With the success of the ad campaign of Motel 6, “We’ll leave the light on for you.” Motel 178 took a different approach to make guests feel like they’re right at home. “Motel 178, we’ll leave the stuff out for you.”
Um, duh. Of course not.
Because when we pay to get away we pay to get away from stuff. It may be fulfilling to actually acquire things but to live with them is a different story. We find calm and peace in a place with less stuff.
Unless, of course, you are talking about stuff like leaves or seashells or ripples on the water as the fish feed around you.
The same idea is used when you are selling a house. Anyone who’s tried to sell a home while they’re living in it will tell you that the realtor made them put half of their stuff in storage. It’s not the stuff that makes the home.
You are much more apt to get a welcoming feeling from a cleared out room than one that has you surrounding by things.
And that’s what we do when we get a hotel room. We don’t stay there. We go out and have experiences. Meaningful experiences. The kind that stick with you.
We screw it up when we go do those meaningful experiences then stop by the gift shop on the way out. Yes, we want to remember that fun time but when are you ever going to use mouse ears again after the trip home? (Bonus points to anyone who’s bought said ears and can tell me where they are right now.)
My goal is to have a home as inviting as a hotel room designed especially for us. Welcome home. Plop down on the couch and smile because you’ve made it. Now go do something exciting and when you come back it’ll still be right there waiting to comfort you as you relax and recharge for the next adventure.
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