How to Design a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

When friends and family walk into your home, what will they see? A welcoming, stylish space or a muddy entryway cluttered with coats and shoes? A messy foyer can take away from your home’s overall interior design, and coming home to find your place disheveled can make you feel stressed, too, which is exactly the opposite of how one should feel in their home. entryway

To design an entryway that’s beautiful and clutter-free, first you have to get organized. Storage benches are perfect for entryways and can keep the area tidy without diminishing your home’s style. Even better, consider a storage bench or hall tree that comes equipped with a coat rack. This 2-in-1 solution is a smart way to store more without taking up precious space.

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Once your entryway is organized and clear of the clutter, the next step is to determine how you will keep it clean. After all, entryways are often referred to as mudrooms for a reason. To start, place a rug next to the front door where family and guests can wipe off their shoes. Polypropylene rugs are great for high-traffic areas like the entryway, and they handle moisture and mud well. Another handy item is a boot tray, which you can use to hold boots or any other shoes you wear outdoors.

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Your entryway is clean and organized – now is the time to add some style. To design a beautiful space, great lighting is essential. Consider a statement pendant or chandelier to wow guests as soon as they enter your home. Then add decorative pieces here and there, such as wall art or a mirror. A small desk to display your favorite keepsakes can also be a great way to design a memorable entryway.

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With an organized system, a few items to keep your entryway clean and fabulous decor, you’ll fall in love with your home every time you walk through the front door.

By Wendy Weinert

How to Simplify your Stuff Using Minimalist Interior Design

I’m not a hoarder, but like many people, I have a difficult time letting go of certain personal belongings. It might be a sentimental trinket, or a pair of shoes that look cute despite being uncomfortable to wear. Getting rid of stuff that does nothing but take up space, however, can actually feel freeing or cathartic afterward, and it will certainly help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by a disorganized home.

 

If you feel you have too much stuff in your home, start thinking like a minimalist. Here are three ways you can bring minimalism into the home and design a tidy, clutter-free space.

Eliminate the “junk drawer”

Junk drdrunk drawerawers are just an excuse to hold onto stuff you don’t need. Rather than having a drawer where you place items you don’t know what to do with, give each drawer and closet a purpose. Use organizers and bins to keep storage areas tidy. And before you place anything in a drawer, consider whether you’ll ever actually use the object. If the answer is “not often” or “never,” toss it. This not only give you more storage, but truly, you will discover that the less things you have the less things you have to have to take of the things you have.

Donate clothes after a shopping spree

MJS 200265813-001Unless you’re in the process of building your wardrobe, a good rule of thumb in minimalism is to toss a clothing itemafter buying a new one. So, after a shopping spree, search for tops, pants or accessories that are old or barely worn and consider donating, selling or throwing them away. This will prevent your closet and dresser from becoming overcrowded with clothes you never wear. As an added benefit, it makes getting ready in the morning quicker!

Put meaningful items to good use

Oftentimes, the hardest stuff to get rid of are those items that have sentimental value. But you can still hold on to meaningful items without cluttering your space. For example, instead of keeping all of your kid’s drawings, sort through them and find your favorite for the fridge door. Instead of saving your grandmother’s china for special occasions, use the dishware for everyday meals. Another great idea is to turn your collection of travel souvenirs into decor.

By Wendy Weinert

Messy house? Here are 5 things you can blame it on

We all want a clean house, but sometimes life, kids and our own habits can get in the way. If you feel like you come home every day to a messy house, there may be a few reasons why. Here are five problems that can make it difficult to keep a clean home and how to overcome them.

#1 Your schedule is busy and you don’t have a lot of time to clean.

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It’s hard to keep a house clean when you’re constantly on the move or your to-do list seems to never end. Taking time to clean, however, is important because a tidy home will help you feel less stressed and more organized. Even taking 15-30 minutes each day to clean can help you accomplish more of your tasks.

#2 You tend to procrastinate.

There are many times when I see a mess and think, “I’ll get to that later.” But then the mess piles up and pretty soon I’m feeling overwhelmed. By taking care of a mess right away, whether it’s dirty dishes or a cluttered room, you can prevent the mess from becoming a disaster.

#3 You have kids, a messy spouse or roommate.

If you aren’t the only one living in your home or apartment, then you aren’t the only one making messes. Split tasks to make your messy house easier to manage, and if you have roommates, talk with them. They might not realize that you prefer a cleaner home, and they are more likely to respect your living style if you ask nicely.

#4 You have too much stuff.

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I’m not a hoarder, but there are times when I accumulate too much stuff and realize it’s time to de-clutter. If you don’t have enough room for all of your things, sort through them and get rid of what you don’t need.

#5 You need better storage solutions.

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If everything in your home has a designated place where it should be put away, cleaning will be easier and quicker, too. Consider ways you can improve the organization of your home. Dual-purpose furniture like ottomans or beds with storage are a great way to keep your home organized without taking up more space.

By Wendy Weinert

Prepare your home for back to school with these 5 ideas

School’s almost in session! Now’s the time to start preparing your home for another busy year. Here are five ways you can organize and set up your home for back-to-school success.

1. Create a homework nook

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A dedicated study area can help your student stay focused at home, but you don’t have to turn an entire room into a homework station. I’ve found that an unused hallway space or room corner can be the perfect spot. Be sure to provide essentials like task lighting, counter space and a comfortable chair.

2. Seek out smarter storage solutionsdoor organizer

Trying to streamline your morning routine? Start with organization. A hanging shoe organizer in the closet, a storage bench in the mudroom and additional shelves in the bathroom can improve efficiency and help you and your kids easily find personal items in the morning.

3. Rethink bedroom designsblue bedroom

Quality sleep is essential for studying and feeling energized. Consider whether your kids’ bedrooms are designed to promote healthy sleep. An uncomfortable mattress, electronics in the bedroom and even the wrong color palette can reduce sleep quality. According to a study published in the Daily Mail, blue and yellow are the best colors for sleep, while purple is the worst.

4. Have a designated spot for your keys

I can’t count the number of times I have been late because of a lost set of keys. To prevent this from happening to you, pick a designated spot for your keys, such as a hook on the wall.

5. Create a centralized calendarcalendar dry erase

With so many activities, events, doctor appointments and social engagements going on during the school year, you’re going to need a system to keep all of the schedules straight. Hang a centralized calendar in the kitchen, one that has big enough squares so you can write down several reminders for the same day.

School will be here before you know it. Start off the year right with a few organizational and design changes in your home.

By Wendy Weinert

5 ways to boost energy in the home

Feeling drained? I bet I’m not the only one who could use a little more energy to get through the day. The good news is that there are many techniques we can use to boost energy, starting with our home’s interior setup. With a few changes in the home, you may not even need that afternoon cup of coffee anymore! Here are a few strategies you can try:

1. Design your room to encourage sleep

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There are people who say they can function just fine on four hours of sleep, but I believe in the power of a good night’s sleep. If you’re tossing and turning at night or having trouble falling into a deep sleep, consider which factors could be keeping you awake. Is it an uncomfortable mattress? Electronics? I know it’s relaxing to watch TV in bed, but in reality it could be diminishing your quality of sleep!

2. Add a stimulating colorclarendon

Some rooms can provide energy just by being painted a certain color. If you have a home gym, consider painting it a shade of red or orange to feel energized. Other rooms may benefit from just a pop of color, such as the living room.

3. Let as much natural light in as possible

I always feel more energized when outside on a nice day. Why? Well, the natural light is one reason. Wherever you can, let the natural light inside your home. In rooms that don’t have large windows, be sure to install an adequate amount of lighting.

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Don’t you just love breathing in fresh air? When the weather is nice, open your windows to let the fresh air inside. You can also purify the air by changing air filters regularly and by decorating with green houseplants.

5. Stay organized
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I find it hard to feel energized when my house is a mess. Get rid of the clutter and work to stay organized so you can feel relaxed and full of energy in your home.

We need all the energy we can get. Try some of these ideas in your home and see if they work for you!

By Wendy Weinert