Nothing says fresh start like January.
And if yours is the typical phase three home, let's face it, that fresh start is long over due; half your home still lives like it did with younger kids, the other half is in constant transition forward. It's hard to know exactly where to begin!
The new year is just begging you to move ahead.
So what are you waiting for?
Roll up your sleeves, grab your to-do list and get ready to restyle, reorganize and reinvent. Now's the perfect time to create a new feel and functionality for your home.
And here's just the nudge to kickstart that honey-do list into action: Five weeks. Five projects. Simple. Easy. Done.
Whether it's decluttering or redesigning, creating small improvements and changes in your life = big impact on your surroundings. Isn't it about time you make good on all those good intentions?
Let's rethink how your home should really live.
WEEK ONE: RECLAIM A CLOSET
THE PROBLEM: We all have one. The closet that's filled with stuff for kids who no longer use any of that stuff. How is it I'm desperately low on storage, but still have a mud room closet full of middle school shin guards and high school lacrosse jerseys---when my kids are college-aged, college grads and twenty-something young professionals?
In a word: Gut-job.
I'm a phase three mom. Do I need a mud room sports closet? What I need is to have some long over due additional kitchen storage for large -sized serving pieces, small appliances, cake plates and platters....and things for entertaining. And it needs to look cool, orderly and stylish.
THE SOLUTION. Ditch the mud room/sports closet idea and replace it with floor to ceiling storage. Make it the perfect spot for things I use several times a month but can't fit into my daily kitchen space . So here we go....
Step 1. Remove: Old wire shelves, hooks, door hangers, sports equipment....basically everything inside.
Step 2. Repaint: Replace the dirty, scratched boring white walls with a color that pops when you open the door! How about Benjamin Moore's Key Largo Green?
Step 3. Reconfigure: Solid wood shelves are so much better suited for heavy storage items than flimsy, wire shelves. To make better use of this space I've arranged shelving to accommodate both tall appliances and smaller, flatter platters and cake stands, and allowed an area for additional cleaning items that I use frequently so they're close at hand.
Step 4. Rethink: Ditch the generic plastic---fabric bins add color and interest to space. Great looking canvas containers are perfect for organizing small items. Home Depot carries a great line (above) that are inexpensive, hot looking and washable.
THE RESULT: A handy, accessible storage area free of kids' stuff, full of once a week-or-so items a step away from my work space. And it makes me smile every time I open the door.
Bye-bye shin guards.......
Next time, WEEK TWO: Restyle A Boring Master Bedroom Sitting Area
(photos The Phase Three Home)