Yeah I agree. I am constantly putting away my boyfriend's things he is always leaving out lol. But, on the other hand, I do think that have less trinkets and decorations out that just collect dust will help reduce the clutter it my flat. We have a huge open bookshelf that just collects dust and stuff that doesn't belong there.
I have been able to declutter on a small scale with my desk! As I spend a lot of time there, often I tried to keep everything within reach of my seat. I found that it looked a lot better and I even became more productive by moving things away as I wouldn't be tempted to touch them anymore haha
With a family, it isn't as easy, but I want to have only things we frequently use visible. Decorations should be kept to a minimum, but having things that are both beautiful and useful is okay. We have paintings on one living room wall and in the staircase, but nowhere else.
Almost all of our walls are white. We have put in two extra south-facing windows to make the house lighter than it originally was.
We want to have chairs, sofas, or stools in every room and entrance hall. Being able to sit or lie down is very important, no matter where you are. Instead of a kitchen table and dining room chairs, we have a sofa and an armchair in the kitchen. Both our living room sofas are convertible to comfortable beds and you can easily fall asleep in them without making any conversions. 😀
#3 I totally agree about freeing my desk of clutter! I only keep a small table too green house with a couple plants in it and an extension cord! Everything else going on the bookshelf next to it. Although that small bookshelf is full of clutter to do my boyfriend’s stuff lol 😅