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How to build your Own Japanese Garden

In my opinion, there I nothing cosier than a Japanese garden in your home. That would be the ultimate space for relaxing. That’s the reason that even many luxurious apartments in Tokyo have invested in a Japanese garden to attract attention for the new potential buyers.

Peace, tranquillity, spirituality, contemplation, and beauty: the Japanese garden brings together all these qualities and can be a great way to make your home a serene and relaxing space to enjoy with family, friends or even just.

Even in small spaces, this type of garden can be done simply, helping you to have a much more pleasant routine. So how about finding out more about how to build a Japanese garden with our tips? See more details below.

What is the Japanese Garden?

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The Japanese Garden, also known as the Zen Garden, appeared in China in the 6th century and was spread by Buddhist monks. However, it was the Japanese, during the Heian Era, who perfected the technique of creating these gardens, incorporating symbolic and spiritual characteristics of connection with nature.

Through elements such as water, stones and plants, the Japanese garden aims to portray the paths of life, transformations and obstacles faced, allowing for a contemplative and meditative state.

This type of garden décor is also closely linked to the philosophical and spiritual conceptions of the Japanese, who see in nature the origin of life, the earth, and the very abode of spiritual deities.

What are the advantages of the Japanese garden?

Having a Japanese residential garden is a great way to increase your connection with nature and enjoy the sensations of relaxation, serenity and meditation provided by this type of space.

The Japanese garden can still be an excellent ally in combating problems such as anxiety and stress, contributing to health and well-being. In addition, it beautifies the spaces of the house, leaving the decoration harmonious and pleasant.

What are the elements of the Japanese garden?

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Whether to set up a small Japanese garden or a large version, it is always important to know the elements that compose it and the meanings of each one. Therefore, we brought the main materials used in the process to inspire you in your own creation.

Lakes, waterfalls, and streams

The presence of water in the Japanese garden is very relevant, because it represents the cycle of life, that is, the process of birth and death. In some projects, you can find carp, which symbolise prosperity and luck.

Plants

Plants are very present elements in this type of garden and help to compose the atmosphere of peace and contact with nature. Remember that flowers and plants are chosen according to the seasons, and some have sacred meanings.

Bridges

Bridges symbolise the connection between two spaces. In this sense, they represent the transition from mortality to the sacred and can be built with different materials, such as wood, stone, or bamboo.

Stones

Stones have a great symbolic meaning for the Japanese. The larger stones symbolize the mountains and hills, providing a feeling of contemplation. The smaller stones show the evolution of the human being during life.

Lanterns

Lanterns are another element that brings a spiritual dimension to the Japanese garden, as light symbolizes knowledge. Carved in stone, they come in different shapes and sizes.

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Retro Décor styles to Go For in 2022

I am quite suspicious when it comes to old-fashioned style. I am quite keen on going for pieces that have the 70s vibe. Last month, I got excited to have a new (old) heater from my husband’s uncle. It’s a vintage piece.

But the retro décor is not only the furniture that is found at our grandparents’ house. Unlike vintage, which really uses original pieces, retro is inspired by items and prints from previous decades, mainly from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, as an updated reinterpretation.

Not only the mix of strong colours, but also different materials and textures are some of the factors that make the retro decor so full of personality. But it doesn’t mean you need to make big changes in your rooms.

A mix of modern elements and vintage items will do. A few key items are enough. The change doesn’t have to take place in the whole house.

Where to start?

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To design your retro decor, it’s important to list all the items you want to buy, whether it’s appliances, small appliances, or decorative objects. Charity shops and online retro shops are places to go for.

You will find several options that can help you in this mission, such as paintings, lamps, lamps, dressing tables and much more! Enjoy!

kitchen

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I guess kitchen is ten best room to start creating a retro space. The main tip is always investing in appliances with a design from decades old. It can be a stove or the refrigerator, for example.

S appliances such as food mixers are also an option. In this case, always pick a nice corner to show it off. Another clever alternative is giving a retro finish to some appliances that are in in good conditions.

Investing in a retro fridge is also a great alternative. Colours like gem yellow, sky blue and red can guarantee the desired effect.

Living Room

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I don’t know about you, but I quite the idea of using pastel colours to make a room out stand. For this reason, I guess a pastel floral wallpaper would be a classic option for anyone looking to create a retro room.

In this case, it’s worth investing in retro furniture, such as dressers, bedside table, dresser with colourful drawers. Also, don’t forget the decorative items that can make all the difference, such as pictures, a lampshade and a yellow or red lamp, for example.

If you want to go further, what about a creative exhibition of printed photos? In this case, you can bet on both the picture frame and the picture clothesline. And, before revealing, it’s worth editing the files and turning them into black and white or applying the sepia tone, which refers to the old.

Hallway

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Another space that deserves a bit of retro vibe is our hallway. A rack for a retro room may be small and simple, but it usually has impressive details that make all the difference in the decoration.

If the environment is already very colourful, prefer the wooden retro room rack, preferably with round handles. Even if it’s in a neutral colour, it helps to complement the environment in just the right measure. Then just add decorative elements such as a frame and potted plants in vibrant shades!

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Best Colours to Prepare Your home for Autumn

The coldest seasons of the year are beautiful, aren’t they? They remind us of comfort, cosiness at home and give us the feeling of greater warmth.

Knowing that it is probably the best time to transform your home into an even more welcoming environment with the colours of autumn and winter is also quite exciting.

I guess when we think about Autumn, we automatically think about colours. The initial touch to go for is finding inspiration and bet on colours that refer to nature. They are fool proof tricks to provide sensations of warmth and comfort.

So, we decided to give you some tips on how to warm your home with the right decor tones.

Autumn Colours

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How many shades of brown, orange, and ochre do we see when we look around us in early autumn? Plenty of. And it’s gorgeous. We see the dry leaves lining the floor and the wooden branches gaining space on the horizon of our windows.

The days grow greyer and shorter, and all we want is to be on a cosy couch, with a warm blanket and a cup of coffee in hands. Tea for you, guys.

That’s the reason the predominant colours of the autumn decoration follow the aesthetics of this new cycle that nature shows us. Brown and yellow, earthy, and warm tones are great colours to add a special touch to your home.

The same feeling about grey. As well as cloudy days, the colour makes the environments cosier. They are tones that refer to nature, but in a sophisticated and elegant way.

Warmer Colours

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Coldest weathers are all about enjoying warm colourful layers. Intense and striking colors like marsala, navy blue and oil green are sure bets for a living room with a winter look.

The moss green, which reminds the trees in a paler tone, is also a very rich colour for the time. It will certainly make your autumn decor much more stylish.

You can always add a lot of fabrics to your rooms as well, giving the quite elegant and welcoming vibe to the space using blankets, pillows, curtains. All of this will make your corner even warmer and cosier.

Classic Colours

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Colder weather is also a perfect time to use basic and times tones. It is possible to keep the elegance and always keeping in style without making extreme changes.

This is the palette where graceful white blends perfectly with camel colour, elegant grey flannel, red and black caviar. Gold and damask rose provide finishing elements that are sure to appeal to all product categories and levels of the market.

Cravings Colours

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I love the way we can play with colours and using a more creative way to style spaces. A thought-provoking palette that will tempt the eyes with spicy reds, sweet flamingo oranges, and deep purples.

The neutral flavours of butter rum and cappuccino warm the palette, while the green brings the freshness of the treetops. These tones will draw on sensory experiences to inspire new sensations.

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Inspiring Tiles Décor Ideas

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I never thought that I would say something like this but, choosing the best tiles are quite essential part of your home improvement project. Highly functional, the tiles allow you to create a decor that matches all styles. So, why not investing in the best ones?

In a constantly evolving designs, tiles, are highly functional and decorative materials, that have left the background of a bathroom or kitchen space to take up the spotlight space indoors and out.

Tile is an essential element in the interiors of our home. If a few years ago, it was seen only as a simple covering for walls and floor. But nowadays, it’s a game changer when it comes to decoration.

To prove it, we share some different ideas for applying tiles in your home, providing harmonious and warm environments. Enjoy it.

Cottagecore

What is exactly cottagecore? Cottagecore emerges two trends.  It is possible to do this while keeping the design reduced and neutral, allowing the rest of the interior decoration to speak for itself. It is inspired by the design of rural lifestyle. It embraces the peaceful and calming style of English countryside.

Nature

This kind of title is the one for who wants to connect your inner and outer space by choosing earthy and/or green colours. It’s easier to style a bathroom and kitchen with this kind of coating.

Natural Stone Tiles

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Natural stones are easier and cheaper than laying stone. Furthermore, it is an alternative for introducing tiles on the walls of a living room, a hallway or even a bedroom. You can opt for an exposed stone model, which will give a very industrial style to your space. But of course, you will find several options on the market to imitate the rustic stone.

If you don’t feel comfortable using this tile at the whole house, choose only one wall of the room to cover the stone, so as not to create too heavy and too cold an environment. It’s perfect in the living room the sofa or television wall will look good.

 Portuguese Style

This kind of tiles are quite popular in Brazil. It’s almost like a it is a way to pay homage to the past and our history. Plus, Portuguese tiles are so beautiful that they will not disappoint in your decoration.

If you think it is quite overwhelming, choose to feature it in a part of your bathroom or kitchen, for example. In this case, you can’t go wrong with this style in bathrooms. It never fails.  

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Best Ideas to Decorate Your Beach House

When we have a second home by the sea, everything you want is to make it as comfy as possible. After all, that is your home away from home as well. Combining style, practicality, beauty, and functionality is the key to decorating this environment.

Beach houses are generally places where we are rarely alone. We usually receive friends, families, to have some relaxing time, fun and to rest as well. informality, fun and warmth. All these elements must be analysed when decorating it.

Check out some tips on how to decorate the beach house:

Outdoors

When we talk about an open, airy environments that will be the place where people will be spending most of the time, it’s also important to think about the correct size of furniture. Balance and proportion are necessary to avoid that feeling of discomfort and overcrowded environments.

Coating

When it comes to coating, the secret is investing in practicality. Evaluate well the material used and the functions of each environment.

 Non-slip flooring and easy to clean in environments where the circulation of people is greater, such as porcelain tiles, cementitious floors and even burnt cement, are the most indicated.

Very rough textures and wallpaper need to be used sparingly, and these are quite popular techniques to use in the house.

For bathrooms, the best tip is to use tiles as a covering and make use of the marble niches inside the box, which, in addition to being practical, are very charming.

Furniture

Furniture needs to be more resistant to both the action of the sea and humidity. Pay attention to materials: treated wood for furniture and, in the case of sofas, a good idea is to use protective covers. It’s better to prevent than regret.

It is worth investing in creativity and mixing materials, such as demolition wood, lacquer, patina finish or a mix of colours when painting, for example.

Rustic Design

Choosing pieces that add style to the décor and use in everyday life is a tip to give a space decoration a boost without filling the house with things. Here it is worth investing in benches, seats, tables, and wood panels.

Creative Vases

It’s the perfect opportunity to bring nature into the home. Use pots of all sizes and colours and arrange them however you like, but beware: some plants need sunlight to survive, so be careful.

Other items can be added to the decor to bring personality to the home, such as mirrors, pictures, picture frames, shells in glass jars and even strings.

Comfortable Sofas and Cushions

Outdoor chairs are a great choice for warmer evenings, so it looks perfect by the pool and garden.

The pillows bring a cosy feeling, in addition to helping to bring a little style to the home environments. Choose the fluffiest ones, as they often end up becoming a pillow for lazy afternoon naps.

If you think that this kind of project has many details to remember, the best thing to do is making a list of what can’t be missing from your project and decorating the beach house. And don’t forget to call friends family for the grand opening!

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Scandinavian Inspiring Décor

Being inspired by the Scandinavian is not a new thing. It’s simple, adaptable, and functional. A rue winner when it comes to interior décor ideas.

There is no doubt that this is the style that best suits modern homes around the world. It is the natural simplicity, adaptability and functionality of this style that makes it so perfect for a modern home with space and little or not use.

But it is not only for larger and spacious homes. Scandinavian styling can also bring spacious interior a cheerful, refreshing appeal that makes our life easier too.

It’s a style designed to keep things organised and efficient, which is a great idea when you have no time.

Scandinavian rooms always look much bigger than they really are, because they use a neutral background and embrace a minimalist decor pattern.

The best projects are inviting and give the space a calmer vibe, without deviating from the style, theme, or overall ambience.

To make things better, it’s not difficult to set a stylish Scandinavian design. Here are some tips for decorating your home using Nordic design!

Invest in White

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White was always a colour that is considered easy to match. It goes with everything. Most Scandinavian rooms tend to have a white background, which makes perfect sense.

This kind of style itself largely adopts neutral tones to maximise natural light and this is an idea that works perfectly in the small dining area.

This connects you with the space around you, gives you design flexibility and allows you to easily switch to a different style in the future.

Adaptable

The Scandinavian style is quite adaptable. The neutral base of the Scandinavian style allows it to be combined with others in a very natural way.  

It allows you to experiment with different decorations, seasonal tones, and trending patterns with ease.

Spacious

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Space is everything when it comes to Nordic design. The work between form and functionality ensures that the house following this style maximises the available space.

The use of adaptable furniture can be a way to ensure that the style works even when there are visitors; Using furniture such as folding tables, which can be closed, or round tables, which allow you to place chairs without consuming additional space, for example.

Simple Silhouettes

Simple and charming silhouettes are a quite impressive combination. Unlike Provencal, Scandinavian has simple lines and straight lines that even highlight geometric shapes. The less far-fetched and cleaner it is, the better. So, it’s easy to form the combinations, isn’t it?

Clean Furniture

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Clean and improvised furniture is one of the greatest features of the Scandinavian decoration. If we can use furniture that is composed of different styles in an improvised and balanced composition, we will have an amazing result in interior design. How can we go wrong with it?

In addition to furniture with simpler and straighter lines, wood is also very common in Scandinavian decor. Below you can see a room with Scandinavian decor where the wooden furniture matches the Gray sofa and striped rug.

Perfect Composition

It’s impossible not to fall in love with this kitchen, which mixes materials and light hues. The environment is part of a small apartment with integrated environments and is beautiful with its minimalist woodwork and no handles.

The countertop and half of the wall received a granite with a grey background, which served as the basis for the accessories that follow the same neutral palette.

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Interior Design to Boost Your Mental Health

What are you looking for when you think about home décor? First, we would like to invest in quite functional and aesthetically pleasing house or apartment.

But what about the quality of life? Do you think about your home in favour of your well-being? What else can a home decor project contribute to your daily life?

In time like this when we were confined at home our relationship with time and space has changed. If before we didn’t have time because of routine and responsibilities, now we have plenty of time in hands.

This quarantine can bring mental disorders related to anxiety or depression to many people, so it is important that we keep ourselves entertained and take care of our mental health. Have a tidy and organised home is part of this deal. Plus, interior design can boost your mental health.

If you pay some attention to this from now to go, will start to see your home differently from now on! So, let’s get down to business and see how interior design can improve your health.

Personalise it

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There is nothing more personal and cosier than placingphotos of family and friends and display decorative items that have meaning. Adding things to the space that bring a memory to mind and a smile on your face is a great way to lighten your mood and make you feel truly at home.

Natural Light

Let the light in! Natural light is not only an instant mood booster, it can also be beneficial to your bank account. It reduces energy costs with unnatural lighting and saves money. Allow light into the room to help relieve stress and anxiety, and naturally boost your immune system.

Aromatherapy

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Smells, scents, and different aromas. Using scents to create a comfortable and refreshing environment is part of the game. Aromatherapy is an ancient therapeutic technique that uses the properties of essential oils to restore physical, psychic, and spiritual balance. It’s powerful.

Green Areas

Green is great! And plants are the perfect way to get nature’s vibrations indoors. Fill the room with leaves and herbs that not only look beautiful but also make the air cleaner. There are a variety of species that require minimal maintenance and do not need constant care, such as succulents.

Decluttering

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Clutter can cause overstimulation and unnecessary stress. It can make the rooms distracting and make you feel overwhelmed.

Take the time to organize your home and reorganize the things that were on your mind. If you’re not a fan of cleaning, hire a company or person that will help you organize your life and take the mess off your shoulders.

Cosy it Up

There’s no better feeling than coming home after a stressful day to relax, put your feet up, and let go of whatever is creating tension in your body. This is heaven!

Making the space cosy and comfortable is an important part of making a house feel like home and consequently, allowing tension to be released.

Some parts of your house should be a place where relaxation is natural, including blankets, sheets, pillows, and comfortable touches that make you feel that an extra dose of calm is vital.

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Creative Ideas to Style Your Balcony

If you dream about having a house or apartment with balcony, it’s always important to remember this can also be a space to style. Especially if you believe that the space is not being used well.

Balcony is an environment that can be easily decorated, and that, when well taken care of, becomes one of the nicest parts of the house!

There are several alternatives to make your balcony amazing, even if it is big, medium, or very small. The idea is to make it a well-being space, ensuring that, whoever spends a few minutes there, feels truly welcomed.

After all, it is there that you spend some quality time with the people you like and love. Or even for that relaxing break in the day where you’ll read or enjoy your own company.

Be Creative

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The secret to making your balcony amazing is to use your imagination and creativity! Think about personal touches that can make this space unique and enjoyable. Through it you can find perfect elements for decoration and comfort of this environment, as you already know, it does not go unnoticed by any guest.

If you use the balcony as a space to have some meals, your biggest concern must be about the right type of furniture to be used. You will need furniture that is made of material that can withstand the variations of time. Durable pieces that will also bring a bit of character to this space.

If you choose wood, bet on plants for decoration, they give a wonderful charm to the ambient.

What we can point out is that regardless of the style of the balconies, there is always something to be adjusted, since we are talking about integrated environments. So, why not investing in different pieces to make it more comfy, functional, and enjoyable for the whole family? Here are some tips on how to style your balcony.

Artwork

I don’t think you need to know it, but artwork gives life to any kind of room at your home. And thanks to the diversity of prints that match any type of balcony, you can style it according to your personal taste in arts.

From the youthful, relaxed atmosphere to the modern and luxurious. The frames can vary a lot according to your style and environment proposal. Pictures, posters, fun frames, with phrases, drawings, photography or even a painting can create a perfect environment and they all bring colour to your balcony.

Barbecue

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For those who have a more spacious gourmet balcony, the traditional barbecue must already be part of your plans. And you can decorate it to become the highlight of the porch.

However, if it is smaller and does not have it, the alternative is to opt for electric barbecues, which, let’s face it, have many existing models. And one of them will fit your space and style.

Just remember to prioritize the space of the barbecue so that it has easy access to a counter, where the ingredients for preparation will be kept. A sink on the side for cleaning will also make the work easier. It’s quite important to have space for guests and food lovers enjoy the outdoors barbecue on your balcony.

Vertical Garden

I know you will all agree with me, but among so many pleasant things in this life, is picking a spice in the vegetable garden! Growing your own food is rewarding. And the good news is you don’t need an allotment or a big garden for doing it.

Can you imagine yourself there cooking on your balcony and having the condiments of your choice in your hands? In addition to all the natural beneficial properties for the body, this also brings a great deal of love and flavour to your dishes.

You can make your balcony looks amazing using a small vertical vegetable garden! It takes up little space, allows easy access to spices and contributes to the decoration.

Balcony Bar

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If you are that person who likes to welcome friends at home for a wine, a beer or your favourite cocktail, a bar on the balcony is everything you need to make your house more complete.

This idea is having a bar with a structure to store the wines lying down, and the drinks on the shelf. There was even space for a bench, and they used high stools!

Another idea was is to create a bar attached to the wall just above the sink, and this way placing another item, such as a mini-fridge and mini bars that are very compact.

Balcony bars are easy to adapt, any corner can be a perfect space for it. The size of the balcony is not that important if you find a way to adjust it to all your needs. Right?

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Tips on Choosing Furniture for Outdoor Spaces

It’s summer, and despite the weather not being the most ideal for enjoying the outside at this moment, we still want to make the most of our outdoor space in the house.

There are some activities that it’s always better when done outdoors, such as enjoy a sunny day at the swimming pool with the family, welcome guests for lunch in the garden, or even enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book alfresco. #

These are just some of the situations that put our gardens, backyards, and /or outdoor areas to the position of favourites in the house and, therefore, needing furniture for outdoor environments that provide warmth and lightness to such spaces.

Gravel Patio

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When we think floor, we don’t need to go just for the functional one. In this outdoor area, the wooden deck floor on gravel is noteworthy. Decks are easily found in stores and home improvement stores, such as large home centres, and can be installed with a blink of the eye. Then all you must do is combine it with some pebbles to make it look rustic, with a beach feel or a personal touch.

Cactus and Succulent Garden

Sometimes, we just don’t have a huge space outdoors. But it doesn’t mean we can’t make it looks better. If you don’t have a space with soil, but would love to have a garden, how about using wall- mounting or hanger pots?

And if succulents and cacti are your passion, they can be the protagonists of a beautiful arid garden, for example. It can look nice on the porch or in the backyard, vases of the same style form a harmonious composition, with species of various sizes and styles.

Natural Textures

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If you are thinking cosy, the natural textures can create this kind of atmosphere and bring a rustic touch, which has everything to do with outdoor areas.

They bring the feeling of a country house or beach, and it reminds you of a nice holiday in the countryside or the seaside, right?

So, they are a good choice to decorate the porch or backyard. You can use natural texture on the furniture, floor, and walls, which guarantees privacy to residents.

Boho Style

The boho style is one of the beautiful finishes that you can bring to your garden, because it mixes several styles, can be a good source of inspiration for you to decorate your outdoor area.

It’s naturally cosy and very colourful. So why not paint the walls a vibrant colour? Then complete the décor with weft rugs, patterned fabrics, and lots of plants.

Functional Furniture

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Unlike the living room or kitchen, the outdoor area is multipurpose, so it needs versatile and resistant furniture. Invest in items made of wood or steel that can are perfect for accommodate more people, such as wide benches.

If using cushions, choose waterproof fabrics, and avoid placing them everywhere. Furniture with more than one function, such as a table that can become a bench, is also a good option.

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The Best Time to Organize Your Home

Anytime is a good time to get organized! Many people use the changing of the seasons to carve out some time to declutter and deep-clean. Spring and fall are ideal times for washing the windows, steaming the carpets, and cleaning and turning the mattresses. But other circumstances may also present the opportunity to do a quick declutter — or a major overhaul of your belongings:

  • During the holiday season, getting organized will help you keep your home tidy for visitors, highlight your festive decorations, and make hosting a breeze.
  • Any time you move into a new place, take the opportunity to go through every single belonging you have and say goodbye to things you no longer want or need.
  • If you’re in the mood to remodel a bedroom closet or clean out the pantry, do a deep dive into the stuff that you’re storing there, and pare it down.
  • Parents of older children who are moving out can take advantage of the extra space by doing some decluttering — but don’t throw anything out until you run it by the offspring!

Home Detox Decluttering, Room by Room

To truly declutter your home, you’ll need to do a thorough “detox.” Most of us focus on the bathroom, bedroom, and closets when we think of organizing, but there are many other areas of your home that could probably use some extra organization. If you feel overwhelmed, start with small spaces first and work your way toward larger rooms as you go.

Hallway and Living Room: Store coats and shoes in a closet or storage bench, and tidy up the living room by putting away toys, stacks of clothes, books, and miscellaneous items that are in the way.

Yard Shed/Garage: Sort through your shed and garage, and decide what you no longer need. Use a pegboard to hang small tools, and install sturdy hooks on the walls and ceiling to hang bicycles, lawn and garden tools, and sporting equipment.

Laundry/Kitchen: Make it a habit to tidy up these two areas every day if possible. Put your clean laundry away, wipe down kitchen countertops, and keep your sink free of dirty dishes (as often as you can!).

Home Office/Important Documents: Go through all of your bills, receipts, tax and legal documents, and important items. Some records should be shredded, but you’ll want to keep some documents, like IRS filings and other tax-related paperwork, for approximately five years.

Playroom/Craft Room: Organize toys into bins, and keep craft items organized in storage boxes with a label. Determine what to donate and what to throw away every time you declutter these rooms to keep excess stuff to a minimum, which makes playing and crafting more enjoyable.

Storage Areas: Declutter closets and pantries often to make it easy to find the things you need. Tackle areas like the basement and attic, sort items into categories items by category, making sure that only the things you truly need are still there.

Create Sorting Categories

A home detox starts by determining which items you plan to keep, and which items you don’t. You can make the process easier by creating specific sorting categories for every single item that moves through your hands.

Label boxes, bags, or baskets with the category, and if an item in question doesn’t go back into the space you’re cleaning, put it in the appropriate receptacle. Here are some helpful categories, but use what works for you and the space you’re organizing — you may need a pile for mending when you’re organizing clothes, or a pile for hazardous disposal when you’re organizing under the sink.

 Donate: These items can be anything that you feel a charity or nonprofit organization would benefit from. Think about where you plan to donate items first, and find out where to drop them off. Make sure the items are in good condition before you add them to your “donate” category.

Give Away: Whether it’s your child’s old bike that’s now the perfect size for his cousin, or you’re sorting through your clothes and have friends in mind who might like something, consider giving some of your items away to friends or family members who’d love to have them.

Toss/Junk Removal: Throw away smaller, worn-out items that can’t be upcycled or recycled. If you don’t have a way to haul larger items like furniture or appliances to the dump, contact a local junk removal company to haul them away.

Recycled/Upcycled: Some items, like old clothing or furniture, can be upcycled into something new. Give an old table some creative TLC, and use it on the porch. Turn a bag of old t-shirts or a bunch of old jeans into a quilt. If an item is irreparable and can’t be upcycled, see if it’s recyclable. If not, it’ll have to go in the trash.

Put in Storage: Some of your belongings — seasonal wardrobes, holiday decorations, or a crib you’re planning on using again — may simply need to be put into storage. Decide where they’ll go, and make an appropriate pile.