Reuse, Repurpose and Repair. Repurpose, if you dont use that L shaped dining room maybe it would make a great computer area. The back bedroom will make a good office. The entertainment center can become a great craft closet in the den. Take those forty-inch tall office bookshelves, back them up to each other, bolt them together and use them as a room divider. The tall bookshelves can be stuffed with toys, piled with sweaters or refurbished with hangers for hats and coats in the mudroom. Repair paint or decoupage surfaces (frames, boxes, walls and furnture). Paint your old coffee table, upholster the top and you have an ottoman. Take the old secretary desk into the bathroom and have it hold linens and soaps. The old toy box can become a footlocker in the kitchen for storage and setting. Be creative and youll enjoy your home more and will get compliments from your friends and family because YOU did it. Many home improvement shows go thru the excruciating pain of throwing things away. Sell them or dump it mentalities can be heartless and disruptive. Better to avoid this by starting with a plan. Take advantage of your kids moving out to upgrade your livingroom set. Yes Sonnie boy you can have my old set! Hey kids, do you want your yearbooks, please take the Barbie dollhouse. Unload that extra set of dishes that pink dresser and even the highboy in the basement. If youre moving donate and gleam your closets of those extra boxes, Christmas decorations, Vhs tapes, and board games and puzzles from Aunt Nellie
Good style doesn’t have to be exspensive! So you want to save money, who doesnt. Today with all the things were locked in to paying for (insurance, medical, tuition, mortgage) its nice to have some control. Depending on your allotted budget we can do some pretty amazing things.
PICK IT UP! Have you seen any of the organizing shows on television? Guess my mother would have made a fortune consulting. In her day a stay at home mom was dubbed Mrs. Clean. Today my cleaning technique is more of a putting out fires style”. Laundry, dishes, bills and daily tasks fill most of my efforts. Eventually I can decorate a little at a time after all the mess didnt happen over night. Make a schedule. Get some help and attack the task a little at a time. When Im waiting for something to finish on the stove I wash that bowl I just used or put away the spices you are done with them. by the time dinner is ready youll have half the dishes done. Get a mobile phone and work while you talk on the phone (I know you do but I had to say it). When youre at the store buy the things you need for that weekend project. Youll be able to get more done when you have everything at hand. Set aside a block of time to work on your project and allow your self a real break to refresh yourself so the task doesnt become overwelming. Keep the dream( vision) alive in your head so as you can get past the realism of the intermediate mess.Once again have fun and enjoy the project, long after its over you can talk about your adventure. Remember when we talked?