Organizing items as you decorate

Imagine you are looking through the eyes of another person who comes to visit your home or residence.  As they walk through the front door, what do they see first?  Clutter and overwhelming amounts of items can be intimidating to your guests.  Studies even have shown that people who keep neat and tidy homes actually have lower stress levels which directly lead to lowered blood pressure.

You don’t always have to have an item in every single place.  Open is not a bad thing, space wise.  Imagine a bookcase.  Your bookcase could look cluttered with every little nook and cranny filled with items other than books.  Avoid bookshelves with clutter like the following picture: