I will confess that I have a few knick knacks decorating my home. They don’t serve a great deal of purpose except to bring me happiness when I see them — but I think that’s okay. Surrounding yourself with beautiful things is fine, especially when it helps to set the mood of your home as a place of sanctuary and relaxation.
However, some knick knacks have a way of sticking around past their prime. They can stop representing who you are and what you want for your space. Sometimes, they just seem to appear without anyone remembering how they came to be on that table top or in the corner of the bookshelf.
This weekend, I want you to round up all of your knick knacks and evaluate them. Heck, while you’re processing them, you may even want to give them a good dusting. And, as you’re holding them, I want you to ask yourself the following questions about each item:
- Why do I own this and choose to display it?
- Does it represent who I am right now and the mood I want to create in my home?
- Do I care for this object the best way I can care for it, or is it really just clutter?
- Will my place be a better sanctuary or place of relaxation without this object in it?
After asking these questions about each of your knick knacks, make the final decision as to if it should stay and live in your home, or if it should find a new home. Also, if you decide to keep the item, make sure that the place it lives in your home is the best place for it. At the end of my knick knack round up, I chose to keep about 15 items, which meant 1 or 2 per room. Things like our cookie monster cookie jar, an olivetti typewriter, and two vases we received as wedding gifts were allowed to stay, but most objects weren’t right for our space any longer and were donated to charity or freecycled. (I didn’t include picture frames, by the way, but you could definitely include them in your evaluation of knick knacks.)
I’m interested in hearing if you were surprised by the number of knick knacks in your home and if you decided to get rid of anything. Have a great weekend!