Planning a party is the greatest motivation to update and de-clutter your home. Case and Point – a client was planning a graduation party for her son, but was ashamed of the clutter and the unfinished appearance of her home. Since she did not have a money tree in her back yard, we worked with her existing furniture, artwork and accessories and created a beautiful, clutter-free home. The curtains and curtain rods are the only new items in the room.
She was too embarrassed to allow “before” pictures, so these are the “after” pictures.
Problems: The messy desk, end table, lamp and love seat were squished together;
The sofa was loaded with mismatched pillows;
The end table was cluttered with photo frames and trinkets.
Solutions: Centered the love seat under the windows and donated most of the pillows;
Sorted and cleared the clutter on the desk;
Relocated the end table to the other side of the couch, leaving room for the lamp;
De-cluttered the end table, leaving only 3 pictures and 1 trinket.
Problems: The blinds clashed with the wall color and the lack of curtains made the room looked unfinished.
Solutions: A new curtain rod and curtains compliment the vivid couch color and soften the hard edges. The blinds disappear behind the curtains when drawn.
Problems: “Treasures” were hiding behind photos, trinkets, pillows and an assortment of clutter on the fireplace.
Solutions: Edit, donate and re-locate the mismatched clutter and borrow accessories from other rooms.
Replaced a very frilly picture with this one to appeal to the 3 men in the household.
Problem: Prized collections were hiding behind clutter and 20+ picture frames on the bookshelves on either side of the fireplace.
Solution: Re-locate and donate the clutter and display the collections, memorabilia and prized photos. The picture frames were hung as a wall collage in a hallway leading to the basement
Problems: Piles of magazines and “stuff” cluttered the sofa table;
The side table was cluttered with picture frames and trinkets;
The client loves the wall color, so it stays.
Solutions: Borrow accessories from other rooms for a cleaner look on the sofa table and to house the remotes. A runner disguises the worn surface and a small stack of books and a decorative reading basket resides on the lower shelf;
Edit the clutter on the side table;
Artwork will tone down the overbearing green wall behind the sofa (we have a shopping trip planned).
This room will never appear in a fancy magazine, but my client cried (for joy) when she saw the completed room. Each of her “favorites” were clearly displayed, instead of hiding behind the clutter. She is now proud to invite guests into her home.
Are your “prized” possessions hiding behind or under your clutter? Or, are they packed in boxes eagerly waiting to be showcased? Like my client, once you start the sorting process, you will be liberated. If you don’t know where to start, start anywhere. Start small by clearing one surface a day or a week. Be warned – the process is addicting and joyful. Once you begin to see the surface of your tables, desks, bookshelves and floors, there will be no stopping you! Now go get started.
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