Refresh Your Space in 2018 | Part 2

I'm back this week sharing the next steps to refreshing your space.  If you missed last week, then head here for the first part of this series.  By now, you've chosen the spaces that you want to focus on & have them prioritized.  You've made a budget for your space, gathered inspiration and have somewhat of a plan in mind.  Now it's time to move on to the phase 2.  

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1. First Things First--CLEAR IT OUT

In order to really transform a space, you're going to need to clear it out.  Take everything out of the room, built in, drawer, pantry...whatever it may be.  Start making your piles-trash, sale, donate, reuse.  There may be items hiding out in this room that you can use in another space. which is great, but let's get it out of this room while you work on it.  Find another spot for it for now.  Anything you haven't used in the past 5 years will more than likely not be used again, so go ahead & get rid of it too-move it to the trash, sale or donate pile.  

If the room you are working on has storage closets, now is the time to go through those closets too.  Clear them out as well.  It may be a lot of work now, but you'll be so happy when the room is finished & every space in the room is clean & organized.  

Once you get everything in it's pile, take out the trash, take your donations, and sell the rest.  You can use the money you make on the items that you sell to buy new accessories for the room.  




This part isn't fun, but let's go ahead & tackle it while the space is cleared.  Get out your gloves & clean your room.  Go ahead & get the baseboards, blinds, fans.  Wipe down any shelving, cabinet faces.  Give this room a good deep cleaning before we put it all back together.  


It's time to take inventory of what you have & what you will reuse in the space.  Furniture, bedding, accessories, baskets, etc.  Make a list of all the things you plan to reuse in the space.  

Now, look & see what else you need/want  for the space & create your shopping list.  Go back to your Pinterest board you created for the room.  Is there anything that you want to look for while you are out shopping?  This is just a quick list for now.  We will go back  to add dimensions of furniture, rugs, drapes, baskets sizes, etc to make a more in-depth list a little later on.


So you've got a clean & empty room & now it's time to get it all put back together.  I always like to start with some sort of space/furniture plan.  If you are working on a closet or pantry, a furniture plan won't be necessary, but you may need to plan out how you are going to organize your items in your space. 

In my own home, I don't normally draw my plan out on paper like I do for my clients, but that's only because I don't mind moving things around 100 times until I get the perfect placement. If you'd rather not move things around a lot, then use my measurement guide below & have fun drawing out the space.  I can tell you from personal experience though, you'll probably end up moving things around even after you draw it out.


Important things to consider with space planning: 

  • Function - How will this space function?  What will you be using it for? Make the space work for you & your needs. For example, if you know your kids will be playing in your living room, then you're going to need pretty, yet practical toy storage. 
  • Flow - Do you need to create walkways?  Do these walkways make sense with how you are/will be using the space? 
  • Take Some Measurements - Getting measurements of essentials, so you can add all the details to your shopping  list will help you out tremendously.  Here are a few things you probably need to get measurements for :
    • Rug
    • Windows for curtains, drapes, and shades
    • Shelving-height, width & depth of your shelves for baskets & accessories. 
    • Furniture-make notes of specific maximum & minimum sizes for pieces that you need to buy. 


Take your shopping list & get to work buying everything you need for your space.  

My Favorite Online Sources


Antique Farmhouse

Joss & Main


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Brick & Mortar Stores



Home Goods

TJ Maxx

Tuesday Mornings

Local Thrift Stores

Local Antique Shops

Take your time with each room.  You may not find everything you need for your space on your first shopping trip.  Waiting to find what you are looking for sometimes takes time.  I promise the wait is worth it. 


Once you have everything you need for your space, start putting it back together.  Look back at your Pinterest inspiration to get you started.  Take your time & enjoy this part of the process because it really is a lot of fun.  You can always leave a comment or send us an email with your questions.  

If you need any extra help or just find the whole process overwhelming then check out our Rooms to Go that we've already put together for you, or contact us about a Complete E-Design Package. We'd love to help you put your space together!