Well, the time has finally come for me to move back into my finally remodeled house. I am beyond grateful--it has been quite a year. As I've started walking through the empty rooms, I've noticed something. These rooms that were quite packed with much-loved stuff over the years and now stand empty have left me thinking quite a bit about what I want to put back into my house.

It's not that I don't still love all the "stuff" that was in there before. Or at least I think I do. But, there's something about wandering through the empty spaces that have left me with a sense of possibility about what could be done. Maybe just having the openness and potential is reminding me that the objects we put in our homes do have an effect on our mental and emotional states. Maybe that's part of being human. It is a material world we're living in, but yet, whether its true or not, there seems to be a certain energy we get from not overfilling the empty places. Also, I'm loving the idea that we really do have the ability to change how our everyday lives feel by the way we arrange our homes. It sincerely does make a difference.

I've had a similar feeling anytime I've done one of those super-thorough spring cleanings where I purge and reconsider all of my books, memorabilia, or the clothes hanging in my closet. Have you ever noticed how much "freer" you feel once you're done? Somehow, there's a sense of new energy and renewal. I love that feeling. So, I guess with the entire house empty it's a similar feeling, but times a hundred.

I'm thinking I'm not going to be in too much of a hurry to re-fill every nook and cranny. I'm going to start with the necessities and add only what I find to be truly meaningful and beautiful. I'm looking forward to the process.

Have you ever done a purge and found you've enjoyed having a bit more open space and "breathing room?" Have you found that by rearranging a few things you've felt it helped you have a new perspective?

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