Today after a good but exhausting day of organizing with a client I finally got a chance to sit down and look at one of my favorite catalogs, Ballard Designs, which happened to arrive in the mail today.

As I perused the pages looking for ideas both for my own home as well as for my clients, I took note of the common theme on every page: NO CLUTTER.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ballard Designs, their catalog is filled with unique items for the home ranging from tiny nick-knacks to large scale furniture.

While I was flipping through the pages it got me thinking about various conversations that I have had with friends and clients about what they want their homes to look like.  Many people will pull out a magazine or a Pottery Barn catalog, point to a picture of a room and tell me that is what they aspire their home to look like.

Take a look at these home offices, for example:

Yes, there is plenty of functional work space, but in addition to the proper “equipment”, there is no mail plopped on the counter or post-it notes strewn everywhere.

Obviously no one’s home looks as perfect as a catalog, but with commitment, discipline and good organizational habits your home can come pretty close.

What many people don’t realize is that furniture and décor alone is not what makes a room so appealing; it’s the absence of clutter.
Tip: It’s ok to have empty space on your shelves-I even encourage it.  Allow your items space to “breathe” otherwise they are bound to get lost in a sea of disarray.

Trust me, I get it. It’s a tough concept to grasp; especially if you are used to filling every space within your home, but if you can make some simple changes the impact will be huge.

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