Completing a home decoration project can be time-consuming. When confronted with redesigning a home’s décor, it is easy to become overwhelmed with deciding what to keep and what to discard. On top of that, shopping for a home can be a nightmare without a clear vision of your completely decorated home. However, with planning, most homeowners can avoid the pitfalls of a disorganized decorating venture.
Develop a plan
Because it is so easy to accumulate the stuff of life, the very first thing to do is go through each room in the home and pull out everything. This means everything from the cabinets, drawers, and closets. Determine what to keep and what to give away. If you do not want to part with personal items, box them up and place them in a closet for later storage.
Before shopping for furniture and accessories for the home, the first purchase that you want to make is for a large three-ringed notebook or binder. After buying the binder, place index tabs on each partition, each tab representing a room in the house. Then, go through the home, room by room, and make note of all of the things that need addressing. Whether decorating the entire home or just a few rooms, the notebook contains written instructions of the tasks that need to be accomplished.
Draw it Out
Once you have gone through each room, draw picture representations of how you plan to decorate. For those who are artistically challenged, do not worry about trying to draw floor plans. In fact, a few websites offer templates that can be used to draw simple floor plans. Again, the purpose of this task is to give the homeowner a picture of how much space is really available for use. After you have a pictorial representation of what the rooms in the home look like, make adjustments to your floor plan.
Make a Shopping List
Taking that same notebook, make your shopping list. This list comes from the items needed to decorate the home. However, before setting out on your shopping venture, decorators should set a schedule to address each room in the home. Depending on your availability, use time management tools to complete this project, using a calendar that sets dates to complete specific tasks within each room. Determining which room to decorate first depends on your budget, the size of the project, and which rooms need more attention.
Now, you can finally shop. When you shop, make sure to include a small plastic bag to hold samples, or better yet, use index cards or card stock to hold samples of furniture, paint, rugs, or wall coverings. All of these can also be contained in a separate zippered bag or taped to the notebook that contains the notes. When shopping, also shop with an open mind about making substitutions. For instance, you might originally wanted floor-length drapes but now realize these won’t work as well as ha set of shutters from California Shutters.
Decluttering and Finding Storage Space
The second part of this decorating project is deciding how to store the necessary and unnecessary items in the first part of this article. One of the easiest ways is to use or make space.
- In the kitchen: If you have a lot of kitchen utensils but not a lot storage space, use wall space to hang pots, pans, rolling pins, and other staples. Use utilitarian shelving (metal cabinets) to store large pots and pans that fit awkwardly in cabinets and drawers. To remove countertop clutter that happens when storing spices and other bulk items, install sliding drawers next to the stove.
- In the hallways and living room: Think “up” not “out” with shelving that allows you to stack items high. For multi-storied homes, use the space underneath the staircase by installing drawers or cabinets for added storage.
- Bedrooms: Use smart furniture built to contain drawers and bookshelves, so as to avoid taking up space with unnecessary furniture – for example, beds that contain drawers.
- Living room: Swap out clunky sofas and other heavy furniture with settees, futons (hand-crafted), papasans, bean bags, and other space-saving pieces.
- Bathrooms: Install cabinets to hold towels and other linens.
As you can see, the biggest part of completing a home décor project is in the organization. Whether deciding to decorate the entire house at once or in small increments, your plan is the guide that will see you through the finishing touches. More importantly, your plan will guarantee that you have covered every part of the decoration project.