Some people are surrounded by too much.
Some people are surrounded by too little.
While we are all entitled to an opinion, everyone seems to have commentary when it comes to what makes a life and a beautiful home. If you have too many "collections" or too many clothes, you are a hoarder. If you don't have a lot, you are a mad minimalist, picky and deemed obsessive compulsive. Seems like you can't win.
But seriously, who is to say which one is right?
Case in point: CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper has put his (pictured below) renovated Midtown Manhattan co-op condo on the market (he's moving into a firehouse!) Online comments are calling his now-on-the-market streamlined modern home "stiff," "cool," "persnickety," "too orderly," "will never be a hoarder" and "obsessively anal" -- all because he has decided to surround himself with simple functional design?
Cooper may be an example of someone who operates best with fewer visual distractions. And he's taken his minimalist interest to heart and already featured Justin Klosky (a Los Angeles and New York City-based professional organizer and owner of the "O.C.D Experience") on his show. But who is to decide how we are all supposed to live? It's an individual decision. It's about what works for you. And if it doesn't break zoning laws or interfere with others rights, who cares?
image courtesy Salon.com
What do you think? What makes too much stuff? What makes too little? If you are not a collector, does that make you a stiff and boring person?
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