BREATHE……. EXHALE…… REPEAT….. Finally, you can breathe a sigh of relief! It is the end of the long summer holiday and you can refresh / reclaim your home now that the kids have gone back to school.
You may look up in despair at the state of your once beautiful home – fear not! This is the perfect time to update your house and to add those little touches.
We would like to share with you six of our favourite ways to refresh your home (and yourself!) now the kids have gone back to school.
Above all else, decluttering your space is the most important. This is the first step to simplifying your life and restoring a much-needed sense of peace and calm after the hectic summer holidays.
So, embrace the minimalist mentality.
Sort through all the piles of ‘stuff’ with a fine toothcomb; be honest! If you haven’t used an item for an eternity, dispose of it. (Don’t forget the outgrown childrens’ clothes, send them to charity, and throw away things that have seen better days)
Make the most of the space in your home and welcome in the spirit of the new season with a fresh mind set. Less is definitely more!
2) ORGANISE YOUR STORAGE
Now that you’ve thoroughly cleansed your home of unwanted and unnecessary items, it is time to organise what remains.
A consistent approach will ensure success, and finding the perfect storage solutions to suit your needs will mark your victory.
In childrens’ bedrooms and playrooms, baskets, trunks and “teddy nets” all make great places to store toys and other treasured possessions. Actually, toys can very effectively do double duty as part of the interior design!
Other tips for creative storage:
• Build in extra storage both above and around your bed, as well as using bedside tables with storage.
• Use tote bags in place of bins, and hang them on the back of the door.
• Floor to ceiling cabinets maximise the space available and offer a surprising amount of storage in a narrow area.
• Have a look here for more inspirational ideas.
3) DEEP CLEAN AND LAUNDRY
Eliminate those wilful cobwebs and wipe away those sticky fingerprints from the surfaces – this is the perfect opportunity to do a deep clean now the kids are back to school.
Catch up with the laundry and resume a sense of order and tranquillity. When you have an empty laundry basket, all the linen freshly ironed and carefully stored away, plus a sparkling clean home; all is well in the world again.
4) INFUSE YOUR HOME WITH BEAUTIFUL FRAGRANCES
After decluttering and re-organising your home, it is lovely to infuse it with beautiful fragrances.
Fresh and fragrant flowers are of course wonderful, but short lived! Therefore, consider silk flowers for appearance, and we recommend reed diffusers and scented candles to create your chosen atmosphere. By your choice of fragrances, you can both refresh your home and create wonderful olfactory memories.
One of our current favourites is the quirky London based scented candle company, Article White. Exquisitely hand-poured in its own London studio, the collection of scented candles offers twelve, natural home fragrances. Article white draws upon modern cultural references to paint an olfactory alphabet in high-intensity optical colour. We particularly like OstrichAstrid and KrugerCougar.
5) HOLD ON TO YOUR MEMORIES
Hold onto the memories of your summer by displaying your favourite snaps and movies. Put them into a frame, and celebrate the wonderful times you had!
The weather is often fabulous when the kids go back to school. Make the most of it and keep the sunshine shimmering on you through the autumn season.
6) LOOK FORWARD TO THE AUTUMN
Enjoy the final throes of summer, and look forward to family walks, crunching through fallen leaves, whilst marvelling at nature’s colours. As Autumn approaches bring the spirit of this rich and vibrant season into your home in all its glory.
Make the most of the glut of late summer fruits and vegetables while they are still plentiful. Consider making jam, chutneys and pickles to restock your shelves, then you will then be prepared for when your children return home from school, ravenous ! These homemade delicacies look wonderful in your cupboards and on your shelves, particularly with handcrafted labels which are so easy to personalise with modern apps.
Get ready to light the first fires of the season and adorn your home with exquisite silk or real autumnal flowers:
• Dhalias and Chrysanthemums – bold and bright in myriad shades of purple, pink, yellow, bronze and white bring the the late summer sun indoors.
• Alstroemeria – a great cut flower, in autumnal shades of golds, purples and rusts or softer pinks and whites.
• Rudbeckia – these sunflower like beauties can be grow from seed, and their late flowers really do keep the summer going.
If we can assist you incorporating some of these tips and ideas into your home, please feel free to get in touch.