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Posted on March 28, 2016 in Interior Design, Interior Redesign, Organization

- Not all in our minds

There has been a ton of talk lately about clutter in our homes.  The term has been used in reference to various items in our homes from piles of papers to more precious items.  Not all of these references are what I consider correct usage.  So, let’s go to the source of all definition, Mr. Webster, himself.

Webster’s definition of clutter is as follows: “a number of things scattered in disorder; jumble.”

So by definition its those piles of magazines, papers, bills, etc that need to be dealt with; organized and put away.  On the other hand, the word can apply to too many or too much of any one item(s) in a specific area.  Without organization, rhythm, our most precious items end up looking like clutter.

A lack of organization according to basic decorating rules, which includes the number of items in a group and proper spacing, will have even the most beloved groups of precious items leaving us feeling uncomfortable.  The eye needs to feed our souls with a certain amount of balance and harmony or the most those items can easily become clutter.

The best example I can come up with where the term clutter can apply is with family photos.  Here’s a hot and sensitive topic for lots of moms and grandmothers.  But displaying the entire collection of every family vacation or yearly school photo can become a problem for the most organized home decorator.  I have seen the worrisome look on their faces when confronted with what to do with them so as to not put a crimp in their relationship with their kids.

I digress!  The bottom line is, no matter what the subject matter is, photos, figurines, other collectibles, they all must be organized properly so the eye can see them, enjoy them and not be put off by the mish-mash of them.

Let’s face it folks; we all need to reorganize and arrange so we feel good about our display of our personal items.  And we all can put more time into handling papers and such that accumulate faster than bunnies reproduce.

If you are not ready to get rid of items there are solutions to organizing and displaying including putting some away and rotating them out of storage once or twice a year.

I could go on and on about this topic but all can’t be discussed in this blog.  Call me if you need help with your precious items.  However, if its that pile of papers on the kitchen counter or covering your desk I suggest you invest in a shredder and get to work. - Deborah

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