Removing visual clutter has numerous benefits.  Identifying what you love and eliminating the rest is one way to make your home a sanctuary for you & your family.






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239 Decluttering and Decorating for a Home You Love









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[00:00:00] We’re moving the visual clutter and your home has a number of benefits and identify what you love and then eliminating the rest of the stuff that is taking up space. That’s one way to make your home a sanctuary for you and your family to enjoy. Hey friends, happy Tuesday today. I am answering one of the questions that you, a listener of the attentional edit podcast has submitted to me. If you’re listening to this and you have concerns or issues that you want solutions to, you want me to help you problem solve some of the things that are going on in your home.

You’re stuck on how to organize something you want specific things answered to. Organization in your own home to decluttering or anything. That is a typical topic that we talk about on the intentional edit podcast. You can [00:02:00] go to my website, it’s intentional, and a little record. Now button will pop up on the screen. You click that record now button and leave me a message.

You can leave your question. You can ask your question. And I will use it and answer the question that you submit. And dedicate an entire podcast episode to finding a solution for what you are struggling with for whatever that question might be. So if that’s you go to intentional, and leave a question for me to answer on a future episode by clicking on that record now button. So the question that came in today, I am going to read it to you.

Now. It says, what is the best way to keep pictures of family in the house, but not have it seem cluttery? Ooh, I like that word cluttery. So. Okay, so do not have the same cluttery as we keep removing more knickknacks. Our home feels better to be inside. I want to keep family and friend pictures up in our home, but I’m noticing now a lot of the frames seem cluttery. I think I’m going to have to use the word cluttery in the future.

Because when I read that, I knew exactly what she was saying. It was like the perfect visual of what was happening with the home. Now this question may seem like it could have a pretty black and white answer that I’m going to give, but before I kind of. T like go into the answer that I’m thinking. I want to dig into this a little bit deeper because going deeper than the surface level of this question. Finds us in a place in our home where if you could visualize this. When you’re thinking about your home and you are craving organization, you crave order you desire. A, an environment and a room and a house that has less clutter.

And it’s a more [00:04:00] orderly environment within the walls of your own home. When you are surrounded by clutter and lack of organization. The feeling of wanting to be organized or wanting an organized home. Or disliking how messy that it feels at your house, or you feel constantly overwhelmed. You have these overwhelming feelings in your home. Uh, those feelings are real, but we are less aware of how comforting, like truly comforting and feel good and almost therapeutic and comfortable that our home is, will be when we take the time to remove the excess, when we’ve done the decluttering.

And when we organize the things that remain. We are in a place of wanting this. We have this desire. We want a simplified home. We want less clutter. We know there are benefits. But it’s hard to imagine. And I use the word therapeutic because your home becomes such a comforting and comfortable place.

That feels good. And it’s a place where you truly want to be. Once you remove that clutter. Our homes really can feel like a sanctuary and they can view this place where we want to go and we can go to relax and recoup and we can feel good and we can be away from all those outside stressors. Our homes can be that place.

They can be a place where we truly enjoy being there, not adding to our stress. A place that is not making us feel overwhelmed. In fact, it’s a place, our own homes, the house we live in, it can be a place that feels good to be inside once it’s orderly and organized and the clutter is removed. You can be in this place, surrounded by things that you love, surrounded by people that you enjoy, and you are enjoying life instead of constantly being stressed out. [00:06:00] When we get to this place where we start removing clutter and we’re making intentional decisions about what we want to have in our cabinets and drawers and on our shelves and even on our walls and these intentional decisions go further than this it’s anything that’s taking up space. Being in our line of sight.

When we look around wherever we look, we are going to make our homes a place that we can elevate to this comforting space, to this. Area that is stress-free that fuels good. So in this question, like, And many other questions, but specifically in this question, removing the knick-knacks, that is something that she is saying we’re moving the knickknacks.

It’s freeing. She, it feels good. Removing the clutter fuels. Good. And. We remove the obvious clutter. We remove the piles. We remove the trash, we remove the things that have been stacking up. That’s the obvious clutter. And then we can take a look around. And the things that we didn’t even realize were making her home see cluttered at one time.

Those now feel like clutter, those knickknacks that you once collected the little vases in jars and trinkets and things that you have been adding. And the, the. The picture frames and you get a gift and you add another one and another one’s that’s on the mantle and one is on a shelf. And these things that you have just added over time. For various reasons. Now you are aware that those feel like clutter, those are adding to the stress.

It’s simply too much. You need a break. And this question, what I’m hearing is she is craving simplicity. She is craving a relief from the visual clutter, and specifically with family photos. I absolutely love photographs. I love photography. I [00:08:00] decorate with pictures and canvases and things that you could put in a photography category in my own home.

And I love going in houses that have that similar aesthetic as well. I even worked at a photography studio for six years. Through high school and college. And I have a deep appreciation for family photos and photography. And what photographers do. And these moments in time that are captured. And I love when that is in someone’s home, the photography, that’s a part of me.

And I love when people use that for home decor. Not only do I want meaningful photography in my own house, but I really enjoy going into the homes of my friends or family or even clients and neighbors. And seeing the photographs that are on the walls and seeing those moments in time or. Sometimes that’s for a long time ago when I didn’t even know these people or other times it brings you back to a memory or a specific time or a place or a trip. Or something that is special or a person that is significant.

So I love photography. I think when you can decorate with that in your whole, it is a very special thing. And when it is done in a. Way that doesn’t add to the clutter that it’s even better. And there are plenty of ways to do this, that feel cluttered and there are some ways that don’t feel cluttered. A few options.

Like one thing that I’m thinking of is reduce the number of total pictures and frames that you have all over the place. If you have seven frames on a small sofa table right now. That are all mismatched different colors, different sizes, different shapes. It’s probably a bit much, but three or four, that might be the perfect amount changing the size.

So they’re not big and bulky and in the way, and constantly you twisted or falling over that, just doing those things. It might make it seem [00:10:00] like this is no longer clutter. This is something we’d love. Being intentional about the frames and the pictures that you’re putting in those frames, both of those things are on display.

So be intentional about those. Another idea is to make a gallery wall. I love the gallery walls. If you have a hallway, it is always better to have framed pictures on one side, if you were trying to make a gallery wall and then leave the other side of the hallway blink. So there is a. Focal point where you can actually look and your eye is drawn to this focal point.

And then there is an area where there is a break. You don’t have to fill every single space. And when we give our eye a break and we have some of those areas or some of those walls where it’s not full of stuff, that immediately eliminates the feeling of too much stuff. The feelings of it being cluttered or stuffy or messy because our eyes have a place to look and then they also have a place to take a break.

Now, of course, this is going to depend on your home, the size, the size of the hallway, the size of the walls and all of that, but generally leaving space where you have nothing at all is going to help the. I be drawn to the areas of the pictures where you want people to see. And it’s going to make it feel less cluttered because there’s less stuff.

There’s not things on both sides everywhere. And you do have that break. So the gallery wall, the, I love a gallery wall. Oh great gallery wall. And another way to make a gallery wall feel less cluttered is to have the same frames and repeat the same frame over and over and over again. Same color, same size.

And then you have your pictures printed all in the same size in these frames. And the picture frames are home. They’re spaced, [00:12:00] evenly they’re level. They’re the same color. They’re the same shape. It is a uniform look, and you can get a lot on a wall. If you have a large wall, you can get more, fill up the wall and make this one big focal point.

It looks good. And you can still display a lot of pictures. Those are some ideas that will help you keep what you love. If it fuels cluttered or mismatch and you don’t like it, like what she is saying in this question, there are things that she didn’t realize before that were adding to her stress and her overwhelm and that visual clutter.

And now she’s realizing these things are clutter. If it doesn’t feel good to you remove it and see how it feels. How do you like it when that isn’t there anymore? When you love what is left and it feels good and you like the way that it looks, then you have found that perfect place. You have identified your clutter threshold and you can enjoy your home.

You can enjoy what you have created because you’ve removed what isn’t working. What’s feeling cluttered was causing you stress. And you’ve created this environment that feels good. And you are not exceeding your clutter threshold anymore. When it comes to decorating our home should be an expression of us.

They should be an expression of our family. And we needed to feel good in our homes. Our full home should be a sanctuary that we love being in. So try a couple of different options. And stick with what feels right to you. And your home can be the sanctuary. And the organized and orderly space that you desire and that you feel good and that you love being in.

Don’t forget to send me your question by going to intentional clicking on the record now button. And leaving me your questions that I can answer on a future intentional edit podcast episode. [00:14:00]






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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!


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