Country houseShabby-chic Style Staircase, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. Keep only what “sparks joy.” One person’s clutter is another person’s under-the-stairs art installation — just look at this beautiful collection of treasures. And yet who hasn’t aspired to employing a bit of KonMari in their life? That’s the decluttering and organizing method from Japanese lifestyle and cleaning guru Marie Kondo, whose famous words about what things to hold on to, quoted above, have helped many of us to despair of our hoarding habits. And who wouldn’t be tempted by lines like this one from her organizing bible The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? “When you tidy your space completely, you transform the scenery around you. The change is so profound that you will feel you are living in a totally different world.” Give yourself a break: If you’ve tried but struggled to fully embrace this method, just remember that cherished piece of dark wood furniture you once reluctantly gave away because it looked dated. And how cross you feel every time you see a photo of something almost identical in a newly photographed, freshly decorated and deeply fashionable house. It could be time to cherish your clutter — the key is to learn to display it as artfully as this.