How To Declutter Your Home

Ways to Declutter Your Home

The idea of living a minimalistic life sounds attractive to many these days and it’s definitely something thats on the rise in popularity. The benefits of owning fewer possessions means you have less to clean, less to organise, less stress, more money and therefore more energy for the things you’re really passionate about due to the amount of time you’ll save not having to clean so much stuff!

However, this is where things could start to get a little stressful, especially if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of. Many people starting out will begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. However, the decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as you might think.

Here are our tips to help you declutter your home…

Give yourself a time limit. By giving yourself a time limit, means you have a clear end in sight. This could be anything from 5 minutes to half an hour. See what you can get done and once you reach your allied time, stop and treat yourself by doing something you love – go for a walk, spend time with friends…etc

A room at a time. As it can sometimes feel very overwhelming when it come to decluttering your home, do it piece by piece, or room by room to make it more manageable.

Fill one trash bag. One great way to declutter is to grab a large rubbish/bin bag and simply fillet up. Pick a room and just go for it! I bet you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can fill it up. Then once its full, either take it to a charity shop or your recycling centre to give your unwanted items a new home.

Try the closet hanger experiment. To identify pieces in your wardrobe to clear out, hang all your clothes together in your wardrobe with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After say, 6 months, you’ll have a clear picture of the clothes you do and don’t wear, making it easy to get rid of the ones still facing in the wrong direction.

Make a list. Create a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop and take a break or stop all together and focus on some thing else. This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

Take the 12-12-12 challenge. The 12-12-12 challenge is a simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home/place. It can be a really fun way to quickly organise a multitude of things in your home.

Experiment with numbers. Pick a number of items to get rid of and see if you can make it happen. For example, say you picked the number 48…this would be the number of items throughout your house to get rid of. However, if 48 seems too little, or too much, adjust it to suit you. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

The Four-Box Method. Buy yourself 4 boxes and line them spout of the way, in a spare room perhaps. One for trash, one to give away (charity), one for keeps and one to relocate (perhaps to give to friends/family or put in anther room more suited).

No matter what you choose to help you get started, whether it’s one of these tips or not, the goal is to take your first step into a clutter free world.

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Art Mistakes Everyone Makes

Art mistakes everyone makes

 

Art is, and probably will forever be, an integral part of decorating and making a home feel more homely, however, most of us have or will make mistakes when it comes to hanging art within our home-decorating lives. To help you avoid making some of these mistakes, here we have listed a few of the most common mistakes people make…

 

Hanging art too high

It’s the most common art hanging mistake, but also the easiest to fix. Make sure you take the time to do it properly, rushing it is when you are most likely to make mistakes when it comes to hanging art. It’s best to do this with at least one other person so they can help you put it in the right place and give you their advice to good positioning. Place your piece of art when you are stained on the floor so you can really see what it will look like from a true perspective. Avoid standing on chairs or other items that lift you higher and distort your perspective until you need to put the nails in the wall.

 

Too matchy-matchy

Your art is the best opportunity to break free from the confines of colour palettes, so don’t get stuck thinking you can only display art that has a mix of the colours that are in the rest of the space. If you are looking for some inspiration to break away from the ‘norm’ take a look at Evolution Fine Art, they have some really beautiful pieces for every style.

 

Not thinking the wall collage through

Only the very lucky can brave their way through eye-balling hanging a wall collage and end up with the best outcome. It doesn’t matter what methods or tricks you use, just use one that will allow you to get the feel of your wall collage plans — experience whether it will come off feeling energetic or calm —before you start banging a bunch of holes in your wall.

 

Not enough variety
It’s called the art gallery effect, and it’s when you hang the exact same type of art on every wall in every room of your home. It’s also known as “boring.” Switch up canvases and framed art. Hang tapestries. Pin up quilts. Find a collection of all farm tools to attach to a wall. The point is, search far and wide for art pieces so it doesn’t end up looking like there should be a wine and cheese table in the corner.

 

Filling every wall up

This can be tough for folks who collect a lot of art, but it’s the kind of restrictions that could lead to lovelier, less hectic spaces. Just because you have walls, this does not mean you need to fill them ALL up with art. It can make a space feel and look very cluttered and actually take away from the pieces you do have. Depending on the space you have, think it through before nailing anything in and maybe think less is more when it comes to wall space.

 

Not hanging things securely or properly

Speaking of crooked artwork, are you only hanging art with one nail, so it’s always tilting out of place? You don’t have to bolt every frame into your walls, but don’t let the excitement of hanging something up get in the way of thoroughly thinking out what kind of hanging tools and hardware your art pieces need to go up securely.

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What’s in Your Rug:Spring Cleaning Edition

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been way too busy for spring cleaning. But as you know, these little tasks we put off today can really accumulate over time, as you’ll see in this eye-opening infographic from Ahdoot Oriental Rugs. So even if spring cleaning isn’t on your upcoming agenda, now is a great time to start planning for a thorough dusting and decluttering session while the experts take care of cleaning your rugs.

 

Ahdoot-Spring-Cleaning-Infographic

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Remodeling Dreams

I have been wanting to do a little remodeling to our bathroom. Nothing major, just maybe some new  bathroom faucets . The ones we have now are just standard faucets and look a little boring. I want something with a polished nickel finish. I really like the Eastham style.
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It’s traditional, yet sleek.  I think it would make a great addition to my bathroom and go well with the silver light figures we have over the sinks.  I’d also like to get a new shower head and tub faucet to match.  Then of course next on the remodeling to do list would be to tile the shower (we just have an insert now) and tile the floors.  I’d also like to add a back splash of tile on the tub. The bathroom also needs repainting. It’s a purple color now and I have no clue what I was thinking when I picked out the color LOL. I’d like something a little more neutral.  I need to find something that will go with the silver fixtures too.  I will be spending sometime looking at ideas online. Then of course after I finish remodeling my bathroom, I need to remodel the main bathroom in the house.  I really would like to get a new tub and shower head. My daughter has her own bathroom and it’s small but it really needs some remodeling also. I don’t think it will cost that much to fix hers up. It just needs new fixtures like the other bathrooms.  It just seems like there’s so much that needs to be done in this house but not enough money to do it. I guess I will just have to focus on one room at a time. It may take awhile but hopefully, I’ll eventually have the house looking the way I want it.

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