I have had a busy summer and have been working on a miscellaneous decorating jobs on top of working a full time job. It has been quite challenging at times. I have learned the busier I am, the happier I am, and more productive!
In those miscellaneous decorating jobs, there has been a common theme of where I work with the homeowner to pack up objects that ‘clutter’ the space. By putting everything you own out, people don’t ‘see’ those objects because there are so many of them. Displaying a couple of objects and grouping ‘like’ objects together allows someone to ‘see’ those objects because now the eye will rest on those objects because it’s less busy. Does that make sense?
There are a couple of ways to reduce the amount of objects displayed (and I am simplifying here):
1) Get rid of anything that you don’t love or has significant sentimental value.
Keep in mind that sentimental value could be with someone else and have more value. One of my customers was a recent widow. There was a picture of her husband fishing in a frame one of their daughters gave him. She thought beyond herself, and decided to give the picture to her daughter. Her daughter LOVED the gift, and the homeowner still enjoys the the picture at her daughter’s cabin, with a new memory associated with it. How cool is that?
2) Rotate objects when the seasons change or monthly or what ever schedule makes sense if you want to display all of them in your home.
I think there is something here where less objects makes a home lighter, almost as if a huge weight is off of your shoulders. Have you cleaned out your closet? Or cleared an area in your home, and had the thought,”Boy, that felt good. I feel lighter or the room seems lighter.”
It seems simply understanding less clutter is lighter living.