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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

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How are you all doing with those New Year’s resolutions now that a week has passed? Personally, I’m still just trying to catch up on work after the holidays. Anyway, I’m sure the gyms and Weight Watchers meetings must be at full capacity but will wane soon. When it comes to resolving issues around the house, ride the resolution wave while you’re still motivated. Here are a few tasks you can easily accomplish.

1) Take that donation box to the Goodwill or thrift store to drop it off. Before you leave, add anything you’ve been saying “I can get $20 for this on eBay” about yet never gotten around to listing and those things you’ve been saving for when you magically lose 20 pounds.

2) Grab a pen and pad, or better yet, your camera phone, and make a list of all the little projects that need doing. Go room to room and make note of every single thing. Look from down to the electric outlets  all the way up to those spider webs on the ceiling.

When you’re done, sit down and organize the tasks into separate lists – a list for the plumber, a list for the electrician, organizing tasks, a list you can DIY , a list of things to buy at the hardware store. Put them in order of importance. Begin with safety issues like buying carbon monoxide detectors, and group things together logistically (what can you tackle with your feather duster with the extension on it such as ceiling corners and ceiling fans? what are all the tasks that require a stepstool?) .  Keep the list on your refrigerator or a bulletin board and check things off throughout 2013 as you accomplish them.

3) Complete one full organizing task at a time, even if you can donate just an hour to it – cleaning out your dresser and ditching the socks that have no partners, cleaning out your bathroom drawers or even just one junk drawer (by the way, you are allowed ONE junk drawer. Just one).  When you have an entire afternoon, tackle a bigger project like the attic, basement or garage.

4) While you’re at it, make a list of fun things you’ve been meaning to do like catch that museum exhibition before it leaves town, calling that friend you haven’t seen in months for lunch, catching up on Pinterest boards or finally getting started watching  Breaking Bad or Homeland. “Accomplishing” these things is a fun reward.

5) Speaking of rewards, make a list of all the things you dream of having in your home that you can’t afford right now, like a new sofa or front-loading washing machine. Open a savings account and save money toward these purchases, even if all you have to deposit right now is your loose change. Having the account and watching it grow will help you reach your goals.

What home resolutions do you have this year? Please let us know in the Comments section!

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Friday, January 13th, 2012

Five Easy Organizing Projects for 2012

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Harummph. Have you lost steam after the initial resolution excitement and are at the point of giving up? Don’t do it! Do a small project that will give you a sense of satisfaction and give you your confidence back! Here are some ideas:

ONE: Instead of saying “I’m going to completely reorganize the 10,000 pictures I have in iPhoto into properly titled albums and make books and cards and upload half of them to Flickr and – and – and –,” grab one box of old-school actual photos and fill one old-fashioned album.

Don’t these beautiful cloth-colored KOLO photo albums make you miss photo albums?

TWO: Instead of tackling that entire closet, tackle one measly drawer, or one simple task like your jewelry. For inspiration, check out Closet Designer to the Stars Lisa Adams’ guest posts. She’s incredible!

This offer is also good for simply sorting out your notecards and other types of cards. I love this cabinet that Lockette has organized in her studio:

photo by Lockette

THREE: Get that Dopp kit or cosmetic bag ready for your next trip. Seriously, is there anything worse than trying to throw that stuff together at the last minute? I always forget my face stuff or my contact case or something else very important. Also, one of the only pleasurable things about a trip to CVS is perusing the travel-size aisle. While you’re at it, clean our your bag and toss all of those ancient hotel conditioners that have 1/2″ left in the bottom, the unraveled Q-Tips and the Advil that escaped the bottle and has stained the inside brown. Better yet, toss the whole thing and get a new bag.

photo: Flowie

photo: Blu Dot

FOUR: As for the office, so maybe you didn’t revamp that filing system and sort every single file, putting every piece of paper in alphabetical then chronological order. Take on a drawer and make sure you have a handy spot for your stapler, your writing utensils, your scissors and your post-its, either in said drawer or in an office organizer.

photo: Vitra

FIVE: Tackle the fridge. I know it isn’t fun or sexy, but it is hygenic, healthy and extremely satisfying when you are done. Wait for the day before you hit the grocery store, so that it will be as empty as possible. Besides, this is a much easier task than tackling the pantry!

photo from bigchill.com

If you’re not psyched to do this, watch an episode of Hoarders. If that doesn’t motivate you, take all the pictures and magnets off your fridge and reorganize those!

Also, I’ve recommended both of these books before, but they really do get your ready to get cracking on projects, I promise:

Unclutter Your Life in One Week! by Erin Doland

The Happy Home Project by Jean Nayar

Let us know if you accomplish any of these, and what other projects you are tackling. I’ll be back next week with five more easy-peasy instant gratification projects!

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Monday, January 2nd, 2012

2012: Resolve to Stay Inspired

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Ugh. I’m old enough to know I’m never going to stick to any hard and fast resolutions, like losing weight or giving up vices, so I’m not going to sit here and tell you how to clean your closet or reorganize your shoes. However, one thing that keeps me inspired to complete some projects around the house is an ant infestation.

Another thing is looking at beautiful pictures of other peoples’ much more clean and organized homes. So here are a few from Flickr. Thanks to everyone who continues to add their pictures to our Fresh New Spaces Group. Whenever I want a nice little escape from whatever I’m working on, I head over there to get my creative juices flowing.

Love this clean white kitchen from Flickr member aindizain. My kitchen island has NEVER looked so good, but maybe after admiring this picture I will make it look like this.

As for the bedroom, it is NOT that hard to make up your bed everyday. If you find that it is, consider sleeping European-style, with only a bottom sheet and duvet with cover. Rooms like this make me want to get out that weird vacuum cleaner attachment and get those bunnies underneath the bed. Image from Flickr member Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc.

Of course, an entryway is the spot where your interior will make it’s first impression, so I like to look at this one with the cool map for inspiration. Posted by Flickr member photo.OP.

Finally, thank you to Danielle over at The Style Files for continuing to collect some of the most beautiful images out there! This living room will help you resolve to have more fun with your décor this year.

If you make one rezzie this year, resolve to stay inspired. When you feel that inspiration waning, seek some out.

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