Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Five Steps to Successfully Downsizing Home

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We spend our whole lives collecting “stuff,” moving into bigger houses that accommodate yet more “stuff,” until eventually we reach the point where we want to downsize.  At this point, we become all too aware of the crazy amount of stuff we have, and we realize a whole lot of it’s got to go if we’re to squeeze everything into a smaller home.

It might seem like a daunting task getting rid of the items you’ve spent decades collecting, but it’s an exercise that will free up lots of space and allow you to focus on the items that are most important to you.

Start Early

It’s never too early to start getting rid of unwanted stuff. Even if it’s just starting with that one closet you’ve been meaning to clear out for years, it makes a difference and is a good starting point.

If you’re not throwing things out, then your collection of items is only going to grow, meaning when you do come to downsize, there’s only more work to do.

Plan Out the Space You’re Moving Into

Once you know where you will be moving to, it’s helpful to plan out where everything will go so that you can understand how much space you’ve got. You won’t know the true scale of the job ahead until you know this, so save difficult decisions on what stays and what goes until you have a plan.

You can still crack on with getting rid of unwanted items you know you have no need for, but until you know exactly how much space you have, it’s best to wait before getting rid of higher end items.

Be Decisive

It’s easy to get attached to the stuff you accumulate over the years, but when you have limited space, you need to be decisive. If you haven’t used something in the past year, then what are the chances you’re going to use it in the future?

If you’re struggling to decide on whether you need to take an item with you, the answer, more often than not, is that you don’t.

There’s Only One Place for Some Items (The Trash)

There’s a lot of stuff we collect over time that has absolutely no purpose anymore and needs to be trashed. Find your Dumpster Rental Omaha NE and get rid of the stuff that has no value.

You’ll be surprised at just how much stuff you have lying around that just needs getting rid of. This will make a huge difference and help declutter your place.

Find New Homes for Your Belongings

You may no longer have any need for some of your belongings, but there are plenty of other people out there that can make use of them. Invite your family and friends over to see if there’s anything they want to take and find a local charity shop to take the rest.

Donating items to charity shops is a great way to get rid of unwanted belongings while also ensuring others benefit from them.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 Holiday Home Tour: Burgundy and White

Well, you must have been wondering why I didn't post my 2019 holiday home tour, or you were so disappointed that you unfollowed me and moved on. Either way, here I am, better late than never, to post about my 2019 holiday decor. 2019 was an unexceptionally busy year at work, life, travel, among other things. As we age, each year becomes a smaller percentage of our life, and that's probably why it felt like a year flying by in the blink of an eye. 

For the 2019 holiday decor, I chose a burgundy and white theme. This was the first time ever for me to decorate with *reds* so I opted for a more muted and less vibrant burgundy shape. I was nervous because neither my home nor cottage has any red accents, but I have to say, I LOVE IT! 

This was our 9-foot Fraser Fir - we put it up in our foyer this year. It was too big and would look too out of place in our living room. 

I learned I could actually keep the Norfolk Island Pine as a houseplant, so double cheers to that! 

We moved the giant Zizi plant which used to be in the foyer to our second floor hallway for the time being. Otherwise there would be too much greenery in one room. Oh, and this vintage Royal Baluch wool runner rug was from eCarpetgallery. It has all the muted brown, caramel, tan and navy tones, so soft and doesn't shed. Such a gem! 

This was from our dinning room overlooking the foyer.  

Those onion baubles were from HM Home, red glass house ornaments were from Glucksteinhome via Hudson's Bay. 

Love all the warm glow from the tree! 

Move on to the living room. I didn't want the holiday decor to take over the room, so I chose a blue fir tree with sparse and slender silhouette and left it untrimmed. 

Remember the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree I picked up a couple of years ago, it's now standing 7-foot tall and still going strong. 

This was the Bella Tan Level Leather Bench from Article. I ordered it for our bedroom but decided to leave it in the living room for extra seating during the holiday entertaining. 

Dining room. 

Recently I took on charcuterie board as a new hobby and have been obsessed about it. They certainly have made this year's holiday entertaining so much easier for me, especially with a sprained wrist and tendinitis. In the board below, I pickled those red onion myself using apple cider vinegar. It was so easy to do and has so much presence on the board. 

I also candied the naval orange slices in this round board - they were so delicious! 

So there you have it, my belated 2019 holiday home tour. Wish you and yours a very happy and prosperous 2020! Dream big and achieve more! 

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