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4 Obstacles to Decluttering — and How to Beat Them

Letting go can be hard, but it puts you more in control of your home's stuff and style. See if any of these notions are holding you back Full Story
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How did I, a lover of old, sentimental, and historical objects, raise children who don't care for antiques or shabby chic? By saving everything! A couple years ago my son said, "Mom, if I need furniture, it's not going to be from your garage." They've seen it all, and they don't want it. A word to the wise.

I've been working on letting things go for the past 3 years or so. I'm making progress, but it's slow-going. The books were the hardest, but I have an e-reader and can read the classics for free and many other books can be borrowed from the library. I've donated over 500 books and 5 bookcases, with more still to sort.

The book "To Buy or Not to Buy" changed my life. My problem is less shopaholic and more saveaholic, but the underlying issues discussed in the book are the same. My parents grew up poor in the Depression, and they taught me to save everything, and never turn down anything free. Now I am learning that free things are not always free, because I have to give up my time and space to keep them. Between freecycle, craigslist, and the thrift shops, I am moving things out. Others can use what I don't, and that leaves more room for family and friends.
July 15, 2014 at 9:12pm     
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chookchook2
They say every second generation has the opposite taste. By that logic, the grand kids should love what the kids hate?
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7 Tips to Get With a New Minimalist Mentality

Feeling overwhelmed by your stuff? Here's how to pare down, simplify and keep just what you need and love at home Full Story
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Norma Sassone
Very well said, Mary Lou. One question I always ask my self is: "Why did my great grandmother or grandmother or mother get to shop and pick out things THEY loved and then I have to keep them, even though I don't really like them or they are not my taste?" Why shouldn't I have the same pleasure they had in choosing furniture or decor that speaks to me personally and is not just stuff I inherited and feel obliged to keep? And perhaps there is someone else out there who would really like my gramma's bedroom set or my mother's 1960's faux colonial dining furniture, when I'd really rather have modern decor. I am 65 years old and still cannot sell that dining set because it would break my 91 year old mother's heart! My kids, on the other hand, have no problems rejecting any hand-me-downs that their gramma or I try to foist on them!
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suzee_may
My house burnt down in March 2014. We were out at the time and so did not save anything. I wholeheartedly agree with you. The stuff that burnt was just stuff. Memories don't burn. I have tried to focus on the positive. There was nothing left - so I didn't have to sort through the rubble. We have moved into a furnished holiday unit while we wait to rebuild. Furnished holiday units have the bare minimum and we're surviving very well. I am in the not naturally organised category but with very few possessions, my unit is tidy. I plan to keep it this way when we rebuild.
July 10, 2014 at 4:36am   
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Your Total Home Organizing and Decluttering Guide

Take it slow or be a speed demon — this room-by-room approach to organizing and storage will get your home in shape no matter how you roll Full Story
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katelyn1953
@yellowfinch030. Not sure why that last commented posted here, it was intended for a different discussion. But since it did, these are essentially one box (6" deep with a plywood bottom and drain holes) sitting on top of a box built with 2x12" lumber. I've been able to grow almost any vegetable I've tried, other than carrots and corn.
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katelyn1953
Forgot to add, the airspace in the lower box allows soil in the upper box to warm earlier in the year and keeps out creeping weeds, airborne weeds are still a problem.
July 11, 2014 at 7:25am     
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How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not

Documenting your home items is essential, even if disaster seems unimaginable. And it may be easier than you think Full Story
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dlkelley35242
Great advice
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audreyhg
A somewhat different thought from another fire victim: when you purchase that new home, be sure you have pictures of every single room and special feature in it when you close. At worst, you have plenty for an album. Almost two years ago, we purchased an historic house after a lengthy short sale process. Days after closing, it was struck by lightning and burned. (We had not moved in, so in addition to having no one hurt, we lost no personal possessions.)

Fortunately, I am a shutterbug. The pictures I had taken on the FOUR occasions I had set foot inside the house made thousands of dollars' worth of difference in our insurance settlement - a process which continues to this day. Our very good insurance company wanted to depreciate the plaster walls 50%. We were able to show their actual condition was far better - and so on. Though we had full replacement coverage, the millwork and other details in a century-old house don't come off the rack from a hardware store. In reality, our insurer probably underinsured us - they had not actually seen the property when they wrote the policy for us to close.

This is also where our public adjuster was critically important. Just because the insurance co. assigned a certain depreciated value to something didn't mean that we had to accept that - and we had an experienced advocate who knew how to bring them around. Two years later, we are finished with neither the insurance process nor the rebuilding. The professionals who have made the most difference during this whole ordeal: our public adjuster and my project manager. I can almost see daylight.
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How to Choose a Lampshade

Height, width, shape ... we turn you on to all the info you need to pick the right shade for your lamp and your room Full Story
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Luminoso Design
great article! again! www.luminosodesign.com
April 23, 2014 at 7:33am     
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Zurleys
Some really nice table lamps, The Lauren Liess lamp is something different and i really like it.
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Old Furniture: Clean, Reupholster or Replace It?

A veteran upholstery cleaner weighs in on the options for found, inherited and thrift store furniture Full Story
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designerparexcellance
As an interior designer, I have usually found value in helping a client reupholster a piece of furniture if the piece was sturdy and was comfortable. For most designers, it is easy to find a piece of fabric that will fill the bill, but it is always more interesting to find perhaps a limited combination of fabrics to use on a piece.
When attempting to do this, I have not found it attractive to use an entirely different piece of fabric for the cushions. It appears that the decision was made on how badly the seat cushions were damaged over the years, and that was the part to reupholster. In other words, it does not tie the piece together no matter how hard you work at it, or how much money you spend on the job. It is far better to consider doing, say, the outside back of a chair in a different fabric than the inside. Welting can also be used to tie the piece together visually, or perhaps by using a trim on the skirt or the skirt itself in a different fabric will help the piece to appear united for a reason, rather than as happenstance or necessity. I love the use of fabrics as much as anyone, but the important thing is to make sure they look purposeful in their combination on any one piece.
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marsia
I wish I had read this article before getting some custom sofas at an estate sale. They were very comfy and fit perfectly in our bay windows, but needed reupholstery. Like you said, it cost the same as buying new, and they were uncomfortable after 7 years. Still, we did rescue them from going in the landfill.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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morish
I have a tiny 3x3m bedroom with one black wall & it feels like the room is never ending!!!!! Love black!
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gabbyc66
Help me decide which backsplash !
Subway beveled caramel or
Mini brick ?
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Design Workshop: 9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors

Explore some of the best ideas in indoor-outdoor living — and how to make the transitions work for both home and landscape Full Story
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Or even encouraged.
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Shanghai Green Antiques
The sunset photo is taken from under the pergola or veranda (not sure what to call it, but it is attached on one side to the house!) at our White Surf home in Vero Beach Florida. The next photo is taken from the enterainment area on the ground floor - looking out at the resort pool. Final is the ideabook link which contains more pictures of this house, just in case anyone is interested in looking at our design equivalent of baby photos.

Vero Beach Florida - White Surf Oceanfront Home

Vero Beach Florida - White Surf Beachside Home

Ideabook: White Surf - Designing the Ultimate East Meets West Beach House
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16 Ways to Get More From Your Small Backyard

Make a tight or awkward yard a real destination with these design tricks from the pros Full Story
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perezgroup
Very nice!
July 9, 2014 at 6:01am   
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California Fence Company
I too have a small backyard and I think I can use some of the tips mentioned in the ideabook. But I think you have made use of too much of hardscaping which needs much time and efforts. Anyways the ideas were great. I would love to incorporate at mine.
July 10, 2014 at 2:50am   
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Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Learn what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom remodel Full Story
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zannej
I have to agree with neny12972. If the installer did something wrong that is causing the pipes to back up, then the installer is responsible for fixing it at his own cost. This is one of the reasons why installers are supposed to have insurance. If they make a mistake and damage something else, they need to be able to pay for it.
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Lowe's of Orland Park, IL
This is one of the first realistic looks at bathroom remodeling budgets & scope definitions I have ever seen! Mitchell Parker definitely defines the difference between DIY & DIFM (Do It Yourself & Do It For Me)
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