Get Organized Now!
Mid-Week Mini Edition
By Maria Gracia
September 27, 2017
Just Because You Have Space Doesn't Mean You Need More Stuff
I have a friend who moved into a new house a few years ago. She and her
husband had been living in their starter home and had finally decided they were
ready to take the equity they had built and invest in a larger home for
themselves and their children. Suddenly their modest 1200 square foot home
turned into an additional 900 square feet of usable living space. Seems like a
great scenario. Who doesn't want more room in their home?
I visited her home a short time after they had moved in. The new home had an
additional bedroom, and a lower level family room that their first home did not.
I remember thinking how spacious everything seemed, as they had not yet
purchased any additional furniture to put into the extra rooms. The living room
on the main level was also significantly larger than it had been in their old
home and the furniture they had was still reflective of the smaller space that
they had previously. I liked how roomy everything seemed and how easy it was to
move around the various rooms. The kitchen looked like a model home to me with
its huge amount of available counter space and empty walls. The whole house felt
Fast forward to present day. I was invited to my friend's home the other morning
for coffee. Because of both of our busy schedules it had been a while since we
had gotten together to chat. I was looking forward to seeing what she had done
to the interior of her house as it had been a long while since I had visited her
at home. As I walked in the front door my initial reaction was total surprise.
Was this really the same place?
We started in the kitchen. The first thing I noticed was the countertops. What
was once a vast empty work area now looked more like a storage area. Small
kitchen appliances and home decor items now covered a vast majority of the
counter space. Houseplants covered every square inch of the windowsills. As we
moved into the living room I noticed that it seemed more snug than I remembered.
Extra tables and chairs had been added to the living space making the room seem
considerably smaller. What happened?
In her defense, this is a common occurrence. We start to feel cramped and so we
long for more living space. We get more living space so then we tend to get
more stuff. The stuff begins to accumulate so then we start to feel cramped.
Do you see where I am going with this? This cycle could take us into the world's
largest mansion packed full of everything under the sun if our checkbooks would
allow us to. You buy a couch. Now you need a coffee table and end tables to
accompany the couch. The tables now need centerpieces and/or lamps. You need
accent pieces to pull the room together. How about some storage baskets for
all your books...and shelves for your trinkets? Where does it all end?
In fact, during our coffee conversation, she said, 'We're thinking of moving. I
think we've run out of space again!'
Sometimes, it's important to take a step back. Just because we have the room
doesn't necessarily mean we need to fill it. Enjoy the empty space that you may
If you were getting by before with only one recliner in your old living room
that doesn't mean you now need four huge recliners because the room
you have is bigger.
Just because you have more space, that doesn't warrant accumulating new stuff
until you've run out of space, yet again. Your house is a house...not a
warehouse or storage facility.
And, when you're feeling so cramped, you're thinking of renting outside storage
space or moving, chances are, you just need to begin getting rid of your
clutter. Trust me...this is almost always the answer to a cluttered, cramped
Having a bigger room with less stuff packed into it will make your home seem
more spacious, which is the feel most folks are after. Allow yourself some extra
walking room. Don't feel the need to fill every single corner, nook, and cranny.
Leave some wall space bare. Embrace the empty areas, rather than hiding them.
Less can definitely be more.
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Sweet, Musty Odor in My House...Help!
A GON Reader Asks
--I have an odor in my house I cannot find. It is sweet, musty smell. I have
searched every nook and cranny. I have scrubbed the top of door sills and
floors. I have washed every curtain and every sheet and blanket, I have had the
carpet cleaned. Any suggestions? I need help!
--Pamela Fowler, Redding, CA (Wife, Mother, Grandmother of three, educator of 20
Maria Gracia Responds
Thank you for asking. I know how annoying strange odors can be, because you
often have to be Sherlock Holmes to find them. Here are some possibilities:
1) Is the odor stronger in some rooms than others? If you can try to pinpoint
the location better, it's going to be easier for you to zone in on the cause.
2) Perhaps you have something organic in your house that is decomposing. Check
your fridge and pantry.
3) Some molds give off a slightly sweet smell at first. If you don't see any
mold and you can't tell where it's originating, look up 'mold specialist'
in your area and have one of their reps come check it out.'
4) Pitch any cardboard boxes. They may be infested with something. In fact, just
to be safe, never store anything for long periods of time in cardboard.
5) Do you have any houseplants? If so, check the dirt they're growing in to
determine if the smell is strong.
6) Have you checked around for wasp and honey bee nests, as a possible cause? I
also read that bat infestations in attics and such could produce a syrupy-sweet
odor, especically on humid days.
7) How old is your house? I know a family who was dealing with something
similar, and once they had their cedar roof removed and replaced their roofing
shingles, the odor went away. Cedar can give off a very sweet smell sometimes.
8) You probably haven't been running your heater, but rust, when exposed to
heat, sometimes emits a sweet, metallic smell.
9) Is the smell strong around your garbage disposal? If so, it may need to
be cleaned out.
10) I remember, when my daughter was toddler age, she used to leave her sippy
cups, filled with formula, here, there, and everywhere. Once day, there was a
sickly sweet smell in my bedroom. After searching everywhere, I finally found
the culprit...a sippy cup filled with formula, way under the bed, that was
probably there for a month or more! So, if you have young kids in your house, or
pets, check under furniture!
I'm not sure if any of these are the cause of the odor in your house, but
hopefully it gives you some ideas of what it might be. Maybe our GON readers
have some more ideas (if so, please reply to this email.)
Good luck...I hope you find it!
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We can fill our lives with stuff, but as we do we're concurrently filling our lives with the obligation to maintain that stuff.
---Craig D. Lounsbrough
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