Purposeful Interior Design is House to Home Staging & Design’s unique approach to create personal spaces that are filled only with objects that Bring Joy or Have Purpose as defined by each client’s expectations. The effect is instantaneous when you walk in–the pleasure of seeing loved objects celebrated and the peaceful calm of having an edited useful space that is warm, open, fresh and inviting.
In Part 1 there is a quiz to find out if you are an Accumulator ( the enemy of Purposeful Design)–someone who keeps things that were given, bought years ago or somehow acquired that you don’t like–maybe even hate.
Step 1 was going through your entire space seeking ONLY things you LOVE. The love should not be based on cost–a sweet memento of a wonderful vacation can bring as much joy as the piece of art you saved for for years. Put all of these pieces, together in one place.
Step 2 is putting everything else into one of three categories: Things you like or need and will keep, Things to sell or give away, Things to throw away. It sounds simple yet most people are so overwhelmed by this step that can’t move forward. Just take a deep breath and start small–start with only one room–one drawer or shelf a day. This isn’t a race, it’s a lifestyle change. But you’d be amazed how much faster you will start to move when you see just how much can come out of your spaces that you’ll never miss.
This reminds me of clients who are now dear friends of mine–the wife wanted to remake/reimagine their master bedroon into a luxurious romantic master suite. When they brought me over to view the room and talk about ideas, I couldn’t help but giggle and hug them both. They were so confused. “How can we create romance” I offered, “when there are 3 tall file cabinets and 6 plastic bins and an overfllowing desk drowning out every breath of air in the room?”
The husband immediately snapped, “there is not one piece of paper in this room that doesn’t need to be here.” After much conversation another appointment was made to look at every sheet of paper and decide what to do with it. Since the husband was resisting, we were going to start just with the wife’s reams of paper. After about an hour of listening to the process and volume of paper heading to recycling, the husband came in and asked if he could help. By the end of the day, he had thrown away about 85% of what he had been holding onto. The new design was an amzing success and all the file cabinets were given to Goodwill!
Look for Part 3 soon. Good Luck. (PS I used to be an Accumulator–big time. now my secrets out–EEK.