Out With the Old, In With the New

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It happens every year. We return to our Austin abode after two-weeks of holiday visits at the parents' houses with a car full to the brim with books, belongings, gifts and appliances.

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Due to our penchant for always living in tiny apartments, my boyfriend and I still have quite a few items at our parents’ homes. Every year we end up bringing things back with us, trying to fit the newly acquired items in as seamlessly as possible. Books are added to already too tall stacks, DVD’s are stuffed creatively on shelves and side tables are placed in odd corners. Then, a few days after our return it dawns on us that we must give in to the time-honored design resolution: the edit.

Editing your shelves, your vignettes, your furniture choices, your closets—it’s more than just organizing or throwing away the old to make room for the new, it’s about carefully and mindfully taking stock of your place and editing it down, based on parameters that work for you.

So, what will you be editing this year? Do you still have stuff in other locations, like in storage or at a parent or sibling’s house? What are your other design resolutions for the year?

More editing and design resolution ideas:
Our Fresh Start and Resolution: What's Yours?
Organizing Tip: Edit The Entertainment Center
Good Quotes: Is Less More or a Bore?
10 Tips For Small Space Living

(Images: From 10 Tips For Small Space Living)

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