Recycling a Full Circle Moment

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Home Stager with REAL ESTAGING, a nationally recognized leader in Staging.

 Last November I took a business trip to China. I went there because the professional designer "me" was needed, however to my surprise the personal "me" was profoundly impacted.

While I was in China, I visited both Hong Kong and a city called Shenzhen (45 minutes from Hong Kong via water taxi)  on the mainland. During this trip it became quite apparent that Hong Kong was all about consuming, and Shenzhen was all about manufacturing.

Shimmering and sparkling, yet cluttered in EVERY nook and cranny of the streets of Hong Kong, were shops, stores and boutiques selling every conceivable thing we stuff into our lives.

In contrast was Shenzhen, a city where pollution is constantly spewed out of the thousands and thousands of factories located there. The pollution was so bad that I could literally and easily look directly into the sun in the middle of the day. At one point we drove over a river that was so polluted it was thick and black as tar. (I am NOT exaggerating.) The sad part is Shenzhen is just one of the multitude of manufacturing cites throughout the world that makes the material goods we "need" in our consumer society.

Upon returning to the states, I came to a full circle moment... when I started to reflect on all I had expirienced and thinking about how it affects my job as a home stager.

I came to realize that in this age of consumption, its kind of odd that stager's job is to "transition" a home back to simpler view. Basic to staging is de-cluttering the mass amount of consumer "stuff" that has built up in a house. In fact, if staging is done well and timed right, the seller can make more money on the sale of their home... which they might use to go out and buy more "stuff".

But now, due to my trip, and if I have it my way... people that use our staging services will begin to look at their lives and their desire for stuff in a new way. I hope to show people, whose homes we transform, that a beautiful home does not need to be STUFFED full of useless consumer junk.  I hope to share with all our clients the fundamental lesson something EVERY interior designer is taught early on in their design education... "Less is More" 

But now, because of my trip to 2 cities in China, I realize our planet's life depends on less being MORE.

Green It Forward...

Me

 

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Uh oh The heat must have got to my head  , wet noodle swipe -------- Caribbean Caribbean Caribbean   maybe after twenty times I will spell it correctly.

Marilynn Currie Abbotsford/Chilliwack B.C.

March 24, 2007 12:34 PM
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Craig Schiller
REAL ESTAGING, a nationally recognized leader in Staging.

Hey Marilynn, I'm pretty causal here.

You are welcome to take of your shoes in put them up on my coffee table... anytime.

I'm pretty easy going, especially when it comes to typos.

ME

March 24, 2007 01:44 PM
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Craig,

Very inspiring post and some very thought provoking ideas. It is sad that so many people feel they have succeed when they are able to stuff their homes full of prize possessions. I recently went on a trip that inspired me in a similar way but for the opposite reason. I was fortunate enough to participate on a 12 day trip to India seeing various cities - Dehli, Bangalore, Agra and Mumbia (or the old Bombay). It was incredibly difficult to see the conditions so many poverty stricken families were living in. For me, the hardest was to see the children. They say the caste system is gone, but it truly isn't. This particular trip also reminded me that we truly are so fortunate to live in this country we do, but we should not get carried away and indulge ourselves too much. I found myself wanting to help so much that I suggested to my husband that we adopt a child from India. We'll see if that happens, but regardless will be contributing in whatever way I can to help those that we saw struggling to get bath water, find shelter or even rest on something other than the dirt floor.  

I will be going to China in a couple of months and will certainly see some of the same cities you did. I always look forward to experiencing things that remind me of what life is really about...people, not THINGS.

All the best,

Beth

March 27, 2007 10:43 PM
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Debi Braulik
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Craig- Nice post. I am sure I would feel very clausterphobic in China. I like my space. I like greenery. I like fresh air.  I think all of us benefit from the less is more philosophy.
March 27, 2007 10:50 PM
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Bill Westel
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Craig:

The Less is More philosophy is a great one. Unfortunately it is diametrically opposed to the capitalist system we live in. So many folks use buying stuff as a way to feel good. Of course, alot more can be said about that... Thanks for bringing up the entire concept!

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