“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” ~Steve Jobs
Many of us continue to look for the quick fix. We think that our lives may somehow be fulfilled through consumption and accumulation. Instead of saving to purchase quality, we think that we will be financially better off getting the biggest “bang for our buck.”
Yet today, more of us are not feeling enriched within our lives. Nor are our wallets any fuller. In fact, our lives and homes have become cluttered with excess. Our money is being wasted on items that are quickly replaced. And further, we have a growing concern with the impact all of our waste has on our environment. We are continually looking for ways to “Go Green” at home.
According to the US Green Building Council, “a green home uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside compared to a standard home.” There are many steps we can take to improve our home’s efficiency and promote environmental harmony. The USGBC provides resources to help, including the guide 9 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient and Tips for Living Green.
To lessen our carbon footprint, let’s raise our standard of quality. Being mindful of our purchases allows us to further treasure our possessions and surroundings. Recycling or donating items that don’t have purpose or value eliminates excess. Organization occurs when everything has its place. Once you are ready to honor your possessions and space, invest in well-thought design. Detailed design meets both aesthetic and functional needs. Quality provides longevity. Longevity contributes to sustainability. Value quality over quantity.