jennnc brought all her plants inside for the season and is looking for new places the put them - she's off to a great start with ideas from her style tray!
Pare down your book and media collection The most prized possessions to the burglars were electronics – no surprise there. We decided, given the direction media is going, to forgo getting a DVD player and stereo (it almost seems quaint just typing that). We instead got an AppleTV, which when connected to our main computer, can completely replace both pieces of equipment. My boyfriend and I used to be big into buying and renting DVDs and I had always resisted buying digital music over CDs. However, after having my CDs stolen so many times, I decided it wasn’t worth repurchasing them (mp3s can’t be stolen) and storing them. Gone are the days of numerous pieces of equipment for entertainment and storage for CD and DVD collections. If you don’t have an AppleTV (though I highly recommend getting one – you can also get rid of cable), you can do the same thing with an Apple Airport, receivers or some video game consoles. Once you’ve consolidated your music there are plenty of resources for donating, selling or sharing your collection:
Whoopsadaisy_anna’s husband turned an old wardrobe into this lovely media center. There’s no clutter and their art is displayed nicely above.
• 22 New Uses for Old CDs
• How To: Make CD Case Wall Art
• Display Ideas For the Music Lover
• Apartment Inspiration for Album Lovers
• Inspiration: Record Album Storage
Books, to me, are a whole different animal, but I know with the rise of the Kindle this will soon change. There are a lot of people need to keep their books for their monetary value, a sentimental reason, or because they love to read them multiple times. My boyfriend & I have tons of books – most of his are textbook and research oriented (as he is a perpetual student), while I’m more than happy to get rid off all that aren’t of the coffee table variety. To keep the balance we have one bookcase in the living room that holds all of the coffee table and currently-being-read books. All others go into the office bookcase (which by the way is two stacked Ikea Expedits). Anything that doesn’t have a spot should be reconsidered; if they important enough to you to keep, then find them a proper home so that they can be appreciated. Otherwise there are many ways to enjoy books without having to buy and keep them:
Check out ivy style33’s super organized bookshelf! It has just the right genre mix, orientation and balance between books and decorative objects. Way to go!
• Look! Community Book ExchangeDeclutter the rest of your living room Now that you’ve cleared out and organized your books and media, all that’s left is organizing your decorative items and keeping your storage and display in check. The best way to do this is continue the process of only keeping what’s nearest and dearest to you. The living room should be the heart of the house, not a place for clutter. This is where you’ll be relaxing and gathering with friends, so you really want to best represent you. Continue using the outbox for items that are questionable and use the recycling and trash bins for everything else that doesn’t belong. Don’t forget that the focus is a Green Cure: keep an eye on which items contribute to a healthy home and which don’t. While you’re reorganizing you’re probably also moving around a lot of dust. As you go remember clean off every surface to remove dust and dirt (of course use a green cleaner!). Plants are a great way to add a nice natural element to the home and, when chosen carefully, can actually purify the air. In my living room plants are just as important as art and are on display as such:
• Tips: Detaching Yourself (Rationally) from Your Books
• Simple Green: Share Your Books
• Green Tip: Throw a Book Swap Party
• Hot Tip: The Best Plants for Indoor Air QualityStorage, storage, storage. And by storage we mean multi-purpose functional furniture. This is the best way to keep clutter at bay because more functions a piece of furniture can provide, the less of it you’ll need and the more space you’ll save. My living room has a combination of about 80-percent concealed and 20-percent open storage.
• Ideas for Decorating with Plants
• Adding Color with Plants
Durable and Protein Furniture While we’re on the topic of storage, be thoughtful with the quality of furniture you keep in your home. Before you start acquiring new furniture, reconsider what you already have in your home. A new coat of paint, a reupholster job, or even just a simple rearranging can make a huge of difference without having to get anything new. It’s true that higher quality furniture runs at a high price, but a great way to save money is to buy used. Almost all of the furniture in my apartment was either bought on Craigslist or at garage and yard sales. Not only are you saving furniture from going to the landfill, but there’s a very good chance that what you’re buying is a high quality, solid and classic piece. Buying high quality pieces is a smart investment, not only because they’re long-lasting, but also because you’ll be buying less and therefore wasting less. If you’re ready to buy a brand spanking new furniture, make sure it’s either locally produced, made of environmentally friendly materials, or it’s made of recycled or reclaimed materials. There are now so many resources available that make this a really easy and fun task. Etsy and the Apartment Therapy Marketplace are great places to start.
Candi Mandi’s is a rearranger extraordinaire. Her living room is always a great example of quality furniture and accessories that have been thrifted, handmade (some from reclaimed materials to boot), or bought from Etsy, eBay or Craigslist.
Weatherize Lastly, because it's the Fall Cure, now is the time to weatherize your home if you live in the northern hemisphere. Seal up windows, hang heavier curtains, get your thermostat in check, and while you're sealing everything out make sure to change out your furnace filter to keep your indoor air clean. TODAY'S COMMENT QUESTION: What’s your media collection vice? Music, movies, books or something else? POST INDEX • Week 4 - Intro • Week 3 - Tips & Tricks • Week 3 - Intro • Week 2.5 - Show & Tell • Week 2 - Intro • Week 1.5 - Tips & Tricks • Week 1 - Intro CURE INFO • Main Cure Page - Fall 2009 • Sign-Up Here BUY A BOOK • From Amazon • From Powell's • From Barnes & Noble JOIN THE GREEN CURE DISCUSSION:
thefarmersdaughter got a great deal on that couch and has put her winter drapes up to keep the cold air out!