Black and white, classy and vintage, refined and regal, these descriptions sound great and add a touch of glamour to our living spaces. I was a fan myself and my home was a testimony to that. But reading some great home décor blogs and seeing bright and happy colors in friends’ homes stirred a desire in me to do something different with my abode. I decided to experiment with colors I had never touched before.

Luckily for me, my experiment paid off well and I have a beautiful, well-lit, and (for the lack of a happier word) a delightful home now! Basically, I gave my black and white interiors a break and welcomed a few vibrant colors into my home – pinks, reds and yellows. Lots of them!

Are you wondering if these colors can work for your house? The answer is yes, and you’d be surprised to know just how well. So make yourself a hot cup of coffee and settle into your couch with your iPad as I tell you how to bring color and cheer into your home.

Get Ready for Red

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What does the color red bring to your mind?

Excitement, passion, energy? Well, that is exactly the vibe I wanted in my house. I wanted to come home to something that infused life in me after a long and tiring day. A friend of mine suggested I add a bit of color and fun to my living room, something that would stoke the imagination as well as perk me up. He suggested experimenting with red. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. The results have been fantastic!

A Touch of the Orient

Painting the living room red or bringing in lots of bold red furniture was a bit too adventurous for me. So I decided to start small. I replaced my black and white striped rug with a red and white rug (yes, my love for white continues). I fell in love with this rich red chinoiserie rug, which brought elegance and positivity to the room and complemented the white sofas and couch beautifully. It also made me realize that nothing brings out the beauty of white better than red.

These are some fun ways to add red to your living room:

1. Red walls work great for both compact as well as large rooms. In smaller living rooms where you do not get much light, have one of the walls painted in red. An oak or white fireplace would provide a brilliant contrast.

2. Grey, white, black and wooden furniture looks glamorous and charming with a dash of red. Including red cushion covers, red upholstered tables, curtains and artifacts, and paintings and home décor pieces where the color dominates will keep your living room looking beautiful while also making you feel powerful. Red is associated with power, after all.

3. For all you nature enthusiasts, fresh red flowers arranged in vases or left floating on water is a timeless way to infuse color and freshness into your décor.

Letting the Color of Love and Passion Adorn Your Bedroom

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The charm of red need not be confined to the living room either. You already know the magic the color holds. Wouldn’t you love some of it in your bedroom too?

Here are some interesting ways of incorporating red into your bedroom:

1. Retain the sophistication but switch on the glamor with subtle red accents in the bedroom. Hints of red on vintage artwork or in upholstery like pillow covers and cushion covers create romance.

2. I would recommend going all the way by painting your walls red, enhanced by red rugs and red artwork. Let love and passion take over! Just make sure you use different shades of red to break the monotony and add an element of luxury to the room.

Say Yes to Yellow

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Yellow has always meant spring to me. Cheerful and lovely, yes, but what do I do with it? Fortunately, I recently discovered that the color is synonymous with many other things besides spring. And guess what? It has always been a favorite with interior designers! Why? Because yellow is an energetic and happy color that can transform the dullest of the interiors into something picture perfect!

Create a vibrant and lively home with yellow by using it in your porch, living room, kitchen, or the bedroom.

A Sunny and Happy Setting

Yellow is great for hallways, entrances and porches. A yellow front door will stand out and impart a happy and welcoming feel.

Yellow being a bright color makes smaller places look bigger, which makes it an ideal shade for tight spaces.

Be imaginative and intelligent and pick the right shade of yellow for your home to create a sunny and happy setting.

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Experiment with hues of yellow to give a zesty touch to your bathroom. The yellow wall and floors make quite a stylish statement in this bathroom

In the Kitchen

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Whether you have a compact eat-in kitchen or a big cooking area, using yellow in a generous measure will make dining and cooking an even more enjoyable experience.

Blend the bright with the subtle- this is a good idea when using bright yellow in your kitchen. If you are opting for yellow cabinets or walls, team them up with oak and mahogany floors and a granite backsplash.

However, if you feel skeptical including so much yellow, you can always opt for clever yellow accents. That’s what I did. Take inspiration from the picture below.

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The yellow chairs complement the black doors and the turquoise vase and curtains well.

Perfect Partner to Other Colors

Anyone who has an eye for artistic details will notice that yellow doesn’t just look good with most other colors, it makes them look better.

When you want to add a touch of softness and warmth to a minimalistic décor, opt for the lemony shade of yellow. Introduce yellow in the form of curtains, rugs, a storage cabinet, or simply a lounge chair.

Finally, remember that yellow can be extremely overwhelming and must be used in your décor with caution. Yellow is like a shot of tequila that has you buzzing in no time but a binge will only result in a nasty hangover.

It’s those cozy corners and paintings with yellow frames, the vintage bookcase, or the yellow mantel that make us drool; drowning a room in yellow, however, will only result in crankiness and irritability all around.

Moving into a Pink Paradise

Move over feminine and sweet, this color has come into its own in fashion and interior decoration circles, and many connoisseurs of art and all things classic are welcoming it into their homes with open arms.

Hot Pink for the Pretty Young Thing

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They don’t call it hot pink for nothing. This color has the ability to make anything look sensuous and sexy. If you are a single girl living in the city, and lucky enough to have a place of your own, go wild with pink in your home!

Have that hot pink room you’ve always desired. Paint the walls in this shade. Metal and wood furniture looks great with pink walls or carpets. If you have black floors and black upholstered furniture in your room, a mantel or a dresser in hot pink will create a dramatic impact.

Have a frosted glass-door wardrobe that allows a peek-a-boo into your proud collection of designer clothes and accessories. It will be both stylish and functional. Invest in glamorous pink or satin hangers to arrange and preserve your clothes. The pink of the hangers visible through the glass doors will instantly raise the style quotient of the room. Chic and classy! You will, however, have to make sure that your wardrobe is well-organized at all times, especially when you are expecting company. A messy wardrobe would just kill the effect we are trying to achieve with this arrangement.

When Pink Spells Sophistication

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Soft pinks, whites, and pastels are some of the most relaxing and calming colors to include in home décor. Baby pink or light pink accents in your bedroom would look fabulous. And ladies, your husbands won’t complain if the pink is of the right shade, in the right proportion, of the right design, and in the right place. Strike a balance with pink and soon the sophisticated, subtle and soothing nature of the color will mesmerize your man.

Pops of Pink

This dynamic color has the ability to transform the most boring and dull of the rooms into stunners. Include pops of pink in your living room in the form of curtains, photo frames, a single oversized chair, the couch by the window, or just a lamp. The shade of pink you choose can border on red or have strong undertones of lilac and purple. Choose wisely from the vast and diverse family of pink.

If you want to use pink in your bathroom, think of pink wall papers, pink paintings or light pink ceramic for the bathtub. However, light pink ceilings in bathrooms are show stealers. Fresh pink flowers are also a great way to spruce up any space.

To Conclude

Home is where the heart is, and it’s also where we spend most of our quality and personal time. So investing time, money, and a little thought into setting it up beautifully is totally worth it. Colors add joy, fun, and meaning to our lives. Using the right colors in our home and making it a beautiful place to live in is an enjoyable process, therapeutic even.

I hope this was a good read for you and you have found ideas that stimulated the designer in you. We would love to hear from you if you try out any of these ideas for your home or have new and fabulous suggestions of your own for incorporating pinks, reds and yellows into your décor.

Till then I leave you with a few fantastic blogs that will be a great read for those interested in all things beautiful, fine, and unique about home décor.

http://www.designtripper.com/

http://stylebeat.blogspot.com/

http://www.elledecor.com/

http://www.sohautestyle.com/

http://www.designsponge.com/

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All-round Organizing Tips for Your Home

By Ron Maier | Filed in Uncategorized

Everybody loves a neat and tidy home which has been smartly laid out. Living spaces should be functional, beautiful, and used to their optimal capacity. But it’s easy to be fooled into thinking that a lack of space essentially amounts to a lack of options as far as smart organization is concerned.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It is possible to perk up your home décor, organize things well, and maximize storage — all in one way.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money doing it either. Your local supermarket could sort you out with most of the things required for this purpose. You could also use existing items in your house and create smart solutions out of them. (We’ll show you how.)

In this post we are bringing to you some of the best home organization tips for your home from a variety of sources. Whether it’s your living room, bedroom, kitchen, or even your yoga corner, there’s enough material in this post to be your go-to solution when faced with storage and organization challenges.

What you will need

  • Loads of organizing bins
  • Wicker baskets
  • Storage boxes
  • Crates
  • Old refrigerator vegetable baskets
  • Ice cube trays
  • Old jars, glasses, and mugs

In the unlikely event that you don’t already have any baskets, boxes, or crates in your house you can get all of them for cheap at Target, Walmart, or the Dollar Store.

So let’s get started then.

Storage Tips for the Living Room

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Living rooms are the first port of call for visitors. We spend thousands of dollars making sure we have charming living rooms and they set the tone for what to expect in the rest of the house.

While we pay a lot of attention to the décor of our living rooms, we don’t think much about its storage capacity. Since most living rooms are big, it makes sense to tap into all of that space smartly and maximize its storage capacity, without making it look like it’s been run down.

Here are few ways you can accomplish that:

  • If you already have wall-to-wall shelves in your living room, you’re in luck. You could make the most of the lower shelves by stocking them with organizers and baskets.But if you don’t have many shelves to speak of, no worries. Use the space underneath the tables in your room (as indicated in the picture above) and place lovely wicker baskets over there. You can put anything you want in the baskets since they aren’t going to be transparent.
  • Wall hangings are another excellent idea to free up space from the shelves and the tables. Move your magazines, newspapers, and other light things over to the wall hangings and use the shelves for something else.
  • If your room is devoid of shelves entirely and if you have a couple of empty walls in your living room, you might want to get long shelves installed on them. Shelves come in a tremendous variety and are an extremely handy way to add storage to a room.

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Even corner shelves are a great storage expanding solution for living rooms. They don’t get in your way and make use of an otherwise wasted space.

Organization Tips for the Kitchen

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  • If you’re fond of cooking, chances are you have a ton of bottles and jars of spice, herbs, condiments, and the like in your kitchen cabinets. But that also means that when you actually start cooking you have to sometimes take out a number of bottles to find the one you are looking for. It’s annoying, to say the least.Revolving storage bins are a smart solution for this. They will save you a lot of time and hassle when you are looking for one condiment in a sea of jars.
  • Set up assorted baskets. If you have enough space in your cabinets, you can set up dedicated boxes or baskets according to the material they hold. For instance, one basket for all the material related to Italian cooking, another for Mexican cooking, and so on. This ensures you do not have to spend a lot of time fishing out the required ingredients when you’re in a jiffy, and also makes it easier for you to put things back in their right place.
  • Rack up the insides of your kitchen cabinet doors to stock towels and kitchen rolls.
  • Vertical stacks in your cabinets are a great way to store your dishes and bowls. That allows you to make the most use of the space inside the cabinets.
  • Vertical storage is a great idea throughout as if frees up a lot of space. Another example, instead of storing boxes and boxes of different kinds of teabags, why not empty them all into one tall and transparent jar? That will take lesser space and you will be able to spot your teabags easily too. If you have an old cookie jar lying around, put it to use now!

Organization tips for the Bedroom

The closet takes the place of pride in most bedrooms, so there’s where you begin, and then move on.

  • We have devoted an entire blog post to how to set up awesome and functional closets. The best we can do here is direct you to that post for all your closet organization needs.
  • How can you maximize what your bed offers? Do you have any space under your bed? Wow, that’s just what we wanted to hear! You probably have some suitcases and sundry items thrown in there, too. Leave the suitcases alone (we are assuming they are already stuffed) and take the assorted items out. By now we are hoping you already know what to do next. Yep, bring out a few storage containers (preferably bins with wheels) and put all your items in them. Label the containers if you want. A bit of care now will make retrieval super easy later on.It’s a bit like choosing the aisle seat each time you are on a long haul flight. Makes getting up and going to the loo that much easier!
  • If you have got more books than your shelves can hold, you might want to turn them into bedroom decor, especially the big hardbacks.

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  • For seating space, turn a shelf on its side and foam it up with a bright cover (as shown in the picture above). The storage space stays as it is plus you get a place to sit on!
  • Be seasonal in your organization. Only keep things and toiletries relevant for the season on your dresser; put everything else in old jars and containers, and move to the lower drawer of your dresser.

Here are some more tips to keep your bedroom tidy:

 

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The video is more than worth a look. It’s got some really ingenious tips to care for the little things in your bedroom, which, if left cluttered soon become a daunting mess. For instance, did you know that you could turn ice cube trays from your freezer into an organizing tray for your jewelry? Yep. Anybody who owns jewelry knows the dreaded feeling when you are reaching out for your chandeliers, only to find them horribly tangled with fifteen other things. Now thanks to this tip, you could finally bid tangled jewelry goodbye!

Organizing the Bathroom

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So what do you keep in your bathroom?

If you already have a few cabinets or shelves, great! Personally, I prefer a minimalistic bathroom in light shades. That’s one place where I have absolutely no patience for clutter. So this is what I do to ensure that I have a neat-looking bathroom to start my week with.

  • Small organizing bins and old glass jars are life savers if you have no intentions of stepping out of the house on a cold and frosty Saturday morning when you finally decide to tidy up your bathroom. So if you’ve got an old favorite mug that you are no longer drinking from, import it into your bathroom.
  • As suggested in this bathroom organization video, stick a couple of magnetic tapes or strips on one of the walls of your bathroom cabinets and let your often used steel things – like tweezers, nail cutters, safety pins, and scissors keep stuck on them.
  • Use old mugs to store your toothbrushes, eye pencils, eyeliners, lip liners, lip sticks, makeup brushes and all the long-stemmed things that you are in the process of reaching out to often in your bathroom. You can fill the mugs with sand or grains of rice to keep your pencils stuck in place, as suggested in the above-linked video.
  • Hanging storage is a great option for those who don’t have many shelves installed in their bathrooms. You don’t need to make any changes to the physical structure of the space, just get one of these and hang them in a good place. You can tuck in towels, underwear, sanitary napkins, and a lot of other stuff into it. You can also label each section for easy retrieval of things.

Organization for the Spare Room

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People have spare rooms in their homes for different reasons. Why do you have yours for?

Does it double up as a yoga corner, a meditation room, a home office, or to accommodate guests with inflatable beds? Whatever your purpose, if it’s a space within your house you should be setting it up optimally. Here’s how:

  • Your purpose itself is the best indicator of how to set up the spare room. If it’s a yoga corner, you keep it minimally stocked. It should be spacious, which means there shouldn’t be too much of the bulky furniture in it. Let wicker storage baskets line the floor along the walls and rest your folded mat on top of them. (A windchime would be a great addition to the room!)
  • If your spare room serves as your daughter’s retreat when she is back from college, don’t stock it up with too many irrelevant things. Leave a corner or two that she can personalize when she’s home.
  • Categorizing, organizing, and labeling become even more important when you are storing things in rooms you aren’t going to be using on a daily basis. Whether you have stored things in suitcases, baskets, or drawer-wise, you should ideally label them all for everybody’s easy reference.
  • You can also take out old refrigerator vegetable baskets and stock them with things that you have no idea what to do with but don’t want to throw away yet. Let them make their way to the spare room where they remain tucked away neatly till the time they will be of use next.

Conclusion

We hope the above has inspired you enough to devise some smart storage solutions of your own. This can actually be a fun weekend activity, so why don’t you start with implementing some of the above-mentioned tips this weekend itself?

While we don’t recommend you buy any new furniture just to gain some more storage space, but we do suggest that next time you’re planning to buy a bed side table, a coffee table, or a closet, make sure you only buy furniture that gives you a lot of storage options. Anything you buy should contain many drawers or shelves, as these come in supremely handy.

Since you are going to be using storage boxes and baskets a lot, we suggest getting them in different colors and patterns to add a dash of style to your décor. If you don’t want to spend any money on new storage containers, transform old ones into something exciting with a bit of DIY magic and they’d be as good as new. Organization doesn’t have to be boring!

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Bidding adieu to your old property and moving to a new house is an emotionally and physically tiring time. There are endless things to keep track of and confusion abounds. It can take a toll on everybody involved, or it can be a positive experience, depending on how you approach it.

This post is aimed at those who are in the process of packing to move to a new place. This also happens to be the best time to lay the groundwork for setting up your new home.

We are great fans of planning and organizing here, and we firmly believe it will save you a lot of grief. To that extent we are going to suggest you create a number of lists (and even access the power of technology to simplify things for you) because well-organized is well-executed.

You will need a plan for both packing as well as unpacking. When you arrive at your new home with vans full of furniture and boxes and start putting them away haphazardly you know you are going to have a tough time rearranging it all. So save yourself considerable hassle and put things in their right place the moment you have landed in your new home with your belongings. (Speaking of which, it’s a great idea to set up the utilities in your new home before you make the move.)

How to do it?

That’s what we are here to tell you. So let’s begin. Take out that phone/tablet of yours and start taking notes!

Build a Smart Home Bottom Up

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Moving to a new place is a great way to turn over a new leaf. Here’s your chance to make those changes in your home décor that you always wanted to but couldn’t for various reasons. A number of things impress us but we aren’t able to implement them all when we already have an established decor. Making changes is hard, time consuming, and often impractical.

But moving to a new home means you get a blank slate to draw your magic on. All that you have read so far in home improvement magazines, blogs, and websites about optimizing your resources and increasing the storage space can now be put to work. If a particular way of storage had captured your imagination, we hope you were paying attention and have saved the clip for future reference, which is now. And here’s one way to do it:

Download Helpful Apps

When you are undertaking something as big as moving to a new house (or a new city), you are going to need all the help you can get to organize the multiple tasks ahead.

Apps are a great way to simplify our daily lives and ramp up our productivity, and chances are you use quite a few yourself. So put your smartphone to even better use and bring up the best to-do or listing apps because you are going to be making a huge number of lists (to keep things systematic and to prevent yourself from going insane).

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You can, of course, power up your computer and open an Excel spreadsheet to make and save your lists, or you can do it the old-fashioned way – write it all down on a piece of paper.But pieces of paper tend to get lost and computers, or even laptops and notebooks, are bulky things that you can’t always have on you when you are running around taking care of things (and you are going to be doing a lot of that). Smartphones are your best bet since we always have our phones with us.

Take pictures of things in Evernote or One Note and leave comments below them so that you are able to keep a track of what goes where. Here’s a story of somebody who tapped into the power of productivity apps to assist his move from New York to Chicago. (Note: This is not an advert for any app; we are merely bringing to your notice how any of these apps can help you with your move.)

Apps dedicated to interior décor are especially a great help for people who are about to move into a new place and may be confused about where to begin decorating it (unless you want your new rooms to be the replicas of the old ones).

Houzz and Remodelista are great places to start. They will help you create decoration and design plans for various rooms (while you still haven’t moved) and determine how best to accommodate your existing furniture in your new abode.

Martha Stewart here has some good advice to help you simplify your “big move.”

Create ‘Essential’ Boxes

Each and every member of the family should have an essential box, which is like a suitcase that carries all their most important stuff, as well as things they are most likely to use within a day or two of reaching your new place. You don’t want to be rummaging through all your boxes to find your favorite pillow, do you?

Movinginsider.com is a great website for those interested in doing the packing and the moving all by themselves.

And if that’s not enough for you, here are some more interesting tips on the topic:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/video/tlo27/moving-hacks-you-need-to-know

Create Checklists for Each Room

You have already seen your new house and know what it is like. You have a very good idea who is going to take up which room, or what each room will be dedicated to.

Make a checklist then of all the things that you feel should fill up and enhance your rooms. Apps will prove priceless in helping you do this. They will let you organize your lists category wise so that you are able to include the maximum number of things in your room-specific checklists. And then when it is time to implement your plans, start with the bedrooms. (We hope you have already determined the room set up with an interior decoration app.) We recommend the following order.

  • ➢ Bedroom1
  • ➢ Bedroom 2
  • ➢ Bedroom 3 (or however many you have in your house)
  • ➢ Bathrooms (simultaneously with the bedrooms)
  • ➢ Kitchen
  • ➢ Living room
  • ➢ Other rooms in the house (like yoga room, study room, children’s playroom, etc.)
  • ➢ Scullery (if you have one)
  • ➢ Garage
  • ➢ Porch
  • ➢ Garden
  • ➢ Backyard
  • ➢ Shed

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If you have an army of people willing to help you out with this task, you can assign them separate rooms to set up so that you will get a lot done in lesser time.

So then, if you got an empty landscape to work with, what would you do and where would you start?

The answer would change from person to person, but we recommend you start with the bedrooms. One bedroom at a time. After all, when you are tired after a long and hard day’s work, you will need some place nice and cozy to crash, wouldn’t you? Bedrooms are more important than living rooms, so they should be your first pick.

However, you need to semi-set up important things in the kitchen to tide you over till the time you organize it properly. The aim here is to get the most important rooms (i.e. the rooms concerning our daily functioning) set up first and anything that is not crucial to our purpose can wait.

Work with a View to Maximize Storage Capacity

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This is another thing that you will have to take into account when creating room-specific checklists.

Create a separate list for everything that you feel doesn’t need to be put on display as of now (create a ‘don’t need now’ folder in a listing app) and should make its way to storage. Further divide this stuff into room-specific storage units.

Storage should ideally be set up first, right after the distribution of furniture, simply because doing it in the end will disturb the settled rooms and increase your workload. But this may or may not be feasible, depending on the storage space you have. Regardless, here are some excellent suggestions to help you make the most of the hidden and not-so-hidden spaces in your bedroom. This is another helpful resource for people looking to create stylish bedrooms that also pack in tons of storage.

At whatever stage you do this, make sure you have a plan (there’s that word again!) for it.

Tackling the Kitchen

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This might take the longest to set up, depending on the amount of kitchenware you own. The average American family owns a lot of cutlery, tableware, appliances, crockery, and utensils of all kinds. Then there are the endless number of jars and pots and pans. This is going to be heavy work. We recommend taking this up only after your bedrooms have been conveniently laid out so that you can rest well when arranging and organizing things in your new kitchen, which may well stretch up to a week (depending on the enthusiasm you have for the work).

Speaking of which, how to set up a kitchen gives us some great ideas on how to tackle this aspect of setting up our new place. Lots of cabinets are always great news. They give you good storage space but with that comes the problem of remembering what you stored where. Once you get the hang of your new kitchen you won’t have to open and close a number of cabinets to find the thing you want. But till then you might want to get hold of a chalkboard or any big whiteboard on which you can list all the most frequently used items in your kitchen and where you’ve stored them.

If a board is too much for you, buy a truckload of post-it notes and paste them all over the cabinets, drawers, and shelves for everybody’s easy reference.

Place a Great Emphasis on Functionality

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In plainspeak this means getting rid of everything that you don’t need. What better time to give away redundant stuff than when you are moving to a new place? We all have a lot in our homes that we don’t have any use for, and we know it in our hearts that we probably won’t need it later either. But the hoarder in us prevents us from giving any of it away and creating some much needed and cherished space in our homes. If you have ended up with things that go back 15 years and that which you only vaguely recall having purchased (much less used) you might want to look up the number of your closest charity and hand your old things over to those who actually might have a use for it.

Conclusion

There are many ways to set up a new house, but going about it in a systematic manner, tackling one room at a time armed with well thought-out lists, is the best we can think of. The above are some suggestions that we feel will serve you well in settling down in your new house.

Begin when you are still about to move; be very clear in your mind about how you want to set up your new rooms; brainstorm with your spouse and/or children to find ideas; and create and recreate plans on Houzz or Remodelista. By the time you are done with all of it, you will be in a good position to set up your new place in a functional yet stylish manner.

The entire process – packing, moving, and setting up your new home — will take a few days so make sure you undertake the move when you have enough free time to devote to the job at hand. Involve your kids in the process, divide responsibilities among all the family members, and try to make it fun for everybody.

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