Being Well Groomed

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One day when I was ready to leave from work and get home, I stopped by the washroom to freshen up like I do everyday. As I was re-applying my lipstick, a colleague walks in and smiles at me. She then proceeds to ask me if I was going out somewhere instead of home. I say no. She then tells me that since I was "dolling up", she expected that I would be going out somewhere. I was annoyed but held my cool. I know a lot of people who take care of themselves very well. I happen to be one of those too. On the other hand, I know of people who dress up only when they have a place to go to. I for one, am someone who is well groomed all the time. I like to look good and neat throughout the day. This means regular makeup touch-ups, deodorant sprays and checking the folds of my shirt, but I do it. It is important to me. Very important in fact.

I'm very particular about grooming. I'm well dressed most of the time, with manicured nails and neatly done hair. Chipped nail polish puts me off and I spend a lot of time and effort in doing them up. It makes me feel good inside and because of this I look good outside. Even while I'm at home, I'm dressed up well. My contact lens are replaced by glasses and my hair will be pulled up. That's the only difference. For me, it is important to look good. I take a lot of pain to stay this way while managing the chores at home and a demanding job. Just like the way I am, my house is very well groomed too. I need everything around me to look good. Call it vanity if you want to, but that's the way I am. Every corner of my home is done up the way I want it to be.

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My home is a reflection of me and you can see hues of me in every wall. I have handpicked the paintings and posters that adorn my wall today. I roamed all over the city to find the best furniture for our living room. I spent weeks online finding the perfect bed for our bed room. Since I'm a voracious reader, I invested heavily on a book shelf that holds all my books today. This adds a very classy look to my home. I also believe in simplicity. Less is more for me and I let each element stand out on its own and speak for itself. Like my rosewood sofa, that looks dark and handsome by itself and yet blends in perfectly with my mahogany center table. I add curtains that go with the color of the pillows on my sofa. Not the exact match, but something that would provide a striking contrast and bring out the colors.

Every piece at my home is envied by most guests. Most of them have tried to replicate the same sense of style in their houses too. Like they say imitation is the best form of flattery, I just feel good about my taste and sit back with a smile. It is not easy to have a well groomed house all the time. Since we live on the third floor, it gets dusty pretty quickly. Which means frequent dusting. I do it happily because it is important to me. The day I think of it as a chore, I would start hating it I know. The plants in my balcony garden are pruned regularly as well. It is very important to take care of plants well, else they just don't look good. Same goes with any water body in the house. If the water is not regularly changed, it becomes a nightmare. Taking some time out to keep our surrounding clean is not a big deal.

Being well groomed is a sign of sophistication and class. Be it a person or their house, it needs to be well maintained. It is not that difficult to find out what would suit you or your house. There are a lot of websites out there that help you with almost everything. But then again, it is a matter of taste as well. Also, it is important to have a personal touch to everything. Be it on individual style or the home decor. Like they say, every one has a story to tell. The same way, every house holds a story as well. And more often than not it is the story of the people who make the house.

A well groomed owner would mean a well groomed home.

12 comments:

  1. As far as I know, you are smartly dressed and well-groomed :)
    I don't think anyone can deny that. And based on your OCD for things, I'd expect nothing less of your house. (Of course, if you invite me over for a meal, I can confirm :P )
    On another note, sadly a well groomed person doesn't always mean a well groomed house - too many bad examples; or at least I've come across them.
    But yes, you are a well groomed. But about those 'torn jeans' though ..... :P

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    1. Leave my jeans alone, will you? :P

      Thankfully I haven't met people like those. And do I need to invite you home? Just call and drop in anytime, you bum :)

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  2. I must admit, I'm someone who applies make up only if I'm going to work or going out. At home, I'm perfectly happy in daggy pants and a sweatshirt or singlet depending on the weather. In a similar manner, my house is not perfect. Having 2 cats means there's cat hair everywhere, the couch has scratches and I'm yet to put up pictures even though I really want to. Maybe living with OCD parents has made me want to be laidback at home...not to the point of living in filth but certainly not being perfectly neat around the house :) In any case, I only get time to clean the whole house once a fortnight or every 3 weeks.

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    1. OCD parents might have done it for you! My parents were way too laid back and I turned out to be the OCD freak!

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  3. Soumya...I am going to change my ways...its a promise I make to myself. My house is well groomed, but I am not. Not always. :) And I agree that a well groomed you from outside will make you feel great from the inside. So, a big thank you for your post! :)

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    1. You are welcome and I shall be checking on you soon :P

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  4. Its good to be well-groomed. Definitely feels good. And it shouldnt be someone else's concern. But I am quite lazy and will apply make up only when I have to meet someone or official purpose. Otherwise, I am happy as I am. With working from home, I am in my pyjamas most of the time.

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    1. It's all a matter of ones own comfort at the end of the day.

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  5. Like Shilpa, my house is well-groomed (huge thanks to my OCD tendencies), but as far as personal grooming is concerned, I do all of the things you mentioned - minus makeup and nail polish. Neat - is the look I don most of the time. I just don't seem to have the time and/or energy for make-up, but yes, it is something that I intend to work on. This post motivates me to. Thank you.

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    1. As long as it's neat, I don't see why anyone should have a problem!

      Thanks for reading Shantala :)

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  6. I am always in awe of people who are have this gift of being consistent when it comes to self-grooming. So empowering to just read your post. :) the best part is how effortless (people like) you make it look!

    :)
    Seena from
    Thinking Aloud

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