Everybody and their brother is talking about staging, decorating, re-modeling, and accessorizing (myself included). Here is the point: the effort that makes the biggest difference in how a space feels is getting rid of the excess. So much of our time is spent managing our things. We clean them, organize them, move them, lose them, look for them, put them away, sell them, store them, donate them and shop for them. It seems to be a never ending cycle of stuff management. Some of this seems inevitable, but lots of it is avoidable. Ideally my motto is: if you don’t use it or enjoy it, lose it! This may be an overwhelming project to tackle. Start with one room and analyze it from this vantage point. Is it used and/or enjoyed? Is it a dust collector that can be packed away? Thrown away? Given away? Sold? By ridding a room of the over-stuff and surrounding oneself with only the useful and enjoyable pieces, your space will open up, be less chaotic and make more sense. So let go of the multitude of knick knacks and love your open space!