I don’t know about you, but I start each and every day by making my bed and making sure my bedroom is tidied up. We don’t have a desk or a TV in our room. The purpose is to make sure that the bedroom is a calm place for me, a place to rest and restore. Part of creating a calm environment for me was organizing and decorating my house. For the most part, it’s been a fun process. Living in a calm environment is just more enjoyable. And paint is one of the simplest, most cost-effective methods of changing the whole look of any room.
Step 1: Lean out my STUFF.
We had yard sales, posted stuff on Craigslist, gave away stuff as gifts or as donations to places like Goodwill and Miracle Hill. If I hadn’t used it in a year, I got rid of it. And we try to do this at least once a season. In fact, it’s about time to start this process again for us.
Step 2: Organize what’s left.
My primary organization method is baskets. I have a craft basket, a toy basket (for the nephews and niece), and a music basket. Since we don’t have a lot of drawer space in our room, I use cloth baskets/bins in my closet to sort out my socks, workout clothes, sweaters, etc. We de-cluttered each room, closet, and desk. It’s a constant choice to buy things out of necessity instead of desire or just because something’s “on sale” or cute. This goes for clothing, decor, and even food. If we don’t need it, we don’t need it! So, ask yourself, “Do I need this?” Go through drawer by drawer, shelf by shelf. And don’t try to do the whole house in one day. Take one room per week or just 15 minutes each night. Know what you have and have what you need…only!
I’m all about couponing, but if you don’t need 15 boxes of Lucky Charms, give them away (or don’t buy them to begin with). I knew one lady who was so into couponing that her entire guest bathroom and guest bedroom were filled with excess food and household items, “deals” that she couldn’t pass up. In my opinion, she’s missing out on having guests in her home. Get rid of it!
Step 3: Decorate
Choose calm colors, clean lines, and simple accessories. Before you buy another trinket, think “do I really want to dust this each week?” To select colors, check out http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html. Here’s some tips from their site:
Red: Energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination, as well as passion, desire, and love
Brown: stability, masculinity
Orange: energy and happiness, increases oxygen supply to brain, stimulates mental activities (our office is painted orange to increase productivity)
Yellow: sunshine, joy, happiness, warms, increases mental activity, generates muscle energy, may cause babies to cry more
Green: nature, growth, harmony, freshness, healing power, restful, can improve vision (often used in music rooms to relax singers before performances; much of our house is painted in various shades of green)
Olive Green: peace
Blue: sky and sea, depth and stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, decreases metabolism, increases calm (chose this for the kitchen and the guest bedroom and a jade – combo of blue and green – for the master suite)
Purple: stability and energy, power, nobility, luxury, ambition, creativity
White: light, goodness, innocence, cleanliness
Black: power, elegance, formality, death, evil, mystery
Also check out http://www.colormatters.com and http://www.colorvoodoo.com.
Happy Spring Cleaning!