Sometimes a little clutter can be a good thing for you and your home. Let me explain...
Waste Not, Want Not - Minimalism is popular in a huge way right now and I get that people are looking to be in control of their lives and make things simpler, however, it can be extremely wasteful. We have been conditioned to just use something and get rid of it. Yes, you may only use that item once a year, however, that item will last really long because it is only used once a year! Then it will only be 1 item in the waste heap instead of one for every year down the road. Bottom line, if you do use it, weigh whether it is smarter to find a good storage place for it instead of just get rid of it.
Hobbies & Habits - If you love to read, do puzzles, listen to old records, cook or garden, all of these require different pieces of equipment to do them! Yes, some of those things can be stored away until you use them, but, some of them will bring you joy when you see them! People who love to read, love seeing bookshelves with their beloved books. Cooks may love having an extra utensil that gets used every so often because it makes their lives easier--even if it isn't used every single day. For some, digital music just isn't the same as listening to the crackles in an old record, so you need those old albums around to listen to. Hobbies and good habits make our lives full and enjoyable, so seeing some of those things around your home a bit will make you happy and spark more creativity. All good things, don't you think?
Family Love - Yes, photos can go in albums both digital and on your shelf, but, there is something to be said about seeing your grandchild's smile when you get up in the morning because their photo greets you from your dresser. Seeing a special item will transport me back to a time or a trip that I treasure as one of my favorite memories. Why would I want to hide those away? It can also spark great conversations with friends and family when they visit so you can reminisce together or plan your next adventure because you are reminded of the best trip ever!
Loved Collections - If you love to collect things, it's great to make a curated area for that collection. Comfortable homes are filled with textures, colors and different shaped objects to make that space feel welcoming. An empty minimalist home can sometimes come off as cold and sterile. Of course, I am not advocating hoarding, however, a good balance of things can make a space feel wonderful to spend time in.
Kids and Pets - Let's face it. If you have kids or pets, there is no way your home will always be clutter free--clutter just comes with the territory. So if you love your kids and your fur babies, then you will just have to embrace clutter at times. Their clutter represents their presence. If you have ever had to leave your kids for a bit, or lost a much loved animal, when their clutter isn't around it can feel empty and lonely. Some clutter just makes a house a home.
So I say, embrace some of the clutter that brings you joy! Also, learn some great storage solutions so you can hide some of it in plain sight--or outta sight too!