The MOST Important Accessory {Comfortable Clutter!}

I’ve struggled and struggled with how to word this correctly, but I truly believe that our houses need to have not only pretty decor and practical solutions, but also the perfect amount of comfortable clutter.

{Did I just hear you gasp??}  Let me explain.

A few times in my life I’ve found myself smack dab in the middle of a “perfect” house.  Every fiber of its snowy white carpet was vacuumed to perfection.  The glass coffee table was sparkling and without spot.  The accessories were perfectly co-ordinated and placed beautifully.

The problem was, I couldn’t relax there.  I was constantly worried that I might mess something up!

I don’t know about you, but I’d venture to guess most of us would opt for a  home people felt comfortable in instead of the picture perfect home.

What is a house, anyway,  if you can’t live in it? (And, yes!, put your feet on the coffee table!)

In order to provide an environment in our homes that promotes relaxation and creativity, we need to give it permission to get cluttered at times.

“Messes” are a daily fact of life…and I think it’s a good thing.  It shows that real people live in your house!

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How much clutter and how or if  you allow it to completely overtake your days and life is another matter, however.

Ashley from a Handmade Home has started a series called “The Lazy Gal’s Survival Guide to Better Housekeeping”.   I just love it.  It addresses real issues in a real home.  I’m sure many of us can identify with the exact struggles that Ashley is dealing with.

If you are finding you’ve crossed over from “comfortable” clutter to being buried by it,  I recommend this article from Jen at I Heart Organizing.  She gives an in-depth overview of the whole process of organizing and gives tips on how to get started.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a {pretty} practical solution to one of our strange organizational dilemmas.

See you then!

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One Comment

  1. Rita, I sure agree that our homes should have some friendly clutter visible. Something
    to show that the occupants have some interests in their lives other than decorating.
    When you walk in a room there could be a book of poems open, a collection of stamps
    to look at, beads that are part of a jewelry making project, a basket of colorful knitting, or a game of chess that a guest can play with.

    It was fun coming into your home this summer, and seeing all the things that show
    your warm personality. Love your Blog!

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