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Dont Just Clean, Organize
Instead of cleaning, decorate
Trying to maintain both a beautiful interior, and a neat and organized home, can be a daunting endeavor. One of the worst mistakes that you can make when planning the design of your residence is to arrange it in such a way that your decoration actually gets in the way of maintaining tidiness. Some set ups may lead to the accumulation of messes, actually working against the home maker. It is, however, possible to arrange your home in such a way that it will naturally lend itself to organization, and will make the job of home maintenance a little easier.
There are two kinds of messes that can mar your home; dirt, and clutter. Dirt, along with dust, grime, and mold are the sickly substances that attach to walls, collect under furniture, and stain windows. Dirt is something you want to completely eliminate. For this, you should always plan your home's design around expediting the cleaning process; making the elimination of these unhealthy substances as easy as possible.
Clutter, on the other hand, is made up of items that you own, and is simply a result of them not being put in their proper place, or worse yet not having one. For this, your plan should be to develop a home with a flow in which objects will almost naturally end up in their proper places.
Maintaining organization is the key to a clutter free home. Some clutter is simply trash, and should be eliminated as swiftly as possible. This often includes old mail and outdated magazines. The easiest way to deter the build up of expired clutter is to integrate a trash can into the room's décor. If it is a room that doesn't lend itself to a trash bin, you can be creative with your receptacles. Almost anything from bright plastic containers, to elegant carved wooden chests can be used, especially if it will only be used for dry items. A good place to find fancy antique bins at a great price is a yard sale. Containers can be used as primary garbage cans, or can be used as a staging area where trash is deposited initially, and is then later transferred into a larger container.
Most clutter is made up of possessions that you want to keep. Generally your strategy should be to find a way to funnel these objects easily into a proper place. To do this you will first need to assess what your problem clutter is. These are the objects that constantly turn up in the wrong spots, creating that messy look. The type of clutter you have is usually determined by the room you in and what its purpose generally is.
Once you have assessed the problem objects, you need to develop a system of categories for the different kinds of clutter in the room. An easy way to do this is to divide the items based on the container where they will go. For instance, all paper goods go in drawer A, all plastic goods go on shelf B. Categorizing these objects in this way will greatly expedite the cleaning process, whenever clutter builds up. Try to avoid being too specific; create broad categories that will be easy to remember and find. You can even try placing tasteful labels on the containers, in places where they can't be seen such as inside of a drawer or on the back of a shelf.
The kind of container you use to store your items will be a major part of your decorative set up. Shelves are great for display items. They use the height of the room so they don't take away from traffic flow, they allow the items on them to be displayed in a highly visible manner, they allow you to categorize items based on the different shelves, and their height protects the higher-up objects from children. Drawers are perfect places for useful items with little decorative value. Cabinets work for temporarily displaying items. Opening the door will reveal your beautiful collections, creating an almost instant transformation in your room.
The neat and tidy look of your possessions, lined up in their proper places, and displayed in tasteful receptacles, is a kind of decoration in and of itself. A setting in which everything is in its proper place will speak more to the quality of your home than almost any piece of décor that you can buy. Even the plainest white room will take on style when filled with shelves of decorative items, curio cabinets, and elegant furniture drawers.
If toy clutter from your children is a problem, get them involved. Place a brightly colored container in any room where toys messes occur, and explain to the child that this is where any of their toys go. Get them to help you clean up a few times, and eventually they will start to understand the concept. You can even turn this into a game, timing how fast they can get all of their toys picked up and into the bucket.
Dirt is more difficult to organize around than clutter. The grime that builds up in your home will accumulate more based on the occupants of the space and their actions, than on any design you implement. However, by planning your interior accordingly, you can create a setting that will expedite the removal of the dirt in your home, and make cleaning less of a chore.
The first step in this job is the removal of clutter described in the first half of this piece. Once you have removed the clutter from an area you will notice an almost imperceptible increase in "flow" in the room. Flow is simply the ability for people and objects to move through a space. By increasing the flow in a room, you will make it easier to get to and remove dirt.
You should make sure that none of your furniture is blocking any other furniture from the rest of the room. Tables are often the problem here, being centerpieces in many areas, and may have to be repositioned in lieu of convenience. Windows too should be left with as little in front of them as possible; you don't want to have to lean over a statue or plant every time you want to wipe one down. A possible exception is windows that are higher up, and may benefit from having a piece of furniture beneath them which you can climb on when cleaning. However, you should always use caution when climbing on any object that was not intended for this use.
Placing your furniture on rollers, or positioning them so they can easily be placed on furniture coasters, will make it less trouble to clean underneath. Do not store boxes beneath your furniture. This may be the only way to eliminate clutter however it also becomes a difficult place to clean, as you will have to bend over, move the boxes, clean, and then replace them. Rarely seen closets are a much better place for box storage.
Interior design is not a static art; it is a form in motion. Your home should be constantly evolving towards a perfect version of itself. You should always be searching for the right balance between decoration and ease. If you consider the properties of dirt and clutter in a room, before repositioning objects and items within it, you will save yourself a lot of annoyance and effort in the future.
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"Big Things Come In Small Packages" We're all familiar with this quote, it's normally associated with gifts not home decorating, but it should be.A one or two bedroom house, apartment, condo or townhouse can be just as impressive and grand as something with fifteen bathrooms, Wow, imaging having to clean all those, I have enough trouble with two.
Grandfather Clock Repair
A well-made grandfather clock is an heirloom piece, designed to be handed down from generation to generation. As such, they are made to last over several lifetimes.
Rustic Log Furniture, How to Find Quality Furniture and a Trust Worthy Seller
The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web. Since the birth of the internet everyone and there brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve.
The Function of Wine Storage Racks
Storing wines is crucial to keeping wines flavor and letting it age to perfection. Wine cellars are an ideal way to store wines for long durations.
Furniture Slipcovers - The Cheap and Easy Way to Give Your Furniture a Makeover
Are you tired of the look of your furniture? Do you fancy changing the appearance of your room, but don't want the cost and hassle of buying a whole new suite? Well, the good news is that giving your home a makeover can be as simple as adding some furniture slipcovers. If you have some pieces of furniture with mismatching upholstery or you simply want a change, then some new slipcovers could work wonders.
Interior Decorating For Cats - Protecting Your Possessions
Part 1The first thing a cat owner should know about home décor is to keep it simple. Cats are completely convinced that they are in charge, that the house and its possessions belong to them, and that they have every right to break rip or shred anything they like.
The Benefits of Owning Wood Mini Blinds
Wood mini blinds are one variety of wood blinds for covering doors and windows. The smaller increments of a narrow slate dimension, wood mini blinds are better able to control the amount of light coming into a room and the view seen through a window.
Magic Carpet Ride?
There are hundreds of choices carpet choices out there! How does one decide?Whether you are carpeting a room, a home or an office, you will find a vast array of colors, piles and styles when you go looking for your new carpet. It's hard to know where to start.
Turning Your Childs Room into a Mysterious Jungle
(When designing a child's room, you want to create an atmosphere that inspires and stimulates them mentally. The room should be interesting to the child, and should reinforce both rational thinking, and creativity.
Go Vintage When Decorating Your Hearth
With the weather cooling, it's time to put on the fireplace. Curling up near a cozy fire is a wonderful winter pastime but you'll need the right tools to tend your fire.
7 Feng Shui Fundamentals for Childrens Bedrooms
Feng shui is a very popular and intriguing concept in home design today. In addition to the life benefits it provides, it also offers a roadmap, so to speak, of not just how to decorate.
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