"You are the gatekeeper of your home." L. Rosenfeld
Today I was thinking about the small shift that I am noticing in our societal message of consumerism. It is the notion that we should treasure each and every one of our possessions & surround ourselves with things that evoke joy. Marie Kondo talks about this in “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” and L. Rosenfelf & Dr. M. Green agree in “Breathing Room.” Both books have some great insight on how to break out of the cultural norm of More = Happiness.
They passionately believe that we need to evaluate how we want our space to feel and then surround ourselves with the things that evoke those feelings. This notion feels a little crazy when you look at our cultural track record! We have been asked to consume! Buy, buy, buy! Everything we need is right there for the taking, so go ahead… buy whatever looks good. And when you get tired of it, you can throw it out
I understand our cultural message and have had my own struggles with succumbing to it. It’s hard not to want the latest new thing. It’s even harder to talk back to the hidden anxiety that says if I don’t buy the item then I will be lacking. It’s especially difficult to be strong when it comes to decisions for the family.
But, I believe there is a way to make some small changes that can lead to becoming a more conscious consumer and create spaces that feel like they match your values.
Thinking of a word/words might sound simple, but the effects can be profound. It offers you a way to say no and let go of things from a place of positivity. You have your best intention in mind. And it creates a little gate to distance yourself from the many options that are tempting you to bring them into your home.
Are you taking time to contemplate the things that you surround yourself with? Do you have trouble fighting the temptations of the media and cultural expectations? What is the biggest roadblock to you creating the space that feels like it reflects YOU?
Let’s start the conversation!