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Best of the Web: Declutter This New Year

It’s a new year, and whether you’re ready to move into a new home or just want to make your current home look fresh, home bloggers are ready to help you with your decorating and organizing resolutions. Organization projects help you declutter and restore order to everything from home offices to laundry rooms. New decorating ideas chase away winter doldrums and get your home ready for a bright new year. Home staging tips turn your favorite room into a showcase for the furniture and accessories you already own.

Custom Built Closet

Closets aren’t something everyone sees, so it’s easy to let them get disorganized; if clutter gets too overwhelming, you can just shut the closet door. For Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer, that was never an option. Her home’s original bare-bones storage wasn’t conducive to stylish organization and storage, so she made DIY designer closets her project for the new year. In her step-by-step blog post, she details how she transformed her small walk-in into a decorator’s dream space with shelving, rods and baskets. Even in a compact space –- her closet is about 6 feet deep and 4 feet wide -– you can find plenty of room for storage when you make the most of every inch. When everything has a place, organization is simple, and it starts with great storage solutions.

Orange Bathroom

Closets are great for staying neat, but when you’re ready for something that lets you show off a room, putting color front and center might be more your style. At Bella Home Staging, Jennifer has a lavishly illustrated blog post on incorporating orange as part of your home decor. The cheerful color is perfect for counteracting nature’s neutral late winter palette of gray skies, white snow and bare brown branches. Surprisingly versatile, orange can give a room retro charm or look as sleek and modern as a museum piece. It can go as bold or as subtle as you like when you bring softer sherbet and peach shades into the mix. From rich spice hues that add depth to a color scheme to fresh citrus shades that liven up a kitchen or dining area, Jennifer’s suggestions could inspire you to add a splash of orange to any room in your home.

Kitchen Design

Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick is also getting ready for the rest of winter with an upgrade to an essential piece of furniture: the mud room bench. She’s making her bench herself from unfinished cabinets and enough lumber to create a base. When she’s done, the bench will serve as a place to sit and tug on a pair of galoshes for rainy days or to lace up heavy winter boots. It’s also a storage area with room for gardening supplies, extra shoes, seasonal sporting equipment and anything else she needs to keep close at hand yet out of the way. Not content to stop with her new bench, she also explains how to hang the bead-board she’s using on the surrounding walls. It’s still a work in progress and hasn’t yet been painted, but for fellow do-it-yourselfers, seeing projects underway can be as inspirational as a before-and-after shot.

Front Portico

Some bloggers are thinking ahead to spring, planning now for sunny afternoons and longer days. Rhoda at Southern Hospitality had a modest front porch on her Atlanta home but wanted a graceful portico to add curb appeal and welcome guests with a beautiful new entryway. She details how her building crew created her new porch and added details such as molding and columns for more visual impact. She isn’t finished with the project until the weather cooperates, but even in its bare-bones state, it serves as a great inspiration for anyone who wants to make a statement that’s visible from the street. Even if you aren’t planning on building a new porch, her decorating pictures could give you some great ideas for your own home’s entrance.

Living Room Home Staging

Curb appeal is important if you want to sell, but what’s on the inside counts for more. At the Rooms in Bloom home design and staging blog, discover why a room that appeals to all your buyers’ senses is the smartest kind of staging. Add visual interest with color and pattern, give buyers something to touch and let them feel how the room flows to entice them. The illustrations in the blog come from model homes in new subdivisions, but they illustrate concepts you can use when decorating a converted Victorian home, mid-century ranch house or newly built home of your own. Combining modern style with classic elements and paying attention to layout are some of Rooms in Bloom’s keys to successful staging. New homes can often feel a bit empty, so staging tips are especially handy for new owners moving into larger spaces.

CD Pile

Magazines are wonderful for finding home design inspiration, but what do you do with them when you’re done? If you’re like Kelly of My Soulful Home, you amass stacks of them, so you can use them as references, then forget where you read that great tip. She’s ready to make a clean break with her magazines, music and DVDs by condensing the information she can’t live without and recycling or donating the rest. Clipping and saving that fantastic pecan pie recipe or those do-it-yourself shelving suggestions lets you keep the useful parts of magazines you’ve enjoyed while freeing space in baskets and cabinets. Make this weekend your time to go through your house and shed all the ephemeral items you no longer use or need. Her post on reducing magazine clutter is just part of a series on editing your life, so check back with Kelly to see where she gets organized next.

Make it Yourself Fabric Bins

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage knows how important it is to give everything its own place if you want an organized home. She has a great simple suggestion for making your own fabric bins for small items around the house. Designer fabric baskets and bins can be costly, but with three easy-to-find materials, Gina shows you how to make bins that are the perfect shape and size to fit any space. She uses a spare box as a form, but you could use these straightforward instructions to wrap fabric around a round canister, create artistic folds of fabric or make freehand designs with cloth and fabric stiffener

Chore Chart

Getting and staying organized isn’t just for adults. Kids also benefit from being part of the household’s normal chore routine, but they don’t always remember to complete the tasks they’re assigned. Jen at Tater Tots and Jello has an eye-catching suggestion that kids and parents will love with her chore chart using mason jars and craft sticks. The system lets kids see at a glance which chores still need doing and which have been completed. You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate a practical chore-tracking system, so if you tend to get your laundry days and vacuuming days confused, you might try this system too.

Get 2014 started right by getting organized, beautifying your surroundings and creating a more serene home. With decluttering and decorating tips that transform any space, you may already be living in your dream home. Discover how you can enjoy a new home in the new year even if you’re staying in the same place.

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  • .Remember the maxim, if
    it’s not beautiful or useful throw it away? Well in staging this is also true
    although we tend to err on the side of beautiful. Beautiful things on show and
    useful things in the cupboards.For home staging, you should create an atmosphere in home which will attract home buyers. Although, all these tips seems really an interesting and might be helpful for home staging.

  • That is interesting how you mentioned that those who are moving to a new home might want to spruce up the place with decorations.   My brother and his wife recently moved across town and I believe they have been looking for some decorating ideas.  I might have to call them and see how the search is going.   It seems like most people want to make their homes feel as unique as possible for their circumstances.

  • Awesome, thanks for all these resources on building tips.  My wife and I are wanting to build a new home.  We will look over some of those articles you have listed and see if we can get any inspiration out of them.

  • My recommendation is to remember that the things on the wall and the furniture and objects beneath them all need to work as one arrangement. There should be a bit tension and a relationship between the sofa and the painting over it.Stand back and see if the whole vignette works together. The desk photo above is a perfect example — remove any one item from the grouping and it doesn’t work as well .Meaning everything contributes and has meaning to the arrangement. Having the flowers in the foreground overlap the painting in the background ties the grouping together in a satisfying manner.