Wednesday, February 1, 2012

10 Steps Ship-Shape your Castle

Life feels better when you live in a welcoming uncluttered space that nourishes your soul - you are better able to breathe, to create, to contemplate, to relax and to live a balanced life. So for the New Year, we share some of our tips on making your home ship-shape - bringing more life to your space, making your home feel fresh, beautiful, spacious, uplifting and inviting... like a sanctuary!

#1 Make a List

My kids and husband will attest to my crazy list fetish. Once it's written on the list, you can free your mind to focus on the steps to achieve your goals instead of continuing to ponder all that has to be done. 

#2-Tackle one room at a time.

#3 De-Clutter
Paring away the stuff that doesn't enhance your life and embracing the stuff that does, are what it really takes to be at home in your home. Admit when  things mean something to you when they do, but  also admit when they don't.
  • Purge by asking yourself :
    • Do I really love this?
    • How does this item make my life better?
    • Have I used it in the past year?
    • Will I really ever use this again? 
#4 Organize what's left

#5 Rearrange

One of the easiest ways to give a space an entirely new look. The arrangement of furniture in the room can make or break the look and feel of the room. Is there a focal point? If not, create one and rearrange the space around that focal point. Place furniture and accessories of various sizes and heights evenly throughout the room for balance and visual appeal.  Good design isn't just about proportions, it's about imagination and surrounding yourself with things that are genuinely nourishing.

#6 Evaluate

Once the space allows you to breathe, sit back and look at the room with a new eye - How does it flow? Does it make you feel comfortable? Does it really represent who you are?

#7 Make small changes they can make a huge difference. It can be as simple as:

#8 Add one special new piece like an oversized chaise or a classic comfy sofa that will redefine your space and will be loved, cherished and enjoyed for many years.

#9 Finishing Touches- Add art and decorative accessories....

Once you've transformed your castle into a gracious and welcoming living space that makes you feel good, you will be able to think more clearly, relax more peacefully and love more deeply.

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