It made me realise just how uncomfortable people are being in a space without things to distract them. I was just like my sister, if I saw an empty space then I had to fill it, it was an excuse to go shopping for something that I probably didn’t need and certainly wouldn’t add value to my life.
Now we’re taking a more considered approach to the items we decide to keep and display in our home. We are within touching distance of our front room being completed (it’s about 95% there) but it is far more empty than the living room in our previous home.
For reference, this is a picture of our old living room:
This is a picture of our old dining room:
As you can see, there was a silly amount of stuff crammed in, lots of visual noise, and an awful lot of dusting!
I’m very proud now to say that we have managed to reduce all those books etc in the old front room and the trinkets in the dining room to just this:
The visual noise has been reduced dramatically and the new rooms feel light and airy despite the black walls (I will put up some proper pictures of them when the shutters are built). I feel far calmer in the new rooms than I ever did in the old ones where something always needed fixing, I was worried about something breaking, and even though it looked ‘homely’ in the traditional sense it was more of a burden than a home.
Finding the old pictures makes me realise just how far we’ve come and I’m giving ourselves a virtual pat on the back but with the knowledge that will still have some way to go.
And as for my sister’s question. My answer was: no!
I’d be really interested to hear what reactions you have had to your newly minimised homes.