redecorating for free
Have you ever wondered how sculptors create such amazing works of art from just a block of ice, a chunk of wood or a pile of sand? I asked a sand sculptor friend of mine and his answer was so simple, “I just take away what I don’t want.” In other words, the work of art is already there, just waiting to be revealed – once the excess is removed.
Decluttering our homes works in much the same way. We don’t necessarily have to go out and buy expensive furniture and fancy accessories. The beauty is already there, hidden under the clutter.
We have the ability to make our homes a masterful work of art, an expression of our creativity, by simply removing what we don’t want. By taking away the things that don’t matter, we automatically highlight the things we love. Suddenly, the room not only looks gorgeous – it feels so good to be in there, you won’t want to leave.
You’ve seen the room makeovers on television, but have you noticed the first step at the beginning of the show? In most cases, everything is taken out of the room first. Then, only what works in the space is brought back. Like an artist, we begin with a new canvas. Sometimes, new furniture and accessories are added as well, but that’s not always necessary to create a room that makes you smile. One thing is for sure – even with a new décor, clutter in the room will always detract from its beauty.
The practice of home redesign is based on the same principles. All the furniture and accessories are taken out of the room and the redesigner starts from scratch – it’s the most important step in the process. Next, the large pieces of furniture are brought back and rearranged to best fit the room. Then the artwork is placed on the walls properly. And finally the smaller things are added – the treasures you love, displayed in a way that highlights them. Your rooms are transformed with little or no money, using your existing furnishings. They look incredible and, more importantly, feel harmonious. It has less to do with how they look and more to do with how they feel. It’s all about creating an environment that feels right for you and those you share it with - not what would look good in a decorating magazine. Your house begins to feel like a home. The energy is different without all that clutter. And the thought of having friends and family over is no longer as frightening.
Having a home you love, that reflects your interests and is warm and welcoming for family and friends, can have a powerful impact in all areas of your life. So, what can you take away to reveal a home you love right now?
— Hellen Buttigieg is a Certified Professional Organizer & Life Coach. Her Oakville company, We Organize U, helps busy families clear their clutter and create a more relaxed home, productive workspace, and manageable, meaningful life. Contact Hellen at 905-829-2219. Get your FREE e-Book, 7 Habits That Rob You of Your Time, Energy and Inner Peace, at www.weorganizeu.com.