Last week I finished reading Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing." So many people I know have read this book and raved about its life-altering capabilities that I thought I, too, should take a stab at reading it. It did not disappoint.
I absolutely hate clutter. Its not only ugly, but can really affect your mental state and cost people more time and effort than necessary. Marie Kondo attacks the clutter situation like a violent tornado in her book. She advises that you should only keep the things that you absolutely love. If it doesn't spark joy, get rid of it! Pretty bold advice, but its effective. I also love how she suggests that you touch and interact with all your possessions and then decide whether it something that brings you joy. So many of us (myself included) keep things out of guilt or duty thereby clogging up our homes with items that can really bring us down.
As a designer, I often find myself helping others revamp their look and giving design advice. My first suggestion is usually to reduce a client's overall inventory within the home. No amount of fancy, new furniture, trendy pillows, or perfect choice of wall color will make a home achieve a sophisticated look that people crave if you have too much stuff. Clutter is a real design killer. Our eyes need visual resting places within our homes to deem a space beautiful, and you can create this by reducing and getting rid of your clutter.
So, if you've decorated your space to achieve a particular look, but you just can't figure out why you're still not happy with it - you may have a clutter problem. I highly recommend reading Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing." Its an easy read and can really change your perspective on the ownership of your possessions. By applying her principles, you can really alter your life. If you're in the northern Virginia area and need help with your decorating needs, email me so we can get started creating a cohesive look for your home that you'll enjoy for years to come!