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Out of clutter, find simplicity. — Albert Einstein
I have to admit, I am a little bit lot OCD when it comes to surface clutter. I actually can’t stand anything on my tables, dressers, or counters. The most I can tolerate is a completely functional addition, such as a lamp on the nightstand or a globe and a jar of pencils on the homework desk. And even those kinda bug me.
Yes, I realize that some people enjoy creating lovely, decorative vignettes on their surfaces, and I can appreciate their beauty, at least in theory. When I go visit Edie I am in awe of her incredible, fun, & eclectic style. Her house doesn’t just look like it belongs in a magazine, it actually was featured in Better Homes & Gardens last year.
As much as I love visiting, I’m quite certain I would go insane if I actually lived at Edie’s house. My little brain just can’t handle all that stuff.
Even my poor husband does not share this compulsion for every surface in our home to be perfectly clear. He is quite content to create little piles and then just let them sit there, no matter how dusty the get or how cluttered they look. Just sitting there. Doing nothing. Forever. Driving. Me. Crazy.
I get that not everyone shares my
compulsion neurosis preference for perfectly clear surfaces. Even so, I would like to contend that there are a few advantages to having less stuff cluttering up your surfaces. Thus, I will make my case and you can all decide for yourselves:
- Easier to keep clean. Less stuff on your surfaces, fewer throw pillows and accessories and less furniture in general means there is less to dust or wipe down or rearrange or pick up when it inevitably falls into disarray. It just logically goes to follow that the less you have, the less you will have to clean.
- Easier to find things. Keeping your things to a minimum makes possible to sort, organize, and store the things you do have because it is easier to find a proper place for everything. Cupboards, counters, and drawers that are not jam-packed with things you don’t really need make it so much easier to locate the things you do need when you need them.
- Feels more restful. Again, this might just be me, but surfaces free of clutter just feel calmer and more serene. When my surfaces are clear I can breathe a little easier, stay focused on the tasks at hand, and even sleep better.
Be sure to read Edie’s corresponding post, More Art.
Take a walk through your home and ask yourself, “What is the unspoken message my home sends?” Consider following in the footsteps of our friend Myquellin (The Nester) and pick one room in your home to completely clear the surfaces. Take everything off of every horizontal surface, then leave it that way for at least 24 hours, just to see how it feels. Once you’ve experienced a whole day of clutter-free living, take some time to put back only the things you love. Take before and after photos and share on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #31DaysLessMore.
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Where do you fall on the clutter spectrum?