Yesterday was the first day of spring, so in honor of warmer days ahead I'm sharing some of my favorite cleaning and organizing tips to get your closet back into tip-top shape before summer hits, and we want to spend all our free-time outside! Because spring is the perfect time to embrace the saying "Out with the old, in with the new!"
Make your Closet Intuitive
If the experience of getting dressed is time-consuming, inconvenient or frustrating, you're not going to look forward to it. Whatever you are organizing, it's about the experience of doing what you are doing. It needs to be graceful, intuitive, and pleasurable.
Organize things intuitively, as though you're setting up an assembly line. You should be able to pick out one item after another without interruption. Have things in one general area, so you're not running around from one end of the room to the other. Have a specific spot for everything so you're not looking for things each time you get dressed.
Keep Your Items Visible
Many people tuck shirts, sweaters, pants and even dresses into drawers, but that's a good way to forget about them. When you're in a rush, you're going to reach for the things you see first, so keep all your "main" items visible on hangers or shelves.
Have what you need to make an outfit out and visible. Save drawers for socks, bras, underwear, first layers, workout clothes, pajamas and lounge wear.
Kitchen to Closet
A pair of paper-towel holders mounted on the inside of one closet door organizes scarves or ties and keeps them wrinkle-free. A kitchen-utensil rail proves to be ideal for belts: Each gets its own S hook.
I love this tip because it allows me to keep my accessories organized and in plain sight! That way after I've picked out the perfect outfit, I don't have to spend 20 minutes trying to find the perfect accessories.
Full Length Mirrors are a Must
Trying to assess your outfit in a bad mirror is futile. If you want to see how your footwear impacts your outfit, if you want to see how skirt length works on your leg line, if you want to make sure your tights really complement your scarf, if you want to know how all of the pieces you’re wearing interact, you need a full-length mirror. Basically, if you want to get the big picture of your personal style, you’ve gotta see everything at once. Viewing your top and bottom halves separately will sometimes suffice, but you’ll be amazed by how different it feels to see your whole self, top to bottom.
Mirrors also make a closet area feel bigger and more open, which can help make your small closet even larger, less cluttered, and open.
Change your Shopping Habits
If you buy clothes simply because it's a new season, you'll quickly become disenchanted with your wardrobe. Instead, buy only items that you really love -- when your closet is filled with clothes you're obsessed with, getting dressed each day will be much more enjoyable.
Don't be stuck in the cycle of consuming and purging, consuming and purging. Have a clear idea of your lifestyle and your desired look so you only buy clothes and accessories that suit your needs.
I hope these tips help you in tackling your spring cleaning this year! Comment below with your favorite organization tips!
Photo Credit: Pinterest/Martha Stewart Living
With shows like Mad Men, Mid-Century style has become a staple in home decor design. While a nod to the 50s makes for beautiful interiors, too much vintage can make your home look like you're living in a time capsule. To help you get the mid-century modern look you've seen on HGTV and Pinterest, I'm providing you with some style tips on how to achieve the perfect Mid-Century look!
You can shop all of these styles at YBF! Look at the gallery below for some options of mid-century inspired items we have in stock. This is just a showcase of some of our styles; however, be sure to stop by the store to see everything we keep in stock! And if there's something in particular you're looking for, we might be able to order it if we don't carry it in stock! I hope these tips help you refresh your living space!
This week I put together the hottest trends in home decor for 2017. We are keeping some trends from 2016 such as neutrals, especially gray, but most are new for 2017! 2016 was full of DIY projects and quick and easy designs, but 2017 is focused on curating your home with beautiful and unique artisan pieces that will sure to be the next conversation starter at your dinner parties! Enjoy!
Does the thought of bold colors anywhere in your home make you feel a tinge of anxiety? Don’t fret—it’s all about neutrals in the year ahead. Light grays, white, camel, beige, and blush pink are all in for this year.
Gray was a prominent color in 2016 interiors and it will continue to reign in 2017. “We will see different tones of gray, a lot of gray and white, and gray in deeper colors," Smith says. It’s the sort of color that complements a full spectrum of shades, from bold red to mellow ivory.
NAVY IS THE NEW BLACK
Navy will be the alternative to traditional black this year, and it adds a modern twist to our classic designs. It's also the perfect color for small spaces because it doesn't make spaces seem small like black can do.
Green is probably the biggest trend of 2017. From lime green to emerald, you'll see every shade of green in home decor, fashion and commercial design in 2017. Named the 2017 Pantone Color Of The Year, "Greenery" is meant to represent refreshment and revitalization — something we all could use in a complex social and political environment.
If you're not looking to repaint your walls or buy a bright green area rug, we have lots of small pieces such as artificial greenery that will bring the trend into your home without a major redesign.
The last few years we have been bombarded by DIY projects on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. 2017, however, is taking a turn back to high-quality artisan crafted pieces rather than "quick + easy." Look for unique and quality pieces that can only be made with expert knowledge of the craft such as one of a kind paintings or hand blown glass vases.
As we turn toward artisan goods this year, there will also be an emergence of "raw whites" - think bone white or chalky whites. While bright whites can look sterile in your home, raw whites look earthy and organize. They also provide some texture in your space with their imperfections.
Weaving texture into an interior makes it more inviting and the idea of mixing fabrics and materials will be on the rise. We are seeing more and more texture in every form, from brushed brass tables to light fixtures to fabrics and wallpapers. A quick way to test the trend: Drape a nubby wool throw over a leather chair or mix fabrics used for decorative pillows.
Your goal should always be to create a home that feels curated, and an easy way to accomplish this is through pattern. We are planning to see inventive geometrics that speak to ancient cultures, whether it is African or Asian patterns with a modern twist. Think simple lines, geometric designs, and triangles.
Think of lighting as an accessory for your home—it’s the perfect way to show off your unique design sensibility. If you live in a smaller space, consider sprucing up your bedside lamps with something memorable. We have a great selection of modern + unique overhead lights and lamps in the store, and we can always special order!
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