Sometimes, decluttering your home can be overwhelming… sometimes you just don’t know where to start! Or, sometimes you have done a lot of decluttering and you feel stale and stalled, but you know you have some decluttering left to do. “Framing” your home can help.
I’ve noticed that homes have certain areas that are “framed” by the architecture of the home or apartment. Doorways are frames, windows are frames, some furniture setups form “frames.” All you have to do is look in the frame and arrange what’s inside in a way that pleases you (but is still functional.)
A logical place to start is the front door. What kind of picture is the front door framing? Is it framing a collection of plastic bags from the discount store along with a pile of shoes and toys? (Many times, ours frames a suitcase left behind the couch after a trip along with the extension cord we use when we vacuum. Pretty ugly.) You can move everything and then find some pretty things to put there instead (use things you already have, rather than buying something new.) Or, you can look at what ends up there and figure out a way to accomodate it. Put a shoe rack there that’s big enough to hold one pair of shoes for each person (they can keep the rest in their bedrooms.) Put a pretty covered basket to hold the basketballs and trucks and other toys that pile up. Mount a mail holder on the wall to hold the mail that ends up there. Put up a pretty, framed picture… it’s your choice.
Take some time once a day, once every other day, or once a week, to look through one of the natural frames and to fix what’s out of place. Look through your windows from the outside and make what’s visible look nice. Sit in the various seats throughout your house and look through the doorways to the hallways or into the other rooms, and fix just what you can see.
I’m not advocating that you JUST clean what you can see from the other room, but it’s a good place to start. It’s a good way to take a different tack on cleaning. It’s a nice change.