The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Kitchen or Dining Room

updated Feb 16, 2020
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I talk to people about their homes quite a lot (it comes with the territory of being an Apartment Therapy editor), and the thing most people tell me they want to work on is decluttering and getting organized.

But here’s the thing about clutter: It always comes back. Decluttering is never going to be something you can check off a list and say “I’m done forever and now my home is perfect!” Tidying is still good and important, but it just doesn’t have a permanent impact. It’s something you have to constantly work on, and build good habits and useful storage foundations.

But you know what does pay long-lasting dividends in making your home a happier place to be? Hanging just one piece of artwork that makes you smile.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Your Assignment: Find and frame some art you love.

Find something you’d like to display in your home, then get it framed and hung up.

The art you choose is totally up to you — the only qualification is that it should be something that will make you happy. It can be a piece you’ve had a loved for a while, but have put off the actual hang-it-up part until now. Or it can be something you acquire brand new for this assignment, like a print from an illustrator you love, a treasured object like a recipe or a menu from a special-to-you restaurant.

Once you’ve found your art, the next part is to take whatever steps you need to get it hung up. If you want a frame, measure the piece and find or order a suitable frame. If you like the non-framed look, or just want to check this task off the list as soon as possible, there are plenty of solutions for hanging unframed art in just minutes using stuff you already have at home.

If you’re the type of decorator who starts frames-first, and you have empty frames on the wall waiting for artwork, feel free to turn the order of this task around.

This is just about surrounding yourself with things that make you happy, and making your four walls feel like home.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: The Most Effective Thing You Can Do For Your Home Has Nothing to Do With Decluttering