Apr 9 2015

How to Declutter Your Home and Keep It Organized

By Jane Blanchard

Do you get the sinking feeling that you are spending way too much time looking for things in your home? Do you think your house is messy or disorganized? There is a way to transform your living quarters so that everything will be in its logical place, and you can start the process by decluttering.

To begin your project, you will need a good supply of bags for items that will go to the trash bin, for those that you will be giving away, for items you need to rearrange or relocate, and still more bags for things you need to put in storage. Apart from your bags, make sure you are able to allocate enough time for your project by creating a daily and weekly work schedule.

Learn to say goodbye

Traditional Home Office by Birmingham Interior Designers & Decorators AMW Design Studio


Go through each room in your house and throw away things that need to go to the trash bin. To make the process less overwhelming, do your trash rounds per room instead of going through the whole house all at once. Take a big trash bag and pick up all the things that you no longer have use for. Once that bag is full, tie it up, throw it away, and don’t look back.

Getting rid of stuff can sometimes be so agonizing it is often referred to as purging. However, it is a necessary step if you want to see order in your home. Your reward: shelves and closets that are no longer messy and overstuffed.

Transitional Home Office by Virginia Beach Kitchen & Bath Fixtures Hudson’s Luxury Building Boutique

Decide how much space you really have

Determining where you will put your things and seeing how much space you really have can help you see what you can keep and what you need to discard. Let the amount of space you have determine the number and the size of the items you will accumulate. If you keep your space limitations in mind, being selective will be easier for you, and you won’t end up with too much stuff.

Traditional Bathroom by Mooresville Building Supplies Lowe’s Home Improvement

Divide your decluttering into manageable work segments


Don’t try to clean up your whole house at once. If you do, there is a strong possibility that you won’t do a thorough job, and this will probably leave enough unfinished business for clutter to start all over again. Instead of doing an ambitious massive overhaul, think about working on one room at a time. Spend 15 to 30 minutes a day on that room and give it two hours on a weekend. When it’s done, move on to the next room.

While you are working on a specific room, don’t allow yourself to take “a few minutes” to go to another room so you can arrange a vase or a book you found. If you find anything that belongs to a room other than the one you are working on, put it in your relocate/rearrange bag. This kind of discipline will allow you to get a solid chunk of work done.

Transitional Kids by Eden Prairie Artists & Artisans Wind and Willow Home

Allow everyone to actively participate


You have a better chance of keeping clutter out of your house if everyone is on board when you begin the project. This means everyone has to agree that some stuff will have to go. It also means allowing people to decide where they will put their shoes, their bags, and all the other things that always seem to lie around in disarray. Maybe kids will want huge tubs to put toys in, and some people in the house will want some place to just plop the things from their pockets. Ask everyone for solutions to the clutter problems they contribute to.

Think labels, colors, and systems

Kitchen by Encinitas Closet & Home Storage Designers Neat Method San Diego

Once you’ve gotten rid of the trash and given away the things you should, you can buckle down to getting things really organized. Label boxes and containers so you won’t find it difficult to find things later – especially if you are storing clothing you won’t be using till next season. You might want to color code your boxes to make it even easier to identify which boxes hold kitchen goods, spare linen, Christmas décor, or Halloween costumes.

When you rearrange things, don’t forget to provide easy access for items that are used most often. If your closets are deep, put these often-used items in a box or tray so that behind this box you can put another one for seldom used goods.

Finally, remember that it took more than a day or a week for your house to accumulate the clutter you see today. Relax, keep at it, and be confident that you will get it all straightened out and organized – one room at a time.

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Apr 21 2014

Rustic Design and Furniture

Rustic: (ru.steek) adj. A blend of modern and rustic industrial design.

That pretty much sums up the style of this amazing furniture. Built by Justin of Red Rooster Trading Company this furniture is heirloom quality and will be that piece you can’t stop admiring. Visit www.redroostertradingcompany.com and check out their line of furniture. They also love to build custom. Scroll below for more images.

Rustic Industrial Wine Bar: Using a salvaged metal frame with awesome!! casters, hand.antiqued mirror and vintage hardware using century old barnwood.

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Dec 19 2013

Pop! Goes the Color Weasel


Image source: Stellan Herner for Swedish ELLE Decor
Jonathon Ensor is a freelance design blogger writing on behalf of Empire Today. He thinks there needs to be a hip-hop song lyric featuring the rhyming of “puce” and “chartreuse”.

Lately, I’ve been feeling trapped by creams, taupes and oatmeals. Neutrals are timeless for a reason – they’re easy and elegant backdrops for getting creative. But when I noticed my living room was the same color scheme as my dentist’s waiting room…some flags went off in my brain and they were crimson, not ecru. › Continue reading

Oct 25 2013

Guest Post from the Arcadian Home blog

Typography Decor

Hello, all! It’s Mari here with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It’s a fantastic place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from beautiful contemporary floor lamps to wonderful cozy rugs for the floor.

As you can see Britta burrus design is all about letters that come together to form words to showcase their clients’ services and/or products. Since we live in a world of interiors, we wanted to share some beautiful and interesting ways letters and words–typography can be used in interior design. Here are eight of our favorites. Please enjoy!

~ Mari

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Jun 22 2013

Interior Design Defined & Re-Defined

Sometimes you have to take some time away from the daily grind and do something you love! I love love to design and make things beautiful whether it is a website, logo, wedding invitations or in and around my home. There are a lot of things I love, but today I am focusing on interior design. I think it takes years to make a home your home. We have lived in Biblegrove for 7 years in July. We are still making this home our home. Along the lines of Interior Design we have remodeled bathrooms, painted walls & then repainted, built furniture & signs, hunted {or haunted works too ;)} auctions, junk shops & antique stores, made memories {some great, some not so great}… and we still have some unfinished projects. But we have come a long way baby! We have also had a lot of help along the way.

This is the definition of Interior Design from dictionary.com

Interior Design: noun
1.the design and coordination of the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features.
2.the art, business, or profession of executing this.

I think that kind of sums it up. But it sounds too stuffy. Interior Design to me is surrounding yourself with things you love, from the images I share you will probably get a good feel for the things that I & Justin love. I am very thankful to have a husband that has amazing taste and can build me anything we can dream up. › Continue reading