It’s the one decorating trick that isn’t popular, doesn’t hang out with the cool kids and gets neglected standing against the wall where no one will ask her to dance. The decorating trick with her hair pulled up in a non-messy bun and glasses. The decorating trick that can be applied to all parts of our life and is free, freeing and powerful.
I used to shun editing in my home. I thought it was worthless and dumb and I had the organized piles of well-planned hoarding to prove it. If one brass frame looks good, maybe 12 would look great!? But over time, I realized that 12 brass frames looked more like clutter and stole away the spotlight from that one favorite photo. When everything is clamoring for your attention, nothing really gets what it deserves.
Oftentimes, it’s the most important things that get ignored. There have been many times that I’ve been so busy with my job as Stuff Manager that I didn’t have time for the things I’d tell you were the most important. They say our possessions shape us and that we are worshipping objects.
Today, instead of looking at a space and asking myself “what does that need?” I first ask myself “what can I remove?” I quiet the room and am learning to only put in what is absolutely needed to be both practical and beautiful. I’m surprised how little it takes to finish off a space. I’m surprised at how much my family and I have been craving clear surfaces and white space in our lives and in our home.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.