Cottages tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. From things family members left behind to the seemingly millions of towels, it can get messy fast! Lots of open shelving is great for knick knacks and all your framed photographs. Cottages & Bungalows said, "We feel that built-ins are places for storing or displaying cottage memories. I love going into old cottages and looking at what history is being displayed with a built-in shelf." Also, the minimalist style is trending right now, so decorate with just the essentials to keep your cottage neat. Click the link for some photo examples of clutter free cottage designs!