Here, for the first time, is a new series called "5 Design Tips: Anyone Can & Should Do!" and I couldn't be more thrilled! I'll be breaking down my very favorite tips into five segments.
This series is going to be simple and easily digestible. Throughout the series, I'm always willing to answer any questions regarding this 5-step process. (Not to fret- you won't receive an invoice from me afterward! Pretty awesome, right?)
So, let's get started!
Tip number ONE: Eliminate. Eliminate. Eliminate. And then, let's ELIMINATE some more! (Sounds fun, right?!)
One of the first things I learned in college was 'Less is More'. It's taken me a while to fully understand this statement, but it's absolutely vital to a well designed home. What do I mean by eliminate? Purging those items you have in your house that have no meaning to you. Let's get it out of the home- let them go! Drawing a blank thinking of items to eliminate? Here are some examples:
papers, toys, furniture, piles of stuff on a dresser, etc. Whatever is filling up useful space and making it hard to keep things in order...consider donating it either Goodwill, The Salvation Army, or a meaningful charity such as a battered women's shelter. Think of it as giving these items new life and to someone that might give them great value.
If you have a small room with not a lot of floor space, and furniture or various items taking over- ask yourself what is absolutely necessary. Removing those items will automatically make the room feel bigger. I know this seems obvious. (We all need simple reminders from time-to-time.) Far too often I see a lot of people filling their home with STUFF. It's hard to see the HOME underneath all the 'stuff ' and clutter.
If the concept of eliminating the unnecessary is really hard for you, I recommend reading Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I've been implementing Kondo's strategies in my own life the last few weeks and the weight that has been lifted feels amazing. Our "junk" drawer has stayed clean and organized for weeks!
At a fairly young age, I realized the importance of making my own space beautiful. Our homes should be sanctuaries- a place that fosters learning, growth, love, forgiveness and Godliness. The place we raise our families should be as beautiful as we can make them with our given resources. Within the definition of beauty- ORDERLY, so we can feel more peace and calmness (disorder affects our emotional state). Don't get me wrong, my house gets messy and crazy at times with my two young girls. In fact, at this very moment the kitchen floor is covered in cereal because my youngest is very independent. But, it's just a mess and it can be cleaned!
Simply put- eliminate the clutter so you can create a beautiful, serene space that you enjoy walking into and spending time with those you love.
Here's an example of how eliminating can change the look of a room: