October 5, 2007
As the saying goes, there’s two things you can’t avoid – debt and taxes. But what about moving home? It’s pretty much inevitable at some stage you have to move and it’s certainly a stressful event. It’s always seems so easy and exciting but once you get down to the packing you always realise how incredibly unprepared you are and wonder how you managed to accumulate so much stuff! Here’s a few tips that might make moving that little bit easier:
Before you start:
Preparation is key! It may seem like an obvious tip, but no matter how little or big your house is that you have, you still never really know where to start. Make a list of exactly what you need to do from booking a removal van, to finding cardboard boxes to sorting through your clothes and taking some to a charity store. This way you can see clearly what you have to do, and then can figure out what will take the longest and prioritise. Ask yourself – do I really need that old leather sofa and chipped bookcase? What do you really want to take to your new home?
During your move:
Make sure you leave yourself with enough time to organise everything and don’t leave everything until the last minute. Start by packing things you aren’t going to need to use. Clearly mark all your boxes just in case you need to find something you packed, and to also make it easier when you unpack at your new home. Moving house is the perfect time to de-clutter your house and get rid of things you no longer need. If you’re really prepared you could take your belongings to a car boot sale and try to come out on top.
After you move:
Many people get so caught up in the moving process they forget that after you leave your house, your mail doesn’t magically know how to find you. Remember to redirect your mail and inform people of your change of address or you could miss out on anything from birthday presents to phone bills! Although it would be nice to lose a few bills along the way, you don’t want to end up with overdue fees from a wayward bill you haven’t paid.
September 27, 2007
1. DON’T Start shopping until you have a good idea what you want! Prepare yourself by taking measurements, browsing catalogues and looking online before you hit the stores regardless if it’s bedroom or living room furniture.
2. DON’T Impulse Buy – You have to live with it for a long time, and you could be looking at spending a lot of money. Ask to take a photo on your mobile or digital camera, a sample of the fabric, and the measurements and go home and see if it’ll work in the room and you really want it.
3. DON’T Take an Entourage – the more opinions you get will lead to more confusion! Go with the other person you live with or a friend for a second opinion on if that table is big enough for the dining room, or if that sofa is the right colour for the lounge room.
4. DON’T Ignore the salespersons help – yes, they do want you to buy something, but remember, they also know a lot from what the product is made of to what the difference is between products and can decipher the codes and warranties.
5. DON’T Leave home without a tape measure! More often than not the dimensions will be there for you, but it’s Murphy’s law that the desk you want won’t have it’s measurements and all the staff are on lunch the second you walk in the furniture store.
July 18, 2007
There has been a long standing myth that fitted furniture in your home is a bad idea! Why exactly has this ideal come about? Sure there are some cheap deals you can get for fitted furniture, they look cheap because they are cheap and if its value you are looking to add to your home this is not the way to go about it.
However fitted furniture can really add significant value to your home if say you have some awkward alcoves and corners, you can utilise the space far better if you have a bespoke piece of furniture, say a side table, bureau, sofa or built in wardrobe. Made correctly by skilled carpenters and joiners, if you can add a piece of furniture that has been built to fit the exact dimensions and character of your home, your room will look truly individual and not only will you add value to your home but you will get great satisfaction out of your newly designed furniture for years to come!
Well ok maybe not the telly, but knowing where to place your furniture in your home can be a real dilemma! Homes need to feel like homes and furniture needs too complement that. It is no good simply whacking your belongings in a room and hoping that it all fits and then wonder why your agitated a few days later when the symmetry and balance of the said room has not been arranged.
It sounds obvious but its not, so here are a few pointers as to placing furniture around your home to create the harmony and peacefulness that you deserve!
- Balance your furniture out, a room where most of the furniture is in one corner will look unnatural and will subconsciously annoy you. Draw an imaginary line through the room and balance the furniture placed in each half.
- Symmetry – by keeping up a few simple symmetrical rules, like if you have two sofas place them so they face each other with a coffee table in the middle etc will help you to be aesthetically pleased with the layout of your home.
- Traffic – When placing furniture in your home, or more specifically a room be aware of what item is used and what is not used! Make sure that the lovely comfortable sofa has a clear walk way too it, people will be calmer and happier if they can get to their beloved piece of furniture without having to hurdle everything else in the room – it sounds obvious but you would be surprised!
- First impressions – too much clutter, in this case, furniture, in a room can be off putting, again think about the balance of the furniture in the room. A few accessories can really make a difference, try buying some flowers to place on a side table on a table, this will make the room look inviting!
- Convenience – a home and its furniture must ultimately be adequate for the functions they perform. You may have bought the trendiest piece of furniture for your home but if it isn’t comfortable or isn’t positioned in the right place so that it can be used correctly, something has gone wrong!