My home and I are ready for simpler times.
With each fall, I find myself slowly adding layers of comfort. A few extra pillows and throws, a stack of books next to the couch and extra candles here and there. Cute clutter, and I kind of forget that my room looks really bare.
What makes a house quiet? Rear arrangement!
Everything in the room has a voice. Some voices are louder than others. If you have a bright red chunky mirror, its voice is louder than the white taper candles placed on your dresser, but both have voices that occupy the visual, physical, and even emotional space of a room. .
Most of us add things over time, but rarely do we intentionally remove things from our homes over time. Quieting a space removes all the voices in the room at once. increase. That said, the cute ornaments you’ve blindsided need to prove their worth before they can come back.
Instead of keeping all items and assigning them emotional ratings, or ruthlessly rating each individual item one by one, remove them all. This immediately rewards you for experiencing home with less, waiting 24 hours before you sink in. This is an easy way for me to trick myself into letting go of stuff and it works every time.
When it comes to organizing your visual décor, you don’t start by making individual decisions, but by experiencing the results of an organized room.
This is our family room.
How to make your space (or home) quieter in 5 easy steps:
- Choose one quiet room.
- Find a place to temporarily store items that will be taken out of the room.
- Remove all trinkets/gigos/little junk/chotchike/decorative trinkets. If you want big changes, remove everything from the walls as well. Drape too!
- Let the space breathe for at least 24 hours so you can reconnect.
- Take back only what you really love, what you miss, and what you need. Don’t fill a space just because it’s empty.
The photo above is before the room was quieted down.
The picture below is while I’m sitting empty and quiet after I’ve quieted down
If you’ve never done this before, read a little more about each step. I promise this is worth it. The smaller the house and the more belongings you have, the more powerful this practice will be.
1. Choose one room to be quiet. Even if you think you’re in a very ambitious mood, I wouldn’t recommend starting with the whole house. Start with the room that bothers you the most, or the one that confuses or overwhelms you. I usually keep my family room quiet before deciding if I have enough energy to start another.
2. Select a holding area. If you want your kids to be quiet and have some effect other than asking if you’re moving, you need a place to temporarily store your pile of stuff for at least a full day. You need at least 24 hours (2 days is better!) for a little purge like this to work its magic on you. Stored things in boxes stacked on top of each other. It’s okay if another room was temporarily weird. This is the process that will finally allow you to see your space with fresh eyes. As long as you keep things in a room other than the one you keep quiet, that’s correct.
3. Remove decorations and randoms and place them in the holding area. The goal is to have only furniture, everyday lamps, TVs, rugs and drapes in the room. No magazines, books, plants, clocks, photographs, pillows, throws (feel free to bring your own if it’s cold and you need them!), candles, flower arrangements, baskets, or decorations. Sometimes we remove wall art, but you can take as much or as little as you want, depending on how much fresh start you’re looking for. Remove drape if necessary.
4. Let the space breathe. this is my favorite part. The room was quiet and those voices got quieter, making room so that the voices in the room could be heard. what? I know, I’m talking crazy. But the truth is, sometimes we put so many cute things in a room that we lose sight of how it works. This process really helps you see your space with a fresh perspective.
Notice the atmosphere of the room.
Are there any that need attention that you’re ignoring? I usually ignore cleaning, dusting, and repairs that can be easily hidden from me.
Also, now I want to be 100% clean. Yes, dusting and vacuuming is a lot of fun. It’s so easy when you have nothing.
5. Put things back together. After 24 hours have passed and you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your quiet room, you can slowly put things back together.
After enjoying the rewards of having less, you will be more willing to let go of things you don’t really need or love without going through an all-out decision-making process. I don’t want to ruin the peaceful feeling I already have, so I see this as an easy way to organize my cute things.
Most of us find ourselves needing to make some changes to our room around this time, whether it’s moving furniture, painting the walls, fixing the ceiling, or investing in a new sofa. also notice. Whatever you’ve learned, it’s progress and great information!
If you need guidance in getting the right items into your room in the right order or making decorating decisions, the Cozy community can help – Click here for the waiting listwill open again at the end of January.
But whatever you do next, congratulations!
We created an opportunity for you to really see what your space is all about.
You may put everything back, or you may throw everything away.All that matters is that you made the space for it Evaluate, Purpose, Change. You’re way ahead of most people who are frustrated or overwhelmed with their home and don’t know why or where to start.
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