Clear the Clutter

Spring is on the way!

As we finally see warm weather for the first time in months, I am filled with the urge to dive headfirst into spring cleaning. Nothing welcomes in the new season like cleaning and de-cluttering your space, and I find I’m always more in love with my house when I’ve cleared out the clutter that’s built up over a long winter.
But clearing out the clutter can be a huge, overwhelming job for a lot of us. Below are some of my favorite tips for getting rid of the mess, organizing a space, and welcoming in Spring with a clutter-free home!

Five Tips to Clear the Clutter

Identify the Problem Areas
Bedrooms, kitchens, closets, and living rooms typically gather the most clutter. Figure out where your biggest messes are so you can fix them.
Make a Plan
Decide on an approach. Experts suggest either choosing a room or a category to start tackling clutter. Perhaps the kitchen is in most need of a clearing, or you’re finding unnecessary knickknacks littering every surface. Pick what you want to tackle and then make it manageable. Only de-clutter for fifteen or thirty minutes at a time. If you carve out a small chunk of time every day, you’ll have an organized house in no time.
Create Piles
As you sort through the clutter, create four piles: Keep, Donate/Sell, Trash, Belong Elsewhere (for the things that belong in another room). Place everything in the appropriate pile, and don’t be afraid to get rid of things! It’s easier to keep the clutter under control when you have less odds and ends to create clutter.
Bins, Bins, Bins
Here at KH Window Fashions, we love containers and organizational systems to give each item its place. If every item has a home, your only job is to put it back when you’re done with it, which takes a lot less time than sorting through chaotic messes to find something when you need it later. Check out some of the cool ways to store your belongings without creating clutter.
Form a Habit
You don’t want to spend every other weekend de-cluttering your home. Once you’ve gone through the hard work the first time, focus on maintaining the organized environment. You’ll be surprised how much an organized home can help inner peace. Make it a habit to avoid clutter, and then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful home without feeling stressed.
Good luck!

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there is no better holiday to gather all your loved ones and share in memories new and old. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The combination of good food, beautiful fall decorations, and family members make it a day to be cherished.

And why not make your decorations as loved as the company? Below are some cute and unique ideas to add a special splash to your Thanksgiving table. Try some out and, if you like the result, send me the photo! I would love to see what you create.

Here are some fantastic ideas to spice up your candles during Thanksgiving. The first suggestion is apples candles. Hollow out the top of several apples and place a tea candle inside, creating a cute centerpiece for any table.

But fruits aren’t the only way decorate a candle. Below is another example, this time using vegetables to add a little flavor.

Finally, take Thanksgiving back to its roots in this candle decoration. Pour split peas, dried beans, and corn kernels into a clear glass jar or vase and place a candle on top.

How simple is this? And yet it would look so beautiful on your table.
Pumpkins and gourds are another great centerpiece that never go out of style! Paint one white and adorn it with bittersweet berries like above or stack a group of pumpkins and gourds in glass vases like below, and you have a simple but beautiful decoration.
thanksgiving

This amazing decoration pictured above was made with dollar store glasses and alphabet stickers, and then filled with cinnamon sticks, acorns, and pinecones! Together, all the materials make a super cute centerpiece for a mantel or even a table.

Want to see more fun ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for Thanksgiving table settings. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!