Go bigger and keep it simple: Some people feel the need to fill up the entire space. But often all those little knick-knacks and bric-a-brac turn out looking cluttered and collect dust. Not having to dust each little piece is a reward in itself. Go bigger and more simple with larger vases, bigger candles, and simple designs. The simplistic look will avoid clutter and make dusting easier.
Not all shelving is meant to be designed as corner shelving. It would be impractical for a book case to be made in the corner shelving design, because there would be valuable shelf space that could not be used to store books because of the angle of the back side of the shelves. A china cabinet or hutch would pose the same design problem.
As you are emptying your shelves be honest with yourself. What do you really need to keep? Can you make a donation or yard sale box of books that you will truly never look at again?
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