Organizing coach Michelle Traudt has a strategy to simplify her home decor:
Every decoration should be functional or personal.
Functional items are useful things likes books, mirrors, and clocks.
Personal items are photos and artwork that she or her husband made (though I consider more things personal, such as favorite things from my childhood and handmade items.)
She said taking this approach has helped her to buy fewer things and avoid knick-knacks that do not mean anything to her.
I look around my home and see that my favorite things on display could be described by those two words.
The clock that I’ve had since I learned to tell time.
The shelf by the front door that my great-grandfather made that holds my keys.
The ceramic bowls I made in college.
And if those things on display can be both functional and personal? That’s the sweet spot.