A few years ago I read Suze Orman‘s The 9 Steps To Financial Freedom. It was a good book but I can’t say it was the most influential financial book I’ve ever read. That honor is tie between Stanley & Danko’s The Millionaire Next Door and Dave Ramsey‘s Total Money Makeover. And while it may fall somewhere below #2 on my list of best financial books there is one tidbit of information from that book that has stayed with me over the years. I can’t remember the exact wording, but essentially Ms. Orman said that if you wanted to be successful with money you needed to start by taking care of the money you already had – not just in terms of how you spend it but in how you actually care for it. If your dollars are wadded up inside your wallet or the bottom of your purse then you are not acknowledging the value of that money. A good place to start is by keeping your cash neat and tidy inside your wallet.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, it’s a good information. But more than that, it carries over into the rest of our lives. We have things in our home that we “love” and “cherish.” But do we treat them that way? Are the things that get the best care in our homes the ones we truly value. It’s important to treat the things we own as though we actually want to own them – treating them respectfully. When we live in chaos and disorganization we are not giving our homes the proper care that it deserves. And you know what… we are denying ourselves the care and respect that we deserve. We all deserve to live in a home that feels warm and welcoming to us and our family. We deserve to have things available when we want them, in good working condition.
So the next time you toss your coat over the back of your gorgeous dining room chair or hang your wet towel over the end of your wooden bed consider whether the way you are treating those things reflects the value they have in your life. And consider whether the result of those actions – a messy dining room, a watermarked bedroom set – will leave you feeling like you live in the space that welcomes you home.
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