Sometimes decorating can feel like dieting. A never ending cycle of trying and failing and hoping you come out on top…only to find yourself face down in a pan of brownies at midnight swearing you don’t care about fitting into your pre-baby jeans. (Just me? Oh, ok…) When you’re feeling overwhelmed and out of your element –be it dieting or decorating– the process can be self-defeating even when you give it your best effort.
And it’s not all your fault.
No matter how hard you try or much time you spend on Pinterest, you struggle to create a space you love. The problem isn’t that you don’t know your style…You know what you like when you see it. But every time you bring home that great piece you think will work it suddenly seems sad, lost, and severely disappointing.
Friend, the real problem is that you tried to add to your space without first subtracting.
Your home can be clogged with so much decor clutter that even when you find pieces you love in the store, they’ll never work with the current state of your home. Before you EVER get serious about decorating your space, you’ve got to declutter. Decluttering is the first and often skipped step of the decorating process.
Whenever I have my initial session with a new client, we always talk about what pieces she isn’t loving and isn’t using. We remove items from the equation, literally getting them out of the room’s orbit before we ever proceed to talk about what needs to be added.
You could bring a Van Gogh into a cluttered home and hang on a crowded wall, and it’ll look like junk. When you allow decor clutter to stick around, it destroys any chance of you creating a space you love.
SO WHAT IS DECOR CLUTTER?
Don’t get me wrong…we ALL have that piece of furniture we dislike but know it’s not in the current budget to replace. (Heads up…Even if you dislike the style, if it’s used daily then it’s needed right now. Be grateful for the role it’s serving for your family. One day it will get to retire.)
Decor clutter is an unnecessary item that can be removed without hindering everyday life. It’s all the stuff that if it went missing you’d honestly be relieved…or maybe not even notice it was gone.