First, I just invented the word Spacelift. It's like a facelift for your space and may be our new hashtag so send feedback STAT. Second, who doesn't want to primp their space, especially in advance of peak holiday materialism?
Step one for giving your place that needed spacelift is GET RID OF CRAP. Many are familiar with my anti-hoarding/heartless tendencies to get rid of stuff I don't need or use. I've always had such tendencies but Mari Kondo made my heart sing and now I stay up late to purge stuff without judgement from those I live with. (Note this is a test to see if my husband actually reads my blog).
It's nearly impossible to style your space without first removing what's not needed. This is why newly designed places photograph so well: there's no superfluous clutter and seeing that kind of space is instantly satisfying and aspirational. Imagine living in that every day.... BLISS.
To be clear, I'm defining "extra stuff" as items that you don't love, need, and/or use. These include extra office supplies, ugly coffee books that you'll never read, 5 wine openers (you only need 1), and home accessories that annoy you when you see them. All of these can easily be put into a little box titled "GARBAGE". OR, donate them. DO NOT put them into your storage closet. [As a small aside, jam-packed storage closets are my pet peeve and nothing in them is accessible or really on anyone's A List so they may as well be cleared out. Christmas ornaments and other seasonal décor are the exception.]
On a related note, kids are varsity hoarders but here's an article that may just be the justification you need to steer them in a different direction that promotes cognitive growth and keeps their (and your) space well designed. For kid artwork and school projects, I'm a supporter of the Hall of Fame approach that The Home Edit describes well: I pick a few favorites from each school year and are representative of what was done, then put them into a labeled Stockholm Box. Keeping everything isn't sustainable and will likely result in a massive angry purge one day by you, your children, or confused decedents, so you may as well tailor it in a structured way. Relatedly, maybe a post on displaying kids artwork is in my future, so stay tuned for that.
And on a final note, I'm not advocating for displaying EVERYTHING you love all at once. It's OK and encouraged to keep a few items you love in a cupboard and rotate them around your home whenever you're in the mood for a change. But when you keep passing up the opportunity to actually use or display something, it's probably time to give it a new home. And of course, there are always SOME items you may feel badly getting rid of, but is keeping them hidden actually making the situation better? Probably not. Having stuff in your home that you truly enjoy and use is the first major step in making your space better and making your day, energy and life more positive.
#SPACELIFT for the win.