Start the summer months off on the right foot by doing a little spring cleaning and purging. A fresh start with a clean home will leave you feeling excited to entertain and show off your new look. Don’t take on too much at one time; start with simple goals and tasks by making piles of what to keep and what to toss or donate. Set aside an hour after work, or during your favorite TV show, to sort paperwork and organize. If the thought of organizing leaves you in a cold sweat, call a professional organizer to give you a jump start.
With a clutter free house you will have the ability to think about what upholstery furniture items need to be spruced up. Re-stuffing sagging chair or sofa cushions is a simple and cost effective way to get more out of your furniture. Another easy option is reupholstering sofas or chairs, especially if the frames are in good shape and the style still works with your home. If some items are beyond cosmetic repair and over 10 to 15 years old, it may be time to think about replacing them with new pieces. Changing the furniture configuration and layout of a room can also make a big difference, if the room allows. Angle a sofa in the room or switch the placement of two chairs with a sofa.
De-cluttering can also mean reorganizing some of your accessories. Group pieces in threes and work with tall, medium and small sizes when placing items together. For example, if a room is very symmetrical it is best to keep items of the same height on opposite ends of the fireplace mantle. If you think you have too many items in one place, you probably do! Less is more when decorating a room; make sure there is enough space to set a drink or book on a table and keep traffic pathways clear of furniture so it is easy to move around in the space. Magazines and books are great cocktail table features. Three of one or the other is enough to give some height but not overwhelm.