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DECLUTTER YOUR HOME: ONCE AND FOR All

Having positive mindset guidelines when starting the process is the most important step — and knowing how to achieve your goal will result in greater success. Real Simple’s March 27, 2024, article, “16 Steps to Finally Declutter your Home Once and for All,” was the inspiration for this blog post. I’ve condensed their steps into the five I feel are most important

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MOVE SPRING CLEANING OUTDOORS

Last month, I debunked the notion that spring cleaning is limited to inside your home by focusing on actions you can take to spring clean your garage. Now, let’s take things a step further by looking at ways you can spring clean the exterior of your home as well as the property that surrounds it.

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SPRING CLEANING: DON’T FORGET YOUR GARAGE!

If you remember the January and February blog posts—focused on organization and decluttering—you won’t be surprised to see the theme of letting go the old to bring in new goodness continue this month as we move outside the home and into the garage.

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WANT A MORE SOOTHING, LESS STRESSFUL HOME? DECLUTTER!

The beginning of a year is a great time to reflect on the past, learn what can be improved and implement positive changes. While we’re in the second month of 2024, that means the year is still young. One change you may want to consider—especially if you crave more soothing, less stressful spaces—is to declutter.

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UPDATE YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM FOR A CLEAN START TO THE NEW YEAR

When you think about making design updates to your home, your laundry room may not be top of mind—but perhaps it should be. We remodeled the laundry room in our San Diego home, starting with replacing our side-by-side washer/dryer with full-size stackables. We also added a decorative chandelier, a fabric Roman shade, and a custom patterned vent screen, and installed a clothes rod over the sink to hang-dry delicate items.

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NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK: 2024 LOOK TRENDS

With 2024 just around the corner, predictions abound regarding many trends for the new year—and home design is no exception. One of the most well-respected online communities for interior design recently announced its predictions for the home design trends it believes will be popular next year, focusing on a combination of existing and new styles.

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TRENDS THAT ARE MORE THAN TRENDY

Built into the definition of trendy—“fashionable and up to date”—seems to be the idea that trends are fleeting. While that may be true in fashion, I think it’s less so in design, where memorable trends can have quite a shelf life. This year’s design trends focus on being inspired by travel and nature as well as uniqueness. While I’m looking forward to seeing what 2024 brings, I love these 2023...

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GAIN DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM HOTEL STAYS

There is so much to love about travel—including seeing amazing sights and taking a break from real life to recharge. But you may be overlooking another benefit of enjoying time away from home: getting inspired by the designs you see in hotel rooms. Applying the creative design tips noted below can help you feel like you’re staying at a luxury hotel in your own home.

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FIND IT FAST—ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY

Whether your pantry is on the small side, gigantic or somewhere in between, you know how important it is to organize it so you can make the most of the space and easily find whatever you might be looking for. Pantry space may be some of the most valuable real estate in your home but if it’s chaotic it may cause you more frustration than bliss.

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RELAX OUTDOORS! IT’S SUMMER

What’s your favorite season? Some people love the crisp fall days, a wintry wonderland or the rebirth that occurs in spring but number one on my list is summer—so I’m thrilled it’s here. I will say that since moving to Arizona, we enjoy summer differently than we used to in San Diego.

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KEEP COOL WITH SOLAR AND ROLLER SHADES

The heat is on! While Southern California and Arizona are sunny year-round, during the summer the combination of sun and high temperatures usually finds folks seeking to cool off indoors. Air conditioning certainly helps—and is a must-have in the desert—but keeping the sun’s rays out of your home is also a good strategy.

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