Why We Must Edit Our Spaces
Like most of us, I’m sure you’ve caught wind of the KonMari craze created by organizational expert, Marie Kondo. All of us are holding up everything we own, our clothes, our books, our children, and asking “Does this spark joy?” If it doesn’t, it has to go! (Just kidding about the children, of course!)
The results can be life changing so I applaud Marie’s efforts to get messy, disorganized, people to clean up their acts. Studies have shown that people living in a tidy, simplified, and beautiful environments are more efficient and just plain happier than their messy and disorganized counterparts.
For interior designers like me, and people who love design and are likely to be reading this blog, we’ve been self-KonMari-ing forever, just with out that terminology. Take this pantry I designed and organized. Marie Kondo eat your heart out! Sparking joy all over the place!
What we can have a problem with is falling in love with too many pieces that spark our joy, and the tendency to display them all at once. The amazing crystal bowl received as a wedding gift, the Murano vases purchased on our Italian honeymoon, the Javanese stool and statue from the first real overseas trip we took as a family. All these things that spark our joy, but then get turned into a hot mess when displayed all at once. So for that, we need something different than the KonMari method, and I call it The Edit.
For The Edit, I recommend (like Marie) taking all the accessories out of a room, placing them on a table, and slowly adding them back. Not necessarily by which is your favorite, but what pieces play off each other well in terms of form, color, and scale. And here’s where I differ from Marie - don’t get rid of these objects you love that didn’t make the edit. Keep them in a cupboard (maybe in a beautiful pantry) and rotate them out every 6 months or so, so you are always changing vignettes, and always surrounded by the objects you love. Then they can spark joy anew each time.
In the bedroom above, there was room for more accessories on the night stand. More books, more candles and boxes and nautical themed sculptures, but why? Each element stands out on its own, and more things crammed on would not spark joy. The Edit is about right-sizing your accessories. Not too busy, but bold enough to catch and hold the eye.
As you peruse your next stack of decorating magazines, notice how many designers follow The Edit - just enough accessories to be interesting and make a statement, but not enough to call the Hoarders crew in (or Marie Kondo). Also, be sure to check out my Photo Styling Pinterest board for more tips on getting The Edit just right.