Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet. When it comes to shades like violets and purples in home decor; you'll either love it or you'll never warm up to them. A reason for this is that violet and its related shades are not quite common and are pretty dramatic, especially in interior design. When designers do use violet, they do so subtly in patterns on fabrics, cushioning, flowing velvet drapes or as single purple chair in a living room. While many may think a deep violet is melancholy, it can also be playful in its references to science and space travel. For example, pair ultra violet with metallic to elicit a whimsical and celestial atmosphere. To show just how versatile and protean ultra violet is, let's take a look at how the color purple and its varying hues has been used to decorate some of the most beautiful rental homes around the world!
1. PARIS, FRANCE - Rue Paul Valéry, Paris
It is true that many of the homes in Paris have retained their centuries old character but even then, the homeowners have found a way to add in colored furniture and sparing touches to add in personality and a modern take for chic living.
2. PARIS - Boulevard Raspail IV, Quartier Latin, Left Bank –
Modernize your classics by adding a touch of violet in your living space for a trivialize yet elegant and sophisticated touch.
Ultra violet is not only made to be used in main rooms of the house but also children's rooms! It's a modern trend and trust me when I tell you that your lovely kids will love this shade in their playrooms.
4. ROME, ITALY - Via della Scala, Trastevere-Gianicolo, Rome
As you can see from here, Ultra Violet furnitures can actually make a really huge statement! Especially when you fins a rug that is in a similar shade that will perfectly compliment everything.
5. ROME - Via dei Volsci, Monti-San Lorenzo, Rome
This is a quote by Eleonora Valle who says: 'Italy has produced some of the world's most accomplished creatives, and our homes in this region take care in celebrating the work of artist's past and present. Whether that's in an oil painting or a quirky take on garden steps, in Rome ultra violet is a color medium for artistic expression.'
6. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London
The matching of the plush sofa and the majestic chandelier in differing grades of the colour purple works so perfectly well in this quaint English home.
7. LONDON - Park Walk IV, Chelsea, London
The color Ultra Violet is so daringly used here to cover the walls in this narrow dining hall which is beautifully complemented with gold accents for a whole regal look.
8. LONDON - Priory Road, West Hampstead, London
A bold, velvet couch is the perfect statement piece for a home in the middle of an incredibly social and fashionable city like London where stylish meets comfort.
9. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - Park Avenue Mansion, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The quirky color combination of dark green and violet works perfectly in a lounge that is full of character for the bold and audacious!
10. NEW YORK - Finn Place II, Tribeca, New York
What a better way to stand out than to add a dramatic flare by using unusual colored tiles for your lovely bathroom while also incorporating an intricate design? A bathroom, which in most cases is left stark and white, can be instantly sublimed with a bold tile and color accents!
Raise your hand if your bedside table is actually your dumping ground for whatever things that you have on your hand when you get ready for bed. Well, more often than not we take for granted just how necessary it is. Your bedside table should really be an aesthetic decor for the eyes as it’s one of the first things you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before hitting the sack at night! Show some love towards it and transform your bedside table into a reflection of your personal classy, chic and elegant or even quirky style, giving it the attention it so rightfully deserves. Trust me, it makes a difference to how you start your morning and you'll be happier about it.
Most rooms already have a colour scheme or a specific look to follow e.g. contemporary, rustic, vibrant. Plan out what kind you’re going for, what sets your mood, what theme you’d like and vibe you want to project and from there, create.
Tables come in many forms so pick wisely based on your needs. Sometimes you may need extra storage space so an ideal table would be one with drawers or space that allows you to store items like your favourite books, pens and notebooks to write down last minute ideas, snacks although snacking in the middle of the night is never ideal but sometimes you just get hungry! Either way, make sure you check the sizing to suit the look you want for the room and for yourself!
A lot of people, including me like having a night lamp (I love those weirdly shaped ones which intrigued me) for when I want to finish reading or jotting down last minute ideas and dreams that I want to remember when I wake up in the middle of the night while still in bed. Here's when a bedside table comes in handy as we're half blind in the dark anyways. Gone are the days of lamps being just you know, functional and bland, they now come with fashion and flair. From different colors and designs, there's tons to pick from.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Travel back to basics and try not to overdo the entire set up for the beside table. The idea is to keep it minimalistic, chic and still serve its purpose as a space to keep your bedtime necessities. A cluttered table is never ideal and never let's be honest, aesthetic, so arrange your items to create a more neat and simple look.
There's always a few must have items by your bedside that calms you or help make life easier for you. For me, it's always my really loud alarm clock so that I won't snooze it and drift back into dreamland, a bottle of water in case I get thirsty in the middle of the night and a selected indoor plant to bring in some fresh air.
The actual best part of decorating anything at all is being able to add my own personal touch, making the space my very own! In this case, scented candles and fresh flowers are a great way to add fragrance as well as fill up the space with something beautiful to look at. If that's too feminine for you, step it up a notch by adding a sculpture or artwork that inspires you to be productive every morning when you wake up. Either way, the goal is to create a look that you'd love waking up to and feast your eyes on.
There’s a lot of talk going on in the flooring industry right now and you and I both know that tile is where it all begins as it has always been a huge part of the interior design world.
There's not only tons of modern, chic tile trends to choose from, but tile itself is trending in a big way. The best way you do it is to choose something well-made and stylish that will stay in style for the lifetime of your floor. Here's just a few of my favorite floor home tile trends that I wanted to share with you all!
The chevron pattern is a fabulous yet bold pattern that has a significant upshot on any room. It is very much like a herringbone pattern which is like a zig-zag of v’s on the floor. The pattern is almost mesmerizing in appearance and gives off a retro vibe too! Even with its bold and daring design, it'll fit right inside the most serene of homes.
And you're probably aware, it is not approved to install wood flooring in wet and warm areas as it can damage the material and ruin your floor. So by using the chevron effect tiles you can be right on trend to imitate or create a wood effect for your interior and sleep easier at night having the knowledge that your floor isn’t going to expand or become warped one day when you wake up!
Now you've known about matte colored cars, matte phones and even matte lipsticks but here's the new thing: matte tiles! These tiles shows sophistication, modernism, and keeps the dirt hidden - an all round winner.
Matte tiles also provides great grip and traction and blend in really well with the increasingly popular industrial trend. They’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms and are the perfect combination if you’re looking to create the traditional/rustic infused with a splash of contemporary appearance within a room.
The tile nominated for the most classy, timeless, and elegant look award. Natural marble is soft and porous, susceptible to rings and challenging to keep clean. That’s the reason so many homeowners and interior designers choose tile for their floorings instead of natural marble.
Marble tiles have a great way of allowing light to bounce around a room, almost like a mirror effect. This is basically the reason why they’re so customarily used in bathrooms as they make the space seem bigger and lighter than it is!
This is definitely my favorite type of tile and if I ever want to remodel my flooring, you can bet that patterned tiles are gonna be my absolute go-to tile! Patterned tiles have gone from strong to strongest in adding substance and color to the floor in a room. With an endless amount of patterns and designs available you are given total free reign when it comes to making a room your own. But just what is the right way to do it without it being “too much”?
To be honest, I really don't think there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to patterned floors. Making a statement and showing off your personality with your home decor is all the rage and it definitely shows the real you! One of the best ideas I've ever gotten with utilizing patterned floors is to install them right at the front door area of your house. That way it will surely be the first focal point for your guests and it'll up the wow factor.
So you just got yourself a fresh bouquet of gorgeous flower arrangement from the farmer's market, only to come home and place it in a vase that doesn't do it justice at all! While it's fun to pair, mix and match different types and colors of blooms to suit your taste and liking, the real deal come from the vases and containers that the bouquets will be living in. I've recently read up on how certain blooms pair best with certain vases (safe to say that I've experienced the struggle too) and here's the matches that works best together! So the next time you take home one, you'll know precisely the perfect way to showcase it.
A mason jar is a simple and quirky way to showcase the bold and cheerful sunflower! Plus you can even decorate your mason jars beforehand for a flair of creativity!
If you're a sunflower lover, you'll know that actual sunflowers are known to grow up to 12 feet tall! So using a tall vase not only shows how stunning they are but also ensures that they won't topple over.
These containers give it the perfect rusty feel which pairs nicely with the carefree, laid back sunflower. If you're looking for farmhouse cottage vibes then this pairing is definitely for you!
Fit and Flare
The fit and flare is the best vase to stylishly show off a slightly fuller rose bouquet. Works best with different coloured roses!
Roses are definitely statement flowers, so pair it with elegant shapes like the trumpet to up the luxe and wow factor.
Nothing shows off the timeless grace of roses more than an old fashioned vintage vase that you've uncovered from the basement.
Carnations are perfect for a small bubble bowl for its short and sturdy stems that can be cut to any length without harming them!
There's only one lone carnation here but a short vase actually adds more control to a larger bouquet of carnations.
Vintage Patterned Vases
It's a quirky match of the retro carnations with a beautifully patterned vase.
The square vase is the perfect vase for lilies to blossom into a full bouquet that is sure to intrigued your guests.
Tall Slender Vase
Lilies are known to require fresh water daily and a tall and slender vase allows for easy refills and less spillage.
For those of you who prefers or have a smaller bouquet, this vase is perfect and looks super cute for the full blooms!
A tall square vase will show off the elegant stems of your fresh orchids!
Oval Round Vase
The rounded shape at the bottom of the vase encourages the elegant curve of an orchid stem.
By placing these stunning flowers inside a small, slim vase, the flowers do all the talking!
What do you do if you're a pet lover but also want your home to be a greenhouse because of your love for plants? Are you afraid that choosing the wrong plant will create toxic vibes for your furry friends? Or worse, get them sent straight to the ER?
Well fret not for all it needs is just a lil' bit of know-how and label-reading to give you an idea on which plants are safe for your furry friends. And the best thing of all, these plants look so chic they fit right into your stylish home!
Staghorn Ferns are large, bifurcated fronds that shoot out dramatically from the center of the plant and it really is an amazing vegan alternative if you're not the type to hang innocent dead animals up on your walls. These fuzzy ferns look best mounted on wooden boards finished with vintage burlap to give it a rustic, farmhouse feel. Or just put it in a quirky pot for an au naturel vibe! They’re neat and are completely safe for pets and are absolutely stunning. They also like high humidity and medium light, and not direct sunlight and caring for them is just a simple misting 1-2 times a week or if it's in a pot, water it once a week.
Don't worry, just because it's called a spider plant doesn't mean it's going to turn into a big hairy spider at night and crawl into your bed! This foliage with long, spiky leaves just demands to be noticed. Think dramatic but without overdoing it. More mature spider plants have small white flowers that looks super cute. If you want your spider plant to thrive, give them access to bright light and water them generously through summer. Just make sure you dry them out between waterings. The spider plant’s ability to produce dangling ‘plantlets’ also makes it ideal for hanging baskets. Plus points: your pets can actually play with its "dangly fingers" when they run out of squeaky toys!
These are definitely one of my all time favorite! These colorful, tufty little buddies just look so bright and cheerful for the soul. They might look spiky but they actually work pretty well as scratching posts for those itchy paws! They’re super cute, and look best when they're paired up with other pet safe succulents or grouped together. Basic care is pretty, well, basic so they're probably going to be the easiest plant you'll ever take care of. Let dry out completely and water once or twice a week. Remember, these usually live in a desert so they are pretty hydrated.
Lemon Button Fern
Also known as the Fishbone Fern, with its delicate arching stems lines with tiny leaves and button-like foliage, the Lemon Button Fern is the perfect accent piece for a shelf or tabletop. It is also said to smell slightly lemony when you crush the leaves hence the name. This dainty, yet eye-catching plant makes it an ideal houseplant as it does not appreciate direct light and it's also super pet friendly! Best to keep the soil moist without over-saturating the plant.
Surely all you ever wanted to do is to add some tropical greenery into your interior, but obviously a quick internet search attempt reveals that your tropical plant of choice is malignant to your furry family members. Well search no more for the tall, lanky Areca Palm is a safe option and makes the chicest houseplant ever. Notable for its air-purifying effects, it is relatively easy to care for. Just try not to over-water the plant, but it’s a good idea to hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to feel a tad bit dry.
Areca is the kind of plant you can flaunt with joy in a big pot such as a colorful patterned one for a fun effect or a metallic one for that modern look. Talk about an instant focal point for the room, one your guests will surely marvel at!
When you think about coastal, sea and beach inspired home decorations, it all leads back to the sunshine, sand, boats, nautical flags, sea shells and more. Beach inspired decorations always look so refreshing, relaxing and calm whether for your home or even party and wedding decorations!
But truth to be told, not all of us own a beach house and most of us aren't even lucky enough to live near a beach. So how do we incorporate some serious coastal vibe into our home without feeling out of place? Well, here comes the existence of wall arts! Below are a few of my favorite picks of photographs, prints, and paintings for all of you ocean lovers that would definitely bring a little coastal charm to our home wherever they are.
1. 'Calm Waters' by Karolis Janulis
This framed shot by Karolis Janulis features vivid tones and supple artistry.
2. Slim Aarons "Deck Dwellers"
April 1967—A general view looking down on sunbathers on the deck of a yacht, off the coast of the Bahamas. The image has been taken from a vantage point on the mast of the yacht.
4. 'Pacific Coast Highway' by Denise Wong
This abstract landscape piece features a painterly rendering of the Pacific Coast Highway, the famed stretch of road that runs along the California coast with the notion of taking the scenic route by a nature-inspired, bird's-eye perspective.
Steel yourself, neutral beige and ultra purple, there's a new hue coming to town and I think you know who! If you have seen the Pinterest 100 list, the prediction of trends that are going to be a huge fad in 2018 based on what people are pinning on their boards then you would know that our next best friend, sage is about the have a momentous jiffy.
There's been over a 100% increase in pinned saves for the color "sage" not even including the decors — and it's easy to see why. This grey-ish green hue is a soft, gentle, kind to the eyes color that's easy to decorate with, but doesn't divagate into boring or unsurprising region, thus why it's dubbed a new contemporary neutral.
Paint the walls of your living room with the soft hue and wait for the compliments to pour in! As you can see, sage is also the perfect pop of color that blends effortlessly in a mid-century home with modern decor just like this room with stark colors and neutral furnishings and also a light wash, natural wood finish.
The possibilities of incorporating this color into your kitchen are endless! And I couldn't imagine a more serene backslash for your kitchen.
If painting your whole kitchen feels like overkill, then make your cabinets and island function as neutrals and make them the center of attention!
For a more creative and quirky flair, you can opt for a splash of matte sage on your bathtub! Especially for those who are not yet ready to commit to a whole wall.
Even if you're not into wall painting, you can also add sage colored gloss tiles for a mellow relaxed space.
And this bedroom just proves how versatile sage can be! It totally harmonize and complements just about anything including wood, contemporary patterns and even metallic finishes.
Feel like going all bold and all sage? Well then paint all of your walls and cabinets different shades of sage to add dimension to your monochrome green palette!
Indoor plants is totally an essential element of every interior furnishing. Green flora and fauna enhances and brightens up indoor spaces and are known to have mood-boosting qualities.
Indoor plants are popular choices because they are honestly really quite easy to take care of, provide health benefits, clean fresh air and can also be used in a variety of indoor décor themes, or if you're looking to have a little celebration or fun for your friendy without splurging on overpriced decorative theme pieces! Indoor plants are a significant alternative for those who have a tiny yard space for an outdoor garden or for those who live in climates with brutally cold winters.
So, if you’re caring for indoor plants for the first time or thinking of getting a few to freshen up your home space, then this quintessential guide will totally provide you with the mandatory enlightenment to allow your beautiful green friends to flourish and thrive!
What exactly are indoor plants?
Indoor plants are plants that grow indoors. There are a variety of tropical plants, like palms and ferns, that thrive in indoor environments.Fill up your home with all these stress friendly foliage!
How do you plant indoor plants?
Generally, indoor plants already come in containers and cute mini pots, so there really is no need to plant them. There are typically only one reason you need to plant an indoor plant which is when your plant is getting too big and needs a new comfortable home. Here's a guide to replant it into a larger container.
What qualities make for a good indoor plant?
There are a number of qualities to look for when choosing the ideal indoor plant.
- A good root system – This is incredibly important when picking out a plant. Of course it’s not practical to pull a plant out of its home to check its roots but if it is a small plant, this can be done. Healthy roots should be thick and light in colour.
- Foliage - Here’s a good rule of thumb when it comes to plant’s greenery: if you can’t see through it, the foliage is definitely thick and healthy enough.
- Check for disease – Some signs plants with pests or contagions are: sticky residue, white spots on the leaves and a bad odour.
What are the easiest indoor plants to take care of?
Here is a list of indoor plants that are super easy to take care of:
- Arrowhead Vine
- Snake Plant
Which plants are considered indoor plants?
Plants that require a low amount of light and water to thrive are typically known as indoor plants. These plants are examples of common indoor plants:
How do you care for indoor plants?
Here are some tips and heads up that will help you give the maximum care for your indoor plants:
- Keep the potting soil moist- It’s important to make sure the soil is not too wet nor too dry but just nice to act as a comfy home for your plants.
- Make sure the plant pot has drainage holes in the bottom of the pot so that your plants do not drown and suffocate.
- Place your plant near a light source, as indoor plants do need a tiny amount of light be it natural or artificial.
- Determine the species of plant you have so you can more accurately care for it.
What are some of the typical reasons indoor plants die?
Some of the most common reasons plants whither away are:
- Watering the wrong way; Most “brown thumbs” call it bad luck when a houseplant dies so suddenly from being dry. But it’s that they're watering the plants wrong. They buy a plant looking pretty and lush, pay it lots of attention and give it a sprinkle of water every day. And when the novelty wears off, they water the plant less. The poor plants adjust to the sudden drought by shedding leaves, but their caretakers assume they’re dying and throw them out. If potting soil gets bone-dry, water will pass through without soaking in, and plant-keepers see the drainage and assume the soil is saturated when the opposite is true.
- Light Levels (either not enough light or too much light)
How do indoor plants affect people’s mood?
People are always surprised when I tell them how beneficial indoor plants are. Not only do plants clean the air and give you new, clean, fresh air, but they also reduce noise levels and stress in the workplace! If you want to learn more on how plants can affect people's mood, just click here!
It is always a bouquet of lovely blooming flowers that makes any space instantly more tasteful. Whether it's a romantic bursting bundle of hues or a simple, low arrangement that allows conversation on a candlelit table, they add a touch of timeless natural beauty.
So while the past years have brought us a never-ending stream of airy ethereal arrangements where fairies seem to live in, soft greenery, it definitely seems like the 2018 flower arrangement trends are all about a return in a loud bang filled with boldness and seductiveness. This year, we will all be obsessing over flowers that bring out the fire from within, from sultry colored combinations to astounding and striking details, like garlands and wreaths, asymmetrical centerpieces and bohemian hippy mandalas.
Feast your eyes on these 2018 must-see flower trends.
See you when I see you, calming pastels and neutrals! One of the 2018 flower trends that we're most thrilled about is the return of the bright, bold colors. Pantone's Color Of The Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet, so naturally, we're expecting to see a lot of flowers in rich purple tones, like burgundy, plum and mauve. I really love how these darker tones look when they're matched with bountiful greenery and nature-inspired highlights, like ivy, pampas grass, leather fern, honey bracelet, curly willow, and even feathers. Add flowers in pink shades and soft purple, such as mauve and nostalgia rose which is a rich dusty pink hue, to create an arrangement of muted aesthetic with a hint of drama, edgy and a little bit mystifying.
And here comes the floral arrangements that include elements sourced directly from nature, the incarnation of Earth's elements which means leaves, branches, vine, and anything that you can find on your own, without having to go to the florists' or the greenhouse. I am absolutely in love with this new approach to floral design and I think it's one of the coolest flower arrangement trends everyone can embody right now. This style takes the greenery fad to an entirely new level, and it definitely isn't for those who love balance and perfection, but I'd argue that these outstanding (and marginally jungly) arrangements are completely stunning in their own right. This modern, simple style resonates with those who appreciate the role of nature in their lives.
Brace yourself for a rise of yellow, red and orange blossoms being used in any types of arrangements, from a quaint midsummer posy to austere fall centerpieces. Precisely, I'm anticipating some flowers that showcase the gentle side of these bright, happy, sunshine colors. If you love blush or salmon pink, try coral gold which is sort of like an apricot orange, it's a peachy tone that looks like a pastel but packs a major transformation. French vanilla or butter yellow hues is uplifting, inviting and serendipitous, not to mention that it gives you a dose of swift happiness every time you look at it. Poppies, peonies, David Austin and Juliet roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, daisies, Persian buttercups, and ranunculus are some of my personal faves for this color combination.
If you are a fan of the exotic proteas, anthuriums are going to be your next big thing. Anthurium flowers are excellent flowers to use in floral arrangements. They look great and they last a long time. They will outlast just about any other flower that is in the arrangement so I'm thinking that this tropical flower should be called "the new protea" as even adding just one (or more if you like!) to a wedding bouquet or a centerpiece, it really makes a major statement. If you are planning for a beach or maybe even a bohemian wedding or even just a simple flower arrangement for your home decor, anthuriums are surely a natural fit for any settings and you can also pair them with traditional flowers, such as roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus and even succulents for a classic-meets-chic look.
This is the most laid-back, easy-going and whimsical style, conspicuous by free-form arrangement and a mix of lovely bright colors. Very bright colors mark this style, including green, teal, yellow, pink, and orange. It's all about your own style and vibe in this one so go wild on it! It is kinda like folk art, represented in a fresh-faced, youthful manner. It’s vibrant, stunning, and quirky. You can incorporate flowers like sunflowers, peonies, and alliums in.
It doesn't matter if it's out of style, damaged, stained, totally not your style or featuring your kids' amazing arts, nothing proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder more than wallpaper. You love your house, no doubt about that but every time you walk pass the living room and you just cringe because just what were you thinking when you chose that wallpaper??
Calm down, wallpaper isn't forever. You can always remove it and replace it with some fresh new wall arts like vinyl stickers! Some people choose to live with wallpaper they dislike because removing it is a big job and you might be thinking that wallpaper removal is a chore and is gonna take up lots of your time but it isn't really! All you have to do is follow these few simple steps that I'm about to tell you. You ready? Here we go:
Things You Will Need
- Wallpaper scraper
- Wallpaper glue remover
- Spray bottle
- Sponge roller
- Paper towels
- Trash bag
- Rubber gloves
Start off by protecting your flooring by laying down a dropcloth. You can get an all purpose one from Amazon for only 20 dollars! Remove your switch plates and utility covers if they are removable. If not, then you can opt to cover them up with newspaper or some plastic bags that you have lying around.
Slide the edge of your wallpaper scraper under all four corners of a section of paper to loosen them. Grip a top corner firmly and pull it downward. Go slow and steady, and try to tear the entire section off in one pull. If the paper tears, grab another corner and try again. Repeat until you've removed as much of the paper as possible by peeling.
Apply an adhesive remover following the manufacturer's directions. I personally recommend wp chomp's wallpaper adhesive remover as it really helps to remove all the glue off your walls. The product may require a spray bottle or sponge roller but a normal sponge will do! If you want to avoid any chemical substances, then you can always make your won DIY adhesive remover by adding a 50x50 mixture of water and vinegar and shake well. You should always include a waiting period of 10 minutes after applying the adhesive remover.
Scrape the adhesive layer off with your wallpaper scraper. Be careful when using the scraper! The sharp edges can cause injury to yourself and also gouges and nicks in the wall. Use paper towels to remove the glue from your scraper as you work and keep a large trash bag nearby so that your used paper towels and other wastes go directly into the trash bag as you work.
Lastly, don on your gloves and remove any remaining backing with a cloth or any unwanted rag soaked in adhesive remover. And voila! Your wall is clean and free from the old wallpaper. Now hurry up to the decor store and get yourself a brand new wallpaper! or what about wall vinyls for a change!
Are you feeling overwhelmed by clutter? Are you the type to spend your whole day on Pinterest staring at pictures of pristine minimalistic homes and thinking that your home could never be that way? Do you want to declutter your home but don’t know where to start? Well, chin up and think again! It could work! Welcome to the 30 Day Clutter Free Home Challenge by Kismet! You may feel like it's too much of a challenge now but I promise, 30 days really can turn your whole life around.
The 30 Day Clutter Free Home Challenge is all about clearing out clutter from your home and your life (yes, removing all the toxic people around you too!). It is not about organizing everything perfectly and tidying out every nook of your home. The aim is to make huge invasions into clutter in a short time and set you up for a neat, organised clutter free home. There will be some real challenging days but it shouldn’t take you too much time to do the challenges each day. It is aimed to be achievable, practical and effective.
Keep in mind to be merciless. Be fearless and audacious! Do not try to hold on to your clutter! Purge out as much clutter from your home as you can!
Day 1: Mantel
We're going to start with the living room, as it is one of the most important focal point in the house and it's the first thing your family and guests see. A fireplace is not exactly lovely when it's covered in clutter and junk. It takes away the beauty of a warm, blazing fire! So if your mantel is a dumping ground for spare change, DVDs, flyers you've picked up or opened and unopened mail and other clutter-ish items that don't belong, get yourself a big plastic bag and voila! Problem solved.
Day 2: Bookshelves
Bookshelves are great for displaying and flourishing your interest in literature, art, accent decor, lovely family pictures and more. But they always become the breeding ground for extra clutter whenever there's a blank spot. Clutters like keys, receipts from the grocery you went to two years ago, scratch tickets maybe and also random knick knacks that makes them look less attractive. Give your bookshelves a scan to see if there's anything that doesn't belong. Then re-position the items so it looks wanton, not chaotic.
Day 3: Storage Furniture
Go through your console table in the living room. You will not only see your TV and radio consoles, but also other stuffs that will make you wish you have a trash bag in hand (you will understand if you have kids) and if you do have one, lucky you!
Day 4: Entryway/Mudroom
This is the place where you welcome your family members and also your guests and first impression matters. A lot. Check the entrances to your house for out-of-place clutter. Kids kick off shoes with mud, soil, and all the other bacteria they picked up from the outer world and drop bags and coats; adults leave house keys, car keys, scarfs, hats and mail. Set up a system for stuff that should be there (like hanging hooks or a coat rack or shoe cubbies) and ingrain habits to keep the space clear otherwise, if the system doesn't work.
Day 5: Coat Closet
Coat closets often become hiding places for more than just winter jackets. For examples caps or scarfs from long forgotten guests. See what's been concealed in its depths that belongs somewhere else and what you can pull out to donate or toss.
Day 6: Medicine Cabinet
Chuck expired medications, hotel shampoos that you've "stolen" yet have never ever used it, and throw out lotions you've had since 1989 which have probably became ultra watery lotion by now. While you're at it, give the dusty, gross splattered with a lot of gross stuffs mirror a quick wipe, too.
Day 7: Shower
Get rid of the shower and conditioner containers in your shower. Invest in a shower caddy (I have one and honestly, it's a life saver - please get yourself one too) to keep everything efficient, neat and in one spot.
Day 8: Bathroom Drawer/Bag
Go through your makeup bag or drawer and re-evaluate some of the items. Neon green eye shadow that has since died in 1972? Chuck! Broken lipsticks that with textures that doesn't seem quite right anymore? Toss! Make ups and face care has expire dates and if you haven't used it in a year, please don't get it anywhere near your face and know that it's time to trash it.
Day 9: Linen Closet
Over time and I actually mean all the time, those neatly stacked bundle of fluffy towels start to transpose and folded linen sheets in some way always seem to end up somewhere on the floor. And why are your kiddo's' toy cars and coloring pencils in there, anyway? Appraise what's in your linen closet, sort out what you want and contemplate donating items you haven't used in more than a year to charity - usable and safe items, I mean.