I love watching shows where they make over a room on TV. It starts out looking like a room in my house, and ends up looking spacious, functional, organized and pretty!
How do they do it?
- They decide the function(s) of the room and choose the furniture they will need for that purpose(s).
- They measure everything and make a floor plan.
- They use as much built-in storage as possible.
- They limit the clutter.
- They don’t pile stuff on the floor.
Last year, we converted our oldest son’s former bedroom into an office for two and a sewing/craft room with room for a play pen! I ended up with boxes on the floor along the wall and under the tables. I kept bumping my elbow on a shelf unit and hitting boxes with my feet.
This year I asked Mr. Frugalfish to build me two closet-sized shelves, since I had boxes stacked in the closet that kept tipping over. When he finished, I loaded them up. I was able to move all of the boxes up off of the floor.
We purchased a tall, narrow bookcase and replaced the long short bookcase that I kept hitting my elbow on. I was able to turn it and place it behind my chair next to a filing cabinet.
When my girlfriends came over, I took them to the office to show them my new shelves. They each said the same thing…
“Wow, I love your drapes!”
What? I bought the drapes last January and I showed them off them. I realized that clutter hides the things of beauty in a room.
As you are decorating for the holidays, look at the stuff on the floor. Can you put it in a closet, under a bed, or better yet, give it away? Then you will see the things of beauty in your rooms.