I’m a big fan of negative space, as you can tell from the above photo. While negative space may scare some people–think: a big empty wall–I embrace it and view it as a purposeful design decision. Take my bedroom, for instance. I’ve toyed with the idea of putting a big piece of art above my bed, but something just feels so right about the blankness. It feels intentional, calm, and definitely not cluttered.
Overdecorating is just one place clutter can come from, thought it also stems from lack of organization. After all, if you don’t have a system for where to store all of your paperwork, they will inevitably pile up into a cluttered mess.
What’s most important though, is that the two work together. You can have all of the organizing systems in the world, but if you don’t prioritize purposeful design, you won’t be able to escape that feeling of clutter. So next time you are clearing out the old papers in your desk, I’d recommend also taking a moment to look around the room. Is there a thchochke you can part with? Or how about a piece of art that can go? I promise you’ll feel much better once both forms of clutter are addressed.