By Gretchen Roberts
Updated April 19, 2013

Spend time on people, not things
“I recently gave away all my decorative tablecloths, Christmas dishes, napkin rings, fancy serving platters, extra candlesticks, everything I thought helped make me a top-notch entertainer. I realized that simplifying and paring back on things would let me spend less time managing stuff and more time inviting people over for informal but personal get-togethers—even if I do use our everyday dishes.”
—Erica Rawson, Farmington, N.M.