It's time for a little spring cleaning around here, and this earlier post is worthy of a review for those also feeling the oppressive weight of clutter around them. Even if it's just a small space in your home, like my secretary, designating one area and tackling the mess will do wonders for your mental state of mind.
Right now I have lots of little tchotchkes sitting inside this secretary. Over the past few years I've amassed an amount of stuff, and it all somehow landed here.
It's cluttered and has little cohesion.
And is busy even from this distance. (Fritz is photobombing.)
When I take on a task like this I start with removing all the contents, giving the piece a good cleaning, then bringing back only the most important items. As I work, I try to create an asymmetrical balance to keep things from looking too matched. The two Blue Willow plates on the top row are balanced by the blue Imari plate on the third row. And the two white pieces help carry your up eyes up the shelves. Lastly, I added books. The remaining items were too small to be appreciated and were either moved, donated, or sent to auction.
Now clean and uncluttered, the pieces I chose to keep have good contrast against the dark wood and are large enough to be seen. And although they are not completely symmetrical, they are nicely balanced.
It feels lighter already.