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SPRING TIME, FRESH TIME

WELCOME TO SPRING! SWEET, GLORIOUS SPRING. With the change in seasons comes the time for a fresh start. It's time to clear out, clean out, organize and freshen up. Our homes are a reflection of what

we love, what we believe, and who we are. So how do we clear the clutter...uh... rather the treasured memories that don't need to be out any more. Here are a few easy steps.

TAKE INVENTORY OF WHAT YOU HAVE

When you've lived in a space for a long time it's difficult to see it with fresh eyes. But your need to start envisioning the rooms in your home in a fresh way to really see what it there. Look over all of your possessions and determine what you love, what would look great with a makeover, waht might look great in another room and what you are ready to part with. Most of us are on tight budgets so consider what you can afford and what you can make do with for the time being.

DECLUTTER; GET RID OF EVERYTHING YOU DON'T LOVE

Decluttering your home is time consuming and somewhat emotional process, but when your see the rewards, it's well worth it. How do you feel when you walk through the door? Are you greated with shoes and coats spilling out in your path? In the kitchen, do you have extra dishes and items that don't fit into your overflowing cabinets and drawers? Keeping a tidy home is much easier when you own less, and to own less you must declutter.

GET FOCUSED: ONE SPACE AT A TIME

Our possessions should serve us and bring us joy. If they are burdening us, then it is time to let them go. Start with three baskets and one room. Label one basket "TO KEEP", one "TO GIVE AWAY" and the third "TO THROW". Now start in one corner and go. Don't look around at the large amount of items in the room... just one section at a time. Maybe that's all you do for the day. Whatever you can accomplish is great. If you over do it, you will list this task as a "hate-to-do-it" task and may not get to it again because it was too overwhelming the first time.

DREAM BIG AND GET INSPIRED

Don't be afraid to dream big for yourself and what you would like your space to become. See out inspiration from magazines, online blogs (like this one) and HGTV shows.

TAKE ACTION: LET THE FUN BEGIN

You've done the dirty work, the emotional work and now it's time to enjoy yourself and have some fun. Do you see new paint in your home? What colors speak to you when you take an overview of the inspiration pieces you've collected? Maybe it's just a new furniture layout to try out for a while. That is something that can change your look without costing a dime. And if you decide it's not working for you... change it back just as simply but in the meantime you have brought a new appearance to your home for a time. A little redesign break from the norm. Commit to starting this weekend and follow your plan until you have transformed your space and are ready to enjoy the freshness of springtime.

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