For many, a New Year is a time for resolutions—eat healthier, travel more, or reconnect with friends and family. In the past, I've set long-term goals for myself without thinking about the short-term steps to make a lifestyle shift that lasts. And when I didn't meet my goal or stick with my new resolution, I felt frustrated and disappointed with myself.
So this year, let's make a plan to achieve one intention for 2016: to become happier.
One key to lasting happiness is to live in surroundings that offer comfort, serenity and efficiency for the whole family. By focusing your energy on reworking those dreaded spaces in your home that cause you angst, you will find yourself more content, more productive and more at ease this year and for years to come. And you just may be surprised with the extra time you'll have to work on other goals!
If you're ready to hit the reset button as part of making a lifestyle change, you're in the right spot. For the next month, I will share a tip each week from my step-by-step process in how to get an organized & styled home. To begin, commit to the process of transforming one space (any room or area in your house that drives you nuts) and block time in your calendar now to dedicate to the steps.
WEEK ONE: Design Concept
1. Assess the area. Take time now to clarify what isn’t working with the space and what you ideally envision the space to be. Grab a cup of tea, light a candle and sit down to ask yourself:
What issues are you having with the space? What are the things you can never find or you have no place for? What don't you like about how the room feels?
What is working in the space? What do you like having easy access to? What do you like about how the room feels?
What are the essential items that need to stay? What do you know you can get rid of?
- What activities do you want to take place in the space?
- What would make you happy to have done with the space?
- What is your style?
2. Find Inspiration. I like to create a secret Pinterest board with a variety of images that demonstrate the look, feel and functionality desired for the room. If you’re not a fan of Pinterest, you can also copy and paste images to a word doc or cut clippings from magazines. The important part here is to explore your tastes and what you’re drawn to in order to get a clearer idea of what your style is.
3. Create a design concept. Explore and edit the inspiration you gathered. Is there a pattern with theme or style? Did you find a particular piece of furniture or rug that you want to incorporate? Take the images that you love the most and make a collage with an Inspiration Board that will serve as the design concept for the room. They don’t need to be the exact pieces that you will use, but use it as a guide for what to look for when you start the shopping process. My suggestion is to pick a focal point (a rug, curtains, a piece of artwork) and use that for the primary inspiration, with other items to compliment it. Here are a few examples of Inspiration Boards I did for clients:
CRAFT ROOM INSPIRATION:
LIVING ROOM INSPIRATION:
Okay, so you're committed to creating a happier home and happier you in 2016-- you have the time blocked on your calendar and you're ready to dig in to step #1. Next week we'll tackle the second step: Organizing. :)
Have a great week!