When you see a beautiful picture and you want that for yourself, try using your imagination to eliminate elements from the picture in order to discover what about it excites you. Imagine the walls a different color. Imagine the piece of furniture without anything on it. Imagine how your stuff would look there. Doing this exercise helps you narrow down what exactly you like about the picture. Incorporate only what excites you and nothing else.
I was looking at the Container Store’s website and happened to look at their desks. Their desks were very appealing. They showed them with magazine storage boxes, little sculptures, a pretty wall color behind them, a laptop open on the working surface, and little flat file boxes in coordinated colors arranged on the shelves above. I found these pictures so attractive, that I knew it was important to me to figure out what exactly I liked about them because if I was to go ahead and buy any of those desks, if I was buying the vision and not the product, I would be disappointed if I didn’t end up with a setup that looked just like those pictures. So I used my imagination and pretended that everything on the desks were gone.
Guess what? Looking at those totally bare desks, I could see they were completely boring! If I had only bought a desk, I would be disappointed that it didn’t look like the pictures when I got it put together. If looking at the empty desk was boring, then that meant that I found the stuff on the desk the attractive thing. But this I found to be completely silly. After all, it wasn’t my stuff arranged or organized according to my needs, so if I bought that stuff for myself and merged it what I already had, it wouldn’t look anything like that picture at all. (And I could tell that based on the way I organize stuff, the color-coordinated flat file boxes would be completely useless!)
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