Archives for August 2016

Decluttering Spree

Decluttering Spree

Hi friends! I intended to post yesterday but I got into a MAJOR decluttering spree. I’ve been on a roll ever since decluttering all. the. things. After moving in last fall and finally confirming what we actually need here in our new house, I’ve found so much more STUFF I don’t want. I don’t know about you, but I’m just really over STUFF.

I’m more determined than ever to let stuff go. Every thing that I can remove from my sight and from the corners of the house makes me feel lighter and lets me breathe a little more deeply. The more I remove the excess, the more my home becomes the peaceful retreat I want it to be! I’m going to keep up the decluttering over the weekend and I’ll report back on my progress.

Want to join me in a decluttering spree? Challenge yourself to remove at least one box full of stuff this weekend. Let me know how it goes! Happy weekend!

Find inspiration and the strategies that inspire me to declutter and simplify in my organizing book Make Room for What You Love.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home NeedsThis post was sponsored by Ross Dress for Less

As we are decorating our new house, I always keep in mind the basics for what I feel creates a warm and comfortable home. Whether you are in your first home or your seventh, I believe there are three decorating essentials every home needs: authenticity, personality and flexibility.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

First and foremost, your home should be authentic to you and your family.

By that I mean it’s essential that your home reflects what matters to you in this season of your life. When you start from a place of authenticity, you have a good compass or gauge for what to spend your hard earned money on. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style to be authentic, even when you are on a modest budget!

Do you have a family? Perhaps you have young kids? Pets? Do you work from home? We have two dogs, so part of my authentic style in this season of our life is creating a very pet-friendly home. We’ve put comfy beds for our dogs in several rooms. Instead of risking that our home might end up looking like a dog kennel, we incorporate budget and pet-friendly items that fit right into the style of our space.

When I spotted this adorable dog bed at Ross, I knew that the pretty fabric pattern would not only would look amazing in our home, but our pups would LOVE IT, too! It was a decorating win-win. It was also a great price ($22). You can save 20%-60% at Ross on the same brands carried in department stores, so it makes it easier for home decor lovers like us to stay on budget.

Authenticity is always in style, so I believe you can definitely create a beautiful home layer by layer without breaking the bank.

Secondly, your home should show off your personality.

You’ll love your home the most when it reflects your personality. What colors inspire you? Which patterns make you happy? What is your story and what do you love to do? Sure, hand me downs save on the budget. But as you start to decorate your home, always incorporate some items you love even when you mix them with things you aren’t as in love with.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Find accessories that tell your story and show off everything that makes you YOU. These three pretty glass floats (also found at a great price at Ross) are not only on-trend, but they remind me of my childhood every time I see them. We had a similar set growing up. We’ve always lived on or near the water and our house now is overlooking Puget Sound so coastal influences always make me happy.

Ask yourself what really sparks joy and shows off your personality so you can always feel inspired in your home.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Lastly, incorporate items that offer flexibility.

Invest in items for your home that offer flexibility so you’ll save money (and space!) in the long run. The fact is, you might move at least few times in your lifetime. You’ll go through various seasons in every home where you’ll have different needs. Especially if you live in a small space, you need pieces that can serve more than one purpose.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

You all know I’m a big fan of hooks. Not only do they add style to a space, but they are easy to install, are affordable and offer so much flexibility on a budget. We don’t always have enough closets or room for cabinets in our home, but a few hooks can make any space more comfortable and easy to live in.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

We put a row of six cute hooks in our super tiny guest room. Friends or family can hang a purse, an overnight bag, a cosmetic bag, their coat or a robe! Hooks keep their belongings out of the reach of our pups and make guests feel more organized while they visit.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Aim to invest in classic staple pieces you’ll be able to use in several different ways. These new little bamboo-style nesting tables are some of my most flexible pieces! They can fit together as nesting tables to save space. Small tables or stools can be tucked in anywhere, perhaps to be used for anything from a plant stand or a spot to set coffee, a book or a meal when entertaining. These tables will be classic pieces in our home for years to come.

My home is still evolving and I can’t wait to share more of the progress with you! Thanks for following along on our adventure to create a home.

Tell me about your authentic style in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

The items I featured today (the nesting tables, the glass floats, the dog bed and the hooks) were all found at my local Ross store last week! Check out all the latest items and budget-friendly decor at your local Ross store (find a Ross store near you at as well as check out their latest styles on Facebook and Instagram.

Find more decorating help in my book, The Inspired Room!