How To De-Clutter Your Home As Quick As Possible

How To De-Clutter Your Home As Quick As Possible | autumnleopold.com | declutter, houseguests, declutter fast, purge

Do you ever look around your house and think, “Wow we have to much stuff!”, or “Where did all of this stuff come from?”, or “I’m sick of looking at all of this stuff.” Yeah, I do too.

Then after realizing you have too much stuff your next thought is, “What do I do with all of this crap?” Your mind is running over different scenarios of having to take time off to sort through it, figure out what to donate, what to do with what you need to keep, and how to organize it all. It’s a scary, overwhelming, and draining process to think about if you have too much stuff.

So let’s break this down and start from the beginning. How do you figure what “stuff” you own is important and necessary to keep? Well, before a few weeks ago I would have told you it was usually a long process. But now I believe I have stumbled onto a much quicker way of doing things if you are willing to try. Are you with me?

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What Does a Home Design Expert and Personal Shopper Have in Common?

What Does a Home Design Expert and Personal Shopper Have in Common? | autumnleopold.com | home design, home decor, eclectic home decor, home shopping, online home design business, home decor tips, mood boards, interior design

What does a home design expert and personal shopper have in common? A new business and blog! I want to take a second to re-introduce my home decor contributing writer, one of my best friends, and a home design expert, Tina Bousu. She is someone you are already very familiar with by her personal home decor posts on my site. She is now branching out and decided to launch her own online home design site, Eclectic Twist.com. I couldn’t be more proud of her and I would love for you to support her as a new entrepreneur! ~Autumn


Hey everybody!  My post today is a little different, I usually write the home decor posts for Autumn, but today, I am introducing my new online home design website and blog to you all!  This has been in the works for almost a year now and it’s finally launched!  Can you tell I’m uber super duper excited about it?!

Since you’ve all supported me for awhile now (which I so appreciate) I wanted to take the time to show you what the website is all about and how it works!  Pictured below are  a couple of mood boards for a client (my sister in law) for her living and dining rooms.  I’ll walk you through exactly what I offer for design services and how the process works using her spaces as an example.

Living Room 

The living room and dining rooms are directly across and open to each other so she wanted a cohesive feel to them.  She sent me photos of the rooms so I could see the layout and get a feel for the space along with telling me about the style and colors they prefer.

It’s already painted a dark green like the swatch you see on the wall in this picture and they wanted to keep that color.  They also didn’t have any pieces they wanted to keep in this space so it was a clean canvas to work with.  

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I began with a rug that would tie in the green wall color but lighten up the room and add interest with additional colors.  Since their style preferences are more traditional the style of the rug is Persian with a warm color palate. They have three young kids so easy to clean slipcovers was a must for the furniture.

Keeping a budget in mind I headed to IKEA.  They have a reputation for good quality sofas and slipcovers and had this great sofa with the pleated roll arms and softer curves without being too traditional.  Budget friendly, easy to clean, great style, check, check and check.  

I wanted to create some interest with texture so I chose two rattan chairs, also from IKEA, to sit opposite the sofa and a wooden side table between them.  The side tables flanking the sofa are a traditional style with the iron bases and wood tops from World Market.  The coffee table is a trunk giving additional storage for toys, blankets, books, etc.  

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Off to the right they have a bay window area so I placed a chaise lounge there that is from the same line as the sofa, a nice spot to cozy up and read a book.

Above the sofa I chose a wooden mirror to add more texture and bring the outdoor feel in along with brightening the space.  I pulled a soft blue from the rug design and used that as a main accent color.  

On the left is a wall space where I put a shelving console that could serve as more storage.  They can place baskets on the shelves to hold more toys or books or just display some pretty items.  A complimentary painting with the green and blues and creams sits above the console.  And you have the finished mood board showing their space!

Dining Room

Next up was the dining room.  After some discussion told me they were not keeping the wall color but had a table and chairs set and a large family heirloom hutch in the space they wanted me to work around.  

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Keeping the living room design in mind I chose a fun patterned fabric curtain from World Market with chocolates, green, light lavender and blue.  The dining set is a dark espresso color so lightening up the space was key to making it feel more open and airy.

I chose a more modern style but in the similar blue as the living room accent to pull them together.  It’s a smaller room and the hutch is a large piece so it couldn’t handle much more furniture.  I placed the hutch on the right wall opposite the window to open the sightline to the back wall directly from the hallway and living room.  

Placing a small sideboard here made sense for serving dishes or bar set up if they wanted to have a party or get together.  The artwork above was a sample piece that I recommended she could DIY with the kids!  You can see two color sample choices I suggested that would be beautiful with these pieces.  And voila you have a finished mood board or picture of what the room would like!

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So to recap the process if you’re interested in any home design services (I have several package choices to choose from) fill out my questionnaire telling me about you, your style, color preferences, furniture pieces etc. and send me some pics of your space!  I get to work from there and send you a finished mood board custom designed to your style and needs.  Along with the mood board comes a source or shopping list for all the items I used in your board so you know exactly what product, where it came from and how much it costs, easy peasy!  I also give you tips on more inexpensive options for certain items or DIY projects you can do!  I want to make sure you are happy with your space and will work with you (up to two revisions) on the board to tweak it so it feels just right.  

I believe everyone deserves a lovely beautiful space that reflects them and they’re personality.  I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to help you achieve that!  

So now that you have an idea of what home design services on the website are and how it works, I also want to tell you that I branched out and started my own blog!  It’s linked to the website, check it out for what I’m up to with my own projects, helpful tutorial posts and some just plain fun posts!  

Website is www.eclectictwist.com

Blog is www.blog.eclectictwist.com

If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at tinabousu@eclectictwist.com!

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Special thanks to Autumn Leopold, my sweet bestie, for her help and support while I developed this idea into a website and blog! You’re the best!! (People she’s the bomb, if you need any kind of virtual assistant help or small business coaching services please give her a holler!)

List Maker or List Follower: Which One Are You?

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Are you a list maker who enjoys not only the act of crossing accomplishments off of lists, but the simple joy of creating lists in the first place? I sure am!

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A few years ago my mom got me a wonderful book for Christmas called, “Lists to Live By, The Second Collection,” by Alice Grav, Steve Stephens, and John van Diest. My mom knew about my love of creating lists and this book has so many lists in it from lists about success, friendship, and health to marriage, family life, and love. It’s a great time of year to start reading this lists and making a few lists of your own. Here are the two books in this collection:

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Premade Lists:

Lists to Live By: The First Collection: For Everything that Really Matters

Lists to Live By: The Second Collection: For Everything That Really Matters

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List Maker:

Now if you would rather create and make your own lists here are a few journals I recommend to get you started:

Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists

Some lists include: greatest accomplishments, memorable co-workers, favorite food, guiltiest pleasures, greatest acts of kindness, and personal fashion trends.

My Future Listography: All I Hope to Do in Lists

Travel Listography: Exploring the World in Lists

Literary Listography: My Reading Life in Lists

Now if you are looking to do a years worth of lists on life balance and self exploration you should try these:

52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy

The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration

 

Lastly, this book isn’t actually a list but a journal that contains supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more. I’ve included it because it’s one I’m personally getting for the new year!

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Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

Which one are you a list maker, a list follower, or both?

Let us know if you have any lists you love to create or follow!

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Clutter for Charity: How to Declutter and Donate

Clutter for Charity: How to Declutter and Donate | www.smarthappyorganized.com | clutter, declutter, donate, donation, donate clutter, holiday donations, boat donations, vehicle donations

Have you ever felt guilty after a whirlwind decluttering session, because you have boxes full of potentially useful stuff that you no longer want or need?  Throwing it away doesn’t feel right, but you can’t keep it. Fortunately, there are dozens of charities eagerly awaiting your donation; and I want to help you understand how, when, and what to donate.

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The Shocking Truth About Clutter: It’s Not Always Bad

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I don’t know about you but I actually get sick of hearing the word clutter.  I think it’s becoming over used to the point that people think every pile they see is clutter.  That’s not true.  I have a pile of active paperwork on my desk that I use to write blogs with.  I don’t feel like that’s a pile of clutter.  I leave my sons markers, crayons, and colored pencils out on the table to encourage him to color when he feels like it and I don’t feel like that is clutter.  The truth about clutter is: not all piles are clutter, and not all clutter are piles.

“Clutter is the poetry of our homes. It is an intimate view that is not always perfect-a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. A lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth.” Author, Mary Randolph Carther

Is clutter always bad?  Not necessarily.

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How to Create a Free Printable Art Gallery Wall

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Have you ever been on Pinterest or a blog and seen these amazing printable art gallery walls? I see them all of the time and I have always wondered how much it would cost to create a new gallery wall. I mean even if you only spent $10 a print that is still a lot of money for say a 10 print gallery wall. What is you wanted to redecorate seasonally? Forget it right? Well, I have a surprise for you! I found some sites where you can get amazing printable art for FREE! That’s right, here are 10 amazing sites!

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17+ World Market Rustic Organizing Products

I love scouting new stores and looking for rustic organizing products! They seem to suit both mine and my husbands taste because they are either feminine or masculine depending on how you use them. I found that World Market has an awesome collection of rustic organizing products and decor. I can’t get enough! From file holders to even laundry hampers check out some of my favorites.

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Fall Prep: 9 Checklists To Get You Ready

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I absolutely love fall! My love for this season may originate with my name, but it has only gotten stronger since moving to Colorado where there is a distinct visual and mental change of seasons. From the crispness of the air, the smell of pines and fireplaces, to the changing of the Aspen leaves in the mountains.  It is a magical time.Of course with the changing of the seasons comes some preparation. We know that, “Winter Is Coming” (Sorry, Game of Thrones fan here). We have yards, homes, children, garages and kitchens to prep for school activities, the coming snow and of course football season! So I’ve gathered some fall prep resources for you to go at your own pace. If we want to get it all in before the cold and snow (and be able to take Sunday football breaks), we better get going.

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7 Warning Signs You Have Major Clean Out Avoidance

What is major clean out avoidance? A space that needs a major clean-out has usually had stuffed piled up in it for months or years.  This could be a garage, a basement, an attic or a storage space stuffed full of items.  The items don’t necessarily have to be unorganized or literally in piles.  It’s the sheer volume of materials in the space that call for a major clean out.  There is simply no more room to stack, stuff, or shift items around.  The reason these major clean-outs are avoided for so long is because we know we will have to clear every single things out sort through it, and process letting things go.  It is a daunting task to take on by yourself.  You also may have limited space so you may need to get it done quickly which makes the task even more stressful.

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How to Store Travel Memorabilia and Souvenirs

Coming home from a vacation is always bitter sweet for me.  Most of the time I am actually ready to come home.  I do worry about my home, my pets, and my plants.  I also happen to love sleeping in my own bed.  Once I get home and walk in the door I feel awesome for a few hours if I am lucky, then the everyday to day stressors start to creep up on me again.  I have to think about my to do list, cleaning house, and of course the laundry.  One thing that I always put off and let pile up are all of the little travel brochures, maps and souvenirs we pick up on our trip.  Even though I know we can Google just about anything I still love bringing these items home.  Here are four ways I store travel memorabilia and souvenirs:

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Frozen Food Storage: Recommended Times

I love any piece of information that can tell me how long I can store my food for. If I didn’t have this information handy my husband would eat anything in the fridge even if it’s been in their 10 days. He’s either very brave or has an iron stomach. I’m not sure which! Here is a great info graphic showing you recommended frozen food storage times. It also tells you what not to freeze. You may want to print this and keep it pinned up near the fridge for hubby’s sake!

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Breaking Through Procrastination: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting Organized

Breaking Through Procrastination: The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Organized | Who This E book Is For: If you're a busy person struggling with clutter build up and procrastination, and you think that getting organized will NEVER happen, there is a very specific formula that will not only reverse this detrimental thought process but will stop the disorganization cycle altogether.

Awhile back I introduced you to an amazing e book my friend Nealey wrote. Well, I still think it’s one of the coolest books around and I actually pull it out myself when I get stuck or just need  plan already laid out for me. I have to share this book with you because I have read it and it is fantastic! I love all of my professional organizer friends but not everyone who tries has a talent for writing a step by step procrastination guide book that is not boring or overwhelming. I’m here to tell you Nealey has the right stuff! She is funny, smart, straightforward and she know all of your excuses (kind of makes me wonder if maybe once she was unorganized…hmm). So check out the inside scoop on this book, The Procrastinator’s Guide To Getting Organized: The Formula You Need To Beat Every Barrier Your Brain Puts Between You & A Clutter-Free Life.

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