3 Reasons Why You Should Declutter Your Home

Every January I get this overwhelming feeling to declutter my home and get rid of unnecessary stuff.  Putting away Christmas decorations and throwing out the tree feels so good to me and that is what jump starts my decluttering.  It may have something to do with the feeling that comes with the start of a New Year.  Starting over and starting fresh.  I am doing this in a more extreme way than I ever have before this January.  Certain things that I just couldn’t let go of before I am not hesitating getting rid of now.

Mid Century Modern Dining Area Reveal

Last year I read the book by Marie Kondo, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and it changed my world.  I started discarding in the order the book suggests, starting with clothes.  I then moved on to books, and then papers.  I threw out bags and bags of stuff.  I also bought a paper shredder and shredded probably 30 pounds of paper… I’m not even kidding.  It felt amazing and liberating.  I got rid of the two annoying, eye sore piles of miscellaneous stuff on our kitchen counter top.  Check out that post here!  I had plans to keep going but life got crazy and busy and I never actually finished discarding and tidying EVERY category.

One year later I am happy to say that our clothes are still folded as Marie suggests.  I will never go back to the old way because this way makes so much more sense.  I have also done better with controlling piles on the counter top and keeping up with discarding or shredding papers right away.  But many areas in my home continue to accrue clutter and I feel like I am constantly “picking up” the same areas and things over and over again.  So I knew it was time to finish the Kon-Mari method in my home.  No more procrastinating!  And no more holding on to things that don’t bring me joy!

Getting My House in Order the Kon-Mari Way

This last weekend, I convinced Dax to help me tackle our three storage rooms in the basement.  Yes, three. Ridiculous I know!  I counted at least 30 empty boxes that we threw out from these storage rooms.  Most of them pretty large… including the box to our 55″ TV that we bought over two years ago.  We kept all these boxes “just in case” and NEVER needed them.  I was SO excited to discover how much space we had once we got rid of all that stuff.   We took one load to the dump and one to the thrift store to donate.  I have also sold several things online.  It’s a lot of work to tackle your clutter and sometimes hard decisions must be made.  But if you simply ask yourself what is suggested by Marie Kondo- “Does this spark joy?” it will make the hard decisions a little easier and you will know when it’s time to let go of something.

Spring Cleaning

Life is messy… kids are messy.  So why not just ignore the clutter and accept it as part of life?  Well I have three reasons why you should confront your clutter and resolve it once and for all!

1.  You will actually be able to find and utilize what you have

Shortly before we cleaned out our storage rooms, I bought light bulbs because I thought we didn’t have any.  Well….. come to find out we had several boxes of them haha.  It’s hard to utilize what you have when it’s lost in a mess!  More than once I have searched and searched for something I knew I had but didn’t know where I put it.  Organizing what you have and keeping similar things in the same place definitely helps with this.  What is the point of having something if you can’t find it or don’t even realize you have it?

2.  Rid yourself of the guilt you feel when you see things in your home that you never use

This might seem like a weird concept to some people, but when Marie mentioned it in her book I could totally relate!  Especially with clothes.  I would see a dress or shirt hanging in my closet that I wore maybe once or twice ever and feel guilty for not wearing it more or liking it more.  I have also done this with home decor in the past… I feel guilty for not wanting to hang up a certain clock or picture.  I once loved the item.. but not anymore.  When you declutter your home and get rid of things like this…. you no longer have to deal with that dumb guilt.  Bottom line:  if it doesn’t spark joy then don’t keep it!

3.  When you declutter your home, you can also clear (or declutter) your mind

Life is busy and chaotic.  We all know this.  Adding a cluttered house on top of that only adds to the stress.  Messy rooms have always been a distraction for me.  When I was in college, if my room was messy I absolutely could not focus enough to study.  I had to stop and completely clean my room or go to a library.  The feeling that comes with an organized, decluttered, and sometimes quite empty space is so much more calming.  When my home is clean and decluttered, I can better focus on other things that require my attention.  You will notice this even more if you clear away clutter in an extremely messy area of your house… the contrast will be intense!

Tribal Chic Office/Studio Reveal

I hope this inspires all of you to take on your clutter!  I highly recommend “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.  Nothing will be left to question when it comes to discarding and tidying in your home.  I’m still not completely done with my decluttering journey but I’ve made huge leaps over the past couple of weeks.  I’ve also learned a little lesson about letting go.  It was surprisingly easy… I just had to make myself be a little more practical.  So get to work!  And let me know how it goes!

xo

Kemley

Inexpensive Art Prints that I Love

So I’m a little crazy about art prints!  Especially prints that can be printed the moment you download them.  I’m not a patient person sometimes haha.  For pretty much every room I’ve done a makeover on, I’ve went to Etsy and searched for the perfect art prints to complete the room.  There are seriously so many to pick from in every style you can imagine.  I want to share with you some of my favorite art prints I’ve discovered on Etsy lately.  And a bonus… they are all so affordable!

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I love how simple this black and white forest print is!  It’s so moody and dramatic; I think it would look good really big.  It is an instant download and SO affordable.

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I’m more than a little bit obsessed with cacti…. I think everybody knows this haha.  So this cacti watercolor print is absolute perfection!  Also an instant download.

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I love this Copenhagen city map and I think this would look great really big hanging on the wall.  This site has maps of many cities, including Paris and New York.  Annnnnd it’s an instant download.

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This watercolor buffalo print is so beautiful!  I love the simplicity of it.  We go to Jackson, WY every year and so whenever I see a buffalo print I think of Jackson and the Tetons.  I’m very tempted to buy this for my living room, but I have been planning on painting one myself from an inspiration photo I took of some buffalo while we were in Jackson last year.  And I think that would be a little more special.  This is an instant download and CHEAP.

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This New York City taxi print is so much fun.  Aren’t taxis just cute haha?  This one is not an instant download but it’s still pretty affordable.  The sizes available range from 8×10 to 24×36.

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This mid century style mountain scene print is so unique.  Something different from traditional mountain scene artwork.  This one is not an instant download and is a tiny bit more pricey but still not too bad.  The sizes range from 10×10 to 24×24.  This would look awesome BIG.

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I’m not a big lover of “quote prints”.  I feel like sometimes people go a little crazy with quote prints and decor and it’s just too many words.  Too busy.  But I really do love this one.  Very minimalist and I love the message.  This is an instant download.

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I’ve been loving “modern western” looks lately and this Native American paint splatter print matches that vibe perfectly.  This is an instant download.

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Another perfect cactus print!  This would look amazing HUGE taking up an entire wall haha.  It probably can’t be printed that big, but it’s so good- am I right??  Instant download!

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Isn’t this hedgehog print so adorable??  It would look very cute in a nursery or kids’ room.  Again, I love how minimal this print is–very simple and to the point.  This is an instant download.

Many printables can be printed pretty large and they still look really good.  Just make sure to read the details about how big the print can be printed before you buy it!  Whenever I have needed to print large scale printables, I just put the file on my flash drive and take it to my local copy/print shop.  It is seriously so cheap to print.  After paying for the printable and the cost of printing it on nice, quality paper, it’s still way more affordable than buying a large scale art print at a store.  I think the girls at the copy store think I’m a little crazy when I ask them to print a massive copy of a cacti picture haha.  Whatevs.

One of my favorite places to buy a frame for a printable is at Ikea because they are SO affordable.  And I LOVE the “minimalist-no-extra-junk” look of the Ribba Frame in particular.  It’s very simple and clean and comes in a variety of sizes.  But I’ve recently been crushing over another way to hang a printable…. which you will soon see when I post my entry way reveal next week!  Ahhhh I’m pretty excited for that, and you should be too haha, so keep following me!  I appreciate it SO much.

So if any of you are in need of some new, affordable, maybe even large scale wall décor…. check out Etsy and get ya some prints!  You can thank me later.

xo

Kemley

Let’s Talk Color

There are some colors I’ve noticed in designed spaces lately that I’ve really been crushing on.  I’ve been loving deep, rich colors like deep emerald green and deep navy blue.  I especially love the contrast of these colors with white.  I also love the way these deep colors look with gold accents.  It just makes my heart happy!  I’ve noticed these colors in some amazing spaces, let’s take a look:

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Aren’t these rich green kitchen cabinets amazing?  The gold pendant lights and faucets are absolutely gorgeous with these green cabinets.  This kitchen is so unique, who would have ever thought that green cabinets could look so classy?  I think I would personally like white uppers with green lower cabinets.  Just to brighten the space a bit!

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Isn’t this green velvet comforter from One King’s Lane so unique?  I love it!  Check out this source for other amazing emerald green accents.

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I love this green blanket contrasting with the bright white linens.  So pretty!

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For some smaller emerald green accents, check out these gorgeous agate coasters that are for sale on etsy!

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This green velvet couch from Anthropologie is quite lovely as well.

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Okay, let’s talk blue now!  I am in love with this gorgeous kitchen.  The white upper cabinets give a perfect balance to the blue lower cabinets.  And the gold hardware is perfect.

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Check out this adorable English Manor house with a blue tufted couch!

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This elegant, blue tufted headboard makes me very excited for Liberty’s room reveal which will include a DIY blue velvet tufted headboard.  See the design plan here.

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Here is another gorgeous kitchen remodel with blue lower cabinets and white uppers.  The gold hardware is there once again and looking perfect!

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Here are some beautiful blue agate coasters by the same seller on etsy as the green coasters.  To die for!

So what do you guys think of these color trends popping up?  I’ve been drawn to the rich blue color for quite a while, which is why I picked a rug with some rich blue colors in it for my dining room.  I honestly don’t have any of the deep emerald green in my own home.  But I’m seriously considering it now!  Hope you are all having an awesome start to 2017 and getting motivated to make your homes beautiful on a budget.

xo

Kemley