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Home That You Can Get Rid of Right Now

One of the biggest reasons we hold onto clutter is because we’re not sure when we can get rid of stuff. Most items don’t come with an expiration date, and once we take something into our home, we tend to want to make use of it–even if we clearly have no need for it.

 

Decluttering should be easy. It’s simply sorting through your belongings and deciding which ones to keep, and which ones to let go of.

 

Decluttering means to remove unnecessary items.

 

Think about that definition. How hard can it possibly be to remove unnecessary items?

 

But it is. People get attached. They don’t want to toss something they bought or were gifted of something they thought they’d need but never used.

Here is our ultimate list of things you can get rid of right now. You have our permission to toss, recycle, donate, consign or even sell these items (not the ketchup packets, but maybe some old electronics). You’ll be surprised how much extra space you free up!

  1. Plastic silverware. Especially those packets with a plastic fork, knife and napkin. Unless you entertain regularly, or eat on the go, you don’t need theses packets taking up space when you already have proper silverware in your home. Take them into work and stash them in your desk for when you need extra silverware for your packed lunch. Or, just recycle them!
  2. Condiment packets. This is my number one Why-Are-You-Keeping-This? item. You’re not going to use these. Instead, buy a bottle at Trader Joe’s, or your local market and keep it in the pantry.
  3. Leftovers more than 5 days old. Duh.
  4. Utensils or appliances you never use. You were gifted a set of plastic food storage containers when you prefer glass. Or perhaps you somehow accumulated a number of unitaskers that you never remember to use. Or you dreamed of cooking with your waffle maker every weekend, but now you realize you prefer pancakes. If you don’t use it, don’t give up valuable storage space for it. Either recycle it, donate it, or consign it.
  5. Miss-matched or warped food storage containers. Why do we hold onto these for so long? Do we think the missing bottom or top is going to find its way home? It’s not. Recycle it.
  6. Expired pantry items. That container of Hungarian paprika you had to have for that one recipe you made four years ago? Yeah, it doesn’t taste the same anymore. Spices lose their flavor over time, and other pantry staples, like flour and sugar, don’t perform as well as fresh ingredients. 

Furniture Makeover Ideas

This formerly blue and white bamboo dresser was refinished to be more vintage glam with white oil paint and by stripping the paint off the existing hardware to return them to their metallic finish.

It is hard to recognize after the beautiful transformation, but originally this blue burlap panelled dresser was just the regular 6 drawer Tarva chest from Ikea. With the addition of some decorative burlap, moulding, paint and some extra wood to thicken the legs the end result is absolutely stunning.

Add a glam finish with this easy Ikea Hack for the Vittsjo Nesting Tables by using gold spray paint on the frame and white spray paint on the bottom shelf to give the tables a new chic look.

Often it can be hard to find the space in a bedroom for a vanity to get ready in the morning in front of, but using Ikea’s Alex Shelf as a base, you can add wood legs and additional wall brackets for extra support to create your own narrow vanity that can fit even in small bedrooms.

A long black second-hand tv unit was beautifully updated with white paint and gold paint on the legs to give it a stylish new finish without spending much money.

Using an Ikea Malm Headboard found in the As Is section at Ikea as the base the headboard was updated with peel and stick wood stickers to cover the headboard to give it a warmer rustic feel.

NYC In Southampton

Idyllic. That’s the perfect word to describe this beautiful 7,000 square foot home, staged by ASH NYC in Southampton. Idyllic, picturesque, and absolutely perfect. Six bedrooms, five-and-half baths, a private master with balcony, a free standing pool house and gym. This new-build home, filled with an exclusive inventory of vintage and contemporary pieces from ASH NYC, is the ideal interior, and the ultimate upstate New York dream home.

The living room is a study in texture. A clean black and white color palette may set the stage, but it’s the variety of tactile items that makes the design of this room stand out. Under foot, a cool jute rug is perfect for a family home upstate. Woven vintage side chairs offer plenty of relaxation. And a mix of metals – on the coffee table, lighting and curtain rods – brings an industrial feel to this contemporary New York home.

In the dining room, it’s all about the architecture. Floor to ceiling windows show off the dramatic scale of this 7,000 square foot home. They are also the perfect bridge between the interior and exterior, letting in tons of light and views of the lush trees that abound on the property. For the dining room furnishings, the large farmhouse table easily seats ten. The scene is completed with a set of white wishbone chairs.

The kitchen continues the home’s color palette of black and white. For a unique way to create contrast, the walls have been painted a bright white, while black subway tile has been brought in as an unexpected backdrop. The effect is beautiful, allowing the white walls and painted window frames to shine in this large family kitchen.

Tips to Create A Beautiful Home

The right feng shui use of colors can do wonders for your home. We are all in love with color, and we all respond to color in more or less predictable ways. Feng shui takes the use of color to the next level, where each color brings the desired feng shui energies to your home in order to create harmony and balance.

 

From vibrant red to soothing aqua blue and fresh white – which color is best feng shui for your living room or for the home office? How about your kitchen feng shui? Would green color create good feng shui in the bedroom? And if not, then why?

 

Let’s start our exploration of the feng shui power of color; it will help you create a home that is happy, vibrant, and beautiful.

The feng shui color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting yellow always brightens any home or office. Yellow color also creates cozy, welcoming feng shui energy in your kitchen, living room or children’s rooms. From hot sunflower yellow to pale buttery yellow color tones – there are many options to choose from when you are planning to re-decorate your home.

Red color is the strongest feng shui color representation of the fire feng shui element. Vibrant red color brings into your home the energy of joy, excitement, and invigorates the sexual desire. Red is the Chinese color of luck and happiness, the marriage color in India, and the symbolic color of love and romance, courage, and passion in the West.

 

Choosing paint color for your small space

White paint in a small room can actually make it look boxy and bland. Though white is supposed to make your room look light and bright, it can actually do the opposite when it shows every shadow or dark corner. White can still be a stunning choice a small space, but it works best as an accent or trim color. Try a soft pewter gray like interior designer Olga Adler did in this small dining space. The silvery gray paint adds elegance and light, framed by white accents for a beautiful space.

Knowing which hues work well in a small space is just the starting point of your search for the best paint color. Don’t be tempted to choose a color just because it makes your room look larger. Your goal is to find a paint color that makes your small space look awesome. That is the most important thing to remember as you look through paint color possibilities.

It’s true that a color you love may make not be the best choice for creating a spacious appearance, but if you aren’t excited by the color when you walk in the room it won’t matter how large it looks. If you have a favorite paint color in mind you may need to adjust the shade to suit your room, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on it completely. If you can’t find any way to use the paint color you really love, try neutral walls with your favorite color used generously as an accent.

Choosing paint color for your small space is more than just finding the brightest white in hopes of making the room look bigger. You’re not limited to light colors for your small space, but you’ll want to choose the right hue to make the most of the room.

White may seem like the perfect paint color for a small room because it can brighten up dark corners and reflect light all around.  The dated idea that small rooms should only be to be painted white thankfully has been replaced with an unlimited palette of colors.

White paint in a small room can actually make it look boxy and bland. Though white is supposed to make your room look light and bright, it can actually do the opposite when it shows every shadow or dark corner. White can still be a stunning choice a small space, but it works best as an accent or trim color. Try a soft pewter gray like interior designer Olga Adler did in this small dining space. The silvery gray paint adds elegance and light, framed by white accents for a beautiful space.

  • Neutral paint colors are wonderful for small spaces. While you’re not limited to using neutrals, you’ll find that the right neutral color can make a small room look more spacious because of its simplicity.

    Don’t assume that any neutral color paint color will work in your small space. A neutral color that is too muted is going to make your room look small and dark. Look for warm neutral colors that reflect light around the room, and pair them with crisp white trim and accents for an open and airy ​style. A trick to make your neutral space look more spacious is to choose neutral furnishings, drapes, or linens, to match your wall color. 

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    Knowing which hues work well in a small space is just the starting point of your search for the best paint color. Don’t be tempted to choose a color just because it makes your room look larger. Your goal is to find a paint color that makes your small space look awesome. That is the most important thing to remember as you look through paint color possibilities.

    It’s true that a color you love may make not be the best choice for creating a spacious appearance, but if you aren’t excited by the color when you walk in the room it won’t matter how large it looks. If you have a favorite paint color in mind you may need to adjust the shade to suit your room, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on it completely. If you can’t find any way to use the paint color you really love, try neutral walls with your favorite color used generously as an accent. 

    When you’re decorating a small room every square inch matters. The wrong paint color is harder to hide in a small space because every wall is close, no matter where you stand or sit.

    Undertones are what separate the right paint colors from the wrong ones. You’ll have to pay very close attention to any paint color you’re considering because a neutral with an unexpected pink or green undertone will be painfully obvious in your small space. Neutral colors are the most frequent undertone offenders. Your paint store can help you identify undertones, but sampling the colors in your home is the best way to know what color make be lurking beneath your favorite neutral.