I came across this article by Mikael Cho of Ooomf via Lifehacker: How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It) It explains in some depth why ridding yourself of things—both virtual and physical—can cause you pain. It's worth a look for some extra help on how to de-clutter.
We've all seen them — television shows dedicated to exposing the horror of hording, uncovering out-of-control "crazies" whose apparent love-of-stuff has reached the tipping point. But these exposés rarely delve into the why's of this behaviour, the psychology behind the desire or need to accumulate material possessions beyond what most of us would consider a "normal" level of comfort and security.
Sanctuary is one of the basic joys of small spaces. A coziness and human scale that brings us back to reading by flashlight under the bedsheets or building "forts" in the bush. And so, too, for me, do all the odd cubbyholes and spaces often found in quirky older houses. But in a modern, minimalist decor, as well as making us feel cozy, built-ins also serve the very practical purposes of making the best use of limited space and of keeping clutter under control.
Polished concrete floors are one of the standard features of a Smallworks' home. Have a look at some photos and read about the benefits.