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Make it your happy place

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.

“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.

cards displayed on a wall

Gayle’s affinity for branches and wood show in her creative display of Christmas cards from friends and family.

driftwood on the coffee table

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.

Even when you’re not there.


Everything has its place in this happy home.


About Terri Dux

When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes crafting, gardening, and thrifting at neighborhood garage sales.

5 comments on “Make it your happy place

  1. Marc-André
    July 18, 2016

    What a lovely place. And lovely happy cats 😀

    • Terri Dux
      August 12, 2016

      Her cats are quite friendly. Another sign of a happy and peaceful

  2. ingridbolanos
    August 24, 2016

    Love it. I love this way of thinking. Clutter free home means clutter free mind. I prefer to surround myself with things that spark joy. After reading the Life Changing Magic of Tidying up it really made look at things differently and sparked this desire to live in a clutter free home.

    • Terri Dux
      August 25, 2016

      Absolutely. It was life-changing indeed! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for your comment!

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