I’ve always wondered about the idea of spring cleaning, until I noticed that when the late afternoon sun streams through the windows, I see. . .
Yeah, more sunshine means we notice how dirty everything in the house is.
Did you know that for decades authors have used houses and interior descriptions of rooms to reflect their characters? Jack London, Edith Wharton, Dorothy Parker, Henry James, the first chapter in 1984 to name a few. Where and how we live is an obvious expression of who we are, our priorities and what we are dealing with that very minute. The house is the external expression of our internal world.
This knowledge can help you in two ways.
Stuck really describing a character? Not even clear yourself about his or her motivation?
Describe their home. You may not even pick up on the subtlies, but they will be there, as symbols or more obvious traits: the house is always cold, the back door is always left unlocked.
The second way this knowledge can help you is to look at your own house.
Why is the TV show Hoarders so popular? You can sit on your sprung couch surrounded by Little Caesar pizza boxes and 1997 issues of National Geographic and say, well, at least my home isn’t as bad as theirs.
Probably true. But what does your clutter say about you?
While we are at it, how big is that TV?
In a recent issue of O magazine, Martha Beck suggests that you describe your house – quickly – the ten minute write way – and you will create an metaphorical description of your inner world.
Scary huh? You can use that information to evaluate your life, your environment or re-consider the couch. Or ignore it. But homes, our living environments reflect directly on our character.