I’ve done it! Well, just about.
My home feels fresh and A LOT less cluttered. The clutter that remains does not result in me feeling like burning the place down and starting from scratch. That, in my book, is some major progress. Yay me, and my new bff, Marie Kondo.
I discovered something new, though. This thing is the thing that finally tipped the scales in the right direction and had a huge impact on my current feeling towards my dwelling.
My husband let me choose some second hand/antique furniture for our cottage as my birthday present. I found two fabulous Art Deco bedside tables to replace our existing ones (which were devoid of any personality or style) and also found a gorgeous Art Deco cabinet.
I think it’s obvious I like Art Deco.
The cabinet is the hero of the story. It has such great storage inside that I managed to fill it with stuff stored in three small unmatched pieces of furniture (that I hated but put up with due to needing somewhere to put stuff) and could then get rid of them. \(“o)/ <——That’s me jumping for JOY.
All of a sudden our living room feels so much better (if you can mentally remove all the toys and pretend they don’t exist). It never occurred to me that our furniture was part of the problem.
By having one large cabinet as opposed to three smaller bits of (unmatched) furniture our space is remarkably less cluttered.
Important lesson learnt. It’s not just about storage but also how it is structured.
Illustration by me.