by Dave Ulacia
Have you ever noticed how differently you see your home when you're preparing for holiday guests? Your home may be very well organized, but when you look at it through the eyes of a potential houseguest, you suddenly see things that look just a little off.
You see your fridge buried in your children's creations, the unkempt stack of papers on the back of the counter, or loose items on the bookshelf that suddenly seem out-of-place. Strange how that is, isn't it? After all, each of those things is right where it belongs.
Honestly, if you did nothing about them, chances are good that no one else will ever see them-and if they did, they'd be glad to see that you're human after all. But the trouble is, now that you've seen them, they're probably going to eat at you for a while.
Luckily the solution is simple. Containment. Let's start with that stack of unkempt papers on the counter. You know that they're current financial items that you need to keep out until they're completed. There's a medical bill for your daughter, a credit card statement that you need to double check, and a few other unopened pieces of mail. A simple basket or a mail organizer on the counter will hold them nicely, and remove that cluttered feel.
Your fridge should always be a place to show off your little cherubs' creations, but sometimes it tends to get a little overtaken. If you aren't ready to take them down yet, you may be interested in a magnetic white board or a magnetic tabletop display board for those special pieces. You may even find a magnetic board that also accepts thumbtacks. Spreading the masterpieces around creates a sense of rhythm to your decorating and it eases the burden on your refrigerator. While you're at it, you may consider updating your magnets to something a little stronger and more decorative.
As for the things on your bookshelf that look just a little out of place-consider using a few bookends to keep the books more upright. Our eyes are trained to see vertical lines when we look at a bookshelf, and bookends are a great way to make that happen. You may also consider using small baskets to contain smaller items in a more decorative manner. And if you notice any odd-looking larger items in your room that really need to stay where they are, you can find some really beautiful baskets for those as well.
As much as we'd like to, most of us can't live in a room that looks like the rooms in the fancy decorating magazines. We have to live-and living creates it's own chaos. Some things just have to be out in the open. But as long as they're out there, we might as well make them fit the look of the room as much as possible. These few suggestions will help soften that lived-in look in your home. If you have any other suggestions, we'd love to hear them.
Thanks, and happy organizing.