Update Your Décor, without Breaking the Bank!
After spending the last weekend cleaning my house, I realized how tired I am of the layout. After visiting friends’ homes I always feel they have more space and less clutter; their homes are friendly and inviting with a nice sense of style and smell. It’s depressing to come home to the workweek clutter that has accumulated around every bend and the dusty wall hangings that have been on every wall of every place I’ve ever lived. It’s time for a spruce up, a cheap spruce up!
The first step in your décor update should be the hardest. It won’t be the most fun you’ve ever had, so take your time and put on some good music. You will need to get rid of the clutter that has mysteriously taken over your realm of living. If you’re finished with the magazines, shelve them or donate them to a local library. Get rid of the paperwork that has taken over your kitchen table and that spot your cat likes to sit next to your bed. Put the books on the bookshelf where they belong and take all the weird odds and end off the bookshelf, then toss them or find a better home for them. The number one thing you can do to spruce up is to simplify. Once you get rid of the odd clutter and have a sense of organization again, you will be ready to move onto phase two of the décor upgrade.
Now that the clutter has moved on to a better place and your home is appearing so much more spacious that it inspires you to have sprint races with your cat and do cartwheels, it is time to clean the place up and prepare for phase three. Dust everything and clean your floors. Don’t forget the curtains and blinds. Now that everything is sparkling and shiny, create wall space. You are not 15 anymore (I apologize if you are) so get rid of the black light posters hanging from thumbtacks in your living room. If you have to keep these guys around, frame them with a simple black frame. Try to create a theme in your rooms. If you’re feeling crafty, purchase some fabric and make some new stellar curtains to match your theme.
Rearrange your furniture. Try placing your bed against the opposite wall, or switching your living room around. Place rugs around the house at entrances and put an interesting picture book on your coffee table. Try to use one theme and one main color in each room. Ultimate awesomeness can be achieved by painting the wall or walls a new and refreshing color. This can take a bit of time but friends should be welcome to join. I like adding local art around my home and creating open spaces in each room. It will be more inviting. Fruit racks and flowers add a sense of comfort to kitchens, just as matching bathroom décor adds a feeling of cleanliness to your bathroom. When all else fails, go to yard sales and secondhand furniture stores to chose a completely new look. Refinishing your old pieces can be a fun weekend project.
Remember, less is more.
Stacey Cavalari holds a B.A in Communications and currently writes for Viamedic.com, a safe facilitator for consumers to obtain FDA-approved medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra Online. Stacey uses her communications and research skills to cover health and wellness on the Viamedic.com Blog.
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