I visited a couple of different friends over the course of last weekend, and was struck by the void of personality either of their homes conveyed. (The two don’t even know each other.)
I’m not implying that this is a bad thing, but you walk into their place, and you see a couch, a table with a lamp, and that’s about it. No artwork adorns the walls, there are no book cases filled with books and topped with interesting (or not) artifacts from their lives, there is no kid art on the refrigerator, etc. Nada. Zip. Zero.
You get the idea.
I am not the hopeless pack rat I used to be, but I still enjoy expressing a little bit of myself in the stuff I have hanging around. Sure, it’s basically useless stuff, but it gives anyone who comes to my door a little insight into the type of person that I am.
So how about you, fellows Dopers? Do you surround yourself with artifacts from your life, artwork, books and other “useless clutter”, or is your home devoid of such distractions?