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How to Get and Stay Organized in 2013: Part 3

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: February 11, 2013

This post wraps up the series of “How to Get and Stay Organized in 2013,” a series of tips and advice that you have hopefully found helpful. Below you will find information on how to continue to stay organized this year and for many years to come.

1) Make decisions. Many times clutter happens because we have not made a decision on what to do with certain items. This might be a magazine, a newspaper engagement, a shirt you want to take back to the store, a drink from lunch. You can eliminate this mess of accumulated items by making a decision on what to do with them before you throw them on the foyer table or kitchen counter. Make decisions before setting them down, or else your kitchen may look like this…..

Extremely Cluttered Kitchen

2) Make small goals. Don’t plan to clean the entire house in one day. That is a daunting task that you know will never happen. When you make small goals, you are more inclined to see them through. When they are achieved, you feel better about your house and yourself and thus more likely to set more goals. Just take it one item at a time, one day at a time.

 

Small Goals

3) Communicate. If you are living with roommates of any sort, make sure everyone is on the same page about keeping the place clean. Don’t try to take on everything. Communicate with your spouse or children, friends or family that you can’t be the only picking up after everyone. Everybody should pitch in in order to keep the place clutter-free. Take 15 minutes before bed to put away everything from the day. It will teach your family accountability for putting their things away as well as create a routine for everyone.

There are three great ways to help you stay organized this year. Let us know if you have any other ideas you’d like to share!

2013’s Interior Design Trends

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: February 8, 2013

One month down, 11 more to go!  We at Royal Oaks can’t believe that 2013 has been off and running, so before we let more time slip past us, we thought we’d share with you some of the most popular interior decor and design trends we’ve seen popping up all over the place.  Naturally, if you’re interested in other new home renovations or upgrading, talk to our Design Center for specifics on larger projects like cabinetry, flooring, faucets and more.  But there are plenty of opportunities to revitalize what you’ve already got as well as invest in some new furniture, wall, or other home accessory pieces to make your rooms feel exciting and new.   The biggest inspiration?  Making your home your own.  Your tastes, your opinions, your space.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll discover a whole new style for yourself along the way.

According to Freshome‘s analysis of upcoming trends in 2013, there are a number of options you might consider tackling. (They list 10 different ways.)  These fall into three basic categories: Texture, Color, and Pattern.

TEXTURE
This serves a dual purpose, both utilizing the home owner’s sense of touch as well as sight. Very few people would pick out a chair if it wasn’t comfortable to sit in purely because it looked interesting enough.  Many (if not most) decorative items in your home will likely warrant a degree of functionality, but now we’re starting to see people specifically searching for the look of texture, such as wood, suede, iron, or other materials.  Many of these more natural materials (glass, stone, etc.) are being utilized in creative ways, bringing the natural beauty inside.

COLOR
While many people think of color and pattern to be of the same cloth, they’re complementary rather than the same.  Patterns such as shapes, stripes, symbols, or other designs are made up of color (or the lack thereof), whereas color can exist wholly on its own to influence our mood or bring a certain feel to a room.  What colors are your favorites?  Do you tend to gravitate toward bright or more toned-down shades?  Color is by far the easiest way to express oneself in interior design.

PATTERN
Following in a similar vein, patterns give our eyes something interesting to look at amidst all the colors.  Even better, they can be found and incorporated nearly everywhere in your home, although we tend to recommend sparse use and as a focus piece to incorporate a larger theme of a room.  Some popular ones right now are floral patterns against a white backdrop, African wildlife or just nature elements in general (such as butterflies or animal print), and simplistic yet bold stripes.

There are limitless ways in making your house your home.  Home decor trends tend to stick around for a couple of years, so you can rest assured that your investment now will continue to be worth it later.

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