Visual clutter comes in all forms, whether it is too many pictures on the walls, a dirty counter top or stacks of paper, it all begs for attention in our visual space, and with that attention, the need to act or think about acting on the object(s). When you are viewing a picture on the wall, your mind automatically processes what you see, spends time interpreting it, makes a judgment as to whether it likes what it is seeing and what it will do with that information. That is a lot of effort just to view a picture! A similar process takes place when you see a stack of papers you haven’t gotten around to going through.
Your brain sees a task that needs to be done, perhaps causes some stress to the rest of your body if you realize some of the papers are overdue bills, then tries to solve the problem by thinking, “I’ll go through those right after dinner.” This ends up causing more visual stress when you get up the next morning and realize you weren’t able to get to it the night before, and the cycle begins again.
Not everything in our line of sight is visually negative. Indeed there are wonderful pictures and items to look at that cause peace and content feelings, or happy memories. These are the items we want to display where we will see them on a regular basis. However, there can be an unlimited number of even positive things, so you want to be sure you are displaying those that are most important to you personally.
There are also items that do nothing for us, maybe it was a cheap wreath that you thought would look nice hanging on the door, but is now just taking up visual space and energy, or a picture hung on the wall because you thought the wall was bare, but the picture has no meaning in your life. These types of items should be replaced or removed altogether, leaving room for a creative empty space, space for nothing, or what I like to call, visual rest.
This guide will help you focus on removing ‘visual clutter’ in your life, and keeping only those items in view that provide positive visual stimulation and have personal meaning. We will also learn how to strike a balance between the positive items you display and giving your eyes and brain enough empty space to visually rest.
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