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.
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.