I am looking for more calm in my house. Often I have so many things that I like to decorate with that instead of looking interesting, it just looks chaotic. Not the effect I had in mind. It's hard to pare down. 

What I do is this ::: clear the room, cabinet, closet, etc. completely and then see what I think. Maybe you find you like austere - maybe it needs a little something. But take everything away so you can really see what it looks like at its simplest. Then slowly add a few things.