As you can see it is very open......VERY OPEN. So we do keep things picked up....at least in this area. But no matter what we do, we can't keep the Dust Bunnies out of here. They love the wide, open spaces in which to fly around. After 9 years in this house, I am finally used to the openness....but I will never get used to the lack of wallspace on which to hang things. As you can tell, I finally started hanging things on the columns.