) and all the while the house did all of this without complaining a word. ¬† It was solidly built in the 60’s and never uttered a peep during many hurricanes. ¬†Ice storms it laughs at and shakes off the weight of snows with it’s trusses. ¬†It’s patiently sat empty while waiting to be occupied again after weekends at the beach or long vacations. ¬† The cabinets never sagged a hinge or squeaked in complaint. ¬† ¬†This house serves its family well, solidly standing at attention in order to make the family feel at ease.
So when it’s time to share the love with the house, to keep and then one day to trust to another family, how do they choose the right stuff? ¬†To honor the house’s service and also make it shine when it’s time for the occupant to find a new shell? ¬† Does it get sexy Prada or study classic LL Bean treatment?
Take time to look at your house stuff – not the accumulation, but the paring down – what does it need to make it for it to feel loved so that it will take you through another 50 years of service with pride? ¬† It’s not a throwaway commodity – it’s where memories are made.