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Guest Blogger DIYMama Erin Reynolds: Moving in Together? Here’s How to Make Your House a Home

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is,” and it’s true. But, if you and your significant other are taking the next step and moving in together, it will take some work to make your house a home. Two personalities, styles, and preferences are coming together—and the two of you have to find a way to make them mesh that doesn’t involve dividing the house down the middle. The following are just a few tips to get your home organized, decorated, and settled so you can enjoy this new chapter.

Purging is a Must

 

No one likes to get rid of their things, but trying to fit two people’s worth of stuff in a home can be overwhelming, at best. A pre-move purge is a must for both of you. First, start by going through each room and separating items into keep, donate, sell, and trash piles. Once you’ve narrowed down your things, the two of you can come together and decide on duplicates, such as whose cookware, appliances, bedding, and furniture you’ll keep. You don’t need six frying pans and two mismatched couches. These decisions can be difficult, so if there are a few items you can’t agree on, put them in storage until you figure out what to do with them. The overall average price of a self-storage unit booked in Los Angeles, California over the past 180 days is $144.76. This is also a great place to keep items until you figure out the layout, as well as anything you don’t have room for now, but could see a future use for.

Keep Organization at the Forefront

 

Remember, a cluttered home isn’t cozy—it’s chaotic. This should be your mantra when it comes to home décor. Be sure to measure everything. By taking measurements before you bring items in, you might find your significant other’s loveseat is a way better fit than your bulky recliner. Make a conscious effort to use every inch of space wisely, as organization is an area couples tend to disagree on. For example, kitchen counters that serve as a drop zone could be your breaking point, while your significant other can’t stand a cluttered bathroom vanity. Make rules, but be willing to communicate and compromise. It may be helpful to look for versatile items that can serve multiple purposes. For example, if you insist on having piles of throw pillows and blankets accessible, but your partner thinks they are excessive and should be out of sight, meet halfway: For only about $100 you could get an ottoman that comes with built-in storage—a neat yet convenient place for those comfort items.

Don’t Overdo It When Mixing Styles

 

Designing and decorating a new home can be stressful. You could hire a professional interior decorator, though the average hourly rate can be as much as $500, according to Houzz. If you’re on a tight budget, though, don’t worry. There’s plenty of accessible (and free) advice online about designing and decorating a new home.

 

The two of you likely have completely different styles, which is why interior designer Sara Costello recommends painting walls a non-color such as white or cream. “With those non-color colors, you can weave in a palette that is masculine and feminine,” Costello said. Then, add pops of color via wall art, accent pillows, and various decorative items. If you have your own décor you are bringing in, incorporate it slowly, and make sure you both agree on it. Taking over the space can quickly lead to an argument. If you will be shopping for new furniture pieces, décor, or even something as simple as new bath towels, be sure you make purchases together so that one individual’s style doesn’t shine through more than the other.

 

Above all else, be kind and understanding toward one another. This is a huge change for both of you, and there will likely be arguments and disagreements. But at the end of the day, you are in it together. Take your time, go slow, talk often, and enjoy the ride!

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Posted by on October 25, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Super Tip Friday- Breaking Up Chores Into Pieces!

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I got this idea while recovering from Bells Palsy and some days I would have energy and other days I wouldn’t. AND I still wanted to get things done around the house.

Here is a tip:

On a normal day you might be able to do 4 or 5 things you do. If you don’t have the energy, break it down to 1 or 2 things on a day. Make one day for dusting and wiping counters. Make another day a vacuum day. And so on. Make Mondays the bill paying day. 

Your health comes first and I also know that many of us don’t want our homes to get out of control. AND you want to feel useful. Sometimes doing chores can lift your spirits too.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Super Tip Thursday: Pace YO Self While Organizing

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Pacing is everything! Life is not a race. I believe every movement is good, it doesn’t matter how big or large the movement. I am a big picture, long run type of thinker  and my actions reflect that. I want to create habits and have long term success.

As I am recovering from Bells Palsy and some of the effects have me dibilitated or tired easily. So I am pace myself.

I may work for a few hours in the morning, so I keep a few hours in the afternoon free.

I may work Tuesday, but I take Wednesday off and work Thursday.

Finding your pace requires you to NOT pass judgment on yourself, not to feel pity or sorry for yourself. Finding your pace means being present and honest with yourself about yourself and practicing self care. You can get stuff done!!!! Also you avoid burning out and giving up.

Remember small steps can lead to large rewards!

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Super Share: Organizing and Mental Health

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The Above is something I saw and I like it and find it useful. May you find it useful too.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Super Organizer Monday: Organization and Illness

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I’m a Professional Organizer AND I am dealing with an illness, Bells Palsy. I am in recovery. Its been 3 months since diagnosis. When I was first diagnosed, the doctor told me to stop everything and rest and take the meds! The first month I didn’t do anything beyond stuff related to my health. Bells Palsy is a nerve in your head condition, so I needed to not stress out my brain. As I look back on things, being organized helped me in those early days. Having dedicated places for things certainly helped me not stress out.

First I had to tell myself that its okay to not organize anything while I am resting and healing. My health was number one! Half of my face was paralyzed, so It wasn’t hard to rest. In the meantime, since I had things in place, I did what I could to continue to keep them that way. I had a drawer by my bed that had all the meds and vitamins in it. My bathroom and kitchen were set up so I could find whatever i need. I was drinking certain types of tea, so I had those teas up front, on a shelf I could reach, easy to get to. I had a file for the medical records in a special spot. My clothes and towels and bathroom items, everything was easy to get to and they all had their places.It helped.

I didn’t think of this until now.

That the time of the onset of the Bells Palsy, my first and only concern was to  take care of myself. My health was number one. I like to organize and teach others how to get organized, so I knew I needed to stop everything and do what the doctors told me, so that I can return to organizing. Now as I look back, i have found ANOTHER reason that being organized is a great thing. Even if it seems like a little thing, little things counts.

As for actual organizing while being ill, I encourge you NOT to worry about that. My message to you is to get organized while you are well and it may serve you WELL while you are ill.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Sort Out Sunday: Bringing ONLY Things You WILL Use In Your Home

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I’ve written blog posts about repurposing and I’ve blog posts on getting rid of things as you bring things into you home. I’ve also talked about rotating your clothes. Now I am writing about something that I am practicing myself. Only bringing items into the home that will be used.ACTUALLY USED!  And I don’t mean in a year! And I don’t mean MIGHT be used. I’m talking about going to the store and only buying clothes, accessories, food items, appliances, etc that will have a spot to be and will be used.

I got the idea from a minimalist friend of mine. I didn’t want to go that extreme, but the thought is similar. The benefits are less clutter forming, money-saving, knowing what you actually have in your home, and  things get used. I am on a new crusade to use the items that are in my home. Get my money’s worth! AND as a Professional Organizer, I want to eliminate clutter! This accomplishes both! Think about this!

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2018 in Organizing

 

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4 Creative Ways to Increase Storage Space on a Budget From Guest Blogger DIY Mama Erin Reynolds

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4 Creative Ways to Increase Storage Space on a Budget

 

If you have often found yourself frustrated at the clutter building up in your house, you’re not alone. According to Time, the single biggest pet peeve amongst homeowners is lack of storage space. Storage is essential to having an organized home, which in itself is important for our mental health and well-being. These four tips will help you fight clutter by allowing everything in the house to have its own place without having to spend a fortune on new furniture.

Before You Start, Go Online

 

Big shops have regular sales throughout the year, but you can’t always wait until the next one comes around to buy what you need. Even if you could, it can be difficult to get the best possible price without losing out on the deal. This is why the internet is your best friend when it comes to home shopping. There are plenty of coupons, discounts, and cashback programs available for online shopping, so never buy without checking a website like Ebates, which offers discounts and deals on stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, where you can find stylish storage solutions that match your decor, regardless of the project.

Look Up

 

How much vertical space are you currently ignoring or underusing? Many of us have plenty of bare walls that are just begging for some shelving and extra storage space. Shelves are one of the easiest DIY projects to undertake, and can often be made for little to no cost using upcycled materials such as boxes, wooden furniture, and even belts. Don’t be afraid to go high up with shelving near the ceiling or above door frames — you can place things here that you rarely use, such as boxes with important documents or Christmas decorations. If you want to purchase shelving without having to do it yourself, save money by taking advantage of cashback offers and online sales for stores such as Crate and Barrel.

 

Get Rolling

Storage on wheels is a great way to utilize small spaces without sacrificing convenience and ease of use. Being able to roll out hidden storage makes using it a breeze, so you don’t have to struggle with lifting, pulling, and dragging boxes across the floor when you need something.

Rolling boxes for under bed storage can be bought for quite cheap or made from simple wooden boards, which are perfect if you have some left over from another DIY project. Similarly, a roll-out pantry can be the perfect solution for that narrow gap many kitchens have next to the fridge, and it is also easily made with cheap materials.

Hack Existing Furniture

 

If you are intimidated by the idea of building something from scratch, you can ease yourself into things by “hacking” existing furniture to boost its storage capabilities. This usually involves more basic DIY skills and has less of a chance of going wrong since you are not making big changes to the structure of the furniture itself.

IKEA furniture lends itself particularly well to hacking due to its assembly methods. This is why a whole community of IKEA hackers exists online to share tips on how to transform their flat pack furniture into something unique. This often involves taking a cheaper piece and making it look more high-end or simply changing its design to suit another room and use. Check out some great ideas for low-cost storage IKEA hacks here. You can also save money on IKEA products by searching through money-saving sites like RetailMeNot.

With these solutions, storage doesn’t have to be a problem in your house anymore. You can now say goodbye to cluttered, stressful, and cramped rooms that are hard to navigate and even harder to relax in. Forget spending money on wardrobes and cabinets that feel bulky and out of place in your rooms. A bit of creativity and flexibility can help you fit easy, cheap, and simple storage solutions into your space in a way that feels seamless and unintrusive.

 

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Posted by on September 22, 2018 in Organizing

 

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