I’ve written about my cousin Gayle’s 1200-square-foot townhouse before (read original post “Living Clutter-free” here). She’s an organizational genius and (in my opinion) gives Martha Stewart a run for her money (yes Gayle bakes too!)
“This is my Happy Place” sign perfectly captures Gayle’s home.
Recently, while feeding her cats when she was out of town and I noticed something special about her home. Every item in her home had a place where it belongs. There’s nothing random or cluttered. It was obvious to me, she only surrounded herself with items that made her happy.
Gayle’s affinity for branches and wood show in her creative display of Christmas cards from friends and family.
This driftwood Gayle found on the beach after a funeral is a warm tribute to the passing of her friend’s sister.
Although I have heard it a hundred times, it was a light-blub moment for me. Here is someone living the Marie Kondo’s “The life-changing magic of tidying up” and I’m pretty sure she’s never read the book.
Even if you never met Gayle, you would know her love for cats by looking around her home.
The cats are happy to live here.
The cats have their special place too on their cat stand.
The life lesson here is that when you surround yourself with only things that make you happy, everyone can feel it. Your happiness and personality will shine brightly.