Like most manias and fads promising redemption, decluttering has turned from liberation to prison. Having a lot of stuff, and especially having it show, has become akin to pathology.
We find ourselves sighing with relief seeing REAL homes that are designed to hold valued “stuff” — and the stuff of living — in creative ways. The most delightful we’ve seen is a house in Miyanotocho, Osaka, called by the great Spoon and Tamago blog an “anti-decluttering house”.
…they had many, many belongings. And they weren’t looking for innovative storage solutions where they could tuck it all away. Quite the opposite, in fact. And they also wanted their home to function as a single room, but with the flexibility of having different spaces.
Shimada designed a series of 13 interconnected elevated platforms interspersed throughout the home with the living room as the intersection. It has lots of surfaces to place things.
Judging from the photos, its inhabitants enjoy their stuff, and their life together, in a delightfully fluid way. The article’s last line posits something of an anti-decluttering mantra — and a redefinition of the overused notion of “hoarding”: Finally people may be embracing the mantra that it’s not hoarding if your shit is awesome.
We think this tweak is even better:
Finally people may be embracing the mantra that…
…it’s not hoarding if YOU THINK your shit is awesome…And you’re living the way you want.
More photos here.