Clutter vs. Keeper
So the questions become: What is clutter to you, and where do you stand on the clutter comfort continuum. Finding Your Clutter Comfort Level- Each of us has an innate sense of what feels like “cluttered.” Some of us would feel right at home in an home crammed full of antique furniture, vases, sculpture, potted plants and throw pillows galore. For others, that sort of living space would be incredibly unappealing. It would be pointless to try to clear away all of the “stuff” in your home that you draw inspiration from.Try rotating out favorite pieces and keeping some hidden away so your space is not overwhelmed.
No matter whether you are a maximalist or minimalist, what makes something “clutter” for each of us has a lot to do with whether it is useful to you. Home is the only place where we have the power to choose how we want things to look and feel. When you look at something and your heart flutters, you feel uplifted or think, “That’s so me,” it’s a keeper. Family photos, artwork made by your child’s hands, and heirlooms passed down for generations have the ability to fill your heart with joy just by their very presence in your home. On the other hand, objects that bring up negative emotions qualify as clutter.
There may be things in your home you turn to for inspiration that may at first appear like clutter — huge backlogs of magazines, an extensive book collection, a cabinet of colorful pottery. Once you recognize that you use these things for inspiration, you can figure out a way to house them neatly, steering them away from the fate of being labeled “clutter.”
See my blog on “Let’s Declutter” for more details.