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After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.
So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?
First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isn’t important. What is important is that you do it every day.
Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who don’t have one yet.
And if you can’t think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.
Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when you’re done using this “station” of your home.
Practice not being “lazy”. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you're done reading them.
If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!
Decluttering isn’t a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.
Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.
And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what you’re allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself why.
After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.
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Having to stare at a wall with old posters or the same old painting isn't interesting at all. An great way to add character, a splash of color and sophistication to your home is to hang different and new pieces of art on your walls.
Here are some ways to pick out art for your home:
Be mindful of the colors
If the artwork is for your bedroom, you should go for cool colors that will absorb light and invoke a relaxing mode. However, for areas that need a more inviting atmosphere like the living room, warm colors like orange and red will be lovely.
Simplicity or sophistication?
Artwork for your room should be as simple as possible with relatable details. But, it is also acceptable to hang sophisticated works in your home. For art lovers that have a preference for a particular style or genre, do not ignore your home's color scheme completely to satisfy your art craving.
What is the room design scheme?
Before bringing in your excellent piece(s), take out some time to consider the size, atmosphere, and lighting of the room. Art in dark colors might not be best suited for a dark room. And you don't want a large frame taking up all the space that you can use for other purposes.
Consider your likes
This is the ultimate deciding factor. Some people love murals, others prefer sculptures. Apart from the type of art, the content matters as well. Not everyone would like to have a gory scene in their bedroom, but there are those who wouldn't mind. So, before hitting the antique store or art gallery, carefully consider your values and likes, and determine if the art you choose will appeal to your personality first then add to the beauty of your home.
Decide the type of art you prefer
Like I mentioned above, some people love murals while others prefer sculptures. It's common to find landscape portraits and framed photographs in homes, but determining your taste will help in choosing the best type of art for you. There's a wealth of options to choose from here - from pictures and paintings, to mini sculptures, or even drapes with artistic designs. You can also go modern by using 3D wallpapers that depict different scenes that you choose yourself.
Consider the color pattern of the room
Take note of the colors of the most visible things in the room; carpets, bedspreads, couch, etc. Doing this will help you choose an artwork with shade(s) that contrast with those present in the room already. It will also help to ensure the colors are not screaming out in disagreement.
Make sure you talk to your real estate agent about the art in your home before having potential buyers over.
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