Motivational Monday...K.I.S.S.

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Motivational Monday...K.I.S.S.

July 12 is Simplicity Day in honor of the birthday of Henry David Thoreau who advocated a more simple lifestyle. 


When I was younger, like many people my age, I was into my things...home furnishings, purses, dishes, purses, clothes, purses...did I mention purses?


 

And then I reached the point, as many do, that I wondered what the heck was I going to with all the things I’d accumulated. By the time we’d moved back to Houston, I had simplified so much of what I have and continue to do so. 

 

And it’s not just the things in my life but my tasks and activities.  It is how I choose to spend my time and with whom as well.  I love the calm in my life. 


I love it!


In fact, I remember one of the first things my niece said when she came to visit us after we’d moved back...Aunt Kathy, it’s so calm and peaceful here. 


To honor and celebrate Thoreau and Simplicity Day, what item, task, or chore can you either rid yourself of or simplify to make your day better?

 

Think digitize...donate...delete...delegate…

decline…disable...distribute...divide…

 

 

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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau

 

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau

Comments (37)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Kathy I'm so with you onKISS!  We have given away or sold so much stuff.  Everything has it's place and I'm not looking for stuff over and over.  It's so nice, peaceful and calm.  And we love it! To us it's more important to spend time with people we love and enjoy!  Enjoy your Monday!

Jul 12, 2021 10:00 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I subscribe to the KISS model as well Kathy. When in graphic design school, it was stressed more than once and it is something that has stuck! 💋

Jul 12, 2021 11:14 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

HaHa...First thing that came to mind was that this past year has forced me to cut loose some fb "friends" and my life is far better for it now. 

Jul 12, 2021 12:54 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I have accumulated much more than I need.  More is not always better, in fact less can be a blessing.

Jul 12, 2021 01:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander, Broker I'm with you!  I have eliminated many things that I no longer need or use but I do have special things that (not to go too Marie Kondo) bring me joy, and I'll keep them. 

Sham Reddy CRS isn't that a wonderful quote!!!  I love it too.

Jul 12, 2021 04:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin There's a great deal of freedom that comes with getting rid of our excess. 

Michael Jacobs I totally agree...each has a purpose in our lives. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England life it too short to have to spend time with people that you don't want to be around. 

Kat Palmiotti does that quote describe you a bit??!!

Jul 12, 2021 04:30 PM
Kat Palmiotti

It sure does, Kathy Streib 

Jul 13, 2021 05:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog it's just good to get out and walk, isn't it. 

Ed Silva I'm the same way. I love it when I come home and it's so peaceful because of the simplicity. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel  I love that as I've gotten older, I find it easier to let go of people or things that will bring me down.  It has a calming effect. 

Roy Kelley what a good thing for you to do. When we left FL, we sold and gave away all of our kayaks and fishing gear, which was considerable. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rocky Dickerson and I'll bet it has given you a wonderful sense of calm and peace. 

Carol Williams I hear you!  Our garage used to be something I didn't even want to try to edit but since our move, Larry has done a really good job of keeping it organized. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I agree and I think it happens in industries other than real estate. 

Will Hamm what's funny is that with as many purses that I've owned, I still gravitated to just a few. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl Jeffcoat I love that quote too. It is simple and yet thought-provoking. 

Joan Cox I still have the first LV I bought and maybe have about 15 purses. But, like you, I only carry about 4 of them. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA I can't stand paper but I know that you probably have to have paper and pencil in your line of work. My shredder is also my friend. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker at one point in our lives, we commuted between two homes. I could never remember whether I had something in one home or the other. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Like your new profile photo!!!  I once dated an architect that had the same philosophy.  His home and interior design had very simple lines. 

Sharon Tara I think that there' was a lot of that going on. Isn"t it freeing!!!

Jul 12, 2021 04:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George Souto Larry had a dozen kayaks at one time and more fishing gear than he could ever use. Almost everyone goes through this phase in their lives. 

Jul 12, 2021 04:55 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have been fishing all wrong for at least sixty years. Thank you for sharing Kathy Streib 

Jul 12, 2021 05:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy that is what the garage is for put stuff in that you accumulated over a life time:)Endre

Jul 12, 2021 10:58 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Doing more with less to get more with more it's kind of what it's all about or so they say.

 

Jul 12, 2021 11:20 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Haven't fished or hunted for about 3 decades, but when I was, I was doing it all wrong.

Jul 13, 2021 12:53 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Kathy, Your last quote from Thoreau was deeply meaningful.

Jul 14, 2021 09:49 AM