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15 Ways to Reduce Your Stuff & Redecorate Your Home

5 Ways to Redecorate on a Budget:

1. Shop your home.
This is the ultimate “Love what belongs to you” idea. Display the things you love and put the rest away. Move your furniture around. Knowing what to edit is one of the most important decorating tips I learned. The smaller the space, the more editing you’ll need to keep clutter at bay.

2. DIY
Taking a DIY approach doesn’t mean you need to figure it out yourself. You can tap countless resources for step-by-step advice, from the pros conducting in-store workshops to online how-to guides to room by room tutorials. Empower yourself to create more.

3. Clean and Organize
Clutter begets clutter. Cut it out of the decor of your home and it will help you clear out not just your home, but your life.

4. Thrift and Scavenge
With the advent of the green movement, more and more folks are shopping thrift shops, freecycle, antique shops, flea markets and garage sales for home decor.

5. Repair
Sometimes it just takes a few repairs or new upholstery to make furniture seem new again.

5 Interior Design Tips

1. Furnishings Before Paint
When scheming a room, select the fabrics and furniture you love before choosing paint colors. You can always find paint that works with your favorite fabric.

2. Quality Counts
A well-made and eco-friendly sofa will last for years and can be recovered over and over again.

3. Keep Your Eyes Open
Keep a small tape measure and list of the wall space available in your home. You never know when you’ll spot the perfect piece while traveling the globe.

4. Measure Twice
Before moving furniture around, place blue painter’s tape on the floor to visualize its actual size. A 90″ sofa that looks good in one room might overwhelm another. If you want a well balanced space, measure home furnishings to fit.

5. Rugs Can Change a Space
Size an area rug based on room dimensions, not just a furniture grouping. A larger area rug helps a space feel bigger and makes better use of the room. A good rule of thumb is to allow 6″-12″ of flooring to show between the wall and the rug edge.

Some of these tips were adapted from One Kings Lane and Apartment Therapy.

A favorite renovation blog is Remodelista.

 

Related:
Green Home Design Predictions
Less is So Much More: Living a Minimalist Life
3 DIY Projects That Keep Your Stuff Out Of The Recycling Bin

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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10:02AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

8:16AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

You should not have any emotional attachment to anything to start this process.

4:05AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thank you :)

8:35PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Interesting article. I'm not much of a change person, but when I do change furniture, I buy used.

7:33AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Food for thought. Good article.

3:13PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

A place for everything and everything in its place. Easier said than done for many of us. De- cluttering is an on-going effort. So easy to accumulate stuff- more difficult to get rid of them. Thank you for the sensible and easy tips.

1:17AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Thanks

1:10PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

I'm sorry...I love my stuff...can't do without it....I'm an antique junkie!

5:05PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

thanks.

3:47AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

we bought our own home finally in september. it's been really great to redo the house and we're working on the bathroom predominantly at the moment and the kitchen we're pulling ideas together. you need to think about the long term as well, because although my partner is reluctant to take the artex on the walls down, there's a good possibility that just plastering it over means that the plaster could be bad underneath regardless and in x amount of time, not only will the cupboard on the wall fall off, but it's likely to break and break the things inside. we all want to live economically and we've found that shopping around, bartering and using sales has been a great way so far to get the house how we want. yes there is still a lot to do, but we've made enough of an impact that i know when we finish, not only will we have a house we will love, but a house that will be worth more than what we bought it for

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