Step 1 – Done – Congratulations! You should know have a lay of the land and an idea of what you are working with.
The next step may be a very challenging one for some – it certainly was for me. It is time to clear out or ‘purge’. Everyone has some things around that they really don’t need or use – these just add to clutter and take away from fulling enjoying your space. When looking at your space, consider…
- Are there any items that you need to keep (for budget or other reasons)? Are there any items you really want to keep and incorporate into your redecorated space?
- What is no longer usable or useful?
- What items are not part of your style or may be out of style?
- What just isn’t working – visually and/or functionally?
Consider the above questions while going through all of the items in your space. I have had the habit of rationalizing that I may use or need something even though I haven’t used that item in a long time. As a general rule, if you didn’t know it was there, or haven’t used it in the past 6 months to a year you can, and should, get rid of it.
While deciding what items to keep and which to get rid of, keep in mind that an item can be re-purposed or re-faced to better work for you. This is particularly helpful when working on a smaller budget.
It can also be helpful to have a friend over to help. Not just as help with the physical labor, but to also help keep you honest with yourself about what you should and should not keep.
The purpose of the space also needs to be considered at this time. Write down some words that you would like to describe your space when it is redecorated (ie. uncluttered, comfortable, easily access files). These descriptions should address the style and functionality of the space and will help you in the next 3 steps.
Good luck and as always, please feel free to share!