Tuesday, 25 January 2011 12:49

Get Rid of the Clutter Before You Decorate

Written by Angela S Colley
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Okay, you are ready to start a new decorating project that you’ve had on the back burner for some time. But are you really ready? What’s holding you back? Is it the clutter? You don’t know where to begin because you can’t see beyond the clutter. That’s your problem.

Before You Start
Before you can begin you need to see what the room really looks like. If it’s messy, clean it up! That’s right, get rid of the unnecessary stuff you’ve collected over the years but couldn’t bear to part with. This includes cardboard boxes full of old bills, papers, bric-a-brac, old purses, old furniture and old clothes, etc.

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Where to Start
Begin with the paper. Most areas offer recycling. Bundle old newspapers, school papers, old notebooks, ads and junk mail together and place in the recycling bin. Before you throw out your old bills, shred them first.

Clean out your closets. If you haven’t worn an item in the last six months or year, you probably never will. Give the clothing away to Goodwill (or similar agencies); have a yard sale. The money raised can go towards your project. You’ll be surprised how much real-estate you recover after you clear away the clutter.

Don’t forget your attic. Get rid of old toys and boxes that you never use or look into. The space that you reclaim in the attic can be used to store items that would normally clutter up the living spaces below.

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Take Inventory
After all of the clutter is gone see what items you can repurpose around the house in other rooms. These items might require some sprucing up like a fresh coat of paint. This is more economical compared to buying new.

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Room by Room
When you begin to decorate, go at it one room at a time. Complete one project before moving on to the next project. Keep it simple and start small like a bathroom, then work your way up to larger projects like the living room and kitchen.

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Remember, before you decorate, clean up first. It’s best to start with a clean slate.

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