Much of the seemingly irrational objects we place are to keep our place alive. Like the chicken eating fallen apples, cats eating crumbs from the counter; similarly does the paper keep coming to our mailbox and the newsletters hitting our inbox, just like seasonal decorations that avoid stagnation.

Please don't allow stagnation to creep into your self, not just keep your home moving along. Don't fear to be the life there yourself.

The most interesting dwellings in this country, as the painter knows, are the most unpretending, humble log huts and cottages of the poor commonly; it is the life of the inhabitants whose shells they are, and not any peculiarity in their surfaces merely, which makes them picturesque; and equally interesting will be the citizen's suburban box, when his life shall be as simple and as agreeable to the imagination, and there is as little straining after effect in the style of his dwelling.

—Henry David Thoreau in Walden (1854)