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What was called a “warehouse look” in layman terms, used to be seen only in enormous top-floor, attic apartments of those who usually could not afford anything else. However, times have changed and this brave and bold look can be found within the walls of some of the most expensive mansions all around the world. Modern architects prefer to expose, rather than hide; they combine neutral with utilitarian, wooden with metal, thus celebrating humble materials, showcasing amazing interplay between form and fiction. What used to be considered unfinished and cold is actually modern, innovative, unassuming and rather comfortable place you can proudly call home.

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Exposed pipes and ducts

First signature element that every modern industrial look must contain are the pipes and ducts that are usually hidden behind the thick walls. It started as a necessity when people had to redecorate old warehouses and turn them into living spaces, and slowly became one of the most popular interior design ideas among those who seek out what appears to be “unfinished” look. It is also a smart choice for all-white spaces, as bright walls are a fabulous contrast to metal piping, providing even more light to the room, making it look visually bigger. Some people even incorporate old pipes into the furniture, so they use metal brackets and tubes to make one of a kind shelves, chairs, tables and even stairs.

Vintage furniture & accessories

Since what is usually concealed is already exposed, industrial design requires you to take a step further and experiment when it comes to furniture. But be careful, experimenting in this case does not refer to color and extravagant furniture pieces, but rather simple and neutral ones found at a local thrift shop. Old wooden coffee table surrounded with modern leather furniture, old TV turned into a retro bar or an old sawing machine you found at your grandmother’s attic, there is a place for everything that could in a way be called second-hand.

Effortless Lightning

Even though industrial spaces are usually quite bright, exposed electrical fixtures are still an important element to be incorporated in such homes. The options are numerous: you can choose to set up simple, old, iron triangular chandeliers above your kitchen island, or stretch cables across the entire ceiling just to have light bulbs hand in the middle of the room. Classical metal wall fixtures are also quite frequently found in industrially designed spaces that blend with white walls and exposed piping.

Cool Colors

Metal surfaces prevail together with wooden ones thus creating the perfect contrast, so in an industrially designed space you are bound to see metal ceiling in combination with wooden flooring, but sometimes even vice versa. Earthly green and brown, as well as many light neutral tones are the most popular color choices, with grey being the most prominent one, creating a bit uniform, but extremely chic and modern home. According to the Fantastic Services painters and decorators, the right color palette can make or break how your home looks and feel, especially if wall and ceiling painting is not done up to standard.

Basic Flooring

In enormous open-plan rooms, tiles and concrete are the most common choices for flooring. However, for those who prefer warmer colors, wooden and rubber ones are usually the alternative. But what is important is that the industrial design does not allow any rugs, even if you complain about the cold feet, and in that case, floor heating is your only option. Small portable mats are tolerated, but only on those places in your home that require you to stand for a longer period of time, like in the kitchen when washing the dishes. But only then. Once you are finished, they lose their purpose and must be removed for the sake of the amazing design.

Neutral tones, whites and grays, together with wooden floors, metal fixtures, pipes and mats are the signature elements of the industrial design. It gives your home a uniform look that still allows you to experiment with old and retro furniture, as well as add a couple of your own DIY projects. Show that you are bold and brave by exposing what is usually concealed, blending it all in one neutral earthly color.

Ever since the amazing George R.R. Martin released the first book of his epic fantasy novel serial called “A song of Ice and Fire”, it captivated the minds of millions of people throughout the world, and no one ever expected that a single book would make people scream for more. And as Martin formulated an epic fantasy fever that spread out even into a more mainstream audience, the fantasy drama TV show Game of Thrones set the world on fire, so now we’re living each day expecting next season to appear and eventually, another character to die. This show deeply triggered our imagination, and we must admit that the Lannisters’ and the Targaryens’ have left a mark on our very own Houses. Westeros is no place to live, with a Great War raging around, and another one just brewing up, but it is best kept safe as a dash of inspiration in our oh-so-mortal mundane life.

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Brave men did not kill the dragons – they let them into their houses

Indulge in the passion of the fearless Targaryens and use the powers of the almighty dragon world by permeating your house with gothic-influenced dragon motifs. Apart from pillowcases and wall banners illustrated with the recognizable Targaryen crest, you can go step further and enrich your anteroom with glamorous dragon sconces just made to keep you away from dark nights. Your bedroom can become Fire and Blood for all unwanted visitors should you introduce dragon printed beddings, but scaly dragon eggs and winged reptile sculptures on side tables will turn your living space into the safest place in the world.

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Your own Winterfell

The glorious Starks are having all but a good time these days, and yet they remain absolute fan favorites. There’s just something about the strength of their familiar bonds. Their medieval spirit will always be powerful and fearsome when necessary, and you don’t want to miss out on their might when you know that Winter is Coming! Bring the Stark sensibility into your home by dressing your bedroom with furry pillows, bed covers and shaggy rugs but don’t forget wooden accents, such as candleholders, an effective chain & wood chandelier and a rustically styled hardwood closet. Fear cuts deeper than swords, and your own Winterfell shouldn’t lack an elaborate display of medieval swords on the wall. Once winter comes, have a rustic stone fire pit ready, for yourself and your family dog- uh, dauntless direwolves. Top it off with stone brick walls decorated with a Godswood tapestry, dark timber high back chairs with rusty iron frames and plenty of wolf sculptures, and feel like the Lord of Winterfell. Keep your head!

Opulence – because everything’s better glammed up

Richly ornamented, golden bed frames, glowing branchy chandeliers and obvious golden upholstery is a smooth way to show who’s boss, so even if you’re not fond of the strikingly rich and surprisingly canny Lannisters, don’t feel bad should you steal a bit of their sass. A solid mahogany table ornamented with curved lion legs, paired with an ottoman with a curvy bronze trestle is an excellent way to “lux” your living room. Hear YOU roar! You can get really on point with lion door knockers, or soften things up with pillows wrapped into embroidered pillowcases, damask patterned crystal pottery (especially wine glasses) and gold ornamented mirrors. We hope your personal wine cellar can keep up with this task!

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Moroccan comfort of the fiery south

Going in-hand with popular interior styles, the Martells really provide us with some fabulous yet exotic ideas, from warm orange, red and yellow hues incorporated into geometrically patterned rugs and upholstery, to sun-inspired motifs over table tops, beddings, and most practically, mirror frames. Martells are fans of soft leathers, so feel free to enrich your living room with red leather stools and chairs covered with impressive oriental reliefs. Add embossed leather pillows, red glass lanterns and Moroccan-style side tables, and you’re ready to declare yourself Unbowed, Unbent and Unbroken.

As you’re transforming your interior décor into a taste of the mythical kingdom of Westeros, always have back-up plans, and keep your friends close. As you know, when you play the game of thrones you either win or die.

Even though more than one hundred years have past since the Victorian Era, Victorian style has left a great mark onto the interior design that cannot be erased. Many people today are looking for clues how to copy that style and use it in their houses. This high demand is just the cause of this article – it is in the following few paragraphs that we will explain everything you need to know about Victorian style and give you clues how to decorate your bedroom (or any other room) in Victorian style.

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What’s Victorian style all about?

Let’s face it – we are living in the twenty-first century and we no longer wear cylinders and long dresses at home or to the theatre. Due to this fact, if we wanted to bring some of that bygone Victorian style to our home, it would be normal to combine it with what we have – that is, modern style and modern things. Victorian style has evolved by now and it is normal to mesh things up, so for example you can pair modern acrylic chairs with an ancient wood table. The combination of an old dining table you got from your grandmother and reupholstered chairs with bold graphic print cushions would be perfect. Also, in the living room, you can reupholster Victorian style sofas and comfortable chairs in a very modern fabric, such as tapestry, floral or damask. This will give the furniture a statement: I am modern, but I like the old antique curves.

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How to add craftsman character?

Since we do not want to make you renovate your entire house, bulldoze it and make the ceilings higher and build completely new windows, we are going to try to spice the interior up with some craftsman character. Since Victorians loved ornately carved wood furniture made in walnut, oak and mahogany, you can add them almost anywhere where you have room. And do not stop at the furniture. If you want to redecorate your living room, do not stop at the sofa – add some wood carved mirror frames, lamps and picture frames. And let’s get things cleared out: Victorian furniture is not cheap and if you want best quality you will have to pay some extra cash for it. Handywork has a price.

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Colour-theme your (bed)room

When it comes to truly Victorian style vibe, you should not be afraid of paint colour. Victorians loved it, and so will you. So if you are planning to redecorate your bedroom, you can choose between the rich hues of green, red, blue and gold-brown. However, Victorian colours were somewhat dusty when compared to our modern hues and colour was everywhere, starting from the kitchen to the library. Victorian bedrooms had those big beds with curtains, so you should plan to invest into one. You can also add a fireplace mantle (you can find one in flea market or even buy a modern electric). Re-purpose old trims, doors and windows and add marble in order to promote high-quality aesthetic vibe that Victorian homes used to boast with.

And finally, the last piece of advice for this redecoration would be to consider painting rooms into warm white instead of bold colours. If you add Victorian accessories into it, the mixture of old and new will perfectly achieve the effect we are aiming at. Besides, you can add colour via accessories, such as textiles, rugs, lamps, cushions and wall art. And make sure your every room is painted differently. Add some romance with fresh flowers and there you have it – a perfect Victorian style home, meshed up with modern design.

Most of us have pretty much the same impression when someone mentions IKEA – amazing design, dozens of modern furniture pieces for every corner of the house and budget-friendly prices. But, apart from touching almost every home, this popular Swedish brand is now offering a delightful perspective of our homes in the future. This is an opportunity to see your future home through IKEA’s eyes:

Totally smart interior

Those days we are blessed with our smart phones and tablets, but, if we bear in mind that IKEA is about to surprise us with smart kitchens, in next 10 years we’ll probably be able to enjoy in totally smart homes as well.  Majority of interior items, from your wardrobe to kitchen appliances will come with smart sensors included, where simple sentence will be enough to start your washing machine, open the wardrobe or turn off the oven when you’re away. According to this, our homes in 2025 will be fully equipped with pieces, whose usage is based on our communication with them and appliances able to predict next actions. So, it looks like we’ll get a new friend to talk to.

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Indoor nature

Nature will definitely come back to us through the big doors, but with couple of changes in the scenario. IKEA’s designers anticipate that by 2025 you won’t even have to stick your head out the window to enjoy lush greenery, since gardens will become integral part of your interior. It looks like living walls, dense green beds full of veggies and herbs and rooms transformed into real natural environment are going to replace your outdoor moments and turn your home into true reflection of outside world.

Intelligent kitchen tables

IKEA’s project known as “Concept Kitchen 2025” will definitely gladden all of you, who are not so skilled delicacies’ makers, since your future kitchen space will probably welcome the table nearly intelligent as you. This Swedish company recently released a concept known as “Table for Living”, referring to a kitchen table smart enough to guide you through entire cooking adventure. All you have to do is to put your favourite ingredients on table’s surface, choose your recipe, desired cooking mode and the magic will start to appear. Like this isn’t stunning enough, this futuristic table will be able to warm your food, suggest preparation steps and exact amount of ingredients for every meal.

Fridge – what’s that?

This will probably be the question your child will ask you in 2025, since your future home will not host classic refrigerator you have now. Assuming that in next 10 years food price will significantly rise, regular shopping will become past and groceries will be delivered to us on a daily basis, IKEA suppose that refrigerators will be replaced with automated pantries. Shelves cluttered with bunch of groceries will disappear and our homes will have modern pantry, based on technology which can maintain temperature of each ingredient placed in see-through storing containers.

Although those characteristics of our future homes now look like dream, there’s no doubt that rapidly developing technology and design will bring us closer to IKEA’s image of our living space in 2025.

Much as we want to keep up with the changing times, it is undeniable that antique furniture still dominates with regard to quality and durability. As the furniture market continues to expand, a lot of counterfeit and substandard fittings have continued to emerge, most of which are only designed to generate profits. Purchasing such furnishings for your home or office is highly detrimental as they will break within a very short period and force you to spend more money on repair and replacements. It is for this reason that many people have now gone back to the traditional English furniture.

Antique furniture for your house

Perhaps you too should consider purchasing this antique furniture for your house. There are countless benefits of using conventional fittings as opposed to the modern ones. For starters, conventional furnishings are created with high-quality materials that have been tested and tried. Therefore, you are assured of quality, which is the most important thing to look for when buying furniture. Most of these fittings are made from hard wood, freshly cut from indigenous trees. This type of wood is hard enough to resist breakage and other kind of damages such as pests. Your traditional furniture will still retain its original value over a long period of time.

There is something unique about the traditional English interior designs. They make a house look expensive and elegant. Top it up with a set of antique furniture and you will have a jaw dropping interior style that will help you make the right statement. Antique fittings are designed in unique styles that represent quality, strength, and resistance. So, if you are looking for unique ideas to give your house a facelift, these furnishings are a nice option. They not only improve your home’s appearance, but also add value to it.

Modern furniture is created using unreliable technologies that are sometimes less effective. Antique furniture on the other hand uses traditional methods coupled with contemporary technologies to bring out the best results. It is joyous to own vintage fittings as the amount of hard work that goes into designing them is clearly visible in every angle. Apart from being manufactured from quality wood such as mahogany, these traditional furnishings also be appreciated by the sight of unique craftsmanship and their almost tactile appearance. These furnishings are also popular because of their practicality and historical significance. A good example of antique bedroom furniture is the one that existed in Regency, Edwardian, and Georgian periods.

Choosing a rug is the “crown” of decorating a room. The right choice of a rug will further embellish your life space and influence the apartment’s decorating in general. Because of that, pay attention to a few details when buying rugs. The rug is one of the things in your apartment you’ll come in contact with very often. You step on it, vacuum it and enjoy in the warmth and the visual effect it gives to the room. Today you have a very large rugs offer everywhere but we are here to help.

The choice of a rug and functionality

This is one of the most important things when it comes to choosing a rug. Think about how much you’ll walk over it, if you want to walk barefoot on it, if you have children that will play on it or perhaps a pet that will leave hair. It is also important to know if some liquids will be spieled on it.

So, for places where something is more likely to get spied on, find a thin rug that absorbs less liquid. Where you need comfort and warmth you can afford to get a thicker rug with soft texture. For carpets in children’s rooms the most important thing is its decoration but also they need to secure warm floor surface for kids to play on.

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Shape, dimensions, quality and colour of a rug

The shape of a rug can be square, rectangular, round or oval. Choosing a rug based on its dimensions depends on the size and the purpose of the room but also on the furniture. It is believed that rugs have energy values depending on their shape. Round carpets are the embodiment of spirituality and peace. That’s why they’re suitable for rooms where you want to relax, the bedroom, the living room or the dining room. Rectangular rugs bring energy and they fit studies, libraries etc..

The basic colour of a rug should fit with the rest of the room’s colours. For smaller spaces you should use lighter colours for the rug, and for the big ones choose a colour of your choice. If you want your room to look casual, you can choose a multicoloured rug, and if you need it to look more formal, then you should use a rug with one or two non-staring colours.

Rug’s maintenance

In order for your rug to keep its neatness and decorative effect, you need to vacuum it regularly, dust it occasionally with a wet rag in the direction of its fibres and sometimes remove the stains from food and drinks. With its regular maintenance you’ll prevent allergic reactions of people with breathing condition.

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Tips for choosing a rug

Expensive rugs should be set on a place that is visible and not that frequent, where there is no that much more furniture that can hide it or damage it.

For frequent places in the apartment you should choose a more quality rug with higher density, and medium or small floor level. By choosing a certain colour or design you can emphasize the neutrality of the space, or its accent. If you want your rug not to be noticed, choose a colour similar to your furniture. The choice of a rug is always interesting, and rugs are waiting just for you.

 

Many people today are facing the challenge of having a small living space. This is one of the most common disadvantages of living in urban areas. Instead of making it a problem, it would be best to accept it as a fact, and take advantage of what you have until you find something better. Small apartments usually have small bedrooms – which are big enough for a bed, and not for anything else. The key to happy living is to use all the tricks you can in order to turn your small-sized bedroom into a nice and functional one, and yet save space for other things.

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Use what you have

If your small bedroom does not have enough space for a nightstand, you should use what you have at hands. For example, if you have a deep window sill, move your bed next to it and it can serve as a nightstand. If you have a wall-mounted shelf beside the bed, you can add another one, which would be deep enough so that you can use it as a computer desk while you are sitting on the bed. If you have a desk next to your bed, it is perfectly fine to give it a double duty – to serve as a nightstand as well. A lamp is simply a must at your bedside, so instead of taking up space on a nightstand, you can simply hang one on the wall – this way, you will get direct light from above your head, which is great for reading. Mind you that it should be high enough so that you do not hit your head while sitting up.

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Additional storage

In a small bedroom, the walls are your best friends. A general rule for small bedrooms is to hang everything you can on the walls. If you have a narrow bedroom, you can put a simple shelf beside or above the bed to make up for a nightstand, and you will get extra space for something else. If you lack space for keeping a bike, you can simply hang it above the bed – the only thing you have to do is to clean its tires every time you mount it on the wall. If you lack storage space, you can find high beds which have enough storage space underneath the mattress – a space which you can use for winter/summer clothes, sheets and blankets, and the like. Do not be afraid to even add cabinets above the bed – they are simply made for small bedrooms.

And finally, the key to a happy home and normal living is not the size of your living space. Rather, it should be the joy of waking up next to the person you really care about and enjoying every moment with them. Even though you cannot magically make the space bigger than it is, you can create optical illusion – by painting the walls white, and using light-coloured sheets (which will additionally make you feel calm and you will be able to take a good rest in it) and hanging mirrors to visually enlarge your small bedroom.

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Most businesses start at home or in student dorm rooms, while some others with more luck and more initial funding start in small offices and other more professional surroundings. No matter how good your startup idea is, you will definitely have trouble with space in your first office. Don’t despair, there are tricks that can make your space look bigger and more appealing to future clients and employees.

Laptops

Desktop computers take out a lot of space and the prices and specs of laptop computer are almost equivalent these days. In addition to this you will be able to do your business in motion and use all the practicality that comes with a laptop.

New Shelves

Great way to use more of your office space and the things you place on these shelves will always be visible and easy to reach. Some people decide to hire professional help, when doing simple tasks like this, but with a good DIY guide and adequate tools and materials you will be able to build and paint your shelves like a pro. You can find cheap and good quality tools in online tool shops.

Tamed Cables

This is important not only because you want to make your office bigger, but also for making it a safer place. For this task you can use everything from duck-tape to pegboard and make sure to mark each cable with different color band.

Lighter Colors on the Walls

This is one of the basic interior design tricks for making a room look bigger. Some people choose plain white, but this will make your office look like a hospital or some other health institution, so it is better to use warmer light colors, and also don’t hesitate to place some minimalist decorations on the walls.

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Simple Storage Furniture

Bigger office furniture that’s mostly used for storing can also be used as a clipboard or the place where you will put some important notices to your clients and employees. When it comes to office furniture, color should be a good match to the color of your walls and it can also have some decorations, but rather choose simple and inconspicuous pieces. Flamboyant vintage furniture is not functional enough, so don’t even think about Luis the Fourteenth.

Uncovered Windows

Be sure not to install any curtains on your windows. It is better to leave them uncovered and bring in all the light your office can get. The light will give it much more depth and if you want more privacy or you want to stop your employees from watching people go by, it is better to use shades or blinds than curtains.

Ceiling Tricks

In small offices ceiling is one of the most important and most visible parts. You should always draw attention to it, and keep it nice and tidy. A good idea is to paint the ceiling in some dramatic colors or even to cover it with wallpapers. This will make it look taller, and office will automatically look bigger.

Another great trick is to install shelves very close to the ceiling and store some things that you don’t use that often, but that are looking nice and representative. Clever space-saving lawyer, for example, would use these shelves for nicely bound law books.

Green architecture has many versatile advantages. Green buildings consume less power, last longer and it is healthier to live in them rather than conventional houses. Their construction requires less material and they are usually self-sustainable. Of course, they also have a smaller negative impact on the environment.

The investment in green home is investment in your health. How productive are you when you have a headache or you are under stress? You can get a headache or be stressed because of harmful vapours from low quality materials used for construction of your home, poor lighting, constant noise, etc. Less energy is consumed when we have good natural light and quality insulation. When you live in a green house you have more money to spend on things you like, because you have lower costs for doctors, repairs, heating and cooling, maintenance, etc. You can make your home greener by installing green walls and roof.

How to make a green wall?

Green wall, or an indoor vertical garden, consists of fixed or movable supporting structure, space to accommodate the plants and irrigation system (pump, tank for nutrition and water, a timer and a dropper).

Plants for the green wall are grown in containers with special fibres that concentrate the root in one place and they are usually in regular geometric shape (cube or rectangle). Attach metal construction that will carry your new vertical garden on the wall and along the construction conduct watering system. Make sure that every plant gets access to the water. You will also need a waterproof layer that will insulate your regular wall from moisture. After that, stack the plants next to each other and make a plant mosaic.

Plants that are recommended for green walls are creeping philodendron, dracaena, ivy, scindapsus, ferns, Spathiphyllum, aglaonema and plants with small root system.

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How to make a green roof?

The construction of the green roof and its layers depend on the purpose of the roof. All green roofs have one thing in common and that is that they must contain certain layers so their ecosystem could live.

The layers of the green roof are:

  • Supporting structure – its purpose is to withstand the roof load and it represents the support for the other layers.
    Waterproof layer – which is intended to retain the rain water and its channelling towards the sewer or to a system for storing the rain water.
  • Layer which prevents the penetration of roots in the supporting layer – this layer prevents the roots penetration in depth. The most commonly used material for this layer is geotextile.
    Drainage layer – this layer that is intended to retain the water that plants can use for nutrition during drought periods.
  • Layer for filtration – which prevents the penetration of higher layers and roots in the drainage layer but allows the water come through.
  • Sand or small rocks – are used to help drain the soil, they are porous so they provide an excellent basis for application of the soil.
  • Soil – or any other substrate that enables plants to grow.

There are other layers that you can use for green roof construction but these are the most commonly applied. If you want to grow something other than grass and small plants on your roof you have to apply thicker layer of soil and stronger supporting construction so the plants can grow undisturbed.

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By building green you invest in your health, reduce the impact of construction on the environment, improve the quality of your living space and reduce the costs associated with the using of the building. There are more and more people on our planet and less and less resources. We have to be more responsible when we build so the next generations don’t end up left without necessary resources.

 

There comes a time when you feel like your home could be a bit more organized than it is. So, in order to put your plans into action, you decide to clean up a bit and make some room. Often, you don’t even notice just how much stuff you end up with after so many trips, picnics, holidays, etc. you buy a little something here, get a nice little gift there, save something to be used later, and before you know it, your bedroom, living room, and closets are filled with clothes and small memorabilia you have no use for but still keep.

Make a plan first

Sometimes, you feel like getting rid of everything at once; but no matter how good the idea might seem to you, it is not that easy to make it work. Especially if you have a large house with many rooms and closets, it is going to take a while to go through everything and sort things out. This is why you should make a plan and do your best to stick to it. You might think that you can do it in two days time, but, to be honest, nobody can clean for two days straight.


Sort out

The easiest to sort things once you start cleaning up the room, is to place them in one of the boxes labeled as follows:

1) Keep,

2) Throw away,

3) Donate.

And once you start cleaning the place up, put everything in these boxes. Have a talk with our significant other and your children and make sure they understand that they should get rid of some of their things. Clinging to the items from the past makes it harder for all of you and leaves you with bunch of useless stuff you have no use for.

Small things that make all the difference

There is nothing better than a few tips and tricks which help a lot. One of such small things is this: before you start cleaning up, make your bed. This way, you will not feel the urge to crawl in and give up the entire decluttering idea, and in addition, once you make the bed, the rest of the room will look too messy and you will want to clean it up. Maybe it’s small, but it does make a difference once you try.

Yard sale

If you have second thoughts about things you would like to either throw away or donate, there is solution for that – make a yard sale. This is a great way to get rid of all the things you don’t need but which other people could use. Children’s toys, old books and clothes, porcelain figures and baseball cards – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

In order to avoid the situation where it takes more time to sort and organize all your things than it does to actually clean the room, you should make annual decluttering of your home and get rid of all the things you actually don’t use and don’t need. Make a good plan and invite others to join in, you will be surprised just how easy it is to keep your home clean and well organized.