How To Have a Successful


The next time you’re having problems letting go while trying to de-clutter the house, ask yourself some of these to-the-point questions:

a. Have I worn it in the last 3 months? (Unless it’s seasonal like a wool coat or cut-off shorts, the answer to this question will tell you how much you really like, or don’t like that item. Favorite items are usually worn on a weekly basis)
b. Would I rather have this or a new item? (The extra cash could get you that $10 H&M shirt you’ve been eying!)

a. Is this item truly me? (Just because something is valuable doesn’t mean it’s valuable to YOU)
b. Does this item fit the space? (In the tidy world of organization, everything should have its place; If you’re constantly moving something around the house and failing to find the perfect spot, it may not be enhancing your space as much as it’s simply taking up space… thus falling into “The Clutter Category“)

a. Have I used this in the last month? (Unless we’re talkin’ turkey roasters & holiday cookie-cutters, most USEFUL appliances/cookware/utensils/dishes are needed on a daily-monthly basis. All the other kitchen kaboodles might be worth taking into question)
b. How well does it work? (Does it earn its keep?)

a. Would I even miss/remember this if it was gone? (Lots of times we think something has significance to us, when in actuality the memory is what matters – NOT the item attached to that memory)
b. Is this something my kids would enjoy having when they’re older? (“If I ever passed this down, would my kids be thanking me or making fun of me?“)

a. How long will it be until this is used next? (Styles change rapidly, and certain things like car seats actually have expiration dates)
b. How much did I use this with the last baby? (Baby gear is expensive so we don’t like the idea of getting rid of it, but if your last baby didn’t need BOTH the swing and the bouncy seat, chances are your next one won’t either)

a. Is it obsolete? You may have used it constantly just a few years ago, but certain advances in technology have made that item useless to you; keywords there being USLESS to YOU… it may not be so useless to that guy on Craigslist who’s looking for a Sony discman to rock out to his favorite 90’s jams while on his next hiking trip! It’s all about supply & demand, baby! #supply&demand #microeconomics
b. Have I used it in the last month? Most electronics are used EVERY single day; TVs, computers, cell phones, tablets… but if your new Samsung Galaxy has become the most convenient way of setting your morning wakeup call… maybe it’s time to lose the alarm clockradio and spruce up your bedside with some fresh flowers?

Final Tip:
“Learn to purge” and don’t second-guess yourself. There were a lot of possessions I hesitated on because I was afraid I’d miss them… But honestly, I can’t even remember what’s missing!

“Clean Sweep” by My Colonial ReMODel
September 18, 2013


HOUSEWORKtips graphic

I have put together a few thoughts for you based off of my own color-selection process, however they are NOT necessarily professional opinions.

Colour 101:

a. Avoid choosing a color just because it’s trendy. In other words, make sure it’s really YOU! For example, who cares if Elle Decor Magazine announces that Chartreuse is officially “out”? I COULD CARE LESS! If it’s you and it makes you feel good to sit in a bright, refreshing green kitchen… then by all means DO IT! Just don’t over-accessorize with a bunch more green. The key is to throw in those awesome matchy-matchy pieces here/there, but really play-up a couple of complimentary accent colors. Otherwise it may start looking like the room was designed for Saint Patty himself!

b. Don’t be afraid of bold colors. Bold colors have been poorly stereotyped as being “risky” or “limiting”, but here’s the thing: if it really drives you thaaaat crazy after a couple of months, then just call it what it is (a simple, worthwhile, easy-to-fix mistake) and repaint! It’s NOT permanent. Chances are, if you’re continuously drawn to that vibrant coral or daring sapphire, it’s probably because YOU REALLY LIKE IT! Why settle for a “more acceptable” neutral, in a room that you will endlessly try to fill with bright accents in attempt to scratch your itch for color? A red wall is going to cost you much less than that red leather sofa (plus you won’t feel guilty about getting rid of it if/when you develop another color-crush 5 years from now). On the flip side, if you love neutral tranquility, don’t use lots of color simply because you’re afraid others will find your house boring. Do I need to reiterate point A?

c. Don’t feel the need to paint EVERY wall. It’s too much to go from one room to the next and see all the colors of the rainbow. Sometimes white can be your best-est friend. At the condo I used tons of color, but I left the landing, bar, kitchen, hallway, and guest bathroom untouched. I needed those bits of calm to break up the noisy turquoise from the flirty fuchsia, and so on. Colors fight for attention… so don’t make your guests feel like they have a case of sudden-onset A.D.D! “Do you take one or two lumps of Ritalin in your coffee?”

If you’re someone who loves lots of color, (like me), don’t worry; there IS a way to bring rest and relaxation to your home without going too plain-Jane! TO BE CONT.

COLOR on COLOR Stenciling:

Stenciling with the same color on color will yield a less-busy look in small rooms, and is much cheaper than wallpapering! Playing with sheens gives you a subtle contrast in reflective quality to create a pattern rather than using drastic color changes. This is a picture of the hallway in my old condo…

Wall Stenciling

…I loved that I didn’t always see them and how they glimmered more or less at different times of day!

How To? I bought a quart of paint in the same color as the wall only a higher sheen (Note that higher sheens have more color depth and richness). I used a combination of damask stencils I liked from Michaels and layered them to create different arrangements other than just what was pictured in the instructions. I then measured with a level and placed a pencil mark to determine their placement on the wall so they’d be in a somewhat-symmetrical pattern. From then on it was just following the typical technic of taping and removing your stencil over and over, and OVER! Took a few hours but it was worth every minute! Sheens I used: Behr Flat Washable Enamel & Behr High Gloss

Upcoming TIPS:

– Choosing the RIGHT WHITE

– The process of creating a Color Palette for your home!

Example Color Palette

Example Color Palette


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