To Clutter or Not to Clutter? Décor Questions Answered!



With the rise and frenzy of Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering every square inch of your home, it’s become trendy to use this method. However, it’s not the be all end all of home décor. Ultimately, of course, it’s up to you as the home owner to make the space your own and what feels comfortable, relaxing and inviting to you. And that may differ from the ultra minimalistic, mid-century modern, or sleek lines of a clutter free home. You get to decide. Here are some perks of having a more cluttered space. 

1. Clutter can spark creativity

As long as you’re not trying to paint, draw, do beadwork or write and can’t find a single item you need, you’re probably fine. If it’s organized clutter in the sense that you know where things are, the clutter of your supplies or knick knacks may help to inspire you. Having your prized collectibles and unique artwork surrounding you, can definitely help get those creative juices flowing. 

2. Clutter can show off your life as well

What better way to be proud of your accomplishments, travels and treasures in life than to display them. Perhaps it’s ok to have those collections of shot glasses, snow globes, or salt and pepper shakers from around the world. You can still highlight your good taste and design eye while showcasing these pieces that other might deem “clutter”. It’s your life’s work. An accumulation of having adventured. Why not be proud of that? 

3. Clutter can cultivate conversation

Along with showing off your life’s accomplishments, artistic talents, and treasures, this “clutter” can often lead to great, invigorating conversations. Guests in your home may want to know more about a particular piece of art or a sculpture. Perhaps they want to know what inspired a certain collection of figurines or ornaments. Maybe your extensive book collection draws interest and leads to wonderful and meaningful conversations with a family member you thought you had nothing in common with. 

4. Clutter can also be such a joyous décor theme

This vibe, often called eclectic or eccentric, is also often full of joy and color. Your clutter, when done right, breathes warmth, textures, colors and vitality into an otherwise colder or even boring space. Fill the living room with soft lamps, lush throws, artifacts of your life, piles of books and plants galore. Watch as this room transforms to the definition of cozy. 


While organization and less clutter is the way for some, for you it might be the opposite. And that’s just fine. Find the design that speaks to you!