When you think of your safe haven or your happy place what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me and most people I know, it is their home. The reason my family and I’s happy place is our home is because it is a space that we enjoy that is clutter free and full of things that brings us joy. So, in going along with my ORA motto to organize, accessorize and revitalize, how would you apply this to your home to make it your safe haven?
Think about when you walk into a show home or apartment and how neat and nice everything is laid out and the oohs and ahh’s resonating in your mind. Okay, now add your books you love, pillows, throws, family pictures, your mismatched socks (kidding), your favorite candles and your decorating flare and voila’! Now you have a space you get excited to see when you walk in the door and most importantly brings you joy and creates that safe haven you love! The point is to get rid of the clutter that weighs you down, you don’t ever use, or makes you unhappy when you look at it.
For us, having closets and drawers free from clutter is huge. When it comes to organizing drawers this can be a challenge because this is an easy place for things to become highly unorganized. We decided to try the roll effect for our t-shirts and work out clothes. When you open the drawer you are able to see the t-shirts and logo or item of clothing you have instead of searching through a pile of clothes. My husband has become quite attached to his t-shirts like this because he just picks one and goes..well, now we just need to work on his rolling skills.
It is also important to get rid of clothing you don’t ever wear! We purge our closets and drawers every season and have plenty to donate. Only having items of clothing we wear in our closet makes it so much easier to pick an outfit for the day and you are stepping out in clothing you feel confident in!
Accessorize, everything has a place:
From books, to toys, to nail polish, to Tupperware, to mail, to bed linens, to towels, to paperwork….I have a certain place for everything! This way when you need something you know where it is. Pretty simple, right? You don’t have to go to the container store and spend a lot of money on getting organized…find cute ways to place items. We have a book shelf and I have various decorative items placed with file folders. For example on the bottom shelf I have paper work in cute file folders and then the next shelf books and a wooden monogram letter…I like to mix organization with cute decorations. Instead of having a huge filing cabinet in the corner of the room that you dread looking at it is nice to mix in fun things so it is more of a joyous space!
Revitalize your space, add something new:
I can not contain the absolute excitement I receive from buying a new candle or throw pillow. It’s the little things people! Haha, seriously, a new rug, throw pillow, or candle scent can completely revitalize a room. One thing people always comment on when they walk in our home is how great it smells….which surprises me when we have a stinky, large basset hound that rules the house! If you walk into a room and look at your decor and it depresses you, change what you can afford to change by adding new, affordable touches.
Your home is supposed to be your safe haven from the world. Make it a place you enjoy spending time in and where you can’t wait to walk through the door after a long day! Get rid of the things that are bringing you down. It can simply be a coffee mug you hate looking at everyday, a picture frame, or a plant that isn’t planted in a decorative vase…haha, once again, its the simple things.