Some people say spring is the time to clean but I like to start off the new year with a home purge. While putting away all the holiday decorations its always a good time to sift through broken ornaments, beat up garland and outdated trinkets. Then when I am in the process of putting back all my regular home accessories its nice to rearrange furniture and change things up. So don’t be afraid to completely move your furniture and say good bye to last years dust bunnies all while giving your room a whole new feel. Move the sofa on an angle, swap walls for the tv, move accessories from one room to another. Homes that feel stagnant now can easily be fluffed and rearranged to bring new life without having to spend a lot of money.
This is also a great time to make a home to do list, going room by room and making a list of all the little projects. It may seem overwhelming at first but if you break down each room into small projects and designate a time on your calendar for each one, before you know it your home will be looking and feeling great.
Here’s an example of some of my home to do’s this year:
1. Go through each closet and purge, purchase organizing containers, new hangers, and storage bins
2. Purchase new bakeware and throw out old cookie sheets and utensils no one uses
3. Get new office supplies and great colored organizers for mail, bills, and kids activities
4. Replace any old plastic blinds with broken strings
5. Get new throw pillows for sofa
6. New bathroom towels and accent rugs
7. Put new knobs on kitchen cabinets for updated look
8. Go through all medicine and bathroom vanities and replace for upcoming cold and flu season
9. Clean out pantry and get fun clear jars to put oatmeal, pasta, and beans in
10. Save up for new bedroom furniture
11. Paint hallway and entry for a fresh new welcoming feeling
So don’t let the winter season get you down, use this “inside” time as a way of getting rid of the old and getting ready and prepped for the new! This year is going to be full of great design so lets make this your first step.
I don’t know about you but I love the holidays. Decorating the home, seeing my kids faces as the whole house lights up with glitter and whimsy. It makes you think why can’t I make my home feel and look this special all year long. I think we feel that we can only get away with using fun accessories that have some bling and personality around the holidays but in fact there are so many fun ways to keep your home gleaming all year long.
Take for instance greenery and foliage, many of us put up sprays of evergreens and green wreaths for the holidays but you don’t have to strip away all of that wonderful earthiness once the holidays are over, there are fabulous wreaths made from succulents that last for years that give fantastic texture and color. The living wall planters that I personally am obsessed with are a fantastic way to have fresh herbs inside as well as out and make a great focal point. Ficus trees and other large plants can be decked out with twinkle lights for the holidays but still look special all year long.
Fun pillows with bows, ribbons, and other adornments shouldn’t be left out the other 11 months of the year, changing out pillows is a inexpensive and fun way to completely change the look of a seating area. There are so many online and retail sources for exciting and unique pillows so bling, decorate, and add whimsy all year long.
Missing the twinkle lights of the holiday season, adding candles or the battery powered ones throughout the home give a warm glow. I personally burn yummy scented candles all year long. My personal favorites are cinnamon spice, pumpkin, and ocean breeze, but you can choose whatever strikes your fancy.
Accessories are so easy to change out an manipulate and its a great way to give your home a quick makeover when the seasons change. Keeping a storage closet lined with shelves that will allow for easy change outs keeps things at arms reach so you are more inclined to switch items out. You don’t need to completely re-do your home as often as you think if you keep the holiday mentality of constantly adding accessories that delight the eye and add some fun so go grab some cool accessories this holiday season why the sales are hot and start building that accessory closet.
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I had such a great time recently when I visited Furniture Market in High Point NC. It is always such a treat to see what’s new, what the current trends are, and to mingle with like minded design fanatics! It was a great time and if you ever get the opportunity to visit you must. […]