A French chateau in Texas, indeed


Did you see today’s Wall Street Journal story about the 48,000-square-foot home in Texas that’s for sale? It boasts a bowling alley (alas, only two lanes), 18-karat gold doorknobs and a mirrored ballroom “in a nod to the hall of mirrors at the Palace of Versailles,” notes the article by Sarah Tilton. Property taxes alone are $189,000 a year.

The sellers, Shirley and Alan Goldfield (retired CEO and founder of CellStar Corp.), are ready to downsize in a big way. They want to spend more time in their condo in Colorado, they told the paper, though they’ll miss the lap pool in the master suite.

So what does this have to do with organizing? While I rolled my eyes at the ostentatiousness of this palatial home, I did find myself nodding in agreement with Shirley Goldfield, who said she won’t miss “the responsibility of taking care of it. The more you have in life, the more you have to take care of.”

That rings true whether you live in a minuscule studio apartment or a mansion. Even the Goldfields have discovered that less might really be more.

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Professional organizer June Bell (www.organizesf.com) combats clutter and chaos with sage advice, tested techniques and good humor.
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