Over the past few years, I have become interested in wellness, particularly as it applies to organization. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Julie Peacock who integrates essential oils into her practice of yoga, nutrition, and wellness. According to Julie, essential oils protect against seasonal and environmental threats. They are nontoxic and don’t pollute your home, water supply or the environment. They are also multi-purpose and inexpensive.
Here are 6 essential oils Julie identified that can be used to clean and refresh your home:
I recently became acquainted with Paul Denikin. While Paul was always interested in home improvement, he became an expert when his daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. At that time, Paul realized he needed to modify his home so that it would be safe and functional for Maggie. He started his website, dadknowsdiy.com, to share what he’s learned with the rest of us. Here, he talks about how painting your home can improve its value and its appearance.
DIY home improvements are one of the most common ways home sellers will try to increase the value of their home. While some DIY projects can be complex or expensive such as redoing your bathroom, other projects are far less complicated. It may seem difficult to up the value of your home, but in reality, a few simple improvements can dramatically change how your house is viewed by potential buyers. The best way to make an impact without breaking the bank? Paint.
Over the past few months, I’ve had a number of clients ask me for help organizing storage units. Some clients have multiple storage units and some have just one. In some cases, the storage units are complimentary perks that come with apartments, and, in other cases, exorbitant fees are paid. Sometimes, the client knows exactly what’s stored in the unit and wants to make it less cluttered or more appealing. And sometimes, the items have been put away for years, and the client has no idea what s/he will find there. While I generally believe that a client is better off purging and living within his/her space means, here are some instances when a storage unit is a good idea:
Although we’d all love our homes to look like those pictured in magazines, not everyone has access to fancy decorators, spacious layouts, and expensive furniture. Yet, there are many stylish solutions for your organizing dilemmas that are as practical as they are pretty. Here are a few of my favorites…
Organizing Dilemma 1: My Bedroom Looks Cluttered
While I can’t comment on the piles of clothing, work projects, or toys you may have lying around, I can promise that white bedding will make any room feel more peaceful and calm. Make your bed with white sheets and a white coverlet, and your room will instantly be transformed to a Zen oasis. To add pizzazz, use brightly colored pillows and a colorful throw folded along the bottom of the bed. Keep in mind that you can change those pillows and throw blanket to get a different look any time you feel the urge. Try dark colors and heavy fabrics like velvet and corduroy for the winter months and lighter fabrics and colors for the summer.
Organizing Dilemma 2: I Don’t Have Enough Storage Space
When you think you don’t have enough storage space, you’re probably correct. The good news is that many manufacturers are designing pieces that look great and provide ample storage as well. So, say no to nightstands with nary a drawer or shelf. Instead, look for nightstands that have multiple drawers, particularly if you’re a “collector” of stuff (see picture on the left). The piece pictured on the right has flip down drawer fronts to accommodate a cable box or DVD player (or books as shown).
Organizing Dilemma 3: I Have Piles of “Stuff” on My Counters
If you’re prone to piles of random stuff, corral your clutter with a beautiful tray. Add a framed picture, candles, or a vase, and your remote controls, keys, spare change, and books become a fashion statement instead of a declaration of your mess. Place these trays on your dresser, night table, or coffee table, or wherever you stash your stuff, so you’ve displaced the mess. You’ll even have incentive to put items where they belong.
Organizing Dilemma 4: There’s No Room on My Nightstands for a Tray
When your nightstands won’t accommodate anything other than a lamp, move the lighting onto the wall by installing sconces. Purely practical, but sconces also provide an opportunity for a fashionable décor statement.
Organizing Dilemma 5: There’s No Room in My Kitchen for Large Pieces
Large serving pieces can make beautiful focal points for your kitchen. Instead of storing a large bowl, fill it with fruit and center it on your kitchen table. Instead of cramming that large pitcher in the bottom corner of your cupboard, put it out on display in a corner of your kitchen.
Do you have any ideas that merge organizing and decorating? If so, I’d love to hear them!